Sustainability is not just important for our homes, but how we operate ourselves.
We were one of the first companies in NC to use 100% renewable electricity through our on-site solar array and purchased wind power to power our manufacturing facility. That was 13 years ago.
But we are always looking at how to improve and leverage current opportunities to expand our sustainability leadership while better serving our customers.
With the recent announcements by auto manufacturers to their commitment to electric vehicles as well as our desire to better serve our customers—many of whom drive EV vehicles, we leapt on the chance to apply for the second round of rebates offered by the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Air Quality for level 2 EV charging stations. These rebates were made available as part of the VW Mitigation Settlement Program set up to resolve allegations that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) by the sale of approximately 590,000 model year 2009 to 2016 diesel motor vehicles equipped with “defeat devices.”
After reviewing our application, The DEQ awarded us a grant to install EV charging stations. We are one of 60 projects in NC, with 3 of them being in Asheville. We are the only private company awarded the grant in Asheville among only 29 awarded to private companies in the entire state. The DEQ will rebate us $3000 of the total cost of our each of our EV stations, with Deltec Homes funding the remaining amount.
We have just installed 4 EV charging stations as of May, 2021, in our parking lot that will be available to anyone visiting us with an EV vehicle. Our customers driving EV vehicles can take advantage of it during their visit to our headquarters without any costs (with reasonable limitations), and our employees or the public can also use it with minimal costs. We hope that this will also serve as an incentive for more of our employees to switch to an EV, giving them the opportunity to charge their cars while working.
We are excited to not only be recognized through this grant, but as another way we lead by example with sustainability.