Electric Vehicle Charger Incentives
Although SHELD does not provide an EV charger, SHELD does offer a $300 rebate towards the purchase of a ChargePoint charger, if you also sign up for our Connected Homes Program. Learn more about this program by visiting this link, https://www.sheld.org/pages/forms/the-helps-connected-homes-program/ . Once you enroll in the Connected Home Program, SHELD will send an e-mail confirming that the rebate has been approved, and the $300 check will be issued.
Since EV charging can increase the load on the power grid, we encourage customers to charge at off-peak hours. The Connected Homes Program allows SHELD (through MMWEC) to reduce the charge rate at peak times. There is a $10 monthly incentive for each month you participate. In each month there is typically 3-5 days in which an event will occur for 3 hours between 4 PM and 7 PM. It is typically during the winter months. The Connected Homes incentive checks are mailed out quarterly.
It is required that you have a licensed contractor install the charger. The electrician will likely need to pull a permit from the Town Hall for the work, and the Wiring Inspector will need to approve it. No inspections are required from SHELD.
Typically, EV come with a Level 1 charger that can be plugged into a normal wall outlet. However, the charge rate is very low, and it will take a long time to charge your car. Most residential customers install a Level 2 charger that will be connected at 240 volts, and usually on a 40 amp breaker.
Many of the EV charger manufacturers highlight a Federal tax credit of 30% of the cost up to $1000 for the purchase and installation of a home EV charger. Below is additional information on this topic. As always, we recommend that you consult with your tax advisor to verify eligibility.
South Hadley Quirk Bolt
EV Charging 101 (PDF)
Enel-X-Smart-Charging-for-Dummies – Smart Charging 101
South Hadley 3 Reason – 3 Reasons to Enroll in Connected Homes
IRS 8911 – Federal Tax Credit Information