Officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the new Howard County Courthouse yesterday. [map] The building is designed to be certified LEED Gold for environmental sustainability. Solar arrays on the roof and the adjacent field are projected to produce 1,177,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year which is roughly the amount of electricity for powering 141 homes.
Howard County Courthouse Parking Garage
A 682-space parking garage is located next to the courthouse building. The garage is equipped with electric vehicle charging stations. The Level 2 EVSEs are from EVBox and deliver up to 32 Amps each.
The new courthouse and garage are built on the former site of the Howard County Dorsey Building which hosted the first Howard County public charging stations. I attended the dedication ceremony of those charging stations on November 7, 2011. See: First Public Charging Stations in Howard County
There is no fee to use the charging stations and no authentication is required. Not sure if it will always remain free. There are gates and payment kiosks to pay for parking but they were not yet activated.
Upon entering the garage structure, look for overhead wayfinding signs to direct you to the Electric Car Charging. There are five charging ports on the bottom floor along the south end and six along the north end.
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