Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Thanks to a grant from Pacific Power, the High Desert Museum now has electric vehicle charging stations!
6 Blink Level 2 chargers (10 kW)
2 Tesla destination chargers (10 kW)
The High Desert Museum has long been committed to being a responsible steward of our energy resources. We now extend our commitment with the new EV charging stations! By using power partially generated from our own solar panels, the charging stations will take advantage of existing renewable energy sources. When you visit the High Desert Museum, your 2-to-4 hour visit will be more than enough time to recharge your vehicle and continue on your adventures!
The EV charging stations are available during our hours of operation.
April 1 – October 31, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 1 – March 31, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The use of the EV charging stations is complimentary for our visitors!
A History of Renewable Energy
The High Desert Museum consistently seeks opportunities to incorporate emerging technologies into our operations, and we support renewable energy through educational programming, research initiatives and the management of our facilities. With generous funding from Pacific Power, the Museum was the first commercial building in Oregon to install solar power in 1994 as a research opportunity with the Mobil Solar Energy Corp and the University of Oregon. As of July 2017, these solar panels had produced nearly 92,000 kWh—roughly the equivalent of eight years of household use in Oregon. By using power from our 20 kw solar array, the electric vehicle charging stations enable us to further the innovative use of renewable energy sources—25 years after we first embraced this technology.
The High Desert Museum has been a member of the Energy Trust Central Oregon cohort for two years, which is providing us with tools and insights on how to improve our energy efficiency. To date, we have saved 308,404 kWh by replacing fluorescent lights with LED lights, upgrading appliances with more efficient units, installing motion light switches and optimizing our HVAC system.
Read more about the High Desert Museum’s energy initiatives!