Black Bear Solar Institute, a Townsend-based nonprofit organization, has installed 24 vehicle charging stations in Blount County, reports Ed Marcum in the daily Knoxville News Sentinel.
Lisa Stewart, executive director of the organization, said it has installed 18 stations at businesses or organizations in Townsend and six in Maryville, and plans to install two at Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport.
The group plans to install 12 more as part of its involvement in the U.S. Department of Energy's EV Project.
There is no cost to businesses for the installation, but Black Bear Solar will receive revenue from a planned hourly charging fee.
The organization also hopes to get businesses to sponsor solar electric arrays -- it wants to install up to 270 to sell power to TVA.
Photo: Electric vehicle charging stations at Trillium Cove Shopping Village / Ed Marcum, News Sentinel