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Halifax EMC Brings Electric Vehicle Fast Charging to Area

Halifax EMC is working with North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives to expand a statewide cooperative electric vehicle charging network. Halifax EMC has partnered locally with New Dixie Oil and Robbie’s to strategically install a DC fast charger for public charging at Robbie’s on Highway 561 at I-95, Exit 160.

“Interstate 95 is a heavily traveled corridor, and an electric vehicle charging station will help draw visitors and economic activity to this area, while also supporting the environmental and cost-saving benefits of electric vehicles,” said Charles Guerry, Executive Vice President of Halifax EMC. “EVs offer numerous opportunities to both drivers and communities and bringing this charging station to Halifax EMC’s service area is an example of our commitment to building a brighter future for the people and communities we serve.”

The station is part of a $1 million investment North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are making in rural electric vehicle charging infrastructure across North Carolina. ChargePoint, an industry leader in EV charging infrastructure and networks, will supply the equipment and apply technical expertise in managing and installing the sites.

DC Fast Charge stations provide a very quick charge and can charge a depleted electric vehicle’s battery to 80 percent capacity in under 30 minutes. DC Fast Charge stations are usually located in high-traffic public areas or along major highway corridors.

The investment expands the existing electric cooperative EV charging network, which encompasses public charging stations at nearly 60 locations. Eight of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives were also recently awarded funding through the North Carolina Volkswagen Settlement to grow this network even further.

Driving electric offers significant cost savings, more convenience and less maintenance, a better driving experience, a healthier environment, a stronger local economy and a more efficient electric grid. EV buyers can also take advantage of a federal tax credit, and co-op members have access to a low interest EV loan and a special rebate when purchasing a new Nissan LEAF. Halifax EMC members can find more information about the impact of driving electric and find local EV benefits through our EV site.

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Deadline Approaching for Local Teachers to Apply for Bright Ideas Grant

ENFIELD, N.C. – Time is running out for local K-12 teachers to apply for grants of up to $2,000 from Halifax EMC through the Bright Ideas Education Grant Program. Educators with creative ideas for projects for their students must submit their application by Sept. 15.  Interested teachers can find the application, along with grant-writing tips and program information, on the Bright Ideas website.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Halifax EMC is being flexible with grant criteria and the types of projects awarded this year. Teachers are encouraged to apply for innovative, creative projects that will benefit students whether they are in the classroom or learning remotely.

A total of $7,500 will be awarded by Halifax EMC to local educators for projects across all grade levels and subjects. Teachers at qualifying schools in Halifax and Warren counties can apply for grants individually or as a team.

Halifax EMC is one of 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina offering Bright Ideas grants to local teachers. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $12.9 million in Bright Ideas funding for nearly 12,359 projects supporting teachers and benefiting more than 2.5 million students.

The Bright Ideas grant program is part of Halifax EMC’s ongoing commitment to community and education. To learn more about this and other community outreach efforts, visit our community segment.

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Co-op Community Loan Program Assists Inez VFD

Inez Volunteer Fire Department Receives $280,000 Zero-Interest Loan to Purchase New Truck

Enfield, NC (January 15, 2019) – Inez Volunteer Fire Department received a ten-year, $280,000 zero-interest loan from Halifax Electric Membership Corporation to purchase a new customized 2019 Freightliner 2000 Gallon Wetside Tanker Truck.

The funds were made possible primarily by a $233,300 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program (REDLG) awarded to Halifax EMC for their recently established Community Revolving Loan program. The program provides zero-interest funds to local electric cooperatives who in turn lend the money to local entities for projects that support rural areas.

“Halifax EMC’s community loan program continues to grow thanks to REDLG funding and we are proud to support another project benefiting emergency response,” Halifax EMC Executive Vice President Charles H. Guerry said. “The cooperative’s structure was created to support the community. This zero-interest loan program allows us to support our communities far beyond our electric service.”

Halifax EMC is a local, member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 10,000 electric members in Halifax, Warren, and parts of Nash and Martin counties. Visit www.halifaxemc.com for more information.

Pictured with the new truck are: (back row) Charles Guerry, Halifax EMC executive vice president; Stan Brothers, HEMC board president; Harry Williams, HEMC board; Macon Robertson, HEMC board; and Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams. (front row): Emmanuel Gbedee, the Office of Congressman G.K. Butterfield; Alan Sweeney, Inez VFD assistant chief; Robin Williams, HEMC board; Christina Piard, the Office of Congressman G.K. Butterfield; BettyJo Shepheard, the Office of U.S. Senator Richard Burr; Melissa Williams, Inez VFD member; James Williams, Inez VFD secretary; and Christopher Reid, Inez VFD member.
Pictured with the new truck are: (back row) Charles Guerry, Halifax EMC executive vice president; Stan Brothers, HEMC board president; Harry Williams, HEMC board; Macon Robertson, HEMC board; and Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams. (front row): Emmanuel Gbedee, the Office of Congressman G.K. Butterfield; Alan Sweeney, Inez VFD assistant chief; Robin Williams, HEMC board; Christina Piard, the Office of Congressman G.K. Butterfield; BettyJo Shepheard, the Office of U.S. Senator Richard Burr; Melissa Williams, Inez VFD member; James Williams, Inez VFD secretary; and Christopher Reid, Inez VFD member.