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Ulster Savings Bank installs Ev solar charging station

KINGSTON – Ulster Savings Bank recently installed an electronic solar vehicle charging station at its head office in Kingston. This initiative is part of the bank’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment by incorporating sustainable and green business practices.

Recently, the bank held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the launch of the charging station with the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Kingston Mayor Steve Nobel and other members of the community were in attendance, along with members of the bank’s team
Bill Calderara, Chairman and CEO of Ulster Savings Bank, was on hand for the ceremony.

“The community has been a big part of Ulster Savings for 171 years and improving our environment is a continuation of that. The solar electric vehicle charging station is just one part of our overall commitment to improving our environment for the benefit of our stakeholders, our customers, our community and our colleagues.

The charging station can accommodate six cars and has a 20′ x 70′ solar carport to protect vehicles. It is lit by LED lights powered by 50 solar panels on its canopy. The solar canopy produces 20,000 KWH and has its own electricity meter. An app notifies users when their car is fully charged. The bank will offer one free hour to the public.

The project was designed and manufactured by Tom Kacandes of Inside Track Solar. The company, from Highland, NY, specializes in off-site pre-assembled solar panels. It was installed by Jaffer Electric, Inc. of Kingston.

Other green projects underway are an additional solar charging station for employees at the head office in Kingston and one for their New Paltz site. Last year the bank installed solar panels at its Red Hook and New Paltz branches and this year will install solar panels at its Gardiner and Stone Ridge branches. To see more green initiatives the bank is doing, go to their website at

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