Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrids, Commercial, Solar - September 13, 2023
Viejas Casino and Resort Adds EV Charging, Solar
The Viejas Casino and Resort will add the Viejas Charging Superhub, which will offer 410 L2 chargers and eight dual-port DC Fast Chargers for its customers.
The Viejas Tribal Council led by Chairman John Christman approved the project in late August 2023.
“The Viejas are using its resources to do our part to solve the climate and energy crisis,” said Erich Hans, the Viejas Director of Treasury and CFO, in a statement. “Our customers want EV Charging options at our Casino and Resort, so we are delivering them that, but we also want to help the community, region and state by building a game-changing EV Charging Superhub to provide options on Highway 8 and to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.”
EVPassport announced a new partnership with the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indian Tribe and Maada’oozh to deliver the charging superhub in spring 2024.
The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians are a progressive Native American Tribe in Southern California that is working to make its reservation sustainable and carbon-free.
In partnership with Indian Energy, LLC, a 100% Native-Owned energy developer, and the California Energy Commission (CEC), the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians are in the process of building a Solar PV and Long Duration Energy Storage (LDES) microgrid to power its casino, two hotels, restaurants and outlet center.
The Viejas Enterprise Microgrid will offset millions of tons of carbon from the power grid using onsite renewable generation. The Tribe is also renovating all its commercial buildings with state-of-the-art energy efficient equipment to reduce its energy consumption and electricity costs.
Maada’oozh, LLC is a Native-owned distribution, logistics and maintenance company providing energy services to Native American tribes, the U.S. military and other customers who seek sustainable energy solutions.