Mark Johnson Custom Homes, a new home builder in Wilmington, would like to share with our readers an article courtesy of regarding Progress Energy’s efforts to assist their customers in paying for charging stations for their electric cars.

Progress Energy is now offering North Carolina customers home charging stations for plug-in electric cars at little or no cost.

The Raleigh-based utility announced that it is accepting customer applications for grants that will cover up to $1,500 of the cost of purchasing and installing a charging system suitable for electric vehicles such as the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

“We anticipate the $1,500 will cover the full cost of the equipment and installation for the vast majority of customers,” said utility spokesman Scott Sutton.

Progress is providing the charging equipment under a federally funded research project designed to help it better understand how the 240-volt chargers will impact the electric grid. Charlotte-based Duke Energy launched a similar program earlier this year.

Progress customers who receive the charging equipment from the utility will have to pay for the electricity needed to charge their vehicle.

A total of 150 Progress Energy customers in North Carolina and  South Carolina will receive grants for the charging equipment. Progress Energy will own and maintain the equipment until the research project ends in April 2013. At the conclusion, the utility will transfer ownership to the customer.

Applications are being considered on a first-come, first-served basis. North Carolina customers of Progress Energy can apply online. The program will be open to South Carolina customers once it is approved by state requlators.

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