During alternating years, Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay undertakes an energy project to demonstrate its commitment to renewable energy and reducing its carbon footprint. In 2017, the project was the installation of an electric vehicle recharging station in the recently completed parking lot.
Serving two vehicles at once at up to 75 amps each, the unit – a JuiceBox Pro – is located next to the main solar array at the east side of the parking lot. The recharging station, made possible by Lake Michigan Wind & Sun, was installed Sept. 20 by the students of the NWTC Renewable Energy Program under the direction of John Hippensteel. The JuiceBox Pro works with cars that have a standard J1772 charging port or adapter.
Crossroads hopes that electric vehicle owners will recharge their souls with a nature hike while they recharge their cars. Crossroads at Big Creek is made up of three properties: Ida Bay, The Cove, and the Big Creek Preserves. Restrooms and trails are always open.