Cannabis farm among recipients of $12.6 million in Illinois grants for EV chargers

A DuPage County hemp farm will receive a grant of nearly $500,000 to build public direct current fast chargers for electric vehicles.

Kerry Farms, which grows hemp for CBD oil and honey, is one of 10 companies receiving grants from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, according to a news release.

The agency is awarding $12.6 million in grants using money from the multibillion-dollar 2016 Volkswagen settlement. Illinois received about $109 million from the settlement, of which over half remains unspent.

“We are excited to see EV-charging infrastructure expanding throughout Illinois, providing much-needed access, and complementing the state’s goals to expand EVs in Illinois,” said Illinois EPA Director John Kim in a statement.

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