The electric vehicle charging network provider has signed a virtual power purchase agreement for a 75 MW project with Terra-Gen, and now has enough generation to maintain its chargers for 100% renewable energy.
Electrify America, a nationwide installation of EV charging networks, has announced that the power it provides through its chargers is now 100% renewable after it has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement with Terra-Gen.
A 75 MW project is planned in San Bernadino County, California, and Electrify America has signed for a total estimated annual production of 225,000 MWh over 15 years. The company has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement that allows businesses to receive renewable energy from a remote location to operate.
The project is expected to be operational in late 2022 and is scheduled for commercial operation in mid-2023. Although the project will not be activated until next year, Electrify America is already supported by 100% renewable generation through the purchase of clean energy certificates from other existing production sources.
“Electrify America’s business model and goal has always been at the forefront of efforts to reduce emissions through electric mobility,” said Giovanni Palazzo, President and CEO of Electrify America. “Our commitment to customers and a sustainable future go hand in hand, so we are investing in renewable energy to provide a clean zero carbon footprint related to the energy supplied to our customers.”
In addition to purchasing renewable energy off-site, the company is investing in on-site solar energy at charging sites. It has invested $ 2 million in 30 tier 2 charging stations in rural California that are completely off-grid. Each station includes a solar panel that can charge two cars simultaneously, with a maximum speed of 3.5 kW. It can be charged in any weather conditions and at any time of the day thanks to the connected energy storage in the off-line system.
It also installs mains-mounted solar panels on canopies on its EV chargers. At Baker Station, California, there are fast DC chargers. To illustrate the difference in charging power between fast AC and DC charging, the 7.2 kW AC level 2 charger can take one hour to deliver about 27 miles of EV range. A fast 50 kW DC charger can provide the same range of 27 miles in about ten minutes.
“Together, these 100% renewable energy commitments cover Scope 2’s greenhouse gas emissions for all energy supplied to our customers, and are estimated at 2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over 15 years, comparable to carbon stored at planting nearly 40 million trees, ”said Jigar Shah, head of energy services at Electrify America.
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