Electrify America announced Wednesday that it is buying enough solar panels to more than offset the energy the grid delivers EV from its charging equipment.

Through a virtual energy purchase agreement (VPPA) with Terra-Gen, Electrify America is building a new 75 MW solar plant in the Mojave Desert that will increase annual energy production by 225,000 MWh.

The Electrify America project is called Solar Glow 1 and aims for zero carbon emissions in the grid, saying it will be the largest open fast EV charging grid in North America to join such a VPPA.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 at Electrify America DC fast charging station

EA is already supported by 100% renewable energy, it says, through the acquisition of environmental certificates from existing electricity generation. But the agreement is also binding for the purpose of “additionality,” emphasizes EA, which means it will lead to additional renewable energy production rather than purchases from existing sources. In doing so, it buys and withdraws environmental certificates over a 15-year period to make sure the move will not allow other polluters.

The network plans to implement the project at the end of 2022 with a target date of operation for the summer of 2023. Meanwhile, it is also adding its support to the existing SEGS IX solar thermal power plant in San Bernardino County, California.

Electrify America is an upscale charging concept

Electrify America is an upscale charging concept

He also took steps to put the solar panel a little closer to the customer interface points – with upscale “showcases of stations” which will offer solar canopies as well as showrooms for customers, car showcases and enhanced security.

EA remains the property of Volkswagen and was created as a result of it diesel scandal, under a court decision agreement. This is the third of four cycles scheduled at Fr. Investments of $ 2 billion over 10 years. Meanwhile, VW reportedly was looking for another major investor in an attempt to increase.


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