One of the largest solar panel installations in the US has just gone into operation – to power electric vehicle charging stations.
The solar farm is one square mile with more than 200,000 solar panels, in the desert near San Bernadino, California. It produces enough energy to charge 500 EVs at 150kW stations simultaneously.
It’s a project of Electrify America, which operates the largest network of charging stations in the US and Canada.
Electrify America powered more than five million charging sessions in 2022. That’s enough energy (173 GWh) to provide 493 million miles of EV driving.
Those EV miles replaced 21 million gallons of gasoline. Let that sink in for a moment – five million charging sessions vs. 21 million gallons of gas.
The solar farm, called America Solar Glow™1, should produce 225 Gigawatts, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of electric vehicle charging, according to Electrify News.
Renewable Energy for EVs
As EV ownership continues to increase, Electrify America expects demand to increase on its charging network.
Adding 100% renewable energy sources will generate more power than was needed in 2022.
Electrify America is the largest DC fast charging network in the United States.
The company has invested over $2 billion in a zero-emissions infrastructure, providing access to electric “fuel” in nearly all states and the District of Columbia. The charging giant does not have stations in Alaska, Delaware, North Dakota, and West Virginia.
The company also offers residential and commercial charging programs.
Electrify America partnered with Terra-Gen to build America Solar Glow™1.
Terra-Gen is building utility-scale renewable energy projects around the United States.
Currently, the company has more than 2.7 GW of energy in almost 30 renewable energy farms. Its parent, ECP (Energy Capital Partners) is a global company at the forefront of renewable energy and storage to build a sustainable and decarbonized infrastructure since the 1990s.
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