First Municipality-Owned Solar Charging Station for EVs Opens in Michigan
May 6, 2013 10:00 AM
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Green solar vehicle charging station generates 5 kW of solar power
The city of Lansing, Michigan has announced the opening of the first municipality-owned solar powered electric vehicle charging station in the country. The charging station, which is installed at the riverside City Market, has an angled roof acting as both the solar panel and a carport to protect vehicles underneath.
The charging station generates 5 kW of solar energy for charging vehicles. The solar power gathered by the charging station also operates the LED lighting for the signs and banners on the charging station. The charging station is designed to be 100% waterproof and fully wind, snow, and seismic code compliant.
"We are committed to helping cities across America deliver on their citizens' dreams of a green tomorrow", said Sass M. Peress, CEO of renewz. "Built right in the heart of the city which will soon assemble the
Cadillac ELR hybrid electric vehicle
, this solar canopy was constructed in just a few days. It clearly demonstrates how municipalities can power green fleets sustainably."
The charging station is intended to generate clean and renewable energy to recharge the fleet of Lansing Board of Water & Light electric vehicles. The city says the solar charging station will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 115 tons and power more than 300,000 miles of clean driving.
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RE: Note the Sky in the Background
5/6/2013 12:24:14 PM
I also wonder if this thing is even sized properly. According to that monthly table of radiation, energy, and value (above), in December, a 5 kWh solar panel in Lansing, MI will only produce 257 kWhs. Simplistically dividing by 31 days in December gives about 7 kWh each day. Yet, the Cadillac ELR mentioned in the article (and even a Chevy Volt) has a 16.5 kWh battery. To me, that looks like in December only one car could get even a half a charge on any given day. Even in May (at the monthly peak of 612 kWhs), that only works out to 20 kWhs each day (1.25 full car charges).
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