California transport group has solar EV canopy

calstart-ev-pvThey’re walking the green transportation walk at CalStart, a Pasadena, Calif.-based consortium that promotes clean transportation.

CalStart now has more than 300 solar panels – 78 on the building’s roof and another 260 on a solar canopy complete with five EV charging stations. The panels produce up to 84.5-kilowatts of generating power.

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“This solar installation is a real-world demonstration of how employers can use solar technology and electric-vehicle charging to meet their triple bottom line: protecting the environment, providing benefit to their employees and saving money on energy costs now and for decades to come,” Calstart President and CEO John Boesel said in a statement released by SolarWorld, the Oregon company that made CalStart’s 338 solar panels.

SolarWorld said the system is expected to generate enough clean power to offset 80 percent of Calstart’s energy needs at the Pasadena office, including power for the EV chargers.

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