New solar EV charging canopy online in Michigan

A solar-charging EV canopy.

Renewz sustainable solutions inc. recently collaborated with Eaton and the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) to construct a solar powered electric vehicle carport at the riverside Lansing City Market. The event was headlined by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, whose presence signified the importance of this initiative to the Lansing area.

Developed by renewz, the solar charging car port system combines American-made electrical equipment from Eaton and structural components by Giulio Barbieri S.p.A. of Italy.

This innovative solar powered EV charging station will generate enough clean, renewable energy to recharge BWL’s Volt fleet or consumer electric vehicles for 25 years. In addition, it will reduce Lansing’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 115 tons and permit more than 300,000 miles of clean driving.

Lansing a leader
“Lansing is once again leading the way on cleaner, greener practices that conserve energy, reduce pollution and improve our environment,” Bernero said. “With the help of our terrific partners, the Live Green Lansing program will translate these goals into action by showing residents, businesses and schools how they can adopt environmentally-friendly technologies in their everyday activities.”

J. Peter Lark, General Manager, of Lansing BWL emphasized the new solar EV charging canopy’s convenience and economic attractiveness.

“Mid-Michigan residents, especially electric vehicle owners, can be proud that this project makes our community an even more attractive choice for shopping and doing business in the downtown area,” he said. “All signs point to this being a successful endeavor and a huge step in the direction of sustainable energy use.”

The isola™ 5 kW solar carport project managed and developed by renewz® and features patent-pending Integrated Power Solutions and EV chargers from Eaton. The modular structure also includes SILFAB Americas solar panels, high-tech LED lighting and highly visible side and top ad banners. It is designed to be 100-percent waterproof and fully wind, snow and seismic code compliant.

“Renewz is committed to helping cities across America deliver on their citizens’ dreams of a greener tomorrow,” said Sass M. Peress, CEO of renewz. “Built right in the heart of the city, this solar canopy was constructed in just a few days without need for any foundation trenching thanks to its ballasted design. It clearly demonstrates how municipalities can power green fleets sustainably, while supporting local governments commitment to environmental leadership for our children and generations to come.”

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