Electrify America (EA) Announces EV Charging Network Backed by 100% Renewable Energy

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    EA recently announced it has entered into a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with developer Terra-Gen to build a solar photovoltaic renewable energy generation project in San Bernardino County, California called Electrify America Solar Glow.

    The new solar project is expected to generate 75 Megawatts (MW) at peak solar capacity or an estimated annual production of 225,000 MWh. It is projected to produce enough 100% renewable energy annually to more than offset the energy currently delivered on an annualized basis to Electrify America’s customers charging on its extensive network. The solar project is targeted to be operational by mid-2023. ;)

    In becoming the largest open network in North America to sign on to a VPPA, EA will be supporting the key sustainability goal of “additionality,” meaning that this arrangement would result in new, additional renewable energy generation.

    EA is purchasing and retiring all bundled environmental certificates associated with the new solar project over a 15-year period, shifting away from the business-as-usual approach of buying environmental certificates from a third-party supplier on an unbundled basis, which does less to support additional renewable energy generation.

    EA’s first solar project in the Southern California Mojave Desert may be expanded at the option of Terra-Gen to include a co-located battery energy storage system to further increase the delivery of renewable energy to the grid during times when more costly – and often more polluting – peaking power plants may be used to meet customer needs. The potential use of a co-located battery energy storage system at the facility would add to Electrify America’s ongoing effort of deploying over 30 MW of co-located behind-the-meter energy storage systems at charging stations across the U.S. This ongoing investment from EA is already decreasing the carbon profile and potential emissions associated with the electricity generation that powers the company’s charging network.

    Electrify America Solar Glow 1 - Project Details

    Location: San Bernardino County, CA
    Developer: Terra-Gen
    Maximum Capacity: 75MW
    Estimated Annual Production: 225,000 MWh
    Timeline: Groundbreaking – Late 2022 | Target Operation Date – Summer 2023
    Immediate Impact

    Although the new solar facility will not be online until mid-2023, EA’s charging network is already backed by 100% renewable energy effective April 2022 through the purchase of environmental certificates from existing renewable generation.

    In addition, EA has entered into an interim VPPA, effective October 2022, with Terra-Gen to support Terra-Gen’s existing Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS) IX solar thermal plant until the adjacent new solar photovoltaic facility in San Bernardino County is fully operational.

    EA will receive the bundled environmental certificates and purchase renewable energy from SEGS IX, once part of the largest solar thermal energy generating facility in the world when completed in 1990 and also the world’s longest-operating solar thermal facility.

    These 100% renewable energy commitments address greenhouse gas emissions for all energy delivered to our customers, and amount to an estimated 2 million metric tons in avoided CO2 emissions over 15 years - comparable to the carbon sequestered by planting nearly 40 million trees. That is kicking @$$ and taking names on the upstream side of the EV revolution equation. Way to go EA!!!

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