By 2023, Electrify America will be 100 percent solar powered
One of the best things about electric cars, other than their power transmissions, instant torque and quiet silence, is the fact that as the electrical grid gets cleaner, every EV that uses that grid to charge. This process took a step forward this week with the news that by next year the Electrify America (EA) charging grid will be fully offset by solar energy.
On Wednesday, EA signed a 15-year agreement with Terra-Gen to purchase electricity from a 75-megawatt solar farm being built last in San Bernardino County, California. In the past, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made various promises to create a Supercharger network from Tesla entirely on solar panels, and the automaker has installed solar panels in some places for charging. It seems that the network is not yet fully powered by solar panels.
The Electrify America Solar Glow 1 project will start later this year, and if it is fully launched in 2023, it should have an annual energy production of 225,000 MWh. This is more than enough to account for the annual energy consumption of the EA charging network.
In fact, EA says that as of April, its electricity is already 100 percent renewable thanks to purchases from various suppliers, but with the commissioning of the Solar Glow 1 charger, it must have full confidence that it is putting more solar energy into the grid than it uses to charge our cars.
“Electrify America’s business model and goal has always been at the forefront of efforts to reduce emissions through electric mobility,” said Giovanni Palazzo, President and CEO of Electrify America. “Our customer commitment and sustainable future go hand in hand, so we are investing in renewable energy to provide a clean zero carbon footprint related to the energy supplied to our customers.”