Electrify America one of the largest open DC fast charging network in the U.S. has recently announced the start of commercial operation for the new 75 Megawatt (MW) Electrify America Solar Glow™ 1 solar photovoltaic renewable energy generation project in San Bernardino County, CA,. Electrify America Solar Glow™ 1 is the result of a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with developer Terra-Gen.
With this move the company intends to enter into a virtual power purchase agreement for new renewable energy generation. This new construction contributes to ‘additionality,’ by producing new renewable energy that may not otherwise be available.
Robert Barrosa, President and CEO of Electrify America, said, “Electrify America Solar Glow™ 1 is an important milestone in our commitment to reduce our energy carbon footprint. Electrify America is committed to being a part of the broader charging solution for EV drivers today and in the future.”
This investment is expected to generate 75 MW at peak solar capacity, which is comparable to the power drawn by 500 EVs charging at once at an average speed of 150 kilowatts. The total annual production is projected at 225 Gigawatt-hours (GWh).
Jigar Shah, Director of Energy Services, Electrify America, said, “We expect the demand on our charging network to continue to rise with the increase in EV ownership. Solar Glow™ 1 adds new additional 100 per cent renewable energy generation with estimated annual production that exceeds our 2022 network usage.”
“This solar project is a significant accomplishment reinforcing our commitment in 2022 to back all energy delivered to customers on Electrify America’s coast-to-coast public, ultra-fast DC charging network with 100 per cent renewable energy,” Barrosa said.