San Diego Unveils 90kW Solar Canopy for Electric Car Charging
t City San Diego and City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders unveiled the completed Smart City San Diego Solar-to-EV Project — a 90-kW solar photovoltaic canopy that directly charges electric vehicles (EVs) in the San Diego Zoo parking lot.
Smart City San Diego is a collaboration that combines the resources of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), city of San Diego, GE, UC San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego to drive projects forward that improve the region's energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Solar-to-EV Project harnesses energy from the sun to directly charge plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), store solar power for future use and provide renewable energy to the electrical grid.
The project incorporates 10 solar canopies producing 90 kW of electricity — enough energy at peak capacity to power 59 homes — as well as five EV charging stations, with one station located in a nearby ADA-accessible parking space. Using new battery technology, a 100-kW energy storage system is charged by the solar canopies and used to offset power demands on the grid to charge the vehicles.
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