Renewable Energy & Sustainability

A canopy of solar panels over an Electrify America charging station.

Charging into the future

One of Electrify America’s primary goals is to support increased adoption of Zero Emission Vehicles in the United States. At select Electrify America charging stations, you can fuel your electric vehicle (EV) with electricity from renewable sources, which helps lower emissions overall.

Types of solar EV charging stations and features

100% solar-powered Level 2 stations

So far, Electrify America has invested $2 million in 30 solar-powered EV charging stations in rural California. These resilient Level 2 (L2) stations aren’t tied to the electrical grid, and they provide drivers in rural areas access to EV charging via renewable resources.

Each station includes a sun-tracking solar array that can charge two vehicles at the same time—regardless of weather or time of day—thanks to co-located energy storage. Each charger offers the ability to charge capable vehicles at a maximum rate of 3.3kW.

An Electrify America solar L2 station with chargers for two vehicles.

On-site solar canopies

At some locations, such as our Baker, California station, a large canopy of solar panels provides shade from the elements while you charge your vehicle using one of the DC fast chargers on-site.

These charging stations equipped with solar canopies integrate with the local electrical grid, and some are equipped with on-site energy storage, to help us deliver DC fast charging. The solar canopy can also deliver energy back to the grid.

An Electrify America charging station and solar canopy at dusk.

Building a grid-friendly charging network

Charging several electric vehicles at the same station requires lots of power. We’ve installed battery storage systems in some locations to supplement the grid at peak times, when electricity use is usually at its highest. We plan to install over 125 battery storage systems across our network by the end of 2021.

An Electrify America charging station with battery energy storage system.