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USA - Giulio Barbieri realizes the fist municipality-owned solar powered EV charging station

24/04/2013

The town of Lansing, Michigan, celebrates the Earth Day with the installation at the riverside City Market of the 5 kW solar carport 'Energy-Parking', functioning as EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment), supplied in collaboration with our Canadian partner renewz sustainable solutions inc. The launch event was headlined by Mayor Virg Bernero, whose presence signified the importance of this initiative to Lansing area.

The project for the EV charing station was developed by renewz with EV chargers by Eaton; solar panels by SILFAB Americas, with high-tech LED lighting and highly visible side and top banners. The modular structure is designed to be 100percent waterproof and fully wind, snow and seismic code compliant.

The innovative solar powered EV charging station is intended to generate enough clean, renewable energy to recharge the fleet of the Lansing Board of Water & Light – the municipal utility that provides electricity and water to the residents of the cities of Lansing - for 25 years. It will reduce Lansing's greenhouse gas emissions by more than 115 tons and permit more than 300,00 miles clean driving.

Solar carport Energy-Parking with EV chargers

“We are committed to helping cities across America deliver on their citizens' dreams of a green tomorrow”, said Sass M. Peress, CEO of renewz®. “Built right in the heart of the city which will soon assemble the Cadillac ELR hybrid electric vehicle, this solar canopy was constructed in just a few days without need for any foundation trenching thanks to its ballasted design. It clearly demonstrates how municipalities can power green fleets sustainably.”

“We are proud to partner with renewz® to bring our Italian innovations to American market”, said Giulio Barbieri, founder of Giulio Barbieri S.p.A, Ferrara, Italy. “By combing the capacities of America's very capable workforce with our Italian design, we believe that this sound strategy will reduce our supply chain carbon footprint and speed up our ability to react to this growing market”.