The ribbon was cut this morning on a 2 MW solar PV carport that will not only charge electric cars but deliver the excess energy to the grid.
The solar PV carport has charging stations for 64 electric cars in a parking lot at the Metrolink Public Transportation Station in City of Industry, California.
"The City of Industry took the opportunity to convert the Metrolink station parking lot into a state-of-the-art solar power generating facility that provides power to the grid, along with individual charging stations for electric vehicles," says David Perez, mayor of the City of Industry.
The 2 MW carport provides shaded parking spaces for 940 cars. It has 8,372 solar panels and 196 LED lights - 10 miles of conduit and 44 miles of wiring were needed for the project.
This is the kind of thing, the Rocky Mountain Institute has been promoting for many years - they have long argued that zero emission electric cars could be turned into powerhouses by sending energy to the grid.