EPA EV+Solar Initiative for South Coast California
-October 26, 2015-
The State of California has set goals to deploy 1.5 million electric vehicles (EVs) on California’s roadways by 2025 and derive 50% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. Photovoltaic (PV) solar systems combined with EVs provide zero-emission driving provide significant cost savings and energy independence. The EPA is supporting the rapid transition to EVs powered by clean energy to help improve the air quality and health of South Coast residents.
EV charging stations can be used to charge company plug-in hybrid and battery-electric fleets and employee’s personal vehicles. Qualified EVs allow employees to access HOV lanes, which helps save valuable commuting time. Transitioning commercial fleets to EVs and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles helps companies save money at the fuel pump, while being environmentally responsible.
The EV Charging & Solar Initiative provides assistance to organizations to help them procure affordable EV charging stations, with the option to include solar energy systems. Participants will receive free assistance to assess and ultimately secure EV changing stations and/or solar at workplaces throughout the South Coast air basin, focusing on non-profit organizations, colleges and private sector companies. Technical experts will work with fleet, facility and sustainability managers to identify the best energy system for individual company needs.
This free, independent technical assistance offered by Fosterra will help organizations make informed decisions on how best to procure EV infrastructure and solar energy while creating positive environmental and financial returns. Solar PV options that are evaluated include both on-site generation (rooftop and carports) and off-site purchases via renewable energy credits.