The city of Lansing, MI, will reduce emissions and save money on its electric bill by going solar. Lansing celebrated Earth Day with the installation of a five-kilowatt solar carport, called "Energy Parking," supplied by Italian company Giulio Barbieri S.p.A. and its Canadian partner renewz sustainable solutions inc.

The installation of the solar charging station at the riverside City Market will generate enough renewable energy to recharge the plug-in vehicle fleet of the Lansing Board of Water & Light, the municipal utility that provides electricity and water to the residents of Lansing. It's projected to reducing Lansing's greenhouse gas emissions by more than 115 tons and power about 300,000 miles of clean driving over the next 25 years.

The EV charging station was developed by renewz with chargers by Eaton and solar panels by SILFAB Americas; LED lighting and highly visible side and top banners were also installed. The modular aluminum structure was designed with Michigan weather in mind. The structure is 100 percent waterproof and fully wind, snow and seismic code compliant.

Giulio Barbieri, founder of his company based in Ferrara, Italy, thinks the Lansing installation places his company in a strong position to serve the growing renewable energy market in the US. Sass Peress, CEO of renewz, says the solar canopy was built in the city that will soon assemble the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid and demonstrates how municipalities can power fleets sustainably.

Lansing's solar chargers might offer a solution to the city of Watertown, NY. City Attorney Robert Slye recently determined that installing charging stations in a municipal parking lot would be unconstitutional. New York state's comptroller issued the same opinion to the city of Ogdensburg, NY. It looks like New York and its municipalities may not allow public charging projects unless users can be charged for the electricity. Perhaps creating free electricity from solar power could be a win-win situation for New York?
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First Municipality-owned Solar Powered EV Charging Station in the USA

LANSING, Michigan, May 2, 2013

The town of Lansing 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 by the Italian company Giulio Barbieri (en.giuliobarbieri.it) in collaboration with its 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 charging station was developed by renewz with EV chargers by Eaton, solar panels by SILFAB Americas and high-tech LED lighting and highly visible side and top banners, The modular aluminium structure of the carport system is designed to be 100 percent waterproof and fully wind, snow and seismic code compliant. Its installation is rapid avoiding expensive and invasive foundation trenching thanks to its ballasted design.

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 482.800 km clean driving.

"We are proud to partner with renewz® to give our contribution to strengthen the market of renewable energies in the US." said Giulio Barbieri, founder of Giulio Barbieri S.p.A, Ferrara, Italy. "We believe that this sound strategy will reduce our supply chain carbon footprint and speed up our ability to react to this growing market".

"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. It clearly demonstrates how municipalities can power green fleets sustainably."