San Francisco and Los Angeles each support local infrastructure for EVs and many enterprising EV owners have successfully completed ambitious road trips throughout California and cross-country. Allowing drivers to plug in and charge up at multiple locations along well traveled corridors will dramatically increase the convenience and practicality of the growing number of EVs on American roads. Rabobank branches are positioned all along the high-traffic Highway 101 corridor, close to shops, restaurants and other commercial centers in Northern and Southern California, making them ideal locations for charging stations.
“This charging station corridor demonstrates an important component of SolarCity’s vision for a carbon-free lifestyle. We’re combining clean, renewable solar power with all-electric transportation, allowing drivers to travel through California with zero emissions,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. SolarCity has installed more than 100 solar home-charging stations for Tesla owners. The company has also assumed responsibility for a distribution contract for electric vehicle chargers for Toyota Tsusho as part of its acquisition of SolSource Energy, announced last week.
Rabobank, N.A., is a California community bank that provides personalized service and a full array of quality products to individuals, businesses and agricultural clients. The bank has completed a 30 kilowatt solar installation at its South Broadway branch in Santa Maria and is evaluating installing solar at additional locations. In addition to providing renewable energy to charge electric cars, the systems will offset electricity used by the locations. As part of the Rabobank Group, a global leader in sustainability-oriented banking, Rabobank, N.A., will offer local California customers and local shoppers convenient charging stations with clean, renewable energy.
“We hope that this corridor of charging stations provides new travel opportunities for electric vehicle owners and gives further momentum to the renewable energy movement,” said Marco Krapels, co-chair of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility committee.
The corridor would be the first interregional effort of its kind and would be the first to include solar power at a charging station. California is the first state in the United States to be aggressive about EV transportation. The Bay Area is home of Tesla Motors, makers of electric sports cars, among other EV manufacturers. State and local governments, electric utilities, the federal government and other entities are working together to support this infrastructure. Rabobank and SolarCity are taking the EV movement one step further by charging electric vehicles with power from the sun.
Tom Dowling, electric vehicle charging infrastructure manager for the Electric Auto Association, is experienced with installing, tracking and maintaining EV charging stations. “These bank branches are what I call enabler locations because they allow EV drivers to take longer trips and thereby use the EV as their primary car,” says Dowling. “Solar-powered charging stations mean true zero-emission driving, from well to wheels.”
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
SolarCity designs and installs Electric Vehicle (EV) charging systems for homes and businesses.
Expert Design for Faster Charging
SolarCity has installed over 2,500 EV charging stations. Our Electric Vehicle Service team members are experts in optimizing charging stations based on your electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid model. We understand UL and SAE standards which will enable forward compatibility for many years to come.
Full Service EV Installations
We manage every detail of your EV charging station project, including permitting, planning for expected electric load, switching your utility rate structure and installing the charger itself. We will get your system up and running quickly, with minimal disruption to your business or home life.
Carbon Free Without Compromise
If you chose to power your electric car with clean solar energy, we can help you with that too!
Becoming carbon free is quite a refreshing thought. Your carbon footprint comes primarily from two areas—your household electricity and the cars that you drive. By combining a solar system with an EV charging station, you can drive completely emission free.
Power Your Electric Car with Solar Energy
Solar panels are typically installed on the roof and are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) power.
The DC power from the solar panels is sent to an inverter, where it is converted into alternating current (AC) power, or standard electrical current used to power your electric vehicle and your home.
AC power travels from the inverter to the electrical panel, often called a breaker box.
The utility meter continually measures your electrical supply; when your solar system produces more power than you need, the meter literally spins backwards, accumulating credits with the utility company that will offset your next bill.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Plug into the charging station to power your electric car.
Your EV is powered by clean solar electricity generated on your own home.
Your home remains connected to the utility grid to supply you with electricity when you need more power than your system has produced, such as at night.
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SolarCity – a national leader in solar power system design, financing, installation, monitoring and related services – was founded with the mission to help millions of homeowners and businesses adopt solar power, protect themselves from rising electricity costs and protect their environment from polluting power sources. The company’s SolarLease and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) options can make it possible for homeowners and businesses to switch to clean, solar power for less money than they currently pay for electricity. SolarCity currently serves 500 communities in California, Arizona and Oregon. Additional information about the company is available on the Web at www.solarcity.com.
About Rabobank, N.A.
Rabobank, N.A., is a California community bank that provides personalized service and a full array of quality products to individuals, businesses and agricultural clients. With 91 retail branches and 15 financial service centers, we serve the needs of communities from Sacramento to the Imperial Valley through local decision making and active community involvement by our employees. Rabobank, N.A., is part of the Rabobank Group, one of the world’s largest and safest banks. www.rabobankamerica.com