The first-municipality owned, Solar-powered EV charging station in the U.S. has been put in place by the town of Lansing, Mich.

Supplied by the Italian company Giulio Barbieri in collaboration with its Canadian partner renewz sustainable solutions inc., the 5-kilowatt charger is expected to supply enough juice to recharge the fleet for the municipality’s utility, the Lansing Board of Water & Light.

Reductions to Lansing’s greenhouse gas emissions re estimated at by more than 115 tons and the solar charger is projected to allow more than 300,000 miles (482,800 km) of clean driving.

“We are proud to partner with renewz(R) 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.”


The solar carport-style charger itself is said to be innovative.

Its modular aluminum structure was quickly and less-expensively installed due to a ballasted design that avoided digging a trench for a deep-embedded foundation. It’s designed to be 100-percent waterproof and fully wind, snow and seismic code compliant.

Collaboration on the project with renewz involved use of EV chargers by Eaton, solar panels by SILFAB Americas and high-tech LED lighting and highly visible side and top banners.

“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.”