The City of Shasta Lake, Calif. has installed an Envision Solar EV ARC standalone solar charging station.

This EV charger, relying on fully renewable energy, will be located at the City’s Grand River municipal parking lot on Shasta Dam Boulevard and will be available free of charge to the public. The EV ARC will be equipped with a standard Level II EV charger, but also with power outlets to enable electric wheelchair charging.

The EV ARC is described by its builder, Envision Solar, as a cost-effective, easy-to-install, standalone solar charging station that requires no engineering, foundation, trenching, building permit or grid connection. Invented, engineered and manufactured in the United States, the EV ARC is said to fit inside a standard parking space and generates enough renewable energy to provide an average of 55 and as many as over 100 electric miles each day. The energy is stored in the 22 kilowatt-hour on-board battery storage. The system’s solar electrical generation is said to be enhanced by the patented EnvisionTrak sun tracking system, enabling the solar array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25 percent more electricity than a conventional fixed array.

The City of Shasta Lake is located on the Interstate 5 corridor just north of Redding in northern California. The proximity of the EV ARC to Interstate 5 will contribute to Governor Brown’s initiative to create EV charging infrastructure on California’s Interstate system.

“Clean and reliable energy is very important to the City of Shasta and so is being ready for the rapid growth in EV adoption,” said Tom Miller, assistant city manager and Electric Utility Director for the City of Shasta. “We were very happy to find this unique product, which solves so many of the challenges associated with EV charger deployments and has no negative environmental impact. The fact that Envision Solar is a Californian company with American made, environmental sustainability products means that this is a win for the people of Shasta and California.”