MAGE SOLAR’s PV Panels Power Atlanta’s First Public EVCharging Station

published: 2011-09-02 15:26 | editor: | category: News

MAGE SOLAR, part of the globally operating MAGE GROUP, announced that its high-performance modules are powering a solar canopy adjacent to one of Atlanta’s most prominent landmarks in downtown Atlanta, the Millennium Gate. Atlanta’s first public solar powered electric vehicle charging station is part of Atlantic Station, one of CB Richard Ellis Investors’ ambitious model communities for sustainable and energy efficient metro living

The 18 MAGE POWERTEC PLUS 190/5 modules are integrated into a stylish 3.42kW low ground disturbance structure that is time and cost saving with minimal environmental impact. The canopy is equipped with three public electric car charging outlets, the firsts of their kind in the city of Atlanta. The stations are available 24/7 to provide power to zero-emission electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt or the Nissan Leaf while providing shade and shelter at the same time.

“With much vision and dedication, CB Richard Ellis Investors has created one of the most environmentally friendly metro spaces of the entire South East in Atlantic Station,” said Joe Thomas, President and CEO of MAGE SOLAR USA. “We are extremely proud at MAGE SOLAR to be part of this prestigious solar project in one of the most innovative and exciting neighborhoods in all of Atlanta.”

Todd Frye, Principal with CB Richard Ellis Investors stressed the strong commitment the company has to Atlanta, particularly since it owns multiple premier assets throughout the metropolitan area in addition to Atlantic Station. “Atlantic Station has been on the leading edge of sustainability since it was built on a reclaimed brown field some five years ago. We’re proud to continue that tradition of environmental innovation by being the first prominent, accessible charging center for Atlanta’s electric vehicle drivers.” Frye added.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed inaugurated the canopy as he plugged in the first electric vehicle to be charged up at the station in the presence of many elected officials and business leaders. "This solar electric vehicle charging station at Atlantic Station is an important milestone towards my goal of making Atlanta a cleaner and greener city," he commented. "We're focusing on a number of initiatives that will make the City of Atlanta and its residents and business owners better stewards of the environment. Zero emission vehicles play a vital role in ensuring that we are building and investing in a sustainable city for future generations."

The MAGE POWERTEC PLUS canopy was designed by MAGE SOLAR and installed by ACE Electrical of Marietta. With an annual production of 4,860 kWh of clean energy it will offset about 9,480 lbs of CO2-emissions every year. Visually pleasing in its design, the structure fits well into the 11 acres of reclaimed green space in the midst of the busy metropolis. Since MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules come with an industry leading 30-year 80% power guarantee, the canopy is sure to provide plenty of clean energy for many variations of electric vehicles - already existing models and versions not yet even on the drawing board - that will park and refuel at Atlantic Station in the years to come.

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