Solar Tree® Structure will provide 30,000 kilowatt hours of solar power per year to the facility
Envision Solar International (OTCBB:EVSI – News), a leading sustainable infrastructure product designer and developer, announced it has broken ground for the deployment of a Tracking Solar Tree® with EnvisionTrak™, Envision’s proprietary tracking solution and SunCharge™, column integrated Electric Vehicle charging station, at General Motors’ (NYSE: GM) Milford Proving Ground.
The patent pending, dual synchronous solar tracking system gives the array the ability to capture 25 percent more solar power than a conventional fixed solar canopy. The structure will produce up to 30,000 kilowatt hours a year and provide enough solar energy to charge six electric vehicles per day.
“Envision’s Solar Tree is an ideal renewable energy solution because it gives us the ability to pull solar power from an area where traditional methods aren’t feasible due to space or structural restrictions,” said Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager – Renewable Energy, General Motors. “Solar Trees, deployed in parking lots, will go a long way in helping us reach our renewable energy goals and it’s important to us that we use architecturally beneficial products, like the Solar Tree, whenever we are deploying in high visibility sites.”
This deployment, part of a larger program, is the second Tracking Solar Tree® on GM property. In November 2011, the two companies cut the ribbon on a Solar Tree® at a GM site in Warren, Michigan.
“General Motors is a valued customer with whom we are growing our footprint”, said Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO of Envision Solar. “We are excited by the prospect of our tracking Solar Tree® arrays in GM facilities and dealerships all over the country and this ground breaking in Michigan is the latest step in that journey. We have designed special Solar Tree® arrays specifically for GM and we are making sure that we continue to provide them with the highest quality, most productive structures available. One great American product working with another.”