Solar canopies will play an increasingly important part in fleet electrification
Electric vehicle charging and energy management provider Amply Power and Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions have partnered to expand its fleet electrification offerings.
The new collaboration includes delivering, the first commercially available combination solar canopy and overhead electric vehicle charging solution covered by a power purchase agreement (PPA) leasing and financing model.
The companies claim the field-tested solution, enabled by the patent-pending pantograph in-depot equipment canopy mount, allows fleets to reduce the cost of EV charging while leveraging renewable electricity.
“Solar PPAs and managed charging can help fleet operators double-down on the cost savings that electric vehicles already deliver compared to diesel. Solar power generation is usually an afterthought, and we developed this unique solution after witnessing transit agencies struggling with the costs associated with developing an overhead charging system,” said Vic Shao, CEO of Amply Power.
“Unlike diesel prices, electricity rate can fluctuate wildly throughout the day, sometimes by as much as 400 per cent, making it impossible to ‘time the market’ and potentially wiping out EV savings. By combining overhead charging with a fixed rate of power, we are helping fleets bring predictability to their budgets and reduce their exposure to high rates.”
Once built and installed in a depot, Amply Power and Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will manage the solar charging and maintenance operations via a PPA, a common financing model for the commercial solar industry. The solar and charging agreements extend 20- to 25 years and offer a fixed rate of power with no upfront capital expenditures.
“By combining overhead charging with a fixed rate of power, we are helping fleets bring predictability to their budgets and reduce their exposure to high rates”
The full offering from the partners includes all aspects of EV charging infrastructure and solar carports, as well as Amply’s charging-as-a-service (CaaS) support model. According to Amply it simplifies the transition to EVs for fleets by assuming end-to-end responsibility for all vehicle charging needs, from cloud-based system design to installing local site controllers.
The company reports its proprietary back-end software and operational methods enable fleets to drive utility costs down by optimising EV charging and other energy use at both public and private depots. This process maximises existing electrical capacity to avoid costly utility service upgrades when possible.
“Our collaboration with Amply goes beyond solar carports with overhead chargers,” added Dan Alcombright, managing director of growth implementation at Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions.
“We are committed to supporting fleets in reaching their zero-emission targets, while incorporating more resiliency into their operations and reducing their energy costs for charging.”
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions aims to help large enterprises reduce power costs, lower emissions, and increase resiliency. The team provides wind, solar, resilient backup power and managed energy services to more than 1,000 projects across the US, with a total electric capacity of 5,100 megawatts of nonregulated renewable energy.
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