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Smart City San Diego - a collaboration between San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), City of San Diego, GE, UC San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego - and City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders have unveiled the completed Smart City San Diego Solar-to-EV project at the San Diego Zoo.

The Solar-to-EV project, which began construction in September, incorporates 10 solar canopies producing 90 kW of electricity and five EV charging stations in the zoo's parking lot. Using new battery technology, a 100 kW energy storage system is charged by the solar canopies and used to offset power demands on the grid to charge the vehicles. When the battery is full, the excess solar energy that is generated is put onto the electric grid to improve reliability and benefit the surrounding community, according to SDG&E. The solar canopies also provide shade to approximately 50 cars in the zoo's southeast parking area.

The Solar-to-EV project is owned and managed by SDG&E's Sustainable Communities Program, which promotes local solar installations and green building design and construction throughout the region. The charging stations are part of The EV Project and are owned by the program's administrator.


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