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Solar-powered PV4EV charging station marks beginning of green infrastructure along GA highway

City of Westpoint

West Point, GA

Located along The Ray, the Visitor Information Center in West Point, Georgia is home to the state’s very first solar-powered PV4EV (photovoltaic for electric vehicle) charging station. This is part of the state's mission to build the infrastructure necessary to support electric vehicle transportation.

Topics Covered

Energy Efficiency
Renewables
Mobility & Access

Cost

Initial: 200 Thousand USD

Funding

Public Private Partnership

Project Status

Operational since 2015

Gov Champion

Georgia Department of Transportation

Problem Addressed

With 20% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions coming from transportation - representing the largest amount of greenhouse gas produced by a single sector - and fatalities on highways topping over 37,000 in one year alone, highways are detrimental to the environment, and their users.

With this in mind, Georgia has started a movement with the goal to build net-zero highways, reaching 0 CO2 emissions, 0 endangered species, and 0 fatalities on their 18-mile stretch of the I-85.

To create a regenerative mobility system, Georgia needed to get innovative when implementing new ideas and technologies.

Solutions Used

To create a sustainable highway, Georgia Tech School of Architecture students studied a range of technologies including solar panels built into highways, asphalt that generates electricity as cars travel on it, and air filtering plant walls to reduce highway emissions.

The first steps towards innovation were taken on 'The Ray', a 16 mile stretch of road in Troup County, Georgia. With Georgia ranking 2nd in the nation for registered electric vehicles, installing an EV charging station along The Ray is meant to promote more broad adoption of electric vehicles in Georgia.

The PV4EV station is a fast charge station on a corridor that has little to no charging infrastructure. It is tied into the grid for the City of Westpoint to provide green energy to the community when it is not in use. As a "quick charge station" it is capable of providing 80 percent of a battery charge in less than 45 minutes for most EVs, essential for its placement along the highway. This marks the beginning of many infrastructure developments along 'The Ray.'

Outcomes

1

This infrastructure promotes electric vehicle adoption, now that citizens can charge their cars along the heavily trafficked highway in 45 minutes

2

The PV4EV has provided the infrastructure necessary for tire safety check stations, the solar-paved highway system, smart planting, bioswales, pollinator garden, rubber roads, and more.

3

More convenient travel for EV drivers between West Georgia and Alabama

Lessons Learned

1

Partnership between organizations, various government departments, and private companies sped along project development, providing a smart highway for Georgia's residents & visitors.

Who Should Consider

Departments of transportation looking to build up green infrastructure along their highways and roads.

Last Updated

Mar 22nd, 2022

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