Eleven parking lots in Maryland will soon get solar canopies that will power at least one EV charging station at each location.
The Maryland Energy Administration announced the recipients of their Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy with Electric Vehicle Charger Grant Program. The MEA program took applications from businesses, state and local governments, and non-profits for funding of up to $400,000 per project. To be eligible for the grant, plans must include at least 125 kW of solar PV panels mounted to a canopy structure over a parking lot.
Other benefits include reduced snow removal costs, shade and precipitation protection to vehicles, and increased clean electricity generation from a site close to local loads.
Each location must have at least one Level 2 electric vehicle charging station powered by the solar PV system. All projects must be completed and operating by June 15, 2015.
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The following eleven projects were awarded grants:
- FSK Land Corp., a parking garage on Johns Hopkins Homewood campus.
- Mt. Washington Campus South Business Trust, a parking garage on Johns Hopkins Mt. Washington campus.
- CPC Residential LLC, a parking garage at the McHenry Row shopping complex.
- Verizon Maryland LLC of Silver Spring, data center and administrative building.
- Federal Realty Investment Trust, a parking garage at the Pike & Rose development.
- Melwood Horticultural Training Center of Upper Marlboro.
- Lifetime Fitness of Columbia.
- Howard County Office of Sustainability in Ellicott City, Public Information Office.
- Maryland Environmental Service of Millersville, an employee and guest parking lot.
- County Commissioners of Queen Anne’s County in Centerville, employee parking lot.
- Volvo Powertrain North America of Hagerstown, manufacturing facility.