These days Panasonic is busy digging its claws into the electric vehicle business thanks to its multi-billion dollar dealings with Tesla Motors. But there are other non-Tesla efforts Panasonic is working on, including a program with Powertree Services to provide 68 solar-powered EV charging stations around the San Francisco area.
The systems include a battery as well as the ability to provide power back to the grid or to the tenant’s home. The 68 stations are scheduled to be completed by next year’s Earth Day with a combined total output of 6.1 megawatts, with each station rated at 70 amps or 18 kWh, with power coming from on-site photovoltaic solar panels.
“Owners of multi-tenant apartment and mixed use buildings face a rising demand from tenants, drivers and new regulations that combine to require them to install, manage, upgrade electric charging facilities and support electric vehicles. With Powertree Services owners can turn this potentially burdensome situation into new value and offer attractive new amenities for their tenants even in medium to small urban properties with no capital outlay by the property owner,” said Stacey Reineccius, founder and CEO of Powertree, which is headquartered in San Francisco.
Another addition to Panasonic’s green portfolio, which will soon include the renewable energy-powered Tesla Gigafactory, which should go online by 2017.