EV manufacturing facility’s Solar Charging Yard constructed via ForeFront Power

ForeFront Power partnered with Rivian to develop a 783 kWdc solar parking canopy at its EV manufacturing facility in Normal, Ill., that also includes (you guessed it) Rivian EV chargers.

Rivian commented: “We’ve flipped the switch on the Solar Charging Yard in Normal. It uses our Rivian DC Fleet System to charge 72 vehicles at once. We’re also working to install a 2.8 megawatt wind turbine, which means soon, R1 vehicles will get their first charge entirely from on-site renewables.”

The project is expected to generate 1.04 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable electricity annually.

Rivian’s Solar Charging Yard came online in September 2022. Together with the forthcoming wind turbine on the east side of the manufacturing plant, the Solar Charging Yard will help power new R1 vehicles completely with clean energy for their first charge, before they are delivered to Rivian customers.

“Rivian’s Solar Charging Yard project is a testament to the company’s climate and sustainability leadership, showing U.S. customers what a clean energy future looks like within the auto industry,” said Michael Smith, CEO of ForeFront Power.

Rivian has signed the Climate Pledge to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

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