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New solar photovoltaic modules used to charge electric vehicles in Michigan

The 50kW pole-mount installation is equipped with 15 electric vehicle charging stations and measures the impact of panel tilt in correlation to energy yield.

Western Michigan University is utilizing Mage Solar modules for a 50 kW solar photovoltaic project on its Kalamazoo campus.

216 of Mage Solar’s US-modules are mounted onto 18 individual customized poles in a parking lot across from the university’s James W. Miller Auditorium. Each of the arrays can be adjusted individually within a range from vertical to 80 degrees. Students can therefore test how the tilt of the array impacts energy yield of the modules.

The system was designed, furnished and installed by The Green Panel, Inc. The company’s team also customized inverter and charging station monitoring systems that will give real-time access to the system’s performance data.

The project was funded by a grant from the Department of Energy and administered by the Clean Energy Coalition of Ann Arbor, Michigan.