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New EV microgrid solar charger

By Michelle Froese

Paired Power is releasing PairFleet: a customizable microgrid charger designed to accommodate electric fleets of various sizes, accelerating the installation of new EV chargers.

Designed and developed in Campbell, California, Paired Power’s expanded suite of microgrid products can increase the number of EV charging ports available by combining energy from a site’s existing grid with clean solar power and battery storage. PairFleet’s innovative design decreases daily charging costs and provides supplemental backup solar power, all without expanding the existing electrical service.

Each PairFleet installation is designed to meet the specific requirements of the site, based on available grid capacity and a client’s energy and power needs for EV charging. With PairFleet’s app, users can get remote diagnostics and manage electric usage in real time. Most importantly, clients can freely and rapidly move into an electrified future with optimized charging capacity without cumbersome and tedious grid charging installation.

Paired Power has previously proven its solar and microgrid concept by deploying PairTrees at multiple businesses and wineries, including Carr Vineyards and Winery, charging Monarch tractors for clean, solar-powered farming.

“We found that many of our customers required larger scale charging capacity, so we scaled up our PairTree microgrid into a system that can charge larger numbers of vehicles,” said Tom McCalmont, Paired Power CEO. “Many customers are experiencing long delays for adding grid infrastructure from their utility for EV charging and microgrids are a rapidly deployable solution to the problem.”

“Thanks to Paired Power, we did something that no one else has ever done: we performed the first ever off-grid solar-powered harvest in which we harvested eight tons of grapes with zero emissions,” added Ryan Carr owner of Carr Vineyards and Winery in Santa Barbara, California. “Charging our tractor with Paired Power’s solar EV charging system allows us to reduce our carbon footprint while simultaneously making a big difference to our bottom line.”

By: EV Engineering + Infrastructure Online