Phoenix Contact installs solar powered-EV charging station at Pennsylvania campus


The Phoenix Contact USA campus in Middletown, Pennsylvania, now hosts a solar-powered EV charging station. Up to 10 vehicles can charge at the station at one time, utilizing four FLO charging stations with two charging points each and two Jule fast-charging stations.

The new 112.5-kW solar carport supports the 220-kW capacity EV charging station. Phoenix Contact products, including PLCnext Control, power supplies, terminal blocks, relays and DC charging cables, were used in the installation.

“Phoenix Contact is working to make our global value chain carbon-neutral by 2030, and the EV solar carport supports that effort,” Doug Ferguson, Senior Vice President of Americas Operations Services at Phoenix Contact. “We have approximately 20 employees who drive electric or hybrid vehicles, and we are transitioning our fleet to electric as well. With the new carport, we can provide a completely green and renewable option to keep those vehicles charged without adding any burden to the electric grid.”

Phoenix Contact USA installed two grid-connected charging stations with four charging points, capable of charging an additional eight vehicles, in 2015. Other sustainability projects at the Middletown campus include: installing a 961-kW rooftop solar array; adding two electric vehicles to the company fleet; and retrofitting 204 light fixtures with LEDs.

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