VCC’s New Solar-Powered EV Charging Station

December 15, 2021

Virginia Clean Cities unveiled its new solar powered electric vehicle charging station to the public. Made possible through federal grant funding, the Beam EV Arc is a part of the Mid-Atlantic Electrification Partnership, a three-year, $6 million project funded by the US Department of Energy to create an ecosystem for electric vehicles in the region. The charging station is located at VCC’s office in Harrisonburg and is free to the public.

Several EV enthusiasts and members of the community came out on a beautiful day to see the ribbon cutting and enjoy refreshments.

“Virginia Clean Cities is excited to host this innovative electric vehicle charging station right here in Harrisonburg. This not only provides zero emission vehicle charging from electricity sourced from pure sunshine, but also serves as a valuable research and teaching tool for students at James Madison University, and is part of a two-station pilot program in Virginia and West Virginia,” said Alleyn Harned, executive director of VCC. 

Keith Holland, assistant vice provost of James Madison University’s Office of Research and Scholarship also spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. He echoed the excitement of VCC’s Alleyn Harned and is eager to see the potential research opportunities the solar EV charger will provide to JMU faculty and students. 

For more information about the Mid-Atlantic Electrification Partnership, visit VCC’s project web page.