Menasha, Wis. / Green Bay, Wis. (Sept. 22, 2021) – To support its passengers’ electric vehicle (EV) charging needs, Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) has put in a clean energy EV charging system designed and installed by EnTech Solutions, a full-service clean energy solutions provider.
“As air travel continues to increase for personal and business needs, we make it a point to serve the changing needs of travelers,” stated Airport Director Marty Piette, A.A.E. “One of those area is supporting the charging needs of EV owners. Placing a solar-powered EV charger in the short-term parking area at the airport gives passengers a quick and easy option to charge their vehicles while they’re dropping off or picking up. Powering the chargers with clean energy also supports our environmental efforts, while being cost-effective.”
The new EV charging station is a clean-energy option which reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Utilizing an Xcape™ microgrid solution, EnTech installed an EV charger in the short-term parking area which is powered by solar arrays with support from the electric grid if needed. The grid-tied system can be monitored remotely and was installed in 2 weeks.
Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach says the new EV charging station is another reason for area travelers to choose GRB. “We are constantly looking at what we can do to make business and leisure travel a good experience,” he stated. “This station makes it easy for travelers to get their electric vehicles charged when they arrive at or leave the airport. We see the demand for this service increasing in the future.”
Electric vehicle sales are expected to reach nearly 30% of new vehicle sales by 2030, as the focus on clean energy continues to grow. “The microgrid-based charger at Austin Straubel can generate up to 21,630 kilowatt hours of solar energy annually,” said Scott Romenesko, EnTech Solutions President. “This is enough for the airport to provide around 300 electric vehicle charges per year, with clean solar energy as the primary power source,” he noted.