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Bergstrom Automotive Microgrid EV Charging Project

Neenah, WI

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solar powered ev charging solution using xcape microgrid at bergstrom

Overview

Bergstrom Automotive, headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, is one of the top 50 automotive retailers in the United States. Their dealership in Neenah has prepared for the launch of Ford EV models, particularly the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the all-electric F-150.

Challenges

Charging electric vehicles without a clean-energy EV infrastructure solution would send energy prices soaring. EnTech Solutions was asked to demonstrate a clean energy solution to support Bergstrom’s EV charging infrastructure challenges, while reducing the impact of demand charges.

Solution

To eliminate the need for new utility infrastructure service, EnTech Solutions clean energy EV charging system was presented as a solution. Utilizing two Xcape microgrid cabinets, EV chargers were installed in the front lot and in their service bay. Both units are powered by one solar field, with support from an onsite natural gas generator.

The microgrid units are off grid, which made the installation quick and easy. This system is always on and always available, without any interruptions that could arise because of utility outages. The clean energy EV charging system also aligns with Bergstrom’s corporate sustainability goals.

For more information on this EV charging project and how EnTech Solutions and our sister company, Faith Technologies, were able to reduce costs and emissions for the dealership through clean energy charging, listen to Bergstrom Automotive CEO, John F. Bergstrom, on the Automotive News Podcast.

Highlights

  • 49% carbon reduction vs. charging off the utility grid.
  • Project completed, start to finish, in less than three weeks.
  • Solar is the primary power source.
  • By generating 47 MWh of annual solar energy, the dealership can provide nearly 1,000 EV charges.

Microgrid Specs

Item Details
Type Xcape unit and ground-mount solar 
Technical Summary  
Customer Load Mach-E, 68 or 88 kWh battery 
Design Output kW 36 kW 
Design Storage kWh 160 kWh 
Design Solar PV Input 39.4 kW 
Supplemental Power Generation  
Grid Connection Off Grid 
Generator Application Natural Gas Generator, supplemental