Super Charging EVs in Fresno and Beyond

Aug 17, 2018 12:35 PM ET

By Meghan Kelly

Meghan Kelly is an MS/​MBA graduate from Clark University. She has been working this summer with City of Fresno to promote clean energy solutions.
Great things can happen when public need aligns with smart policy and clear market signals. That’s certainly true for Turn Key Construction and Solar, a construction company based in Fresno, CA, which is capitalizing on market incentives to boost opportunities in the electric vehicle (EV) market.
Unfortunately, Fresno is also known for having some of the worst air quality in country, due to greenhouse gas emissions and particulate pollution from transportation — specifically large shipping trucks and personal vehicles.

The good news is that Fresno has made great strides in addressing air pollution from the electricity sector by becoming a leader in solar. Fresno has the highest per-capita installed solar PV capacity in the contiguous U.S. But to expand the use of EVs in Fresno, more work must be done to expand its charging infrastructure. Fortunately, innovative business models are helping make that possible.

The City of Fresno has participated in the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps program — an innovative program that brings together an arsenal of top talent, resources and expertise in a variety of subject matters and industries to help organizations meet their climate and energy goals — for the past four years.

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