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Rivian’s first solar-powered EV charger in Tennessee is now live [Electrek]

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Rivian’s first Waypoints EV charger is in Paris, Tennessee, a city with a population of around 10,000 that’s two hours northwest of Nashville.

Rivian’s new Waypoints at Eiffel Tower Park in Paris, at 1020 Maurice Fields Drive, has a J1772 plug. And bonus: It’s right next to a 70-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower that drivers can admire while they’re charging.

Rivian and Clearloop’s 1 megawatt (MW) Paris Solar Farm-Puryear project is powering the Level 2 EV charger. The two companies deliberately “aim to put renewables on more fossil-fueled grids where they can displace more coal and natural gas.”

Rivian provided upfront financing for the 1 MW solar farm, which is part of a larger 6.75 MW project that will cover electricity used by Rivian Waypoints chargers in Tennessee state parks and other clean energy projects in the region.

Rivian’s Waypoints EV chargers are currently located in 12 Tennessee state parks:

  • Radnor Lake
  • Cumberland Mountain
  • South Cumberland
  • Montgomery Bell
  • Cove Lake
  • Indian Mountain
  • Meeman-Shelby Forest
  • Natchez Trace
  • Warrior’s Path
  • Fall Creek Falls
  • Pickwick Landing
  • Seven Islands State Birding Park

As of December 2022, Rivian’s 1 MW portion of the Paris Solar Farm-Puryear is expected to annually generate more renewable energy than all the state park sites’ needs.

Read original article at Electrek.

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