Two new electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in the shared solar-covered parking lot of Brooklyn Pizza Company and Sky Bar, on North Fourth Avenue at East Fifth Street.

The charging station parking spots at Brooklyn Pizza and Sky Bar are open to any electric vehicles whose owners wish to park in the lot and charge their vehicles while on Fourth Avenue.

The new Blink charging stations were funded as part of a $99 million U.S. Department of Energy stimulus grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Pima Association of Governments' Clean Cities program signed on to the initiative in March 2009.

Although there are public charging stations installed under the DOE program at local places like Bookmans and Thoroughbred Nissan, these are the first electric vehicle charging stations in Arizona to connect solar power to electric vehicle charging.

The Level 2 (240-volt) charging stations, which offer a full charge in just a few hours, were installed by Ecotality, in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Project, and the Pima Association of Governments (PAG).

Ecotality won the DOE contract to install 200 level 2 stations in Arizona by January 2012. Sites were selected with the assistance of PAG.