Casey R. loved owning his electric vehicle (EV). However, finding convenient and free options to charge his car was becoming a problem.
Charging at home using PECO’s power grid, Casey’s utility bills quickly became higher than ever. With limited electric chargers at his workplace and few charging options on his commute, something needed to change.
After researching, Casey decided the best solution would be to install his own solar power system. Casey’s decision to pair his EV with home solar panels represents the significant shift in how Americans power their lives while caring for the planet. In 2020 alone, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, solar made record growths with a 43% national increase in use.
Together, EVs and solar energy technologies capture the imagination of homeowners interested in independence, sustainability, and self-reliance. Plus, choosing home solar makes owning an EV even more convenient, efficient, and less expensive.
A solar home doesn’t just benefit electric vehicle costs, either. In many cases, homeowners’ solar panels can power charging their EV every night and cover their entire home’s electrical needs too.
On average, an EV needs 3,120 kWh per year to charge for a daily commuter. With today’s industry-leading solar panels from SunPower, it only requires six (6) solar panels to produce enough power to charge your EV daily. You can find how much you’ll save by switching from a gas vehicle to an electric vehicle with this free online calculator:
Without a home solar system, charging an electric car from the grid poses risks to the health of our planet and future generations. Coal and natural gas, both of which produce harmful greenhouse gases, still provide a significant portion of total electricity for energy companies across the nation.
On the other hand, a solar energy system provides onsite power from a completely renewable and clean energy source – the Sun! Using renewable energy to charge your EV each day has a huge impact on the environment by reducing CO2 emissions.
For Casey, his home solar system allows him to charge his Tesla while reducing his utility bill. By using the remaining solar panels to power his entire home, he’s saving money and helping to protect the environment too!