Electric vehicles and solar energy seem to be the two sides of the sword we use in the fight against carbon emissions. If you’ve considered buying one of them here in Arizona, it’s hard to imagine you haven’t considered the other as well. And though these may seem like stand-alone, environmentally friendly measures, it’s tough to have one without the other when you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint.
Buying an electric vehicle (EV) may reduce the fossil fuels you use on your commute, but an EV is only as green as the energy used to charge it. If you are charging your EV at home, using energy from the power grid, the electricity that keeps your tires spinning is still responsible for the carbon emissions that the power utility company used to generate that electricity.
Similarly, when you have a solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed on your home but are still driving a combustion vehicle, you could be negating all of the green-energy karma of your solar energy! But if you own an EV already, Energy Solution Providers has the perfect solar energy solution for charging your car at home without negating your carbon reduction.
EV Solar Charging
Most homeowners here in Arizona might think of solar panels as the shiny black or deep blue things they see mounted on the roofs of their neighbors. But solar panels can be mounted on many different surfaces, as with ground-mounted systems and carports. If you drive an EV, you can install a solar PV system that is perfectly sized to offset the electricity that you use to charge it!
Designing an EV Solar Carport
Even if you plan to move or are looking to install a full scale residential solar PV system in the future, it is never too early to install a EV charge station or solar carport for your vehicle on your home or property. When you trust the solar installation experts at Energy Solution Providers, we will work with you to determine the perfect size for your EV charging station and ensure that it is “add-on friendly” in the event that you want to install a larger system in the future.
Saving Money & Carbon Emissions
Whether you are installing a solar charging station for your EV, or you are buying an EV to accompany your residential solar PV system, there are plenty of potential savings. You can expect to spend over $500 per year on your energy bill by charging an electric car using the energy from the grid, and if you drive a traditional gas-powered vehicle, you can expect to spend at least $2,000 per year on fossil fuel. But regardless of the car you choose to drive, solar energy will save you money in the long run while reducing your environmental impact.
Should you decide to go big and install a full solar array to generate renewable energy for use in your home, we see many of our customers eliminate their electricity bill entirely. Can you imagine not paying for gas for your car and not paying an energy bill each month?
The Time For Solar Is Now!
In case you missed our recent blog on the Federal Investment Tax Credit, 2019 is the final year to receive a full 30% reduction in the cost of your solar installation. If you want to get the most your of your solar installation, now is the time to act.
Tesla, Leaf, or Prius — We Will Charge You Up!
Regardless of what kind of electric vehicle you drive, there is a home charging solution that is just as green as your car. Remember, your electric car is only as green as the power source you use to charge it, so contact Arizona’s trusted solar contractor and start designing your EV solar carport today!
How are you charging your electric vehicle? Keep it green with a solar charging station from Energy Solution Providers. Call us at 520-868-0700 or contact us to get started.