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Electric Vehicle Charging

There are several benefits to connecting your home solar panels with your electric vehicle, the most significant being that you may optimize your savings. You can fully charge your EV in hours, saving hundreds or potentially thousands of dollars annually, then filling up a gasoline-powered vehicle.

The rooftop solar system should be the ideal size to accommodate your EV charging and other essential loads for best results. No one wants trouble supplying the power required to power your hybrid or EV.

Another significant advantage of combining home solar with electric vehicle ownership is reducing carbon emissions. Switching from a gasoline-powered automobile to an electric car is already a big step forward. However, if you're charging it with energy generated by the grid, you're still consuming fossil fuels. You can reduce your carbon footprint by putting solar to work for your electric vehicle.

The Basics Of Solar EV Charging

Any standard 120-volt outlet can provide a few extra miles when you own an electric vehicle. However, while this may work in a pinch, and you don't need to go anywhere, it is inefficient, only adding 4 MPH and needing up to 16 hours for a full recharge.

The most effective option for home use is to upgrade to a Level 2 EV charger. A Level 2 EV is the most popular choice, adding 20-30 MPH. A full recharge takes 6-8 hours for a fully electric vehicle or about 1 hour for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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How Do Rooftop Solar Panels Charge EVs?

Our solar systems transform direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC.) Alternating current is the form of electricity that powers your home and electric vehicles. The solar panels do all the heavy lifting, collecting sunlight and converting it into direct current electricity. This power flows to the charger unit that charges your vehicle.

What Number Of Solar Panels Are Needed To Charge An EV?

The number of panels required is dependent on your electric vehicle's battery range and capacity and your home's capacity for solar panel installation. A typical homeowner driving 12,000 miles a year will require approximately 3,500 kWh per year to power just their automobile, roughly the same as a 2-5 kWh solar system. Depending on the kind of panels you select, you can receive up to 1.5 kilowatts of power from 5-12 solar panels. Our staff of specialists can help you determine the correct amount depending on your car and other factors.

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Enjoy Tax Benefits And Incentives

Property owners who install solar panels could qualify for a state tax exemption in Texas. The homeowner must use the system to power the home where installed and have a capacity no greater than 10 kilowatts. Incentives like this make solar more affordable and reduce payback periods.