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Solar Panels for Charging Your Electric Cars at Home

Solar panels and electric vehicles (EV) are like peanut butter and jelly. They just go together. Most homes that choose to go solar often add an electric vehicle to the mix so they can reap the stellar financial incentives of both purchases and increase efficiency by powering both their home and electric vehicle. Super Solar shows you how you can create a solar system that works for both technologies and make them work for your home. 

Solar panels will charge your electric vehicle in the same way it will supply energy to your home appliances. In most cases, a solar system with ten solar panels or more can provide enough power to sufficiently charge your vehicle’s battery. Generally, people that live in a dense urban area will require fewer panels due to a short commute and limited mileage requirements. 

For a more definite number, it’s important to drill down on how often you will be using your EV. This will help determine what size solar system your home will need. A great first step is to learn your vehicle’s mileage rating so you can quantify the amount needed. Because electric vehicles don’t consume gas, the EPA rates them on how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) it takes for the car to drive 100 miles, which is then converted to a “miles per gallon” equivalent (MPGe). Once you have that information, you can calculate how much additional solar electricity will be needed for charging. The final steps of installation include adding a charging station and battery storage but if you’re not ready to commit to the EV lifestyle just yet, make sure to size your solar energy system for future usage and ensure that your system is “add-on friendly” for any future purchases. 

Our team of solar energy experts can help with recommendations during your complimentary energy evaluation. From options like installing a microinverter to a secondary, smaller solar system, with Super Solar you have options. Give us a call today at (813) 680-5627 so we can start creating your dream solar system!