Adding Electric Vehicle Charging to a Solar Energy System
In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, incentives have created a buyer benefit where the more solar power you can generate, the more you can save. For homeowners that are studying their solar power options, it is also a great time to consider you transportation future. Overall, New England acquires as much as 60% or more of its electricity from burning natural gas. Charging an EV is therefore not as clean as it could be.
But thanks to incentives, adding an EV Charger to a residential solar energy installation not only assures the car is charged mostly with clean energy, it also may cost less to charge. This is true in two ways:
When an EV model is chosen, the charging requirements are set. Just as combustion engine cars vary in gas mileage, so to small to large EVs vary in energy consumption per distance driven. Some have larger battery packs and require greater a longer charging time. A newly designed solar energy system can be sized to cover the anticipated needs. Where required, additional solar panels may be added to provide the additional kWh of solar power to cover the car charging.
The additional kWh generated are subject to the same SMART reimbursement rates or net metering offsets depending on your state. You will be compensated at a rate higher than the current billing rate.