Advancements in Energy Storage Make Solar Power and EV Charging a Winning Combination

EV Charging With Solar Power is a Game-Changer

More and more auto companies are beginning to produce electric vehicles (EVs), pointing towards a future that relies less on gasoline-powered transportation. How to power and charge your EV at home is an issue that more and more homeowners are being faced with. Ideally, you’d have an efficient and effective method of doing so that likewise doesn’t depend on the electrical grid to get the job done. Advancements in energy storage and solar power performance have made charging your EV with solar energy a viable solution for EV and homeowners, now more than ever before. With Sargeant’s Solar Roofing, you can take full advantage of solar energy by installing or expanding your solar system to accommodate EV charging at home. Now that’s a winning combination!

So why should you make the switch or upgrade your current system? Explore some of the benefits of solar EV charging with Sargeant’s Roofing in Edmonton!

Save On Your Energy Costs

The North American average amount of money that EV owners can expect to pay to charge their vehicles off the electrical grid is about 19 cents/kilowatt-hour — and that average is rising, not declining or plateauing. Making the switch to using stored solar power to charge your EV can easily offset your monthly power bill by more than half. Over the lifespan of your solar energy system, the long-term savings far outweigh the initial upfront costs associated with installation.

Net Metering and Getting Paid to Capture Solar Power

You might be thinking “hold on — do I need to be able to charge my electric vehicle during the day if I’m using solar power?” Not necessarily. When you have a solar system installed, you can take full advantage of a process called net metering. The way net metering works is fairly straightforward — you can deposit unused energy collected from your solar system during the day into the local electrical grid. In return, you can make use of energy credits for the equivalent of what you deposited when you need it.

For example, let’s suppose your solar system collected and deposited 9 kilowatt-hours of energy into the local grid while you were at work for the day. When you get home in the evening, you can draw back that power from the grid to charge your EV at no charge. And what happens if you don’t use all of the energy that your solar system deposited? You can sell that to the electric company for profit. That’s right, your roof can pay you for doing its job. Essentially, you can get paid to charge your EV at home with a solar roof.

Charging Your EV With Zero Carbon Footprint

While your electric vehicle may be doing a lot to reduce the carbon footprint while it’s in operation, charging your EV from the electrical grid may not be helping much at all, if not completely canceling out the good you’ve done. This is because a large percentage of the traditional power grid is still supplied by fossil fuels and non-renewable energy sources. So, what good is driving an EV if you still have to rely on these energy sources to charge it? This is where a solar-powered EV station steps in to save the day. Charging your EV with solar power is the only real way to truly achieve a carbon-neutral footprint and most effectively benefit the environment.

Increase Your Property Value

With the rising adoption rates of solar power across Canada, what does the future look like for when you may decide to sell your home? What does a solar power system do to your property value? Fortunately, many home studies in recent years have shown that homes that have been outfitted with solar power increase property value noticeably, and typically sell faster than traditionally powered homes. This is only set to become more and more the norm as solar power becomes more affordable and efficient. As more and more people become informed about the advantages of solar power, including how using solar power to charge your electric vehicle can save you thousands of dollars over the lifespan of a roof, the more these types of homes are going to be in high demand.

Schedule Your Solar Panel and EV Station Assessment Today

You don’t have to wonder how much a solar-powered roof can save you in Edmonton and the surrounding region of Alberta. Simply contact us at Sargeant’s Roofing and schedule an on-site assessment! We’d be more than happy to assess your home’s needs and requirements in regards to making the switch to solar, including the installation of your own solar-powered EV charging station. Our team of professionals can answer any questions you may have about the process and more accurately provide a quote for the cost of installation. Call us today to get started!

 

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