For homeowners looking for sustainable ways to fuel their vehicles and reduce their overall carbon footprint, having a solar vehicle charger installed not only reduces your environmental impact, but makes economic sense.
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Solar Vehicle Charger, Oakville
Solar Vehicle Charger, Oakville
Although owning an electric vehicle allows you to save money that would otherwise be spent on gasoline, you may find that your electric bill has increased significantly. To offset this cost, homeowners often turn to having a solar vehicle charger installed. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice cost for convenience. By connecting your electric vehicle charger to a solar panel array, you will be provided with clean, affordable, and emissions-free transportation.
With a solar vehicle charger, you can expect to save hundreds to thousands of dollars from the average utility cost, which can add up over time. Typically, solar panels fall within the range of $3 per watt, or $3,000 of a 1 kW system. Including installation, an investment of several thousands of dollars can end up saving you a lot in the long-run. Many homeowners find that this switch to solar power pays for itself. It’s never been a better time to have a solar vehicle charger installed. Especially with governments around the world looking to phase out gasoline vehicles, the cost of solar is falling rapidly across the country.
A solar vehicle charger and its solar panels will typically last for 25-30 years before needing to be replaced, so you will be provided with clean energy for several decades before ever having to worry about replacements. It’s estimated that within the next 10 years, at least 50% of vehicles on the road will be electric. Getting ahead of the curve means that you will be ready for this shift, especially as manufacturers are increasing their lines of electric vehicle models. Having access to these pickings will increase your possible options when choosing a future vehicle.
Contact MADE ELECTRIC for more information on solar vehicle chargers! We operate within the GTA and Oakville, and would be happy to help you through the process of transitioning to solar power. Whether you’re looking to have solar panels installed for your home, need help in picking out the perfect solar vehicle charger, or have questions about connecting your solar panels to your current charging station, we are here to answer your call.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How can I customize my solar vehicle charger?
One of the most important parts in a solar energy system is the inverter. This is the piece of equipment within a solar panel system that converts direct current (DC) energy, which is what is generated by the solar panel, to alternating current (AC) electricity, which is what the electrical grid uses and recognizes. There are also two types of inverters to choose from: a string inverter and a microinverter, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.
Using a microinverter means that solar panels will be arranged into ‘strings’, with the power produced being transferred into one inverter. Meanwhile, a microinverter sees each of the solar panels having their own inverters, allowing you to add or remove additional panels as you see fit. To figure out which inverter is best for the solar energy system that you’re looking to build, contact MADE ELECTRIC today!
How many solar panels will I need for my solar vehicle charger?
This depends on how much energy you will need to power your electric vehicle, which can be impacted by the type of electric vehicle you own, how much you drive, and the battery system that is incorporated into the solar panel system itself. Since different vehicles have different specifications, the amount of power needed for a system will vary. How much you drive as well is a big factor, which can includes things such as where you live and your daily commute to work. Denser urban areas, for example, will tend to have shorter commutes. It’s important to ensure that your solar energy system has a good battery storage capacity, as this too can affect how many solar panels you will need.
Some systems require as little as 10 solar panels, which can be enough to efficiently charge an electric vehicle, but this number can be highly variable depending on your home, your vehicle, and your lifestyle.
What should I know about building a solar energy system?
It’s generally recommended that if you expect your electricity use to increase within the next few years (due to wanting to renovate your home, renewing your appliances, or getting more than one vehicle) to build your solar energy system based on the capacity that you will eventually want to have. This can save you money and time in the long run, as it’s better to have a larger capacity first than go back and upgrade later.