Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long will my solar vehicle charger last for?
Solar panels themselves have an average lifespan of 25-30 years, meaning that you will be able to comfortably charge your electric vehicle for several decades using (and saving money with) solar power before ever having to worry about replacements. For the EV charger itself, this depends on the frequency of use, but it should last at least 5 years with daily use before any wear, tear, or damage. In general, it’s recommended to have maintenance performed on your home every few years to ensure that everything is working as it should.
How much do solar vehicle chargers save homeowners?
On average, savings can be upwards of $10,000 over 20 years, even deducting expenses such as the cost of installation and equipment. This is money that would otherwise be spent on your electric bill, reducing the average annual gas and electric utility bill from over $3,500 to less than $350. For many homeowners, a cost reduction of 10% or more is worth the investment.
What is the difference between string inverters and microinverters?
String inverters in a solar panel array are when solar panels are arranged in a string formation, feeding the power produced into one singular inverter. This arrangement is relatively more affordable up front, but for additions and maintenance, it is considered more complicated and costly. An inverter in a string formation also has a maximum capacity. Microinverters are when each individual solar panel has its own inverter. Customization and adding additional panels are much easier with microinverters, but microinverters are generally more expensive initially.