Over the past few years we’ve been working with Mitsubishi to support a move to greener, more energy efficient vehicles.
However, what most of us probably don’t think about is that while your electric vehicle is charging during the daylight hours, you could also be doing something extra to make it that little bit more environmentally friendly.
Solar lights the way
There are many reasons to consider installing solar PV panels on your home or business, but one that many people probably don’t think about is the benefits it can deliver for your EV.
As you’d expect, EV drivers tend to form habits very quickly of plugging in their cars when they arrive at the office or when they’ve finished the school run in the mornings; leaving them plugged in for the day while they go about their business.
And as the solar energy produced from your solar system needs to be used at the time it’s generated (when the sun is shining during daylight hours), it makes sense to use as much of it as you can rather than just returning it to the grid.
So using the solar energy generated from your PV system is a great way to increase your overall use of renewable energy, and at the same time reduce your dependency on power from the grid.
Energy directly from the sun to power your car and your home, how exciting is that? Zero drive time emissions from your car, with a large reduction in your grid power required for your home.
Size does matter
Of course it depends on your needs, but if you’re looking to get the most out of a solar system to power your home as well as recharge your car, you may need to look at a larger system than normal.
For example, if you’ve installed a 4 kWh system and live in Sydney, the Clean Energy Council, advises a system of that size could generate an average of 15.6 kWh of electricity per day.1 The CEC guidelines also suggest that a typical Australian household consumes around 18 kWh of electricity per day.2 Based on this scenario, you may want to investigate getting a slightly larger system to make sure you can support your cars recharging requirements.
If you’re interested, you can find out what size solar PV system might work best for your needs here.