The simple answer is yes, you can use solar power to charge an electric car! There are many benefits to charging your EV with solar panels. Statistically, 80% of EV owners have a charging station in their homes. The three main benefits of pairing your charging station with home solar panels are lowering your charging costs, lowering carbon emissions, and the convenience of charging at home right in your driveway.

 

Cost Savings

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You may be wondering what the cost difference is between just using a charging station and adding solar panels to your home. Charging an EV with solar is 51% cheaper than charging on grid power! Keep in mind this does vary depending on the model of your EV and your location’s grid. Also, that electricity along with gas costs fluctuate, your cost for solar panels stays the same and eventually disappears.

Your local grid is something to keep in mind when deciding on solar panels. Solar panels are a key way to eliminate your driving emissions. If your local grid is powered by fossil fuels, then so is your EV.

What is Charleston Powered by?

The majority of the state of SC is powered by nuclear power. Although nuclear reactors do not produce air pollution or carbon dioxide while they are operating, they do during the process of mining and refining the uranium ore necessary to make the reactor fuel. Also include the energy used to create the amounts of metal, concrete, and other materials to construct the power plant. The fossil fuels used to mine, refine, and build are directly associated with the electricity that the nuclear power plant generates. A major concern for the environment that comes from using nuclear power is the radioactive waste that it generates. These materials created from the fuel can remain radioactive as well as dangerous for human health for thousands of years.

Renewable Energy in S.C.

Hydropower, solar power, and biomass are the States primary renewable resources. The energy generated from these sources accounts for only 8% of the state’s energy generation in 2020.