Installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system in your home can save you money, and help save our planet in many ways. With adequate insulation and an efficient HVAC system, just about any home has “net zero” potential. When your renewable energy system produces the same amount of electricity as consumed by the home, the effect is known as “net zero energy.”
“Positive energy,” also known as “excess generation,” is when the system produces even more energy. Positive energy can be used to power your car, e-bike, and garden tools. Depending upon your geographical climate, the vehicle’s battery storage capacity, and projected mileage, you will need anywhere from 6 to 12 additional solar panels to power a car.
Solar panels can be placed on a roof, mounted on the ground, or on top of out-buildings such as a “solar carport.”
You will need to upgrade the system’s electrical components so that the DC inverter is paired with an electrical vehicle (EV) charger. Charging time is typical 8 hours for most systems. According to Zero Energy Project, “The energy produced by each 3 kilowatt (kW) solar PV system can power an electric car for an average of 36 miles a day, or about 12,000 miles per year—and even more in warmer climates.”
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