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Electric Vehicle Chargers Powered by Solar Panels

As the world continues to shift towards renewable energy, electric vehicles (EVs) have become more common. With the increase in EVs, there has been a growing demand for convenient and sustainable charging solutions. This has led to the integration of EV chargers with solar panels, allowing for a seamless and eco-friendly charging experience. 

So What Are EV Chargers?

Electric vehicle (EV) chargers are essential devices that charge the batteries of electric cars. The charger ensures that an electric car can fully function when on the road, which is crucial since EVs rely solely on electric batteries as their source of power.

EV chargers come in various types, each providing different power levels to the electric vehicle battery. Level 1 chargers are considered the slowest and most basic type of charger for EVs. They are typically included with the purchase of a new electric car and require a standard 120-volt outlet to charge. A Level 1 charger usually takes up to 12-24 hours to charge a fully depleted battery, making it the least effective charging option.

Level 2 chargers are more efficient and deliver a faster charging experience than Level 1 chargers. These chargers use a 240-volt outlet, which makes them more powerful and faster relative to Level 1 chargers. Level 2 chargers can charge EV batteries in 4-8 hours and are often the most commonly installed chargers at public charging stations, workplaces, and homes.

DC fast or rapid chargers are the most potent chargers available to electric car owners, and they can charge an EV battery to 80% within 30 minutes only. This charging level is commonly found at high-frequency EV charging stations situated in a key location such as a highway rest area, petrol station, or restaurant.

Rapid Charger

Photo by Ed Harvey 

Connecting EV Chargers to Solar Panels for Residential and Commercial Buildings

Connecting EV chargers to solar panels for residential and commercial buildings is an excellent way to promote environmentally friendly practices and reduce our carbon footprint. The process involves installing EV chargers in locations where potential charging needs are identified and connecting them to solar panel systems that are installed in the same vicinity. EV chargers can be set up at public charging stations, workplaces, public parking lots, and other locations where EVs are likely to be parked. Public chargers are usually installed as Level 2 and DC fast chargers. More workplaces come with EV charger installations, providing employees or customers with accessible, convenient, and clean charging facilities. 

EV Charger with an electric car charging

Photo by Kindel Media

How Solar Panels Power EV Chargers

Solar panels generate electric power by harnessing the energy of the sun. Once installed, the solar panel system absorbs sunlight and converts it into electricity. This electricity is then stored in batteries or inverted using solar inverters to power the building where the system is installed. When an EV charger is connected to the solar panel system, it draws power directly from the energy stored in the batteries or through the solar inverter.

EV charger with an electric car charging

Photo by Kindel Media

Why Using Solar Panels to Power EV Chargers is Important

As our world works to become more sustainable, here are some benefits of having solar-powered EV chargers.

1. Clean Energy: By using solar energy to power EV chargers, we can significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, which are a significant source of carbon emissions. This reduction contributes to a cleaner planet and a better future for generations to come.

2. Financial Savings: Using solar energy to power EV chargers can save on electricity bills, which is an added advantage of installing and using solar panels for residential and commercial buildings. The energy generated through the solar panels can be used to power the building as well as the EV chargers, and any excess can be sold back to the grid.

3. Increased Property Value: Another benefit of installing EV chargers connected to solar panels for residential and commercial buildings is the boost in property value. Environmentally conscious practices, like the use of solar energy, can make properties more attractive to potential buyers.

4. Promotes Sustainability: The integration of solar panels and EV chargers promotes sustainable practices, which are essential for achieving a green future. The adoption of sustainable practices encourages individuals and organizations alike to embrace renewable energy and environmentally friendly practices, which are important for the survival of our planet.

How SolaTrue Can Install Solar Panels for EV Chargers for Residential and Commercial Buildings

SolaTrue is a leading provider of solar panel installation services, with expertise in connecting EV chargers to solar panels for residential and commercial buildings. Here’s how SolaTrue can expertly install solar panels for EV chargers for your property.

1. Custom Consultation and Assessment: SolaTrue will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the property to determine the best location for the solar panel system and EV chargers. The experts will also assess the capacity of the property’s electrical system and any necessary upgrades needed to accommodate the solar panel system and EV chargers.

2. System Design and CustomizationSolaTrue will design a customized solar panel system that meets the property’s specific needs. The system will be designed to generate sufficient power to meet the charging needs of electric vehicles and other electrical devices on the property.

3. Installation and Integration: SolaTrue’s team of professionals will handle the installation and integration of the solar panels and EV chargers. They will ensure that all electrical connections are properly made and that the system is calibrated for optimal performance.

4. Testing and CommissioningOnce the installation is complete, SolaTrue will test and commission the solar panel system and EV chargers to ensure they are functioning optimally. SolaTrue will also guide how to utilize the chargers efficiently and monitor their performance.

5. Ongoing Maintenance and Support: SolaTrue provides ongoing maintenance and support services to ensure the long-term functionality and efficiency of the solar panel system and EV chargers. They offer regular inspections, troubleshooting, and prompt assistance whenever needed.

two solar panel installers installing a solar roof

Photo by Los Muertos Crew

Connecting EV chargers to solar panels for residential and commercial buildings is a sustainable solution that promotes clean energy practices. This integration enables the use of solar power to charge electric vehicles while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. By harnessing the sun’s energy, we can minimize our carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner and more green future. SolaTrue’s expertise and experience in installing solar panels for EV chargers provide customers with a reliable and efficient system that will meet their specific needs. Contact SolaTrue today to schedule a consultation and start aligning your property with a sustainable future.


“Types of Electric Vehicle Chargers.” Duke Energy

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