Can Solar Power Charge Electric Vehicles?

If you want to transform the way you power up your home, car, and everything else in your life, it’s time to look at solar. Our solar installers in San Diego get you setup with a powerful solar system that could charge up your EV within a few hours and save you money in the process. It helps lower your long-term fuel costs for fueling your car in the long run, reduces your negative impact on the environment, and gives you a more convenient and reliable way to charge your car without relying on public stations or slow methods that can take days to charge your car.

Ready to transform how you harness and store power? Learn more about how Murietta solar works and how to take the next steps with Action Air Conditioning & Heating.

Mid adult woman charging her electric car at home. Okayama, Japan. 2021

What to Know About Charging Your EV with Solar

An electric vehicle can use a standard 120-volt outlet as its power source, but it can quickly sour your EV ownership experience. You should only use a standard outlet when you have no other options and plenty of free time. You can expect your regular outlet to charge your vehicle for just a few miles. A 120-volt outlet will charge up your EV about 4 miles per hour. It could take more than 16 hours to fully charge from empty and get on the road.

The challenges of relying on standard outlets are why most homeowners upgrade to a Level 2 EV charger for their home charging station. It’s the most popular option, and it reduces the time it takes to completely charge your vehicle to a fraction of the time.

How Do You Charge an Electric Vehicle with Your Home’s Solar Panels?

Solar panels can also transform how you charge your EV and make the process more efficient than ever. They work by converting a direct current (DC) to an alternating current (AC). If you already have a solar setup and solar batteries in Murrieta, you can go ahead and set up your at-home charging station and enjoy the power routed from your solar panels to your EV charging station.

How Much Does It Cost to Charge an Electric Vehicle?

A home charging station in the U.S. costs around 16 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). As a general rule, one kWh usually powers an EV for up to three or four miles. Depending on where you are, charging your vehicle at a commercial charger can cost between $10 and $30. Other factors that can affect the cost include the time of day, your location, and how much power the station can provide.

You’ll also need to factor in the costs of charging, purchasing, and installing an EV charger. Depending on the charger you choose, it could cost anywhere from $400 to $1,500. There may be additional costs required if you need an upgrade to your electrical system. After the installation, the cost of charging your car is less than that of a traditional vehicle. You can also take advantage of EV and solar incentives to make your investment even more cost-effective. 

What Are Electric Vehicle Incentives?

There are tax incentives that help put more money in your pocket as an EV owner. The state’s “Electrify Your Ride EV Rebates” offers a $1,000 rebate for a purchase or lease of a used battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle made on or after January 1, 2023. There are also EV tax credits available for the year in which you purchased your vehicle. Rebates and EV charge cards may also be available at electric vehicle charging stations.

Solar panels also come with their own tax incentives for even more savings. The team at Action Solar can talk through your federal solar credit options, solar tax credit rates per year, and state incentives. Action Solar also provides flexible financing options, making it easy to get your system up and running.

Schedule Your Solar Panel Installation in Murietta with Action Air Conditioning & Heating.

Ready to harness the power of solar with your EV charging station? Turn to the solar installers in Murietta for all of your solar needs. The solar experts at Action Air Conditioning & Heating offer installation, replacement, cleaning, and Murietta solar panel repair. We’ll make sure your system is up and running and well-maintained for incredible efficiency and peace of mind. Call us today! 


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