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EVs and Solar Panels: A Match Made in Sustainability Heaven?

A new study suggests that owning an electric vehicle (EV) makes you more likely to install solar panels at home, and vice versa. This "virtuous cycle" could benefit both your wallet and the planet.
Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) surveyed hundreds of households in the San Francisco Bay Area and found that 25% of EV owners also had solar panels, compared to just 8% of non-EV owners. This suggests that people who are already environmentally conscious and willing to invest in clean technologies are more likely to embrace both EVs and solar power.
So, why the connection? Several factors may be at play:
Cost savings: Solar panels can offset the cost of charging your EV at home, making it even more environmentally and financially attractive.
Sustainability synergy: Both EVs and solar panels reduce reliance on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, so they align with a broader commitment to clean energy.
Social influence: Owning an EV or solar panels can spark conversations with friends and family, raising awareness and potentially influencing others to adopt these technologies.
While the study focused on homeowners in the Bay Area, the researchers believe the findings may hold true elsewhere. They suggest that policymakers could consider incentives that encourage simultaneous adoption of EVs and solar panels, further accelerating the transition to a clean energy future.
Remember, even small steps towards sustainability can make a big difference. If you're considering an EV or solar panels, take some time to learn more about the benefits and see if it's the right fit for you. Together, we can create a cleaner, greener future for everyone.




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  • Abraham Jok Atem

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    I am surely going to try this out sooner or later

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    • Esther Wanjiku

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      That's a totally valid observation since it makes perfect sense that while adapting EVs your home would now need to run on natural sunlight so you install the solar power. An amazing virtuos cycle

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      • Kevin

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        Amazing piece

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        • We Don't Have Time

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          • Joseph Githinji

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            The combination of electric vehicles and use of solar panels in homes sounds amazing, with such strategies use of clean and renewable energy will be easily realised.

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            • Princess

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              Electric vehicles paired with solar panels create a harmonious blend of sustainable transportation and clean energy.

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              • Tabitha Kimani

                13 w

                Clean energy and energy saving mechanisms will play a great role in restoring the climate.

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                • Jane Wangui

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                  @tabitha_kimani solar panels and EVs? That might just be what we need to transition to clean energy.

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                • Elizabeth Gathigia

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                  This is very nice owning a EV and installing a solar panel, it will definitely lead a sustainable planet

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                  • johnte ndeto

                    13 w

                    Nice piece 👏

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                  • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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                    The study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) sheds light on a compelling synergy between electric vehicles (EVs) and solar panels, suggesting a "virtuous cycle" that promotes sustainability and benefits both individuals and the environment. The research, based on surveys in the San Francisco Bay Area, reveals a notable correlation, with 25% of EV owners also having solar panels, compared to 8% among non-EV owners. Several factors contribute to this connection, including the potential for cost savings as solar panels offset the expenses of charging EVs at home. This financial incentive, coupled with the shared goal of reducing reliance on fossil fuels and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, aligns with a broader commitment to clean energy and sustainability.

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