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EVs and solar can be great complements to one another

ChuckLohre Cincinnati Electric Car Club, EV Cincy Leave a Comment

To accompany the launch of the City of Cincinnati’s Solarize Cincy program, I am sharing an infographic about how EVs and solar can complement one another.

According to Solar United Neighbors (the City’s partner for the Solarize program), “Using solar as a clean ‘fuel’ for EVs has the potential to dramatically decarbonize the transportation sector. The improvements to battery technology made in conjunction with EV deployment will unlock battery storage as a tool to advance renewable energy, especially solar, integration across a variety of applications. EVs, being essentially batteries on wheels, will hasten the adoption of a more decentralized and interactive electric grid with the potential for two-way flows of electricity and increased consumer participation.”

What do you think? Are you considering getting an EV or investing in solar panels for your roof? I’d love to hear your thoughts on what our energy grid might look like in another 10 or 20 years…

All the best,

Your EV Cincy Ambassador!

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EVs and solar are two clean energy “upgrades” that can complement each other, both at an individual household level and a societal level. According to Solar United Neighbors, “Using solar as a clean ‘fuel’ for EVs has the potential to dramatically decarbonize the transportation sector. The improvements to battery technology made in conjunction with EV deployment will unlock battery storage as a tool to advance renewable energy, especially solar, integration across a variety of applications. EVs, being essentially batteries on wheels, will hasten the adoption of a more decentralized and interactive electric grid with the potential for two-way flows of electricity and increased consumer participation.”

Results from surveys by the SmartGrid Consumer Collaborative and Solar United Neighbors suggest an overlap of consumers who are interested in solar with consumers who are interested in EVs.

According to SEIA, not only can solar help supply clean energy to an electrifying transportation sector, solar and EVs also share similar growth trajectories, policy needs, and barriers to adoption. Here are a few of the similarities outlined in a blog post by SEIA:

  • Solar and EVs are both market disruptors. Both technologies represent challenges to longstanding industries: utilities and the auto industry.
  • Solar and EVs benefit from grid modernization. This “largely translates to how well these technologies can communicate with each other and the grid, which can in turn help grid operators better manage power fluctuations.”
  • Both solar and EVs have the potential to provide excess energy to the grid. This could help manage changing electricity demand throughout the day.

 

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Share information about how EVs and solar complement each other, and cross-promote the City of Cincinnati’s Solarize program.

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