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2015 September Is PV + EV Right for Me?

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Is PV + EV Right for Me?

New tool explores solar & electric vehicles

A new online tool helps Californians in the state’s three major investor-owned utility service territories to understand the benefits of combining an electric vehicle (EV) purchase with a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation.

Called WattPlan®, it was developed by Clean Power Research through a California Solar Initiative (CSI) Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RD&D) Program grant. It provides a personalized analysis with information on the economic, energy and environmental savings of using both technologies.

The U.S. plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market has grown substantially, particularly in California, where according to Clean Vehicle Rebate Project statistics, 2014 PEV adoption increased by an order of magnitude over the previous three years. California is the nation’s largest PEV market with some 100,000 vehicles and new sales adding about 3,500 additional cars in the state each month. 

The strong correlation between PEV and PV owners has been well documented. A 2012 survey of 1,419 PEV owners performed on behalf the California Air Resources Board found that 39% of PEV owners already had solar and another 17% were considering going solar within a year.

WattPlan allows individuals to easily explore

  • Bill savings potential with PV and PEVs
  • Optimal electric rate plans and charging times
  • Available tax credits and rebates
  • Optimal PV system size
  • Relevant market statistics regarding PV and PEV adoption

This tool will be available through September 30, 2016.

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