Opponents of plug-in vehicles often argue that they are not as low-polluting as they presume and that part of those emissions come from generating the electricity they need to function. Solar self-consumption is the fashion of 2023 that drives the electric car and, incidentally, puts an end to all these arguments.
Self-consumption of solar energy is the most chosen solution to generate energy autonomously and, if desired, completely independent from the electricity grid.
It allows energy to be obtained through solar panels or panels that transform the energy from the sun into electricity for the consumption of homes, electric cars… Depending on whether it is heat or sunlight that generates electricity, a distinction must be made between solar thermal energy or photovoltaic energy.
Solar self-consumption to charge the electric car
Although there are many reports that the purchase and use of an electric car continues to be profitable, the rise in the price of electricity registered for months leads many plug-in drivers to look for options to reduce the bill.
One of the most widespread is self-consumption, that is, installing solar panels in the home to use the energy obtained and transformed into electricity to recharge the batteries.
Self-consumption with surplus compensation
Depending on the geographical area in which the solar panels are installed, self-consumption may have certain limitations. Solar panels do not obtain maximum performance on cloudy days; they also lose efficiency if the panels are dirty…
In any of these situations, it may happen that there is not enough energy to fill the batteries of the electric car. The solution is self-consumption with surplus compensation.
In this case, the house remains connected to the electricity grid so that the energy generated but not consumed is poured into the grid in exchange for a sale price agreed with the company. At times when the panels do not generate enough power, the consumer can take it from the electricity grid.
Another solution is self-consumption panels with batteries. These store excess energy to be able to use it when necessary. These types of panels are more expensive but they are also the most recommended by experts.