One of the topics we discuss regularly with solar Tracker owners and prospects is the increasing ‘electrification of our lives’ to reduce our carbon footprint, and generate more of our overall power usage from renewable energy. For the average New England family, that usage breaks out roughly as follows:
- 40% transportation – fuel for vehicles
- 40% heating – propane, heating oil, etc.
- 20% general household electricity
Traditionally, solar energy only tackled that 20% ‘slice of the pie’, but the growing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and mini-split heat pumps for home heating are both eating away at those big 40% slices at an ever-increasing rate. And with the big guys, like General Motors, predicting that a full 50% of their overall vehicle fleet will be electric in a mere 10 years, it isn’t a question of if, but of when we’ll all be taking a close look at EVs.
A Great Tool to Help Pick a Plug-In
The Sierra Club has put together a guide to electric vehicles that we found particularly helpful, including analysis of the following decision criteria broken out by vehicle, location, etc.:
- Fuel savings
- Oil savings
- CO2 emission savings
- State and local incentives
- Exemptions/reduced fees
- Tax credits
- Utility programs
So if you’re considering an EV purchase anytime soon, or just want to start exploring the topic, we’d encourage you to have a look at this helpful tool.
And as a rough rule of thumb, a Solaflect Tracker produces enough power each year to take an EV about 20,000 miles down the road. So the power from half a Tracker would provide enough ‘fuel’ for the 10,000 miles we typically use our vehicles each year. And the number we love the most? 74 cents. That’s right, powering an EV with a solar Tracker translates into about 25 years of ‘fuel’ at 74 cents a gallon! So if the average driver spends roughly $3,000 a year filling up their vehicle, that’s over $2,000 of savings a year on fuel alone! Not to mention no need for oil changes, less service cost, etc.We love talking about all things related to solar, so please reach out to us or call us at (802) 649-3700 if we can answer questions and help you think about how solar can cover an ever-increasing share of your family’s power usage!