ChargePoint Teams With Sun Edison For Residential Solar Panel Installs

NOV 17 2014 BY MARK KANE 10

Do I Need to Charge Now or Will I Make the Trip Without Juicing Up?

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ChargePoint, well known for its electric vehicle charging network, is now turning to residential customers interested in both home charging and solar panel installation.

ChargePoint CEO – Pasquale Romano recently was interviewed about CharegPoint’s partnership with Sun Edison.

“The partnership is between us and Sun Edison. The reason we partnered with Sun Edison is that they are moving into residential solar in a big way and they have a vision beyond solar–they look at the whole energy-efficiency genre as a holistic problem-set for consumers.

We are getting into the home space, and so is Sun Edison. Sun Edison has a very well established commercial solar business. And together we think we can bring our drivers a pretty compeling offer–a ChargePoint home charger in connection with a solar installation on that driver’s roof.

All the installation gets all wrapped together, so while the people are out taking care of installing the solar, it’s a very, very small increment to add an EV charger at that point.”

Since there is net-metering available, combining electric car charging and solar is beneficial and you don’t need expensive energy storage to minimize energy bills.

“Q: People who are interested in solar seem to be the same people who are interested in EV. Do you see this as something that might be an incentive to buy an electric car? Or is this for people who already have an EV and want solar?

I think it is a little bit of both. I think that an electric car makes so much sense if you are making a lot of your own power because if you are making electricity at a favorable rate, you might as well move your fuel costs into that category. Combining solar and an EV can give you some pretty dramatic economic benefits.

And if you have an EV, you are immediately thinking about ‘Hey, how can I really take the next step and really reduce my fuel costs, and energy costs for my house, car, everything?’ Solar is just an easy way to do that. Right now the economics on solar are so great for residential that if you have the ability to do it it is a pretty easy decision.”

So, if you are considering solar & EV, then Sun Edison/ChargePoint could be another option.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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10 Comments on "ChargePoint Teams With Sun Edison For Residential Solar Panel Installs"

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PV and EV . . . it is an amazing partnership that will change the world. I generate all my transportation fuel on my roof.

That’s my goal too. I did the preliminary remove trees that were shading the roof, achey, breaky, silver maples. Hint: never plant silver maples. full southern exposure. Maybe next Spring.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Heh, I had a giant live oak in my backyard that I was prevented from cutting down by deed restriction, which stood smack dab in the middle of a perfect stretch of yard for a solar patio canopy. There were a few big storms rolling thru during the summer and one of them took it down for me! Now I have plenty of firewood and a big sunny stretch of yard with no obscuring trees for a southern exposure.

I need one of those storms!

Yep, that was my first move too. Had to trim down a try on the side of the house where the PV would go.

Let me know if you move forward to do your own install. If you have the DIY skills to install a 240V Dryer outlet and install a roof attic vent then you have all the DIY skills needed to install a microinverter based PV system. All you need is confidence.

The house is for most people their biggest investment and if something happens to the PV-system and the house gets damaged, you will have no insurance.
I do a lot in DIY, but have seen to many badly installed PV-systems in 8 years as a NABCEP-certified Installer for residential and commercial that I can’t recommend it.

You can’t recommend people not hiring you and doing the work themselves? I’m so shocked!

BTW, the PV system is fully permitted and inspected.

4 PV systems installed so far….

As a solar PV enthusiast, I have seen too many badly installed PV systems done by the professionals. Issues are usually caused either by a rush to complete the job or by lack of familiarity with NEC/building codes.

While I dislike SolarCity’s lease model, they do a fantastic job in my neighborhood.

Spec 9,Good for you that you passed inspections. My AHJ would not even look at PV-installs, that are done by a homeowner.

I had a professional system design, but saved a great deal on the labor by putting in my own ground mount racking, installing all the panels, trenching and running counduit and installing the grounding.

In my location, you can’t get a system approved without a certified electrician doing/signing off on the wiring. Plus, it was a confidence booster to have the electrician and solar guru there when they inspected the system. {It was the very first install my electric utility ever inspected, so I expected undo trouble.}

Now I just need the EV. I am so ready to drive electric….