More good news on the home solar + electric vehicle synergy front: Chevrolet is working with a number of other companies, including Best Buy, and SunEdison, a solar energy services provider, to study and promote the EV + PV connection.
The collaboration is part of the Pecan Street Inc. smart grid project. As part of the project, SunEdison will be leading development of the advanced home solar photovoltaic charging systems for Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles.
“This project will enable us to support zero-carbon footprint automotive solutions,” said SunEdison President Carlos Domenech.
EV + PV + smart grid According to SunEdison, the project – located in Austin, Texas — will take place in an area that will have one of America’s most highly concentrated residential installations of EVs, home services systems, smart appliances and the charging of cars from home solar panels.
According to SunEdison, more than 150 participating residents will have rooftop solar PV, including nearly all of the residents who acquire Volts. A number of the SunEdison-led home solar vehicle charging systems will also have in-home batteries.
Data collected about how and when customers use energy will support the development of smart EV+PV systems that provide truly green transportation, notes SunEdison.
“To be relevant, smart grid energy innovations must solve consumers’ problems and provide services that excite them,” said Pecan Street Inc. executive director Brewster McCracken.
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