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Charging your Tesla with solar is much cleaner than charging it with natural gas or coal. It’s a concept that Tesla founder Elon Musk is embracing with Tesla’s acquisition of largest U.S. solar installer. Now you can up your green game by doubling down on your fight against climate change and rising retail energy prices.

How can you get on board this exciting green initiative? If you are considering a solar panel system, you need to combine the projected energy needs from your Tesla with the expected household energy usage.

The key to “going zero” is to install a solar panel system that can generate enough electricity to meet the combined demand.

In terms of basic figures: the 2016 Tesla Model S requires 34 kWh every 1oo miles -- assuming you don't spend most of your time traveling at ludicrous speed. Determining how many kWh it will take to charge your Tesla is dependent on the distance you will be traveling.

Short trips 25 miles each way require roughly 17 kWh of energy while running errands close by may only require 2 or 3 kWh.

But don't get caught up in the minutia of per trip charging. Florida energy policies like net-metering ensure you can simply use your annual average miles driven as a baseline. Everyday when you come home and plug in you're basically buying back the sun power generated by your solar system throughout the day.

So how many solar panels does it take to charge a Tesla?

The answer is not clearcut. Solar panel electricity production depends on a number of factors including solar cell efficiency, solar panel size and the amount of sunlight directly hitting the panel.

As a factor of miles driven and kWh needed to charge. A 10,000 mile per year driver needs to generate an additional 3,400 kWh annually from their rooftop home solar panels - In Florida that is around 2.5kW of rooftop solar.

Still want to know more? Don’t go pulling out a pencil and calculator in preparation for some complex equations.

Let a solar panel expert like us here at Vinyasun do the work for you. After an analysis of both your home and your entire projected energy demands (including those related to your Tesla is applicable), we will recommend the best home solar panel system to cover all of your needs.

Contact us to get a free quote and explore going solar for your home and electric vehicle.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can FPL or my HOA prevent me from switching to solar?

The Florida Solar Rights Act is a law that forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings.

An association may require approval of a system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute.

Click here to verify information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association

Is solar free for Florida homeowners?
  • The sun is free to everyone.
  • Solar panels and specific back-up battery systems qualify for a number of rebates, tax credits and incentives.
  • There is a cost associated with solar energy because you are paying for your system. 
  • Financing enables homeowners to make the transition with $0 upfront costs
  • Systems often cost the same amount monthly as your current FPL bill
  • Solar puts equity in your home because you own the system and increases the value a minimum of 4.1% - click here for the Zillow case study

Does solar increase my home value?

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. In 2019 Zillow found that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274.

The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $23,989 in value for the typical home in New York. In three other coastal metro areas—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.—homes with solar power can fetch a premium of around 4%.

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