Powering Your Home + Vehicle

As electric vehicles (EVs) become more common, SunPower by Sea Bright Solar assists owners by installing Level 2 chargers, which provide the convenience of charging faster at home. Coupled with a solar electric system, your EV can be powered by the sustainable energy of the sun. Making it an even more environmentally sound choice. Sea Bright Solar works with the very best charging station partners to ensure your solar + EV will be sized correctly to offset your current utility bill and future needs when you make the switch from gas to green.

EV Technology & Charging

If you currently own an electric vehicle or planning to purchase one, you have come to the right spot for the professional installation of your Level 2 EV Charger. Whether you have purchased your EV Charger already or you would like Sea Bright Solar to furnish and install a Level 2 EV charger, we’ve got you covered.

Currently, significant federal tax credits are available for qualified Level 2 EV chargers. In addition, some states and utilities offer additional incentives for the installation of qualified Level 2 EV chargers.

Understanding Charging

Level 1 (trickle) charging typically takes 15 hours to fully charge an EV. That means that owners may need to charge during peak usage times or feel compelled to ‘top off’ using public charging stations to avoid range anxiety — expensive alternatives! You may want to consider a Level 2 charger when we install solar for your home.

Level 1 Chargers

These typically come with your car and are able to be used with your home electric outlets.

Pros

    • Easily adaptable, use with a standard 110 outlet
    • Easy to transport to allow remote charging

Cons

    • Typical charging time for full charge is 15 hours
    • Most basic charge system with no interface
    • No ability to select charge cycle to avoid top peak usage

Power Up Your Home Charging

Level 2 Chargers

The charging time is reduced by more than 60% and allows owners to charge at the speed of a public charger conveniently at your own home.

Pros

    • Quality chargers will fully charge an EV in 3 – 4 hours
    • Plug in models can share an outlet with a range or dryer
    • Most have mobile apps to monitor or configuration charging
    • Ownership yields lower cost of charging versus public charging station
    • Peace of mind allowing EV owners to maintain full capacity for the most range

 Cons 

    • Increased energy demand on your home
    • Require a 240v electrical outlet or hardwired, plus a dedicated, dual-pole breaker
    • Expense for installation – licensed electrician needed to install new outlet or hardwiring
    • If demand charges are in place, the higher current draw may increase energy costs

The Future Of Charging

Level 3 Chargers

The cream of the crop! These are the leading edge of the charging technology.

Pros

    • The fastest charge times available. Approximately 80% of range achieved in 40 minutes.
    • In the future: Bi-directional energy flow – allows direct DC connection between EV battery and the home in case of power outage. Your EV helps keeps your home powered!
    • Highest degree of integration to the grid for both the user and the energy provider.

Cons

    • Typically only available commercially
    • Extremely expensive
    • Very new technology — early adopter status for buyers
    • Currently AJH (City regulation) is unfamiliar – delays installers plan approvals. (This will improve as technology matures)