Drive Solar offers California drivers a free charging station with solar system purchase

Prius Plug-In (Charged EVs)

PlugShare, the maker of a popular charging station locator app and purveyor of public charging data, is betting that homeowners who go solar would also like to drive electric, and vice versa.

Under PlugShare’s Drive Solar program, purchasers of a home solar system from Sungevity can receive a free GE WattStation home charging station, including installation (the offer is available to residents of select Sungevity service areas in California).

According to PlugShare, installing a home charging station can cost an EV driver upwards of $2,100, once the costs of installation, permitting and a potential service panel upgrade are included. Combining the electrical work for the charging station and the solar system can be more efficient than doing both as separate projects.

Plugshare Sungevity

“Our Drive Solar program is a natural fit for two companies that take pride in making their customers’ lives easier,” said Kelly Griswold, Sungevity’s VP of Business Development. “We know from recent studies that EV ownership can be a stepping stone to adopting home solar. Offering a complimentary charging station plus the installation of that station with a solar system agreement is a very attractive package that saves the customer both time and money.”

According to PlugInsights, PlugShare’s consumer research division, about 12% of EV buyers in 2015 had rooftop solar, while the overall proportion of households with solar power is below 1%. This suggests that the fast-growing EV market presents a great opportunity for residential solar installers.


Source: PlugShare

  • Bryan

    Sounds good but what are you paying for the solar system? Are you paying so much more when compared to a local or regional solar dealer’s price that the charger is not really free?

    Better shop before you sign on the dotted line. Solar leases, power purchase agreements and even solar leasing company loans are agreements are three of the most expensive ways to have solar on your roof. Simply add up the 20 years worth of escalating lease payments on a solar lease or compare system pricing to the local or regional dealers and you’ll typically find that you’ll pay up to three times what it costs to purchase a system outright.

    Today a name brand grid tie solar system with American made solar panels can be purchased and installed for less than $1.90 per Watt after applying the 30% federal tax credit. That’s less than $.07 cents per kWh with a 4 to 5 year return on investment in many parts of the country. The solar leasing companies are still quoting $0.12 cents to $0.16 cents per kilowatt hour.

    • BruceW2014

      The concern I have with purchasing solar is the innovation in technology going exponential. A decade ago Vinod Khosla introduced SF to a scientist working on nanotechnology for solar PV cells. It would produce the same output of energy but reduce the current PV cell to the size of a pea. Like electric vehicles, the drive train and battery technology is changing so rapidly if I have to have renewables and efficient clean energy generation and devices I’m going to opt to lease now and buy later once the market and manufacturing shakeout is done.

    • nordlyst

      Please decide whether to quote prices in dollars or cents. Saying it’s “$0.12 cents” is nonsense – you mean either 12 cents or 0.12 dollars.