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Pair a Tesla with Solar Panels to Shrink Your Carbon Footprint


| 6/2/2017 12:53:00 PM



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The world has been keeping a close eye on Elon Musk and his innovative "cleantech" ventures. Now that Tesla and SolarCity have combined forces, even design-conscious homeowners can pair electric cars and solar panels to wage a war against grid reliance and energy dependence. Here's how pairing your Tesla with solar panels can help shrink your carbon footprint.

How to Charge a Tesla with Solar Energy

Electric vehicles like those manufactured by Tesla can actually serve as a form of battery storage for solar energy. The process is simple:

1. Install solar on your roof to generate electricity by harnessing the power of the sun

2. Take that photovoltaic energy and use it to charge your Tesla Model S or Model 3 when your solar panels are producing more electricity than you need to power your home



That one-two punch is exactly what Elon Musk had in mind when his company moved to acquire SolarCity. Of course, this was this all possible before the Tesla-SolarCity merger – a Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf owner didn’t need Elon Musk’s “master plan” to realize that electric cars can be paired with solar energy. However, Musk’s latest move targets the layman homeowner, extending beyond the early adopters of clean energy who paired their Leaf or Volt with home solar panels years ago.



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