We love it when three of our favorite things come together: solar power, electric vehicles and flattening ducks! Greentech Media recently posted an article on the timing of electric vehicle charging and how it can compliment additional power sent to the electric grid from solar resources. The basic principle is that as the sun shines and electricity is put on the grid from solar arrays, strain is eased on the electric grid making it a good time to charge electric vehicles.
Over the course of a day, the power profile on a grid rich with solar electricity generation looks something like a duck.
During the lowest part of the curve – typically midday – is a good time for workplace electric vehicle charging. That is, if you have them at your workplace like OSU does.
Another fun tidbit: offering EV charging can equate to a 5% raise. Read ChargePoint’s case study to find out how EV charging can raise employee satisfaction by 75% and help meet sustainability goals. So enjoy this summer’s sun and if you drive do it in an efficient electric vehicle and help flatten the duck!