Your guide for installing a Solar EV Charger

A country-wide revolution invites you to take an active role. You are the citizen of a flourishing and exuberant country; who, if not you, will take the responsibility of shaping the face of a new history that humankind can create.

Indeed, solar power works miracles. It is because of the gracious sun that all life on earth blooms. Ever since the beginning of existence, we have depended on the sun. Despite a lot of ambiguity that persisted throughout the last decade, solar power is becoming stronger with the support of local communities and state governments.

There have been significant amends in the solar tariff and rebate rates, and those are the reasons that the solar community needs individual support. Solar module installation is a promising premise that will help meet the country’s ever-growing energy demand. Hence, installing solar power modules to derive the daily energy needs is the need of hour. 

Empowering Solar Power

States like California and Colorado have been showing exemplary efforts to support solar power. Residential solar modules are a must in new housing developments in California, while Colorado aims to educate its youth by conducting solar awareness programs.

A study by the Department Of Energy (DEA) tells that one in every four U.S. homes is all-electric. In California alone, about 15,000 electric vehicles were sold in the year 2018, meaning that our energy consumption-rates will continue to rise in the years to come.

Also, Illinois lawmakers have taken a step towards going green by passing a bill that suggests that all new commercial and residential facilities shall have electrical outlets for EV charging. The bill is further hope for the clean-energy communities that promote the use of sustainable energy sources.

New technology in the solar industry

Standard 120 volt EV chargers (also known as level one charger) can recover 4-5 miles of charge upon charging for one hour. However, with research and designing, SolarEdge came up with the world’s first solar EV charger. It is a 2-in-1 EV charger that gives homeowners a chance at doubling their power status. These chargers will allow solar module owners to eliminate the need for installing high-voltage electrical outlets. (140V for level 2 EV chargers) Solar EV chargers are best for residential property owners who wish to distribute the daily power consumption between the utility grid and solar module.

Installing the Solar EV Charger

NOTE: Here, we have taken SolarEdge’s 2-in-1 EV chargers as a reference point to this installation guide. Installers must go through the instruction manual provided by the manufacturer. (In case, they don’t choose Solar Edge.)

Requirement

Solar Module, EV Charger, EV Charger Cable, Screwdriver, Drill, 4 Screws.

Packet Contents

Most manufacturers (like SolarEdge) will provide a holder, (To mount the EV charger on the wall.) EV charger cable, Cable lock, and an installation guide.

Steps to follow

NOTE: Before connecting the 2-in-1 EV charger with the solar module, make sure ground the circuit.

Installation

  • Connect the EV charger cable to the inverter
  • Determine a mounting location (on a wall, pole, etc.)
  • Position the holder against the mounting surface and mark hole locations
  • Drill the holes
  • Position the EV charger cable and fasten with screws
  • Check if it is attached firmly to the wall
  • Hang the EV charger cable on the holder
  • Activate and configure the EV charger

Setting up the Electrical connections

  • To connect the A.C. wiring, (of home, office, etc.) strip the A.C. wiring up to ⅚” (8mm)
  • Insert the A.C. conduit into the A.C. terminals of the 2-in-1 EV charger.
  • Connect the wires in the right place by referring to the manufacturer’s manual.
  • Repeat the first three steps for D.C. wiring as well
  • Close the safety-switch cover

Activation and configuring (for solar EV chargers)

  • Download the mobile monitoring app
  • Create an I.D., then log-in
  • Navigate to find a ‘car icon’ and follow the configuration screens to set the charging options, etc.

NOTE:  Refer to the product’s user manual for details

Monitoring

  • Make sure that the EV charger is in connection and active.
  • Access the mobile app
  • Tap the car icon to take remote control of your electric vehicle’s charging

Charging

  • Check the inverter for a green LED light (if it is on, the charger is good to use)
  • Hold the Charging plug and unwind the cable
  • Connect the charger to the vehicle’s socket by pushing and clicking
  • Listen to one beep sound coming from the inverter (it indicates right connection)
  • Undo the above steps, once the charging is complete.

Is that all?

The cost of installing a standard 120V EV charge can be anywhere around $1000 to $1700. Under which, $300 to $600 will be the price of the EV charger, and the rest is of the parts and labor.

However, anyone who has the basic knowledge of electrical circuit units can install a Solar EV charger or the standard 120V one with ease. Yet, know that inverter installation occurs after installing the solar module and power optimizer. Knowing the module’s capacity will help decide on the right solar EV charger. It would help if you also referred a sticker on the EV charger that specifies its electrical ratings.

That was all the necessary knowledge that you’ll need to install a solar EV charger. Nonetheless, if you need more information on solar power or solar equipment, feel free to drop us an email at info@solarmyplace.com. We will be glad to help!