JRP3 wrote: davewill wrote:
JRP3 wrote:I'll throw out another concept, the only way to actually claim the use of solar power for your driving is to use the solar panel output directly. Grid tie doesn't actually count ...
Utter bovine excrement.
Care to debate that with facts? If you have grid tie solar the power goes into the grid. When you plug in your car guess what, the grid sees additional load so additional capacity has to come from somewhere else to compensate.
I feed power into the grid from my solar panels in the afternoon, at the peak of the grid demand during hot summer days. Thus I am reducing the peak load on the grid. I pull the power back out at night, when the utility has excess generating capacity. My solar panels + LEAF are reducing the the capacity requirement of the grid.
However, I don't claim that my car is solar powered, because overall I pull more power out of the grid than I put in. Perhaps that's what you meant to say, that if I didn't have the LEAF I would be buying less power from the utility. That is true, but my LEAF is not stressing the grid's capacity.