How to use excess solar energy to charge Tesla?
by LILucky on Apr 11, 2023
Tesla, the company known for its electric cars and sustainable energy solutions, has announced a new feature that could revolutionize the way solar homeowners use and store their excess solar power. The feature, called "Solar Power Overflow," allows homeowners with Tesla solar panels to automatically charge their Tesla electric vehicles (EVs) with excess solar power generated by their panels.
This new feature addresses a common issue for solar homeowners, which is that they often generate more solar power than they can use during the day. This excess energy is typically sent back to the grid or stored in batteries for later use. However, with Solar Power Overflow, Tesla EV owners can use this excess energy to charge their cars without having to pay for additional energy from the grid.
A new update to Tesla's mobile app reveals new code revealing this functionality:
- String Changes pic.twitter.com/PpEhHtOl4J— Tesla App Updates (iOS) (@Tesla_App_iOS) March 15, 2023
The way it works is simple: when the solar panels generate more power than the home is using, the excess energy is automatically directed to the homeowner's Tesla EV. This means that the car charges with free, clean energy, and the homeowner gets to use all the energy generated by their solar panels, rather than wasting it by sending it back to the grid.
Solar Power Overflow is a win-win for both Tesla and its customers. For Tesla, it encourages more homeowners to invest in solar panels and EVs, which are both parts of the company's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. For homeowners, it provides an additional incentive to invest in solar panels by allowing them to use more of the energy they generate and potentially saving them money on their energy bills.
In addition to Solar Power Overflow, Tesla also offers other features that allow homeowners to maximize the use of their solar panels, such as Powerwall, a home battery storage solution that allows homeowners to store excess solar energy for use during times when their panels are not generating power.
Overall, Solar Power Overflow is a game-changer for solar homeowners who also own Tesla EVs. It provides a practical solution to a common problem and reinforces Tesla's commitment to sustainable energy solutions.