Not So Complicated

Castleton charger

The new Level 2 chargers at Castleton State College, grid-tied to a 10 kw PV array.

A quickie post here, in the middle of writing a more complicated one. Today I needed to attend an unexpected event in a town an hour from here, and didn’t quite have enough charge in either of the cars to get me there and back. I went anyway, with the idea that on the way home I would go find the new charger I had read about that has been installed in the beautiful, tiny town of Castleton, VT. Bingo; this worked out perfectly. The installation is an impressive setup. Quite a few chargers are grid-tied to solar arrays, but this one has the array directly behind the charger. It makes for quite a visual statement—there’s no doubt where the power’s coming from, and no doubt what it’s being used for. Sunshine, propelling vehicles. The system was installed, in this case, by Castleton State College (with grants from Same Sun of Vermont, and Green Mountain Power), but here’s the kicker—a system this size would fit on virtually any average-size house, or in any average-size backyard. And, with a system this size, most American households could power their houses, AND an EV. It’s just not that complicated. Other than an inverter, which is about the size of a suitcase and isn’t visible in this picture, that’s the whole system.

So, no thorium reactors needed, no superconductors, no not-yet-invented gizmos. And on the other extreme, no horses and buggies and kerosene lanterns needed, either. Just some PV panels, an inverter, and an EV. Yep, not so complicated.

3 thoughts on “Not So Complicated

  1. Hugo

    A nice installation, and a very good post.

    Placing this setup near the visitors parking would be a good way for businesses to show that they are serious about “Going Green”.


  2. Jake

    That is pretty cool. There’s a parking lot in Little Rock that has a canopy built over every parking spot … with solar panels as the roof. Imagine how many charging stations that could support. I believe, in this case, the array was charging nearby buildings.

  3. Taborri Post author

    Jake, I’ve seen pics of similar arrays over parking lots, and thought about what a win-win that is in the South, where it’s so wicked hot in the summer. Park in the shade (which results in what, a hundred degree difference in the temp of your car when you come back?), no additional land needed for the array (as much as I think PV is a good thing, I sure hate to see arrays installed on good ag land), and power to boot. -t

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