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Did you know you can charge your electric vehicle via solar power?

Oliver Lamps solar power

Let’s start with the bad news. As we write this, there are petrol and diesel shortages across the U.K. If you drive a conventional gas-guzzling motor and you’re lucky enough to find a garage that’s got any petrol or diesel, filling up your tank will cost you a small fortune. And, before you even get to fill up your tank, you’ll almost certainly be stuck in a queue of unhappy drivers who are desperately trying to fill their tanks up as well. But look on the bright side, at least the sun’s been shining.

Now, the fantastic news. If you drive an electric car, the petrol and diesel shortages won’t affect you. You’ll be reducing your carbon footprint, saving a heap of money, and if your electric car is entirely electric, you currently won’t have to pay any road tax. Even if it’s a hybrid vehicle, your road tax will be considerably reduced.

Plus, while you drive past that long queue of frustrated petrolheads in the brilliant sunshine, you could have the added satisfaction of knowing that all that lovely solar energy will be getting stored up for your E.V. charger, ready to ‘fuel up’ your electric car overnight.

That’s right. You can use solar power to charge your electric car!

All you have to do is get in touch with Oliver Lamps and we’ll tell you how!

Oliver Lamps has gone solar.

On top of all the other fabulous energy-saving innovations we offer, Oliver Lamps have teamed up with the U.K.’s brightest solar energy experts so that you can tap into the power of sunlight too!

Solar isn’t something we’ve talked about before, but it’s a part of our business that’s quickly becoming huge. More than one million households across the country already rely on solar energy and – wait for it – there are currently six times more public E.V. charging points than there are petrol pumps in the U.K., with around two hundred more public charge points being installed every week… and that doesn’t even take into account the rapidly growing number of E.V. home charger installations!

It’s not hard to see why so many businesses and homeowners are jumping on the solar bandwagon. With the alarming and seemingly never-ending rise in energy prices, not to mention the growing shortage of fossil fuels and the incredible damage those fossil fuels are inflicting on our planet, making the change to cheaper, more sustainable, and environmentally friendly sources of energy has become more important than ever.

Also, as we mentioned in our previous blog, installing an E.V. charger could generate an invaluable revenue stream for your business. Plus, if you’ve got solar panels on your business or home, you might be eligible to apply for The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), a government scheme that pays businesses and homeowners for the excess renewable electricity they generate and put back into the National Grid.

How does solar energy work?

Solar energy is drawn from the electromagnetic radiation of the sun. It is renewable, sustainable, inexhaustible, and entirely free of charge. Solar energy generates heat and electricity by (most commonly) using a solar P.V. (Photovoltaic cell) panel to absorb and concentrate the sun’s light and heat.

What are the main advantages of solar energy?

  • Solar energy is renewable, free of charge, and 100% inexhaustible.
  • There are no toxic or air-polluting emissions and no greenhouse gases.
  • Using solar energy will help the fight against climate change.
  • Using solar energy will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, the electricity grid, and natural gas.
  • Solar energy is a rapidly growing industry, creating employment and wealth.

What are the disadvantages of solar energy?

  • The initial cost of installation (although grants are available)
  • Location; i.e. some parts of the country get more sunlight than others.

Having said that, solar panels can still work reasonably well in cloudy weather and – despite the traditional view that the U.K. isn’t especially sunny – we do receive approximately 60% of the equivalent solar radiation found at the Equator. Also, solar panels work more effectively in temperate regions than in very hot countries, which means the U.K. is the perfect place to take advantage of solar energy!

Stand by for some trivia!

  • Under average U.K. weather conditions, one kilowatt of solar panels should generate between 700-900 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year.
  • In 2020, renewable energy – solar, wind, hydro, and biomass – overtook fossil fuels to become the U.K.’s leading energy source.
  • Solar power is the third most generated renewable energy in the U.K., after wind and biomass.
  • According to the U.K. government’s Digest of U.K. Energy Statistics (2020), solar P.V. energy makes up 28% of the U.K.’s renewable energy mix. In 2011, it only made up 1%. What a difference nine years makes!
  • The U.K. has a combined capacity of 13.26 GW of solar P.V. power, which is enough for three million households.
  • If we all worked together to treble the U.K.’s solar energy capacity, total U.K. carbon emissions could be cut by 21.2 million tonnes per year by 2030. And what else is happening in 2030? That’s when the U.K. will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans!
  • The U.K. is currently No.8 in the global ranking for the use of solar energy… and, thanks to the solar geniuses who work with Oliver Lamps, we’re moving closer to the top of that ranking every year!

Want to know more?

Just give our friendly, expert team a call on 01328 855028 or drop us an email at [email protected], and we’ll do the rest. Even though it’s getting busy for the bright sparks in our showroom and our experts and installers in the outside world, we’ve always got time for you!

P.S. Don’t forget our showroom is at 26/28 Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DY. If you’re in the area, please pop in and say hello!

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