I used to work within the photo voltaic business, so it’s one thing that’s near my coronary heart. I bought into the industrial and industrial photo voltaic business (C&I) in 2015. At the moment, Zimbabwe was going by means of an intensive energy rationing program because the utility was battling to satisfy demand. This was on account of a number of causes that included growing older coal energy stations and a severe international foreign money scarcity which meant that they might battle to import energy from its neighbours within the Southern African Energy Pool (SAPP). The ability cuts at the moment had been insufferable and infrequently lasted as much as 18 hours a day. That implies that individuals weren’t solely affected at work throughout the day but additionally properly into the night peak intervals at residence and increasing as much as 11:00pm. We due to this fact appeared into residence photo voltaic options coupled with battery storage for backup throughout the energy cuts.
One of many firms within the residence photo voltaic business that I adopted very intently and appeared as much as again then (and I nonetheless do to this point) was Sunrun. Sunrun is the #1 residence photo voltaic firm in America, and due to this fact I adopted them intently to maintain updated with developments within the residence photo voltaic market. Sunrun now has an thrilling partnership with Ford the place it has teamed as much as make vehicle-to-home (V2H) expertise obtainable to individuals who purchase an F-150 Lightning electrical pickup truck. Sunrun additionally presents electrical automobile chargers.
As Zach stated in his article on Sunrun now providing EV chargers, “On the transportation facet, we’ve been burning stuff and burning stuff and burning stuff with the intention to push massive, heavy autos (and ourselves) ahead.” As the vast majority of the world’s automobile fleet remains to be ICE autos, individuals burning stuff to maneuver from A to B contains firms concerned within the clear vitality sector, together with these within the photo voltaic enterprise. I labored in enterprise improvement, gross sales, in addition to in technical operations at my previous job in East and Southern Africa within the photo voltaic sector. In all these roles, one does quite a lot of driving or taking Uber rides everywhere in the metropolis and nation. Most of those autos are nonetheless fossil-fuel-powered autos and we have to electrify them as quickly as potential. That is why I used to be very excited to learn Sunrun’s newest announcement this week that it has added Ford F-150 Lightnings electrical pickup vehicles to its fleet.
Sunrun has began rolling these F150s throughout the nation and has a purpose of transitioning half of its fleet to electrical or hybrid by the top of 2025. That is all very thrilling to me particularly since I can relate to it having labored within the photo voltaic business. There’s a complete lot of driving on this business (like in lots of different sectors) to go to prospects on gross sales visits, set up visits, in addition to followup visits for common operations and upkeep points. In gross sales, the gross sales cycle may be fairly lengthy, particularly within the C&I sector for long-term PPAs. Which means tens of journeys to see the identical buyer over a protracted interval, together with visits to the engineering website and driving round on different enterprise issues. Photo voltaic firms adopting EVs for his or her operations with all of the driving they do can be an awesome advert for electrical mobility. They get to satisfy lots of people at their properties and places of work and can be an awesome channel for EV publicity.
Aside from lowering their transportation emissions, photo voltaic firms can companion with EV firms simply as Sunrun and Ford have accomplished in a number of areas throughout the EV and photo voltaic worth chain. Because the penetration of renewables equivalent to photo voltaic continues to develop, we’ll get increasingly individuals charging on sunshine, unlocking efficiencies, and lowering their electrical energy payments for his or her properties in addition to their “gasoline” payments for his or her autos.
Featured picture from Sunrun
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