Drive Down Your Dependence on Fossil Fuels with Drive Solar


Do you ever drive by the gas station only to see the price of gas has risen, again, and wish you weren’t so dependent on gasoline? 

If so, you’re not alone. A growing number of car owners in the U.S. have decided to ditch the pump, motivated by saving money, reducing their carbon footprint, or gaining access to the coveted HOV lane. As a result, plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) ownership is on the rise, nearing 300,000 total PEVs on the road and turning the U.S. into the leading PEV market in the world. 

But, like gas prices, electricity rates can also be unpredictable. To help keep their electricity bills under control, can you guess what electric vehicle owners have turned to? That’s right: solar energy. A 2014 survey revealed that 32% of California PEV drivers have solar panels installed on their homes.

Which is why we’re excited to announce that Sungevity has partnered with PlugShare, the #1 ranked EV charging station locator app in the App Store, to help you power your electric car with sunshine. 

The program, called Drive Solar, works like this: if you are a member of the PlugShare community, you can get a free charging station installed at your home when you go solar with Sungevity. Through the program, we’ll install a 7.2 kW GE WattStation TM charging station at your home. The GE WattStation TM can deliver up to 20 miles of range for each hour of charging, depending on the type of vehicle. For comparison, a standard 120V wall outlet only delivers 2 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging.  Tesla drivers can opt for free installation of a 240V NEMA 14-50 outlet and 50A breaker to get the most out of their 10 kW Tesla Mobile Connector. Or, if you already have a home charging station or would prefer a discount, you can opt for $500 off the price of your system. Plus, you get all the benefits of a top-of-the-line Sungevity solar system and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve taken another step toward independence from fossil fuels. 

The Drive Solar program is currently limited to new customers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is expected to expand to other geographies in the coming months. Learn more at


This promotion is available to San Francisco Bay Area residents only, subject to requirements for installation.  Promotion available for a limited time, only while supplies last, and cannot be combined with any other promotion offered by Sungevity. The promotion reflects a 100% discount on covered EVSE material and installation costs under applicable terms and conditions. Your home’s ultimate suitability for solar or EVSE installation is not guaranteed; it will vary based on several factors including your home’s roof conditions and where the EVSE would be placed. Please ask Sungevity for a free copy of the Drive Solar Promotion Participation Agreement for more details. CA CSLB 909236

Posted by Leslye Penticoff

Leslye is the Content and Community Manager for Sungevity. She's also an avid coffee drinker and rock climber, and serves on the Board of Directors at Margination, a nonprofit in Troy, NY.