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Friday, January 26, 2018

Nissan Goes Solar For Home Energy Savings

I own a Japanese car, made in Canada… a Nissan Micra SV, the smallest car the automobile manufacturer offers, and generally speaking, it’s a fine little car, capably getting me from Point A to B without any difficulty, given Toronto's flair for grid-lock.

I wouldn’t want to drag race a Corvette (even if there was no gridlock), but the car is small, light and has the same sized engine as as the larger and more expensive Nisan Versa, and thus has more oomph than it meaning I could hit top speed on it way before the Versa.

Snide jubilation aside, I can not fit a bag containing hockey goalie equipment in the trunk of my Micra - that's the size difference between it and the Versa.

Nissan also makes much cooler cars, such as GT-R (Godzilla), Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, Sentra and the iconic Z-series of cars.

Nissan also makes the Leaf electric car, one of the first cars of this second generation electric car… as I’m sure we are all aware that back in the early 1900s and even earlier, electric cars were a thing. Really.

The Nissan Leaf possesses a 40-kWh battery that offers about a 150-mile (241.4 kilometer) range… so while it may not be conducive to making that cross-country trek, it certainly can be used for one’s daily drives to and from work et al.
A 2013 Nissan Leaf car battery.

Nissan, with the formation of Nissan Energy Solar, has entered the home energy management market segment, joining Mercedes-Benz, Renault and Tesla—other automobile manufacturers who have also developed home battery systems.

Nissan Energy Solar will use old Leaf automotive batteries combines with rooftop solar panels to get homeowners off the mainstream electrical grid.

Back in 2016, Nissan debuted its xStorage battery that uses its old Leaf batteries, and then began trailing with UK homeowners of its Leaf cars to see if they could sell sell energy back to the UK power company’s grid to see if the Leaf could also be used as mobile energy hubs.

An example of the Nissan Energy Solar xStorage battery in a UK home.
But with the formation of the Nissan Energy Solar system, Nissan is now promising UK homeowners an end-to-end energy storage solution like what Tesla is offering.

The system connects the xStorage battery up to rooftop solar panels which collects and stores energy, which can then be accessed by the homeowner to not only power their home, but their Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 electric vehicles.

Homeowners in the UK—this is still essentially the test market, before the possibility of global expansion—are being offered three price ranges of solar panels: the more inexpensive one; the mid-ranged one that is better optimized for efficiency; and the higher end one that is visually less obvious, and more sophisticated.

Why would anyone care? Well, Nissan Energy Storage says that using the most high-end solar system will enable UK homeowners to save up to 66 percent on their electrical bills.

That’s another of of this times where if we could afford it, we’d get… because it’s a “rich get richer” scenario with greater savings. I don’t begrudge them that, of course, but it is a reality that if I could afford to save money, I would do so.

A six-panel solar system—installed—starts at £3,881 (US$5,400), and will be on sale soon.

For interested parties, visit Nissan Solar Energy by clicking HERE.

Andrew Joseph

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