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Going solar, power outages, electric vehicles, and more with Our Ludicrous Future

In Our Ludicrous Future, a video podcast, Tim Dodd, Joe Scott, and Ben Sullins discuss exciting new technology hitting the clean energy industry. In this episode, you’ll learn about technology spanning across solar, battery storage, electric vehicles (EVs), and energy independence. In this article, we’ll explain some of the highlights of what you’ll see (and hear) in this episode.

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Researching and comparing solar

At the beginning of the episode, Ben Sullins shares how he used the EnergySage Marketplace to research, compare and install solar panels a few years ago. He explains how EnergySage helped him learn more about solar and made the process easier! 

Installing a solar-plus-storage system

Later on in the episode, Joe Scott shares a bit about his solar and storage installation process, including installing a Generac PWRcell battery.

If you’re interested in learning more about energy storage, check out some of these resources: 

Dealing with power outages

Next, the hosts talk about the impact of a power outage, which can be far-reaching. Want to know how much a power outage could cost you and how you can protect yourself from them? Be sure to read this article to learn more. 

Energy independence

They discuss how solar, storage, and EVs may be seen as a way to achieve more independence from foreign interests, fossil fuels, and the electrical grid – especially amidst rising electricity rates.

EVs protect against rising gas prices 

The hosts then explain how, with gas prices hitting an all-time high of an average of $5.00 per gallon in the U.S., EV owners are reaping the benefits of not filling up at the pump. 

You can learn more about the benefits of EVs with some of our resources, including:

The solar investment tax credit

They mention how the federal solar tax credit, or the investment tax credit (ITC), will drop from 26 percent to 22 percent in 2023. If the tax credit plays out as stated, the average solar shopper will miss out on $1,141 in savings based on EnergySage Marketplace data. However, there is a chance that the ITC step down will change, won’t happen, or will even increase if a new version of the Build Back Better Act passes (though it’s not a guarantee that it will or when).

You can learn more about the ITC and how it might change with some of our resources: 

EV charging 

Finally, they talk about how the White House has announced a new plan for 500,000 new EV charging stations, separate from the Build Back Better Act. They also mention that there are discussions of standardizing EV chargers, so every manufacturer uses the same type of charger. You can learn more about charging infrastructure in this article.

They also talk about Tesla charging specifically and how Tesla has set what they call the “gold standard of charging,” though other networks are now gaining ground.

Throughout the episode, the hosts discuss many other exciting technologies and clean energy topics. Let us know in the comments what else you found interesting!

Discover if solar is right for you

Want to learn what you could save using solar for your home? Sign up for a free account on the EnergySage Marketplace to start getting quotes today. By comparing information from multiple installers, you’ll be able to find the right system for you at a great price! Not quite ready to receive quotes? You can start by using our Solar Calculator to estimate how much you’ll save by going solar. 

Please note: Our Ludicrous Future is an EnergySage partner. You can find more videos on their YouTube Channel


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About Ellen Sirull

Ellen is an expert in content creation, with a specific focus in helping people learn more about clean energy, solar, and EVs. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in journalism and earned an MBA at Kennesaw State University. Outside of work, you can find her spending time with her family, friends, and dogs as well as traveling, exploring new places, trying new food, or watching Georgia football.

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