Driving on Sunshine 2020: Electric Vehicles, Rooftop Solar Home Tours, and More

Cool Davis Driving on Sunshine 2020 Jim Higgins

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Climate change has motivated Jim to install solar in 2013 and wishes that he installed more. He bought  a Chevy Bolt EV in 2017. He has a cool and super simple switch to route his 220 dryer plug to his 220 EV charger.

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Cool Davis Driving on Sunshine 2020 Granger & Johnston

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Chris and John share how they made energy efficiency upgrades before they got solar so they were able to install a pretty small system (1.9kW). Now they have an EV they purchased used. Now they are thinking about moving to all electric to switch water heater and heating system.

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Cool Davis Driving on Sunshine 2020 Eugen Dunlap

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Eugen shares the story of the Muir Commons community housing coop in Davis CA. The 26 unit complex got solar installed on their common house to offset their energy usage. Additionally they applied for and got a grant from PG&E to get 26 charging stations installed. Since the chargers have been installed many new EV's have been showing up in the complex.

Cool Davis Driving on Sunshine 2020 Lynne Nittler

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Lynne shares gives a tour of her Village Home in Davis CA. Some of the features of her home include:

passive solar with shaded south side - grape trellis for lower windows and overhang for clerestory windows, no west windows and minimal east windows to minimize summer heat gain;

unique passive Solar:  sun-catcher with both roofs sloping upward from north to south and creating clerestory windows to let in winter sun to heat the water culverts filled with 1977 water. (There are 2 suncatchers in Davis, one in Sac, and 1 in Homer Alaska),

Cool Davis Driving on Sunshine 2020 Lindsey Terry eBikes

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Lindsey Terry gives a tour of her electric bicycles from Rad Bikes, a "Rad Wagon" and a "Rad Runner,"  as part of Davis Driving on Sunshine 2020. Kick your car to the curb!

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Cool Davis Driving on Sunshine 2020 Diane & John Swann

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Diane and John Swann share their solar system that is installed on her carport. Installed in 2001 it's been 19 years since they paid an electric bill. Since the solar has installed they have gotten rid of natural gas by getting a mini-split heat pump, induction cooktop, and solar water heating. Their primary mode of transportation is their ebikes that they also charge with solar!