Solar Power + Electric Vehicle Charging: Capturing Synergies in Minnesota

Brian Ross, Katelyn Bocklund, Matthew Prorok, Dane McFarlane, Abby Finis, Brendan Jordan, Jenna Greene, Kristoffer Acuna, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


Despite the state policy support, significant market barriers to decarbonization of transportation remain. Analysis conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and others confirm that without routine access to charging infrastructure, both at home and in non-residential locations, bullish market forecasts are unlikely to materialize. Similarly, the expansion of EV charging and variable renewable energy deployment each have potentially disruptive and costly effects on the distribution grid. Finally, electrification of passenger vehicles is not enough to decarbonize transportation without pathways to carbon-free electrification, linking EV charging and clean energy generation. This document examines the opportunity to jointly deploy solar energy and EV charging infrastructure to capture synergistic value, mitigate for risks associated with integrating and scaling both solar and EV charging, and accelerate their mutual deployment.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages89
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Great Plains Institute (GPI), Minneapolis, Minnesota

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-90140


  • charging
  • EV
  • EVSE
  • government
  • GPI
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • local
  • marketplace barriers
  • Minnesota
  • MN
  • SEIN
  • state
  • transportation


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