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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.


Electric vehicles (EVs) and solar are a match made in heaven. An estimated 39% of California EV drivers have rooftop solar on their homes, which allows them to truly drive emissions-free.

It only takes about 2 kW of solar energy to power an EV for 12,000 miles, the average drivers travel each year. Depending on the size of your at-home energy needs, purchasing solar panels might cost approximately $7,000 after incentives. This one-time investment gives an EV owner a fuel station on their home that will produce fuel for more than 25 years. In that same 25 years, driving 12,000 miles per year would cost over $50,000.


Solarizing the Central Coast 

We are making home solar power ownership easier through CEC’s Solarize Programs and bringing solar technology into the public sphere via public events like our Solarize Homeowner Workshops.

Building new charging stations

The Central Coast now has over 360 public charging stations, and CEC is working with local cities and businesses to install new charging stations at ideal locations. While most charging is done overnight at home, a public charging network allows EV drivers to top off and drive more electric miles. Please contact us if you are interested in charging stations at your business.

Getting local government on board

CEC has worked with Southern California Edison to introduce government officials and community leaders to the challenges and opportunities our region will face as drivers begin to transition toward electric vehicles.  We are now working to develop an EV Readiness Plan for the Central Coast.

Making buildings plug-in ready

We are working with city planners, builders and architects to pre-wire new construction and major renovations so that buildings are “plug-in ready.”


Get to Know Electric Vehicles 

Visit our Resources page for more information about EVs, or visit our Driving on Sunshine blog to hear from others who are using renewable energy to power their ride.

Attend a Green Car Show 

Take a test drive at one of CEC’s Green Car Shows where you’ll find the latest EV technologies all in one place.

Go Solar

Visit our Solarize page to learn how CEC can help you power your home, business, and electric vehicle with the sun.

Share Your Story

Are you already driving on sunshine? We’re looking for personal stories and feedback. Contact Cameron Gray.


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