High Noon Solar educates public, shows off electric vehicles
As George Sholin once said, “the best way to charge a car battery is with a credit card.”
Well George, those days are slowly coming to an end.
High Noon Solar, located at 569 S. Westgate Drive, is bringing to light the positive economic and environmental impacts of solar power, and its reduction of the need for fuel and natural gas.
The local company sells and installs solar power units while displaying energy-efficient vehicles of their own, including a car that looks like it came from another planet.
“Times are changing with pollution, war and fighting for energy,” said Corey Sullivan, co-owner of High Noon Solar. “Solar powered homes and cars are the solution to our problems.”
According to Sullivan, the e-car movement started around 1999 when new regulations in California required automobile manufacturers to produce a certain percentage of electric vehicles. After the regulations fell through, Ford smashed all but 300 of the 1400 e-vehicles produced, which is when Elon Musk came in.
Musk started an electric vehicle company and designed the Tesla Roadster, a sleek electric sports car capable of traveling 220 miles on a single charge.
“Musk made the Roadster to capture the world’s attention and to deliver the message that electric cars are sexy and here to stay,” said Sullivan.
Musk’s Roadster sparked a wave of e-car production, including the Chevy Volt, High Noon Solar’s company car that gets 300 miles per gallon of gasoline on just a nine-gallon tank.
“The Roadster is incredible and Tesla’s new sedan and SUV were designed by the people who also designed the Dragon spacecraft,” said Sullivan.
The Dragon spacecraft is a product of Musk and his company SpaceX, which became the first private company to successfully launch and dock a spacecraft to the International Space Station in May of 2012.
Despite the many benefits of Musk’s innovation, including fully electric cars, the solar power industry remains expensive for consumers. The Chevy Volt sells for nearly $40 thousand, and High Noon Solar can install home solar systems for around $25 thousand.
“The prices are high at first, but really the solar system pays for itself in five years,” said Sullivan. “You won’t be paying for electricity and you’ll essentially be driving for free.”
More information about High Noon Solar and Elon Musk can be found at highnoonsolar.com and elonmusk.com.