Ford, SunPower Team Up On Solar Charging

Ford Focus electric vehicle owners are now eligible to get their own home-based, solar-powered charging station, through the Drive Green for Life program. The program is a partnership between Ford and SunPower to provide rooftop solar systems that produce enough clean, renewable energy to help offset the electricity used to charge a Ford Focus.

The 2.5 kilowatt (kw) rooftop solar system is made up of high-efficient solar panels that produce an average of 3,000 kw hours of electricity annually. The system was meant to accommodate Ford Focus owners who drive about 1,000 miles a month. Included in the system is a residential monitoring system that tracks the performance of the solar system on a web or iPhone application.

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The complete solar system starts at a base prices of $10,000 after federal tax credits. Local and state rebates, along with additional incentives, can also reduce the initial cost of the system, depending on where you live. Financing options for the solar system are available through SunPower.

Ford said that interested Focus Electric customers will be contacted by a participating SunPower dealer who will visit their home to begin the installation process. In addition to the Focus Electric, the SunPower rooftop solar system will be compatible with the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle Ford is rolling out in 2012.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.