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Buy A 2012 Ford Focus Electric, Get A Deal On Solar Panels


All-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric

All-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric

One of the biggest draws to electric cars, aside from their positive environmental impact, is their relatively low cost of operation.

In many areas, the cost of recharging an electric car is substantially cheaper than the cost of refueling a gasoline-powered car. If you could produce your own electricity, the cost advantages of an electric car would be even more apparent.

Now, thanks to a partnership between Ford and SunPower called “Drive Green For Life,” you can do just that.

Buyers of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric will get special pricing on a SunPower 2.5-kilowatt rooftop solar panel system, capable of generating an estimated 3,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. That’s enough to drive approximately 1,000 miles per month in your Focus Electric free of charge.

We say “free of charge,” but the SunPower solar system is anything but. The 2.5-kilowatt system sized for 2012 Ford Focus Electric buyers has a base price of $10,000, and that’s factoring in federal tax credits. (State and local credits may also be available.)

That price also assumes that modifications to your house or electric service aren’t required. On the plus side, SunPower offers financing on their solar panel systems.

If that kind of money is too much for you, Ford is quick to point out that conventional, 240-volt Level 2 charging stations for the Focus Electric and future Ford electric vehicles can be purchased through Best Buy. They don’t provide free electricity, but they cost substantially less to install.

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  1. If you only wanted to produce your own electricity to charge your cars, it would probably be cheaper to go through a local installer. I'd rather continue to save up for a complete solar system for my entire house.
     
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  2. I would run, not walk away from this "deal." $10,000 for a paltry 2.5 kw system seems pretty outrageous, but I'm not sure exactly
    what portion is installation costs. I've been keeping up with solar prices for my new home and will do the install myself. With microinverters these days anyone, and I mean anyone, can do the wiring. Check out Youtube. My budget is for a 5 kw system - twice a slarge as the one mentioned here. I expect the cost to be roughly $11,000, not counting the $1000 per kw Federal tax writeoff. With the writeoff the cost of materials should be $6,000. A system half that size, as is the case here, should cost $3,000 in materials. It shouldn't take more than a day to do the install - you're only talking 10 solar panels.
     
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  3. @Kent, most people aren't as motivated as you when it comes to researching and installing solar systems. They want someone else to do the research and heavy lifting, and they're willing to pay for it.

    It sounds to me like you have a solid idea for a business...
     
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  4. Here in Massachusetts I have seen neighbors get proposal for 15 year solar leases for zero down. From the first month you are spending less on the lease than you were on the electricity it replaces.

    This is all, of course, due to Massachusetts incentives called SRECs.
     
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  5. @John, I vaguely remember that NJ had a similar program in the early 00s, but funding ran out.
     
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