Electric Vehicles and Home Solar Get a New Partner

Energy crises create intriguing friendships. This is probably the simplest way to process seeing Sierra Club, Ford and SunPower in the same headline.

The venerable automaker, once known for its extravagant gas guzzlers, had already partnered with solar panel efficiency leader SunPower in 2011 to launch the Drive Green For Life promotion. That gave Ford plug-in EV and hybrid drivers the opportunity to land a $750 rebate on the purchase or lease of a SunPower home solar system, once installed.

Now the two companies have sweetened the pot for Sierra Club, which receives a $500 donation for each installation. Everyone wins, including the planet.