SunPower will let Nissan Leaf owners move with the sun

Solar power and electric cars are a match made in heaven, right? Sure. That's why Ford announced a partnership with SunPower back in August and why Nissan did the same thing today.
Ford's partnership with SunPower involves the option to get a 2.5-kilowatt rooftop solar system with your Ford plug-in car, starting with the Focus Electric. Nissan's deal seems to be more about information than installation, offering "new online content, including a video tutorial that describes how solar power systems convert sunlight into clean, renewable power for use in the home and for charging electric vehicles." Visitors to the SunPower site can then get a personal home solar assessment, and the press release mentions a "2.5-kilowatt SunPower rooftop solar system," so it's pretty clear that SunPower is offering what it thinks is a suitable home solar set-up for new electric vehicle drivers no matter what their brand. There's no mention of price in the Nissan announcement, but Ford's "Drive Green for Life" option costs around $10,000 (after federal tax credits).

Toyota has also worked with SunPower on its huge solar installation on Toyota's North America Parts Center California.
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Nissan LEAF Charges Up With SunPower

- LEAF website educates consumers on reducing emissions with SunPower solar power systems -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. and SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a collaboration announced today, Nissan North America Inc. (NNA) and SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWRA, SPWRB) will team up to help Nissan LEAF electric vehicle owners learn how a residential solar power system from SunPower can reduce their carbon emissions and control the cost of charging their electric vehicles.

The two companies are offering new online content, including a video tutorial that describes how solar power systems convert sunlight into clean, renewable power for use in the home and for charging electric vehicles. Visitors to the site will be able to request a free home solar assessment from a local SunPower dealer.

"Nissan LEAF owners are conscientious about their energy use, and it makes sense for them to understand how they can offset the power that their all-electric LEAF requires with clean, renewable solar power generated from their own rooftop," said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan LEAF marketing and sales strategy, NNA. "SunPower is the leading manufacturer and installer of residential solar power systems in the United States, and offers the most efficient solar power technology on the market today. For example, a 2.5-kilowatt SunPower rooftop solar system may offset the power required to drive a LEAF about 10,000 miles a year. We are pleased to work with SunPower on this initiative, and look forward to a long partnership."

"Solar power is a reliable, cost-effective technology for homeowners today," said SunPower President and CEO Tom Werner. "High efficiency SunPower systems are guaranteed to perform over the long term, maximizing the power generated and the monthly savings. I power my own 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF with a SunPower system, eliminating trips to the gas station while significantly reducing my electricity bill."

About Nissan Americas

In the Americas, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and was recognized as an ENERGY STARĀ® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information, including photos and video b-roll, on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at

About SunPower

SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWRA, SPWRB) designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today. Residential, business, government and utility customers rely on the company's quarter century of experience and guaranteed performance to provide maximum return on investment throughout the life of the solar system. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. For more information, visit

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