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The Realist Idealist: Charging up an electric car with solar panels

May 8, 2010 |  6:00 am

About a year ago, our uber-green home improvement and sustainable living columnist Susan Carpenter installed home solar panels thinking they would eventually power the electric car she hoped to buy. As she explains in this week's installment of her Realist Idealist column, she could have saved money if she had done it in reverse: bought the car first, and then put the solar panels in.

To find out why, you can watch the video below, or click here to read the column.

-- Deborah Netburn