SunPower’s aim is to provide an accurate account of our sustainability performance, report progress on our programs and initiatives, and demonstrate how we advance sustainability in the solar industry. This report represents an important part of our ongoing work to clearly define, strengthen and share our sustainability efforts.
SunPower measures and tracks carbon emissions and voluntarily reports this information to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). Participation in this initiative represents an important step toward consistently measuring carbon emissions globally.
Read a case study about how AC (Alameda - Contra Costa) Transit District in California will reap the benefits of a SunPower partnership that will save them approximately $5 million over 25 years.
Learn how Vista Solar and SunPower used their combined experience to overcome several hurdles to keep this solar project on budget. Over the next 25 years, AER will save nearly $4 million, which offsets over 99% of their electricity bills.
Learn how SunPower helped Agilent transform its California campuses with the help of high-efficiency solar roof tiles in Santa Clara and SunPower Trackers above Santa Rosa’s existing campus parking lot, reducing Agilent's dependence on the grid and providing shade for employee and visitor cars.
Thanks to SunPower's help, Alameda County, CA now supplies more than 3.1 megawatts of electricity through the use of solar—which is equivalent to powering more than 3,000 homes during the day. By integrating solar power with energy efficiency, Alameda County saves more than $540,000 a year.
One of the largest independently owned candy bar manufacturers in the United States, Annabelle Candy saw the long-term savings solar energy offered as a hedge against rising electricity costs and a way to reduce its utility budget. Over the next 25 years, their new solar system will save them approximately $6.5 million.
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Benerofe Properties owns commercial buildings in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Since their original solar installation was completed, they've reduced energy costs as much as 15%. The solar panels will also help the property shrink its carbon emissions by 1,200 tons over 30 years, which is equivalent to planting 280 acres of trees or not driving 2,724,000 miles.
Learn more about Kate’s award-winning home solar system that saves her about $600 a year in electricity costs.
With nearly 30 years’ experience, SunPower has a unique perspective on the current issues confronting the effective deployment of distributed energy resources (DER), especially photovoltaic solar. This roadmap is intended to advance the debate on best practices to provide consumers with optimal DER choices.
After watching their electric bill plummet from $200 to $12 in the first month, Jessica and Mark were already singing the praises of their SOLARplus home. Despite a cold winter, their utility bills stayed low, due to SOLARplus energy efficiency features, including a SunPower home solar system.
Learn how the Cho family reduced their electric bill to just $5.80 per month with a home solar solution.
Covering over 75,000 square feet, Cal State’s solar electric system is installed on four of the university’s largest buildings and delivers 30% of the campus’ peak electricity demands. The system reduces the university’s annual electricity bill by $200,000 and contributes to the region’s overall environmental health.
Learn more about the 250-megawatt California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) in San Luis Obispo County that is actively generating reliable solar power for Pacific Gas & Electric customers, while helping California achieve its progressive renewable energy goals.
The City of Chico views its solar generation system as a way of reducing demand for energy from the utility grid, lowering operating costs and improving air quality for its citizens. By generating solar power, Chico anticipates average savings of $250,000 annually, with total net savings of $4 million over the next 30 years.
SunPower solar panels' attractive design integrates seamlessly with the rooftop, which fits in well with the architecture and now gives the Connecticut family a solar solution that generates more than enough energy to keep their geothermal system online. The home solar system is projected to save them more than $1400 per year with clean solar power.
Contra Costa County in California opted to increase renewable energy measures in adherence to a new sustainable building policy to reduce energy use and bills. Learn why SunPower's commercial solar systems are a practical, long term solution to help reduce energy costs and achieve energy independence.
By generating enough electricity to power 700 homes during the daytime, Shiseido, the world’s fifth largest cosmetics manufacturer, reduces its energy consumption by 35% with a SunPower solar roof system at their headquarter facilities in New Jersey.
Learn how one of the country’s largest and most well-known food companies will deliver savings of an estimated $500,000 in year one and will provide an estimated $25 million in electricity cost savings over their SunPower solar systems’ 30-year lifetime.
Learn how this Napa, CA winery made use of their rooftop to install 15,700 square feet of commercial solar tile to reduce their energy and operating costs.
Together, SunPower and Dow Jones turned approximately 230,000 square feet of parking space as well as the top deck of a parking garage into electricity-producing assets, producing 50% of Dow Jones' needed power in peak conditions.
SunPower offers two solar panel product categories (E18 & E19 Series) to fit your specific home and energy usage needs. Your SunPower dealer will help you determine the best option for your home.
The E20 Series 245 solar panel delivers high performance and excellent durability. Its small form factor maximizes the power packed within a limited roof top area. Its extra durability is designed for heavy wind or snow environments. Classic Maxeon Cell technology delivers maximum energy production for the life of your system.
These commercial solar panels deliver high performance and excellent reliability. Optimized to maximize returns and energy production, this panel is a bankable solution for commercial solar applications. Classic Maxeon Cell technology delivers maximum energy production for the life of your system.
These residential solar panels deliver high performance and excellent durability. This panel delivers value and performance for any home. Classic Maxeon Cell technology delivers maximum energy production for the life of your system.
These commercial solar panels deliver high performance and excellent reliability. Optimized to mazimize returns, this panel is a bankable solution for large-scale solar power plants.
With SunPower offering the ideal combination of technology and financial expertise, ETS was able to make its first foray into renewable energy. Learn how their latest 1.8-megawatt rooftop solar installation reinforces the organization’s commitment to renewable energy, while providing long-term utility savings of an estimated $1.5 million.
GE Energy Financial Services invested in a new solar energy park in Serpa, located in the Alentejo region of Southern Portugal. GE chose to work with SunPower for project design and installation. The solar power park performed at 102% of expected energy production. The system produces enough electricity to power 8,000 homes and farms in the region.
Situated on what used to be a toxic, abandoned property, now sits a 41-acre solar plant that is the largest urban solar installation in the country. The project created hundreds of jobs and the solar panels will generate more than 14,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually; enough to power 1,500 homes
In pursuing environmental benefits and energy savings, FedEx’s hub at Oakland International Airport is now a bold example of the advantages of solar power for the environment and the bottom line.
Foothill-De Anza Community College District Improves Energy Efficiency With Solar Electric Parking Systems
To generate on-site power and improve energy efficiency, the District installed two solar electric parking systems providing shade and protection for vehicles while generating electricity from the sun. The District's solar and cogeneration improvements will reduce the college’s electricity purchases by 46% and save $800,000 annually in energy costs.
Learn more about the Fort Churchill Solar Project, a planned 19.9 megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant on land owned by NV Energy in Lyon County, Nevada. The project will deliver enough electricity to power the equivalent of 12,000 Nevada homes.
Thanks to their SunPower solar system, the Maui Food Bank can reallocate over $50,000 in annual utility savings and put that money back where it belongs—feeding the hungry in their community.
With the most efficient solar cells in the industry and an aesthetically-pleasing look, the Benhamou family is very happy with their SunPower system.
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Inderkum High School’s rooftop solar array covers a combined 33,500 square feet of roof space and is currently the largest solar electric system installed at a high school in the nation.
With the addition of the IEUA’s solar power solution, the agency can now produce nearly half of its electricity from alternative energy sources, and reduce its energy bills by up to a half-million dollars annually – just based on their solar power.
Johnson & Johnson was looking to advance its business philosophy of reducing the overall consumption of natural resources and implementing widespread sustainability initiatives throughout the company. SunPower completed the installation of the first Johnson & Johnson solar array, followed by nine others across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California.
Lake County Sanitation District Reduces Environmental Impact and Energy Costs with SunPower Solar Solutions
California’s Lake County Sanitation District (LACOSAN) has led the nation in recycling wastewater for environmental and energy benefits. Learn how SunPower solar systems have helped Lake County reduce energy demand by more than 90% at three facilities.
The LVVWD provides water to one million people in Southern Nevada and leads water conservation initiatives in the community. Utilizing SunPower’s solar electric technology, the agency is now generating clean power to help distribute the region’s scarcest resource - water.
Lockheed Martin expects to save $150,000 annually and see a 30% reduction in its energy usage in each of the two solar-powered buildings thanks to SunPower's commercial solar solutions.
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SunPower solar arrays were installed on the roofs of the Von der Ahe Library, the University Hall and the Gersten Pavillion. These commercial solar systems cover a combined 81,000 square feet of rooftop and generate enough electricity during the daytime to power more than 750 homes.
Macy’s installation of SunPower commercial solar solutions atop 28 stores—in addition to significant energy efficiency upgrades—makes it the largest solar and energy efficiency initiative of any national retailer to date.
Solar panels have helped the retail giant reduce electrical consumption from the grid by nearly half. So when Macy’s decided to add solar power to its online fulfillment center in AZ as well as a distribution center in CA, they again turned to SunPower. The systems now generate the equivalent of 50-70% of the electricity needed to power the two facilities, providing significant cost savings to the company while also benefiting the environment.
When rooftops were out, installers turned an amphitheater, parking lot and parking garage into dual-purpose solar systems. Due to space constraints, SunPower high-efficiency solar panels were chosen because they were the only commercially available panels that could meet the military’s energy requirements. The project will save the base approximately $3.2 million over 25 years.
By investing in on-site solar generation and energy efficiency, the Mauna Lani resort is significantly reducing its operating costs and helping to preserve Hawaii’s natural beauty. The rooftop systems provide over 30% of the hotel’s electrical requirements.
Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, California, has been praised for its environmental stewardship with initiatives to conserve energy and reduce waste. Microsoft saves $120,000 in annual energy costs thanks to commercial solar energy produced with SunPower solar panels.
MDUSD, serving over 33,000 students, in creating the largest school district solar system in the world to date, will save over $200 million during the 30-year life of the system. That's more than $3 million annually on electricity costs through solar power. These funds will help the district prevent future school closures, maintain a robust arts program at their high schools and avoid additional cuts to academic programs.
Napa Valley College chose to incorporate solar power as a key component of its energy portfolio to help meet the college’s electricity needs, lower energy costs and help the institution meet its sustainability goals. Covering 150,000 square feet, their SunPower sun tracking system supplies 40% percent of the college’s electricity load.
In addition to incorporating environmentally friendly measures – such as installing energy-saving lighting and air-conditioning systems – National Bank of Arizona has invested in SunPower solar technology. While helping the planet, the nation’s 25th-largest bank says the decision is also helping its bottom line.
Nellis partnered with SunPower to install a 14-megawatt plant covering 140 acres. The solar system meets 25% of the base’s total electricity needs and will reduce carbon emissions by 24,000 tons over 30 years—equivalent to planting more than 260,000 acres of trees.
The cost of heating and cooling the Kolenda family's two-story New Jersey home was $300 or more. Once the family added a SunPower solar array to their rooftop, their electrical bills have plummeted ever since. Thanks to a variety of available credits and incentives, their solar investment will be paid off in just 36 months. Also, the SunPower solar panels will make money for the family over the next 12 years.
This large-scale solar and energy efficiency project leverages rooftops of city-owned buildings to generate clean electricity for 30+ years. Over the lifetime of the system, the systems will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 10,000 tons (the equivalent of planting 2,800 acres of trees, removing almost 2,000 cars or not driving 25 million miles on the roadways of California).
With the goal of helping to reduce air pollution in California’s Central Valley, an area that suffers from large amounts of pollution due to industrial activities and regional weather patterns, the owner of P-R Farms decided to install a large-scale SunPower solar electric system atop its packing facility. Over a period of 30 years, the system will reduce CO2 emissions by 10,000 tons, which is equivalent to planting 2,800 acres of trees.
Parker Ranch is one of the largest and most historic cattle ranches in the country, spanning over 225,000 acres across the Big Island of Hawaii. Over the life of the project, their system will produce enough clean power to avoid the use of 70,000 barrels of imported oil — sparing Hawaii’s environment from thousands of pounds of harmful emissions.
PulteGroup in Nevada discovered that solar-powered communities provide significant marketing benefits for homebuilders with twice the normal amount of consumers visiting models. Plus, roof-integrated home solar systems greatly reduce electricity bills for homeowners, with several paying less than $10 a month.
Project Salvador is a 70 megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant in Diego de Almagro, Chile, and one of the world's largest operating merchant solar power plants. Salvador represents an important milestone for the electricity generation industry, proving that solar can provide wholesale power at competitive prices in completely unsubsidized markets.
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By installing solar power panels on the rooftop of its 100,000 square foot barrelhouse, this winery now uses the sun not only to grow grapes, but also to power wine production. Combined with the lighting upgrades, the rooftop system is reducing Rodney Strong’s energy usage by 45% and its electricity costs by 50%.
Today, Jim and Janice Dawes estimate that their SunPower home solar system saves them $2,000 per year in electricity charges compared to their previous home.
A 144-home development built by The Grupe Company in Rocklin, CA has very happy homeowners that spend as little as $7 a month on electricity during the summer thanks to SunPower solar panels and energy efficient home construction.
This document gives safety and installation instructions for SunPower E-Series, X-Series and NE series solar panels. These panels are compliant with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety standard UL1703. This document also includes information related to the January 2015 fire safety code update.
Learn more about the home solar system that powers the Burton family's home and business energy needs, cutting their bill by a third and qualifying them for a $2,000 federal tax credit.
The Moscone Center energy project marks San Francisco’s first major step toward achieving its goal of obtaining all municipal energy from pollution-free sources, while creating jobs and driving economic development. Over 30 years, the power generated by this commercial solar system will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 35,000 tons.
When neighbors rally to support a cause, everyone benefits. A San Jose homeowner decided to go solar and encouraged neighbors to participate in a volume-purchasing program offered by SunPower and Horizon Energy Systems, a SunPower Premier Dealer. Now she and 24 neighbors are saving big with their home solar systems.
In addition to saving the school district more than $24 million over the next 25 years, SunPower offered a solar education pilot program with curriculum development and internships to support the district’s core mission. With educational support and local job creation, this partnership benefited a whole region.
The Santa Rosa Water Reclamation Facility's solar tracking system project will bring savings of over $152,000 per year and offset the facility’s energy demand by approximately 30%. That translates to an estimated savings of $6.7M over 20 years.
UTEP, SunPower and El Paso’s own Border Solar came together to build a 185 kW system featuring a rooftop system on the Student Recreation Center and a solar carport for the Facilities Services Building. Now, the university can count on saving $32,000 a year in energy costs while modeling the future of clean energy for its students and community.
Learn more about the 579-megawatt Solar Star Projects, two co-located solar installations in Kern and Los Angeles counties in California. The projects will deliver enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 255,000 homes.
Learn how energy features result in big savings with little maintenance for the Saxena family. Each home in their development includes a SunPower roof-integrated solar power system. Clean solar power saves the Saxenas about $120 per month in utility bills.
With 5,208 ground-mounted solar panels covering nearly five acres, the system will meet at least one-third of the treatment plant’s power needs which is equivalent to powering over 1,000 homes during the day, offsetting the agency’s expensive utility-supplied electricity.
Photovoltaic (PV) projects are attractive investments due to their year-onyear stability. SunPower’s vast experience and reliable track record helped the partners meet a tight deadline and deliver ahead of schedule.
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SunPower's installation of a 457 kW solar electric system atop St. Francis’ metal roofs helped achieve a 40% reduction in overall energy consumption.
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Learn how this residential solar system was able to completely offset the family’s electricity demands. They say that their meter now runs backwards during daylight hours, sending a surplus of electricity back to the grid – which is great news for this forward-thinking family.
Florida Power & Light has completed construction on America’s largest solar photovoltaic power plant in DeSoto County and a second at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. SunPower designed and built both facilities, which will produce a total of 35 megawatts of solar energy.
The largest photovoltaic power plant in Italy to date, Montalto di Castro is equipped with energy generation capacity that meets the needs of at least 3,000 families.
A summary scorecard of SunPower’s sustainability metrics and performance related to Environment, Health and Safety.
The ISO 14001 Certification is valid for the Design, Manufacture, and Delivery/Installation of High Performance Solar Electric Systems for Residential, Commercial, and Utility-Scale Power Plant Customers
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By installing a SunPower home solar electric system, the Aguiar family virtually eliminated its electricity bills and the system will pay for itself in 8 years or less.
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SunPower is proud to offer a 25-year warranty as efficient and dependable as our solar panel technology. In the unlikely event that you have an under-performing solar panel, we will repair or replace the panel and reinstall it on your home.
Learn more about SunPower's strategy for developing world-class partnerships with suppliers, including how we engage with suppliers and our expectations.
The Bavaria Solarpark—the world’s largest solar photovoltaic power installation when it was built—exceeded expectations. During its first two years, it performed at an average of 110% of expected electricity production—enough to power 9,000 homes in the region.
It’s your turn to take control with a SunPower solar system for your home. Learn why the time for solar is now.
Installing a SunPower solar electric system in the Hill Canyon Water Treatment Plant is helping the City of Thousand Oaks reduce energy needs, take advantage of utility-sponsored solar incentives and create a successful model for deploying solar in the public sector.
Tiffany & Co. wanted a clean, renewable energy solution to generate reliable and cost-efficient power. With two large, unused commercial rooftops available, adding solar installations presented the perfect opportunity to reduce energy costs and their environmental impact.
Tucson Water Reduces Monthly Electrical Costs and Avoids Energy Price Increases With Solar Power System
Processing, pumping and storing the water needed for approximately 775,000 residents requires a substantial amount of electricity, but Tucson Water now has an affordable, environmentally friendly way to meet its energy needs. With the installation of a SunPower solar power system, the agency is now enjoying a reduction in its monthly electrical costs and a 20-year hedge against energy price increases.
Thanks to rebates made available through the California Solar Initiative, a power purchase agreement and SunPower’s high-efficiency solar technology, UC Merced is on track to realize its long-term sustainability goals.
Delivered on time and on budget, SunPower created a solar power system that maximizes electrical production while using only half of the available land. SunPower achieved this through its high efficiency solar panels and by installing the SunPower Tracker® system, which follows the sun’s movement.
The Navy chose to install a unique solar electric system which makes innovative use of the rooftop of Building 54, a historic aircraft hangar on Ford Island. The solar array covers 31,000 square feet and produces a reliable, high-quality power supply resulting in annual cost savings of $40,000.
The Navy base at Coronado installed a unique solar electric carport which makes innovative use of an unused asset—an existing parking lot. The solar electric system will considerably contribute to summer electricity load and will save over $228,000 in annual operating costs.
By installing solar panels on its existing buildings and new construction, the Postal Service has adopted a sound, sensible way to use distributed energy resources to meet renewable energy goals while minimizing the impact on the environment.
SunPower installed a commercial solar array atop the district’s in-ground concrete treatment storage tanks, for optimal use of available space. West Basin’s 564 kilowatt solar power system produces clean, renewable energy while reducing utility costs by over 10% annually.
This school district had been hit hard by budget cuts and needed a way to save money and address rising energy costs. With SunPower high-efficiency solar panels, they will save more than $9 million over the life of system. This savings will help prevent further job cuts and protect students’ quality of education for years to come.
Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority Future-Proofs Its Energy Solution With High-Efficiency Solar Panels
Hoping to significantly reduce the amount of energy needed to reclaim water at its Corona, CA facility, the WRCRWA installed a nine-acre solar installation comprised of over 5,000 high-efficiency solar panels.
Their colonial-style, Westport home may be historic, but the Yarmoff family's rooftop has a modern touch. Seamless, barely-detectable solar panels are saving the family 84% on their electric bills—while reducing their carbon footprint.
SunPower® Signature™ Black X-Series panels blend harmoniously into your roof for the most elegant choice for your home. The SPR-X21-345 delivers the highest efficiency and production available.
This commercial solar panel delivers high performance and excellent reliability. It is intended for commercial sites where maximum energy production is critical.
Through a Power Purchase Agreement for the energy produced by a new power plant featuring high-efficiency SunPower T20 Trackers, Xcel Energy is now able to meet the needs of Colorado customers seeking clean, renewable energy from the sun.