Editor’s Note: In 2020, SunPower announced the completion of the strategic spin-off of its manufacturing division into a separate business named Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd. As a result, SunPower has expanded its offerings to drive future growth. The SunPower Equinox® system now offers multiple panel options, including front- and back-contact panels, all of which are responsibly and rigorously quality tested to provide the best energy solution for your home.
Wildfire activity and public safety power shutoffs have become common occurrences in California and Oregon, hurricanes continue to ravage states along the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, and then there’s the winter storm earlier this year that turned Texas on its head. If there’s anything the past few years have shown us, it’s that climate change is a growing concern. And it’s these extreme weather events that have challenged the way many are approaching their energy use.
Whether it’s being left in the dark during rolling blackouts or being extra cautious with energy consumption because the electrical grid is overwhelmed, more homeowners are considering how they can change their current relationship with utility companies. The great thing about solar energy is that it solves more than one problem in the equation above. First, the use of renewable energy sources like solar power help reduce the amount of harmful greenhouse gasses that come from the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels. With a solar installation, homeowners can power up during the day using electricity generated from the sun. This clean energy helps reduce the overall effects of fossil-fuel generated electricity and contributes to our fight against climate change.
Second, solar energy helps reduce a homeowner’s need to pull energy from the electrical grid. SunPower’s highly efficient solar panels allow homeowners to reap more benefits of owning a solar system. Our solar panels are uniquely designed and feature solar cells that have a broader light-trapping surface than conventional solar cells. And more sunlight, including ultraviolet and infrared rays, leads to more power. It’s this innovative approach that enables SunPower® solar panels to produce up to 55% more energy over a 25-year period than conventional panels within the same space.*SunPower 400 W, 22.6% efficient, compared to a Conventional Panel on same-sized arrays (280 W multi, 17% efficient, approx. 1.64 m²), 8% more energy per watt (based on PVSim runs for avg US climate), 0.5%/yr slower degradation rate (Jordan, et. al. Robust PV Degradation Methodology and Application. PVSC 2018). To help with many of the details that expand beyond solar panel efficiency, there’s the SunPower dealer network. Our specially trained dealers can advise homeowners on what solar system size will not only address their current energy needs but can handle any additional loads that might come up in the future, such as the addition of an electric vehicle or a pool. These combined efforts of technology plus industry knowledge can help homeowners become less grid reliant, many times enough to start seeing major savings on their utility bills.
With SunPower’s SunVault® storage solution, homeowners have an opportunity to experience even greater energy independence. SunVault is made up of two major components – the solar battery and Hub+™. Using intelligent software, Hub+ gives homeowners the ability to use stored energy on their own terms. SunVault can be programmed to step in during peak demand times to help reduce higher electricity costs from the utility company or to power essential appliances when the power’s completely out.*“Essential Appliances and Devices” are determined by the homeowner before installation and typically include lights, select appliances and outlets for devices. The battery storage system should not be relied upon as a power source for critical medical devices. The ability to power appliances and devices during an outage will vary depending on a number of factors, including, but not limited to: the amount of energy stored in the battery, the amount of wattage used by the appliances and electronics connected to the battery storage system, the age of the battery, the battery’s ability to recharge during daylight hours due to weather, the frequency and duration of battery usage, and other factors. Battery life will decrease with time and use. How it’s used is up to the homeowner and that’s a level of independence you just won’t find by solely relying on utility companies.
Solar + storage solutions are affordable and easy to finance with SunPower’s lease, loan and cash options. With solar power at the helm, homeowners have the freedom to take control of their energy and be better prepared when unexpected weather events occur.