SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ:SPWR), a global solar technology and energy services provider, today announced a new multi-year commitment to nonprofit GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer. Under the partnership, SunPower will donate more than two megawatts of high efficiency solar panels over a three-year period. The commitment will provide enough solar to help power approximately 550 homes and will also provide job training in underserved communities.
SunPower’s investment will also support GRID Alternatives’ Solar Futures program, which provides both classroom and hands-on solar training to K-14 students, with a focus on high school juniors and seniors. GRID Alternatives has been providing solar training for high school students in California since 2010, and SunPower’s support is helping to expand that work nationally.
“SunPower is proud to extend our ten-year support of GRID Alternatives for another three years, as they continue to bring access to clean energy for everyone and expand their valuable education program,” said Doug Richards, SunPower executive vice president. “GRID Alternatives is helping students understand and experience solar technology first-hand in an industry that is expected to grow with the popularity of renewable energy.”
SunPower has been a GRID Alternatives supporter since 2006, and a major equipment partner since 2012. Nearly 950 households have gone solar through the partnership to-date. SunPower employees have also volunteered more than 3,600 hours of their time to install solar for low-income families.
“We’re so grateful to have a long-time partner like SunPower that shares our vision of an inclusive clean energy transition,” said GRID Alternatives co-founder and CEO Erica Mackie. “SunPower’s multi-year commitment allows us to continue growing our work nationally, helping underserved communities across the country access the clean power, financial savings and career opportunities solar provides.”