Vertically integrated solar company SunPower Corp. has announced a new commitment to U.S. nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives under which SunPower will donate more than 2 MW of its solar panels over a three-year period. The expanded partnership is expected to provide enough solar to help power approximately 550 homes and 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 says it 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 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.
“SunPower is proud to extend our 10-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,” says 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.”
“We’re so grateful to have a long-time partner like SunPower that shares our vision of an inclusive clean energy transition,” says 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.”