Over the next three years SunPower will donate more than 2 megawatts of its solar panels to provide enough panels to power roughly 550 homes. That’s through a new partnership with GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit installing solar on low-income homes and offering solar job training in lower income communities.
The new partnership builds on previous work the organizations have done together. “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.”
Indeed, in addition to supporting solar power on low-income homes, SunPower also is helping support GRID Alternatives’ Solar Futures program. Through that program the nonprofit provides solar education and hands-on training to students in kindergarten and through 14 years old and with a focus on high school juniors and seniors. The nonprofit began providing solar training for high school students in California since 2010. The partnership with SunPower will help expand the program beyond California’s borders, according to SunPower.
“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.”
Since partnering with GRID Alternatives in 2006 SunPower employees have volunteered more than 3,600 hours of their time to install solar for low-income families. Since becoming an equipment partner in 2012 nearly 950 households have gone solar with SunPower panels through GRID Alternatives.Tweet