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Fifty Families Help Fresno Chaffee Zoo Go Solar with SunPower

FRESNO, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), a leading solar technology and global energy services provider, and Fresno-based SunPower Elite Dealer Pacific Solar announced today that they are donating a solar power system to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, thanks to the first 50 Fresno area households that bought or financed SunPower systems during the company's "Let's Solar Fresno" campaign that launched in August.

As part of the campaign, SunPower and Pacific Solar agreed to donate one high efficiency solar panel to the zoo for each SunPower system sold or leased in Fresno in August, up to a total of 50 panels, and a majority of the cost of the installation.

"We're grateful to the first 50 Fresno families who chose to go solar with SunPower and, as a result, are helping Fresno Chaffee Zoo go solar as well," said Terri Mejorado, director of marketing at Fresno Chaffee Zoo. "We expect the system will allow us to lower our electricity bills, and use those savings to enhance the programs and services we offer the community."

The donated system will be composed of 50 high-efficiency SunPower solar panels, the most efficient and reliable solar panels available on the market today.

"I'm impressed by how quickly Fresno families met this challenge to enable the zoo to benefit from clean, renewable solar power," said Dave Wasemiller of Pacific Solar. "SunPower panels deliver more energy in less space, maximizing savings and peace of mind. This is an amazing opportunity for our community."

The SunPower system will be installed in two arrays, one on the zoo's education department building and one on the sea lion exhibit, "Sea Lion Cove." According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the system is expected to offset the production of almost 13 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is equivalent to the automobile emissions produced through the consumption of about 1,300 gallons of gasoline.

"As the leading manufacturer of residential solar power systems in the U.S., SunPower is proud to support Fresno's efforts to become the most solar community in America," said SunPower Vice President Martin DeBono. "SunPower offers financing options customized for our customers' needs, including cash purchase, leases and the SunPower Loan, which allows customers to go solar with no money down and low monthly payments while progressing towards owning their solar system."

Pacific Solar offers all of SunPower's financing options and works directly with customers to design customized energy and financing plans, and solar systems to fit each family's needs.
Fresno homeowners interested in buying or financing a SunPower system should visit letssolarfresno.com.

About Pacific Solar
Pacific Solar is a family operation with more than 40 years of experience in the Building Industry. The parent corporation was formed in 1982, by the Wasemiller family, and in 2008, Pacific Solar was formed by David Wasemiller, Michael Ward, and Garland Nelson. They brought together the Company's firm foundation of experience as Professionals in the Building Industry and have been long time members of the Local and National Building Industry Association. For more information, visit www.pacificsolarcompany.com.

About SunPower
SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today. Residential, business, government and utility customers rely on the company's quarter century of experience and guaranteed performance to provide maximum return on investment throughout the life of the solar system. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit www.sunpower.com.

SOURCE SunPower Corp.

For further information: Ingrid Ekstrom, SunPower, 510-260-8368, iekstrom@sunpower.com; or Terri Mejorado, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, 559-498-5936, tmejorado@fresnochaffeezoo.org; or Dave Wasemiller, Pacific Solar, 559-251-5592, gen@pacificsolarcompany.com