SAN JOSE, Calif., April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizations and businesses across the U.S. are celebrating Earth Day today with the unveiling of new, high efficiency solar power systems manufactured by SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), installed by locally owned and operated SunPower dealers. The high performance SunPower solar installations are designed to help organizations achieve their sustainability goals, save on annual electricity costs and contribute to protecting air quality and health in their communities.
Some of the new SunPower systems unveiled this month include the following:
- The Willow School, an independent coeducational elementary and middle school in Gladstone, N.J., is holding a ribbon-cutting today for its new Health, Wellness & Nutrition Center (HWNC). The new facility includes a 165-kilowatt SunPower solar power system installed by Geoscape Solar. The solar system is designed to help the school secure certification under the Living Building Challenge™, regarded as the world's most rigorous building performance standard, as well as the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Platinum standard. The school expects the SunPower system will deliver 100 percent of the power required for the HWNC, as well as 25 percent of the power required for the rest of its campus operations.
- Wedgewood, a real estate investment and management company in Redondo Beach, Calif., is unveiling a 625-kilowatt SunPower system installed by Xero Solar. The company anticipates the system to meet 75 percent of the office's energy needs and power 28 electric car charging stations. As a result of the system, which includes rooftop and parking canopy solar arrays, Wedgewood expects to save approximately $150,000 per year in electricity costs.
- Campbell Church of Christ and Campbell Christian School in Campbell, Calif. has four new solar carports totaling 183-kilowatts of SunPower solar panels, thanks to the efforts of Vista Solar. Vista helped the church secure financing through a power purchase agreement and designed the system to offset 97 percent of the organization's electricity bill. "By going solar we have set our power price for the next 15 years," said School Superintendent Shawn Stuart. "It's a win-win for the environment, our kids and families, and our organization."
"We join our SunPower dealers in congratulating business owners and organization leaders nationwide who are choosing to celebrate Earth Day with reliable, high performance SunPower systems," said Howard Wenger, president, business units. "SunPower systems deliver 45 percent more energy than conventional solar panels in the first year of operation. After 25 years, the difference will grow to 80 percent more energy. As a result, for organizations aggressively pursuing financial and sustainability goals, SunPower is the clear choice."
SunPower has approximately 500 solar installers in its U.S. network, and approximately 1,200 dealers worldwide. Founded in 1985, SunPower is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week. SunPower is a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial solar power systems in the U.S. Recently, SunPower solar panels manufactured in Mexicali, Mexico became the first and only solar panels in the world to be Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver, which can help facilities on which they are installed secure additional credits towards certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program.
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 SunPower's 30 years 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 and South America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit www.sunpower.com.
SOURCE SunPower Corp.