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SunPower Announces the Planet's Most Powerful Solar Panel
Improved 96-Cell, 315-Watt Solar Panel Offers Industry's Highest Conversion Efficiency of 19.3 Percent
SAN JOSE, Calif.

SAN JOSE, Calif., May. 20, 2009  /PRNewswire/ -- SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWRA)(NASDAQ: SPWRB), a manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, today announced the latest version of the SunPower® 315 Solar Panel, the planet's most powerful solar panel for the residential and commercial markets. The improved 96-cell, 315-watt panel uses SunPower's high-performance solar cells and offers the industry's highest conversion efficiency of 19.3 percent.

The SunPower 315 Solar Panel now includes an anti-reflective coated glass and larger, more powerful all-back contact solar cells. The anti-reflective coating allows for more diffuse off-angle light to be captured, generating more energy per rated watt than a conventional solar panel. The SunPower 315 Solar Panel's larger area cells can capture more light per panel, resulting in high energy output. The coating and the larger area cells result in a darker, more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

"SunPower continues to provide its customers with the best solar technology and greatest return on investment," said Vikas Desai, SunPower vice president and general manager. "The latest version of our SunPower 315 Solar Panel maximizes energy production resulting in fewer panels per rooftop. With less panels and balance of system materials, customers can benefit from lower installation costs."

The improved SunPower 315 Solar Panel is available for residential and commercial customers via SunPower's European and North American dealer networks. The company will be taking orders for the SunPower 315 Solar Panel beginning July 2009.

About SunPower

SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWRA)(NASDAQ: SPWRB) designs, manufactures and delivers high-performance solar electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial and utility-scale power plant customers. SunPower high-efficiency solar cells and solar panels generate up to 50 percent more power than conventional solar technologies and have a uniquely attractive, all-black appearance. With headquarters in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. For more information, visit www.sunpowercorp.com.

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