California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] SunPower Corp. has launched the SunPower Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering, inspiring and motivating a new generation of solar leaders in communities around the world. It is one of the first organizations of its kind entirely funded by a major solar company.
As its first initiative, the SunPower Foundation partnered with the 100 People Foundation to create 100 People Under the Sun, a program that provides classroom lesson plans to help students understand the ways they use energy every day and investigate the use of solar energy in their local communities.
A series of 12 videos, available on the Internet, was also developed as part of the program. To date, 140 schools in 39 countries are participating, and the videos have been downloaded for viewing approximately 11,000 times.
“We work with more than 600 SunPower dealer partners installing SunPower systems on homes and businesses in North America, Europe and Australia, and directly developed more than 550 large-scale solar power systems worldwide,” said SunPower CEO Tom Werner. “We established the SunPower Foundation to ‘give back’ through education and building stronger communities. It is our hope that the Foundation will encourage more people to consider how the electricity they use is generated, and the global potential of reliable, emission-free solar power to reduce the effects of climate change.”
Other partners of the SunPower Foundation include Winrock International, Solar Electric Light Fund, Black Rock Solar, Grid Alternatives, and the American African Nuru Foundation.