Grassroots environmental organization Sierra Club, one of the most enduring and influential in the United States, is providing an opportunity for its more than 3.5 million members and supporters to go solar with SunPower. As part of the new program, participating Sierra Club members or supporters who purchase or lease a SunPower home solar system can receive a $1,000 mail-in rebate and SunPower will give Sierra Club $1,000 to support the organization’s mission.
“Our climate is in crisis, and it is our mutual responsibility to protect the planet for this and future generations,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. “This partnership with SunPower offers our members a meaningful and cost-effective opportunity to reduce harmful carbon emissions, potentially save on home electricity bills and move the country toward clean energy.”
Over the last four years the Sierra Club has helped over 100 towns and cities across the country commit to achieving 100% clean energy, from communities like Abita Springs, Louisiana, and Georgetown, Texas, to metropolises like Salt Lake City, Cincinnati and St. Petersburg — as well as the states of California and Hawaii, and the District of Columbia. This new alliance between SunPower and the Sierra Club will help further the Sierra Club’s overall efforts to advance climate solutions and move the U.S. toward 100% renewable energy.
One of the reasons that the Sierra Club selected SunPower for this program was the solar industry leader’s deep commitment to sustainable and responsible solar panel manufacturing.
“By making solar more accessible to Sierra Club members, we’re advancing the organization’s efforts to protect our natural environment while also continuing SunPower’s work to change the way our world is powered,” said Norm Taffe, SunPower executive VP, residential solar. “SunPower offers industry-leading solar technology that generates 60% more energy in the same space than conventional panels over the first 25 years, which means more savings on electricity bills and a lower carbon footprint for customers.”
For several years running, SunPower solar panels have ranked No. 1 in the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition’s sustainability scorecard. Its direct current E-Series and X-Series solar panels were the first in the world to achieve Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver designation, demonstrating the product’s quality based on rankings in five categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy use, water stewardship and social fairness – areas of importance to Sierra Club and its supporters. These same solar panels are made in a SunPower facility that has qualified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED Gold) based on the environmental attributes of the building’s construction, maintenance and operations. The same manufacturing facility has also received Landfill-Free Verification by NSF for achieving less than 1% of waste to landfill.
Sierra Club members interested in the program will work with SunPower and its dealer network to determine if solar is a good fit for their home, as well as explore a variety of financing options which may include cash purchase, loan or lease.
For more information about this program and Sierra Club’s work to advance clean energy and healthier communities, visit this webpage.
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