Sunpower Sustainability

Our "Beneficial by Design" Philosophy

Our "Beneficial by Design" Philosophy

It’s true that all solar produces clean energy, but SunPower doesn’t stop there.

We raise the bar for environmental and social sustainability through our “Beneficial by Design” philosophy that aims to be a regenerative force on the environment and society. From our DC panels that have achieved Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Silver recognition, to our Light on LandTM program, we are proud to lead the industry in environmental stewardship.

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Our “Beneficial by Design” Philosophy

SunPower has a closed-loop sustainability strategy that drives our business practices at every stage of our product lifecycle and beyond, extending to our employees and communities around the world.

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Certified environmentally-friendly

SunPower is the world’s first and only solar company to earn the prestigious Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Silver designation for our direct current (DC) panels manufactured in our facilities in Mexico, France and the Philippines for our environmental stewardship and sustainable manufacturing practices within the facilities.

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Building solar and regenerating land

SunPower’s Light on Land program was created for our solar power plant development projects where we build on disturbed lands, restore native habitats, minimize disruptions, and act as good neighbors to the surrounding communities.

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Creating a Circular Economy

We’re proud to be the world’s first and only solar company to join CE100 to help transition towards a more regenerative circular economy — a framework for the reuse of financial, manufactured, human, social or natural materials.

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Connecting energy and education

We partner with We Care Solar to provide science and technology education while building solar suitcases that are donated to schools, orphanages, and relief camps who need reliable electricity.

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Empowering those in need

We sponsor 3S (Solar Service Station), a social business which provides rechargeable solar lanterns, training and livelihoods to underserved communities in the Philippines. Individuals not only have safe and reliable lighting, but also jobs managing the station and lantern rentals.

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Going Landfill Free

Our facilities in Mexico and France have earned the solar industry’s first and only landfill-free verifications from NSF Sustainability. Take a peek inside our landfill-free plant in Mexicali, Mexico, to see how we do it.

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Organizations earn more LEED Points

SunPower helps builders and businesses earn additional LEED points because our panels are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Silver, and our packaging materials are recyclable or reusable, reducing construction waste.