The Dawn of a New Era

Solar in the Tar Sands

The Dawn of a New Era: Solar in the Tar Sands

By Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Little Buffalo, a town of 500 people in Alberta, is at the forefront of multiple environmental justice battles: it has been polluted by oil spills and damaged by tar sands mining, but it is also pushing to move beyond fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. In particular, the Lubicon Cree people are fighting back against extractive industries and demanding that solar energy power their nation.

Get Answers to Your Questions About Going Solar

SunPower Answers Common Questions About Solar Panels

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save money on your electricity bills and/or lead a more green life, you might consider switching to a renewable energy such as emission-free solar power.

Passive Solar and Earth-Bermed Homes Have a Chance This Time Around

Some energy-saving ideas from the 1970s are much more viable now, thanks to new products and systems.

Often, good ideas, simply because they've been around for a while, are assumed to be less effective, or even obsolete. But many of the energy-saving principles of the solar homes of the Carter era actually have the potential to work even better today. That's because insulating techniques, window glazings, and even window coverings have improved dramatically.

These techniques are not limited to new home construction. They apply whether you are starting from scratch on a new site, adding an addition, or dropping a modular home onto your lot.

SunPower President and CEO Tom Werner on Congressional Approval of Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) Extension

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The following statement is from Tom Werner, SunPower president and CEO, on congressional approval of the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) extension:

The Importance of City Action in Combating Climate Change During COP21 in Paris


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Mike Bloomberg traveled to Paris during the first week of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in his role as UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. During his 5-day trip he hosted and spoke at several events and made numerous announcements significant to his UN Envoy role.

Tom Werner: Why Business Isn't Waiting for COP21 Outcomes


Winston Churchill once said, "however beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."

Solar Energy Making Ultra-Green Homes of the Future a Modern Day Reality

Thanks to Increased Affordability of Solar Systems that Deliver More Clean Electricity to Homeowners
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December 3, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Energy-efficient homes of the future have arrived and are growing in popularity. According to a report by McGraw Hill Construction, nearly one-third of new single-family homes in the U.S. will be green by 2016. They are energy and natural resource efficient, designed to reduce overall impact on human health and the environment. An increased number of consumers are going a step further and striving for net-zero energy homes that use renewable energy solutions, such as solar power systems, to offset all or most of their energy consumption.

Sustainable Georgia: Driving with the Sun

Reprinted from Georgia Trend

By: Ben Young

I was thrilled to see one of my great sci-fi dreams come true in West Point when Georgia unveiled its first solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station. We’ve been rewarded by the convergence of public, private, local and global efforts.

Green Your Black Friday (And All Your Holidays)

7 Tips for Living More Sustainably This Holiday Season

We know this time of year can be one of excess consumption, and that's not always good for the environment. 

SunPower created this fun educational Green Your Black Friday infographic to raise awareness and to show how solar can be a part of living more sustainably during the holiday season.

We're also including a version of the graphic that can be used all throughout the month of December.

Installing Home Solar Panels in Seven Steps

A look at the home solar installation process
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SunPower created this infographic to help explain the home solar panel installation process. To see the full graphic, visit our blog.

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