The SunPower Horizons™ Program Offers Customizable, Experiential Science Technology, Engineering and Math Education

More Than 10,000 Students Have Been Reached With Hands-On Curriculum and Lesson Plans

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) announced today that the SunPower Horizons program, the company's suite of educational programs, has reached more than 10,000 students in the U.S. since 2008.


For students from kindergarten age through college, the SunPower Horizons program offers hands-on curriculum, lesson plans and teacher professional development to support student engagement and knowledge retention in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program is designed to prepare students for STEM-related advanced academic study and professional careers by building STEM knowledge as well as skills in critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

"As solar power plays an increasingly critical role in meeting global energy demand, students participating in SunPower Horizons programs may become the engineers and business leaders charting our energy future," said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. "In the process of learning about solar technology and energy solutions, the students' enthusiasm and ability to understand complex concepts is very inspiring. SunPower is proud of the increasing number of participants in the SunPower Horizons program we attract each year."

SunPower Horizons program offerings range from an innovative Summer Solar Energy Academy, which is a work-based summer learning experience in solar energy, to classroom project-based STEM curriculum delivered in partnership with Project Lead the Way, a provider of world-class STEM programs.

According to 2015 data from The Solar Foundation, the number of solar industry jobs is increasing almost 12 times faster than growth of the overall U.S. economy. With nearly 209,000 solar jobs in the U.S. by the end of 2015, the solar sector is expected to increase approximately 15 percent this year.

SunPower is a leader in delivering energy solutions to California school districts. At 21 school districts across the state, the company has installed solar power systems totaling more than 87 megawatts which, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, is enough to power almost 14,000 average California homes.

In 2014, The Solar Foundation estimated that more than 3,700 K-12 schools in the U.S. have solar power systems, serving nearly 2.7 million students across the nation and saving about $77.8 million in electricity costs annually.

About SunPower

As one of the world's most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower's more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. For more information about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit www.sunpower.com.

Featured Product

RBI Solar - Dahlia Has You Covered

RBI Solar - Dahlia Has You Covered

What if you could maximize the Ground Coverage Ratio (GCR) on your next project and not have to worry about the complicated variables that come with a tracker system? With a low tilt and clearance design, Dahlia® has the highest GCR of any fixed-tilt system in the marketplace. The system is available in three tilt options (7.5, 10 and 12.5 degrees) and designed to accommodate any sized PV module. The lightweight system is engineered with fewer components, several of which are shipped to job sites pre-assembled. This design feature reduces freight costs and rapidly trims the amount of on-site installation time required to complete construction. Maximizing PV coverage on a site can lead to an increase of production, which creates greater financial return for project owners. Over 100 MW of Dahlia® projects have been deployed across the United States, in regions of variable snow and wind loads. How much can Dahlia® cover and save you on your next project?