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SunPower Helping Low-Income Families Go Solar.

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SunPower Corp., a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, is partnering with GRID Alternatives, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization, to bring the power of solar energy to low-income families.

As part of the agreement, SunPower will offer a preferred rate on its high-efficiency solar panels for low-income and nonprofit clients throughout California; offer services of volunteer SunPower employees who will help install the systems, on company time; and give direct financial support to help GRID Alternatives expand and install more solar-electric systems in low-income communities statewide.

"SunPower is pleased to partner with GRID Alternatives to help low-income families save on their electric bills with the highest efficient solar system available on the market today," said Bobby Ram, director of Global Community Relations for SunPower. "We are delighted to offer both our solar-electric systems and the time and expertise of our employee volunteers to help make this a successful endeavor."

To celebrate the partnership, more than 60 employees from SunPower's Berkeley facility will donate their time on Friday, September 14, to install six solar-electric systems for low-income, first-time homebuyers in East Oakland, Calif.

The East Oakland systems will reduce each family's electric bills by more than 75 percent and will produce $100,000 worth of clean, renewable solar power over the next 30 years while offsetting 300 tons of greenhouse emissions, SunPower said. Selected homes are part of a new 26-unit, all-solar, affordable housing development being built by Habitat for Humanity East Bay. All installed solar systems on these homes are being fully funded through a charitable grant by PG&E's Solar Habitat initiative.

"SunPower is helping some of the lowest-income families in our community get some of the most advanced solar technology available," said Tim Sears, program director and co-founder of GRID Alternatives. "With SunPower's help, we are growing our Solar Affordable Housing Program to serve many more homes for low-income families in both Northern California and Southern California. We look forward to a long and successful relationship."

SunPower is a majority-owned subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. For more information, visit www.sunpowercorp.com.

GRID Alternatives is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that trains and leads teams of community volunteers to install solar electric systems for low-income homeowners, in partnership with local governments and affordable housing providers in Northern and Southern California. For more information, visit www.gridalternatives.org.

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