SunPower has been developing world record-breaking solar technology since the 1970s. Our history over these decades has been marked by creativity, craftsmanship – and confidence. Today we are the global leader in developing high-efficiency solar solutions for homes, businesses and governments, commercial buildings and utilities.
Through constant innovation and new partnerships, SunPower reaches new heights to become a global leader in the solar industry.
|2010: |SunPower announces a world-record monocrystalline polysilicon|
| |prototype cell with efficiency of 24.2%. ...view middle of the document...
|2012: |SunPower acquires French solar company Tenesol SA, further |
| |increasing our global footprint. |
This decade was filled with many accomplishments and milestones for SunPower. The company became publicly listed on the NYSE with CEO Tom Werner taking the company to new levels. SunPower set new world records in solar cell efficiency.
|2001: |Our world-record efficiency A-300 solar cells power NASA’s |
| |Helios project, achieving a record altitude of 96,863 feet. |
|2002: |Cypress Semiconductor board invests $8 million in SunPower. |
|2003: |SunPower recruits Tom Werner as CEO, to take the company to |
| |the next level. |
|2004: |Our first manufacturing facility (Fab 1) comes online in the |
| |Philippines and the company’s first utility-scale power plant|
| |comes online in Bavaria. |
|2005: |A successful Initial Public Offering for fuels new growth and|
| |a solidified position in the solar market. |
|2007: |-- SunPower begins volume production of its record |
| |breaking high efficiency solar cell, averaging 22.4% |
| |conversion efficiency. |
| |-- SunPower acquires PowerLight, resulting in a vertically |
| |integrated company serving the residential, commercial and |
| |utility-scale power plant markets. |
| |-- A second manufacturing facility (Fab 2) with 330 MW |
| |capacity rating on 10 lines, comes on line in the |
| |Philippines. |
|2008: |SunPower announces a world-record monocrystalline polysilicon|
| |prototype solar cell with efficiency of 23.4%. |
|2009: |-- President Obama dedicates a 25 MW SunPower solar power |
| |plant system at Florida Power & Light’s Desoto installation. |