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SunPower complies with CDP

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar? cells? power? energy?

SunPower Corp. has submitted its first response to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the company announced. The CDP is an organization that works with shareholders and businesses to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions of major corporations.

In 2009, SunPower generated 328 metric tons of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions equivalent per megawatt of solar cells produced. The carbon intensity of the company's global operations declined about 10 percent from 2008 to 2009 due to improved solar cell efficiency, increased economies of scale and other investments.

SunPower listed 23 measures it is taking to reduce carbon emission intensity in the CDP response. These include steps to improve lighting, air conditioning and equipment efficiencies at the company's manufacturing plants.

"SunPower's investment in research and development to improve our high-efficiency solar panel and systems technology has substantially reduced our carbon intensity since we began manufacturing in 2004," reported Tom Werner, CEO, SunPower. "Beyond our internal carbon footprint reductions, our solar rooftop systems and power plants operate without generating greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore our customers' use of SunPower systems avoids many times the amount of greenhouse gases generated in their own manufacturing and delivery operations. We will continue to work with stakeholders and policymakers around the world to establish predictable climate policy that will assure sustained investments in solar and other technologies that provide the path to a low-carbon economy."

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