Education is the first step toward change, and the SunPower Foundation partners with you to make change happen. Check out the solar lesson plans and Solar Education Resources to learn how to introduce solar education into your schools and community organizations.
New York, NY, USA
The 100 People Foundation creates media and educational tools that simplify and humanize complex global statistics by looking at the world as a community of 100 people.
Pulo Island, Philippines
Each school day, the students of Pulo Elementary gather on the front lawn for morning exercises; they dance to music from a sound system that is powered by solar energy. Solar power has brought light, ventilation, and multimedia to this island school that previously had no electricity.
Friendswood, Texas, USA
NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao remembers watching the first Apollo mission on TV when he was eight years old. Four space missions, including six and a half months on the International Space Station, have taught him to see all people as citizens of one world. He sees a day when solar energy from space provides unlimited clean energy.
Boulder, Colorado, USA
The Klein family has always been committed to the environment. Jane, Michael and their son Johannes live by the mantra, "reduce, reuse, recycle." They practice what they preach, down to reusing jam jars as water glasses. When they heard about the Holiday housing development, says Michael, we thought, "why not put our money where our mouth is and move into a solar home?"
Agustín Carrión García's family has cultivated grapes for generations in his native Jumilla, a small town in southern Spain. Agustín and his family banded together with other farmers to start a solar farm cooperative. The electricity generated from the farm is sold back to the local utility through the cooperative. Agustín follows nature's cycle of growth and renewal, "the sun is life itself."
When Brave Mhouie celebrated his 23rd birthday in his home in Mzuzu, Malawi, he had much to celebrate. Brave’s work with SolarAid helped his family and neighbors harness solar energy to generate income and improve their way of life.
Brave now has the economic resources to pursue his goal of a career in medicine and some day use his medical training to give back to his community. SunPower Foundation is working with SolarAid to solarize schools in Malawi.
San Francisco, California
Adam Browning co-founded the Vote Solar Initiative in 2001 with the mission of changing government policy to make it easier and less expensive to go solar. He works with a team that has a hand in most of the solar policy activities around the US.
Darren has been a science teacher for over twenty-years. His students’ solar projects include: a solar-powered bicycle, a solar-powered reverse-osmosis water pump, and a solar car. Willetton Senior High School students plan to race their solar car in The World Solar Challenge—a competition that crosses the continent of Australia.
Paradise, California, USA
Converting sunlight into electricity is important for our future, but it’s only half the battle. Fifteen-year-old Mario Visinoni grasped the power of conservation at an early age. So when his sixth-grade science teacher asked him to teach younger students about solar energy, Mario brought in his leaning tool of choice: the Kilowatt meter.
The American African Nuru Foundation, a non-profit organization, is chartered to help and accelerate health, education, and access technology to the needy as an American African focus.
Washington, DC, USA
ENERGY IS A HUMAN RIGHT The mission of the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is to provide solar power and wireless communications to a quarter of the world’s population living in energy poverty.
Oakland, CA, USA
GRID Alternatives’ mission is to empower communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training. Since 2001, GRID Alternatives has been working to bring the power of solar electricity and energy efficiency to low-income homeowners, and to provide community members with training and hands-on experience with renewable energy technologies.
Arlington, VA, USA
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.
San Francisco, CA, USA
Black Rock Solar’s mission is to create community through installation of renewable energy and related educational/artistic projects.
Two of the biggest threats facing humanity today are climate change and global poverty. SolarAid helps to combat both, simply by bringing clean, renewable power to the poorest people in the world.
La Tortuga Feliz ("Happy Turtle" in Spanish) is a turtle sanctuary in Juluchuca, Guerrero, Mexico, which partners with Playa Viva and the Ocean Foundation to rescue hundreds of thousands of turtles a year. The SunPower Foundation is helping solarize this sanctuary.
A frontier story of water and culture, engineering and power, and the sustainable alternatives that could meet demands of a developing nation.
The Xixuau~Xiparina Reserve was the first solar-powered community in Brazil, and is able to communicate on cricital land preservation activities and provide telemedicine for the village as a result. The SunPower Foundation is partnering with SELF to support expansion of solar at this critical rainforest reserve.
Partners in Health (PIH) is bringing health care to people around the world. SELF has partnered with PIH to help solarize their clinics, and SunPower has joined their partnership in Lesotho. We've provided a grant to solarize clinics in Lesotho. We hope to take this model to other countries PIH supports.
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