The leading solar energy company Sungevity will be partnering with the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), for a 10-year program involving the solar energy company working with students across a wide number of different fields of study, according to a recent press statement.
The decision by UC Berkeley to select Sungevity as its official solar energy partner for the next 10 years seems to speak pretty clearly to its trust in the company’s market competence — as students at the respected school will be put in the position to intern with the company in marketing, engineering, solar design, strategic planning, finance, operations, etc.
As part of the partnership, Sungevity will also be working to help UC Berkeley achieve its goal to be carbon neutral by the year 2025. The solar company will be partnering with the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) for programming and “sustainable outreach” as well.
With regard to the carbon neutral goals, the partnership is aiming to reduce “the regional carbon footprint by expanding renewable energy to the larger California community through innovative residential solar programs.”
“Sungevity was the clear choice as UC Berkeley’s solar energy partner. Not only do we share a rich history with many of its founding employees being Cal alums, but the company’s authentic passion and commitment to UC Berkeley’s sustainability ensures that our interests are strongly aligned,” commented vice chancellor for administration and finance, John Wilton. “Sungevity also is renowned for its industry-leading advanced technology platform, which mirrors our mission of advancing innovation for the benefit of future generations.”
Solar Power World Online provides a bit more information:
The new partnership also benefits the larger Berkeley community, providing faculty, staff, friends and family with an opportunity to save money on electric bills while also reducing pollution. Aside from the core sponsorship revenue, each time someone goes solar with Sungevity, the company will contribute a minimum of $750 to the university, which will be used to support strategic priorities for the university and participating campus units.
Beyond its residential offerings to the campus community, Sungevity also is developing its first campus project on Jacob’s Hall, part of the School of Engineering and the university’s new home for design innovation. Currently slated to open for the Fall Semester, the building is being outfitted with 286 solar panels that will generate approximately 114,000 kWh in the first year.
“Sungevity and Berkeley share complementary core values, both fundamentally dedicated to using innovative technologies to solve social and environmental problems,” stated Danny Kennedy, Sungevity’s co-founder. “It’s a union that almost feels predestined, with such rich Berkeley DNA woven right into the fabric of our being, and we’re energized to be advising the nation’s No. 1 public university on achieving its sustainability goals throughout the next decade.”
As a bit of background on the relationship between the two: Sungevity has previously employed over 100 Berkeley alumni + students in the areas of engineering, marketing, and finance. So, this just looks like a natural extension of their long informal relationship.
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