|2012:||SunPower acquires French solar company Tenesol, further increasing SunPower's global footprint. Tenesol has been designing and tailoring off-grid applications for nearly 30 years to suit all local geographical specificities and meet the energy consumption needs of its clients, offering a wide range of PV solutions, both standard and back up, fully solar and hybrid (solar/diesel).|
|2011:||-- Total and SunPower partner to create a new global leader in the solar industry.
-- SunPower™ Maxeon™ cell technology powers Solar Impulse, a prototype solar airplane which, for the first time in aviation history, has succeeded in flying for 26 consecutive hours powered only by solar energy. A second solar airplane, with SunPower™ solar cells, is being built to circumnavigate the globe in 2014.
-- SunPower launches the C7 Tracker, a solar concentrator that delivers a bankable solution for utility-scale solar power plants.
-- SunPower launches the new SunPower™ AC Solar Panel, a cutting-edge solution for homes that maximises energy output for each panel.
|2010:||SunPower announces world-record monocrystalline polysilicon cell efficiency of 24.2%.|
|2009:||-- President Obama dedicates 25 MW SunPower solar power plant system at Florida Power & Light’s Desoto installation.
-- PlanetSolar chooses SunPower's high-efficiency solar cells to power the world's largest solar catamaran.
|2008:||SunPower announces world-record monocrystalline polysilicon cell efficiency of 23.4%.|
|2007:||-- SunPower begins volume production of its record breaking high efficiency cell, averaging 22.4% conversion efficiency.
--SunPower acquires PowerLight Corporation, 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.
|2005:||A successful Initial Public Offering fuels new growth and a solidified position in the solar market.|
|2004:||Our first manufacturing facility (Fab 1) comes online in Philippines and the company’s first utility-scale power plant comes online in Bavaria.|
|2003:||SunPower recruits Tom Werner as CEO, to take the company to the next level.|
|2002:||Cypress Semiconductors Board invests $8 million in SunPower.|
|2001:||Our world-record efficiency A-300 solar cells power NASA’s Helios project, achieving a record altitude of 96,863 feet.|
|1997:||SunPower’s high efficiency solar cells power NASA’s Pathfinder, second generation and unmanned remotely piloted solar powered high altitude aircraft.|
|1993:||SunPower’s all-back contact, high efficiency solar cells power a Honda car to victory in a car race across Australia, beating the second place winner by one full day.|
|1990:||SunPower received initial funding and an R&D contract from EPRI and the U.S. Department of Energy.|
Our record of solar innovation began nearly four decades ago, when our co-founder, Dr. Richard Swanson, was exploring ways to deal with the oil crisis. At that time, solar cells were being used on satellites, a concept he found intriguing. His engineering challenge was to figure out how to make the cells more cost-effective. So he began a quest which, almost 40 years later, has helped position SunPower as a leader in residential, commercial and utility-scale solar power production.