Moving one step closer to meeting its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, UC Berkeley has entered into a 10-year partnership with Sungevity. This relationship will go far beyond the mere installation of solar panels, although that will certainly play a large role.
Over the course of the next decade, Sungevity will work directly with UC Berkeley students as a part of the University Partnership Program (UPP). This program connects students and businesses to develop strong relationships. As the university’s first partner, Sungevity will work with students on career development in the solar field, including design, engineering, strategic planning, operations efficiency, marketing, and finance. Sungevity will also provide sustainability outreach and programming, not only to the university, but to the larger community as well.
The Berkeley community will benefit from the partnership with an opportunity for faculty, staff, friends, and family to go solar with Sungevity. Each time someone does, the company will provide a minimum of $750 to the University.
Speaking of the choice of Sungevity for this partnership, John Wilton, Berkeley’s vice chancellor for administration and finance, said “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.”
Another installation Sungevity is developing is the Jacob’s Hall project. This School of Engineering building will receive 286 panels and is expected to generate about 114,000kWh in its first year.
Danny Kennedy, Sungevity’s cofounder, said, “Sungevity and Berkeley share complementary core values, both fundamentally dedicated to using innovative technologies to solve social and environmental problems…. 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.”
Sungevity has partnered with other organizations in an attempt to get the word out about solar. Last fall the company partnered with California NHL teams to provide solar education and incentives to fans. Sungevity has also partnered with Lowe’s and a number of nonprofits as well.