Powering Positive Change™

Solar Panel Sustainability - Myanmar

A Global Company.
A Global Commitment.

At Maxeon Solar Technologies, our highly advanced solar products are powering the fight against climate change in more than 100 countries around the globe.

As a purpose-driven global organization, we believe we can make the greatest impact by joining the 12,000 + companies in 160 countries who also believe that together, we can make the world a better place.

That is why, beginning in our first year of operation in 2020, Maxeon Solar Technologies is committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment, solar panel sustainability and anti-corruption.

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By broadening our sustainability strategy to a global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) platform, we can make an even greater impact on the communities we serve. It’s a commitment inspired by our company purpose, Powering Positive Change™ – our steadfast belief that, by constantly improving ourselves, we help create a better future for our planet, our stakeholders and our business.

Jeff Waters, CEO, Maxeon Solar Technologies

Building a Better Tomorrow

Central to our UN commitment is the alignment of our ESG strategy with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This global framework lays out 17 goals adopted in 2015 by all 193 Member States of the UN.

It is the ideal blueprint for broadening our approach to sustainability and decarbonisation across the more than 100 countries we serve.

While our operations impact each of the 17 SDGs directly and indirectly, Maxeon will be focusing on four specific goals. By the end of 2021, we plan to have specific 2030 targets and commitments for each of these four SDGs.

Building a Better Tomorrow

 

Measuring our Impact

Not only do our products help others reduce their carbon footprint, but we measure and reduce our own environmental impact. View our latest sustainability metrics report via the link below. Prior reports are available in the resource library located at the bottom of this page.

Manufacturing & Solar Panel Sustainability

Solar panel sustainability requires thinking about their impacts in a multi-dimensional way. Long term change will come from rethinking the way we make and use consumable products. As such, we annually track and record key metrics associated with the manufacture of SunPower products, including water use, energy use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Learn more

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Energy Reduction

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Water Reduction

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GHG Emissions Reduction

Cradle to Cradle Certified

Cradle to Cradle Certified BronzeSunPower Maxeon direct current (DC) panels were the world’s first solar panels to earn the prestigious Cradle to Cradle Certified—Bronze designation for solar panel sustainability. For this certification, panels go through a rigorous evaluation of sustainable practices in the areas of: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.

Cradle to Cradle Certified is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Visit the Cradle to Cradle website for more information on the evaluation categories.

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Sustainability Blogs

Water Mission Saves Lives with Clean, Safe Water and Sunshine

Around the globe, Water Mission provides safe water—and hope—to those who desperately need both. From responding to the emergency need for safe water in the wake of a catastrophic natural disaster, to building the long-term water infrastructure that can sustain a remote community, their efforts get safe water flowing and help communities rebuild. 

Earlier this year, we profiled Water Mission’s work in Western Tanzania where the organisation’s ongoing relief efforts provide clean water to thousands of residents displaced by violent political unrest and economic decline in neighbouring countries. 

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Water Mission part 2 - Water solutions - Solar Panel Sustainability

Positive energy building of the future

Introducing Be Issy, a modern-concept residential and commercial green building in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, producing more energy than it consumes and demonstrating ultimate efficiency and energy production in new green design and solar panel sustainability.

By harnessing the power of SunPower solar panels, as well as many other sustainable materials, techniques, design and architectural concepts, Be Issy sustains its day-to-day operations and more. 

It conveys modernity and futuristic thinking in its functional tripod design, use of green space, responsible aesthetic and many tributes to biodiversity throughout. 

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First Green Building in France Be Issy - Solar Panel Sustainability

Going Landfill-free

Our panel manufacturing plant in Mexicali, Mexico has been recognized with the solar industry’s first and only Zero-Waste-To-Landfill certification. The certification, published by NSF International, requires that no greater than 1% of material from a facility is sent to a landfill and no more than 10% of material is sent to a waste-to-energy facility.

The factory has maintained this high bar through annual audits since 2015 and remains an expression of our leadership and commitment to solar panel sustainability.

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solar panel sustainability Mexicali manufacturing plant

Sustainability Powerhouses in the Cold North

Energy-positive buildings produce more clean and renewable energy than they consume in their lifetimes, including construction and demolition. They even offset the embodied energy in the materials used to construct the buildings. 

The latest example of this approach is Powerhouse Brattørkaia, an energy-positive office building in the northernmost reaches of Norway. Designing a building to cover its own energy use is one thing, accounting for the energy used to manufacture all of the building's materials is quite another. But it was SunPower's commitment to solar panel sustainability clinched the deal. Powerhouse Brattørkaia demonstrates what's possible when environmental design principles come first. 

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Panels as Sustainable as the Energy they Produce

The inaugural pv magazine Sustainability Award in 2019 recognized the sustainable design and business practices surrounding the production of SunPower Maxeon (DC) solar panels.

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Solar Panel Sustainability - pv magazine award 2019

Sustainability Resources

We strive for transparency and a high level of accountability in our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices.

Our documents are available in .pdf format in English language