UC Berkeley Announces Sungevity As Its Official Solar Energy Partner


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mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) today announced it has selected Sungevity as its official solar energy partner for the next decade. This partnership underscores the university’s commitment to sustainability and to a brighter future for all.

What exactly does this mean?

For starters, energizing UC Berkeley’s brilliant young minds. Throughout the 10-year term, Sungevity will help UC Berkeley students across all disciplines develop careers in the new energy economy through internships in solar design, engineering, strategic planning, operations efficiency, marketing and finance.

Sungevity will also be the first to launch UC Berkeley’s University Partnership Program (UPP), which will provide campus units with the infrastructure to work collaboratively across the university to develop comprehensive relationships with business partners.

Sungevity co-founder Danny Kennedy thinks this is a great match

“Sungevity and Berkeley share complementary core values, both fundamentally dedicated to using innovative technologies to solve social and environmental problems,” said Danny Kennedy, Sungevity’s co-founder. “We’re energized to be advising the nation’s No. 1 public university on achieving its sustainability goals throughout the next decade.”

UC Berkeley and Sungevity will work together to cut carbon usage

To help Berkeley meet its carbon neutrality goal by 2025, Sungevity will coordinate with the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) on sustainability outreach and programming, and offer expertise to the campus’ Office of Sustainability and Energy. Moreover, this will be a platform to help UC Berkeley reduce its regional carbon footprint by offering solar energy to the larger Cal community through innovative residential solar programs.

What does UC Berkeley have to say?

“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,” said 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.”

Berkeley-ites, watch out for some sweet new solar on campus

Sungevity 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, which will generate approximately 114,000 kWh in the first year. Together, a brighter future is possible.

Posted by Leslye Penticoff

Leslye is the Content and Community Manager for Sungevity. She's also an avid coffee drinker and rock climber, and serves on the Board of Directors at Margination, a nonprofit in Troy, NY.