Cypress Semiconductor and SunPower have made a joint donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties for the purchase of a 322kW SunPower rooftop solar system. The donation is estimated to be approximately US$1.1 million and will help the non-profit organization continue on its mission to feed those in need.
The system will be installed on the 1.4 acre roof of the organization’s headquarters, located on Curtner Ave. in San Jose, CA. The installation is expected to save the food bank almost US$3 million over the 25-year life of the system–translating into approximately six million meals for the local community.
“We are distributing more than 20% more food than last year at this time,” said Second Harvest Food Bank CEO Kathy Jackson. “The rooftop solar system so generously donated by Cypress and SunPower will help us to continue meeting the needs of our community, even if this trend should continue.” The organization serves an average of 231,000 individuals each month in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
“Second Harvest Food Bank is one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the country, giving US$0.95 out of every dollar it receives back to the community,” said T.J. Rodgers, president and CEO of Cypress. “Cypress is pleased to help reduce the organization’s operating expenses so that it can focus on what it does best–feeding the community.”
“SunPower is pleased to support the Second Harvest Food Bank with its efforts to help end hunger in our community,” said Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower Corp. “We hope this unique solar gift will shine a light on hunger, and encourage other businesses to support this worthy cause.”
The system is comprised of the SunPower T10 Solar Roof Tile and the SunPower T5 Solar Roof Tile, generating enough electricity to meet more than half of the organization’s electrical needs. System installation is expected to be completed in September.
Money earmarked for this project includes more than US$700,000 that was raised by Cypress and its employees through fundraisers and corporate giving initiatives during the holiday food drive last autumn.