SunPower Corp., a global technology and energy services provider, today announced that its SunPower E-Series Solar Panel and SunPower X-Series Solar Panel have been awarded the Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver distinction by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
The high efficiency SunPower E-Series and X-Series solar panels, manufactured at the company's factory in Mexicali, Mexico. SunPower reports that they are the first and only solar products to be awarded this certification, which is based on the sustainable manufacturing processes implemented at this facility.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard is administered by the Institute and is a comprehensive product quality standard that evaluates product design, manufacturing, corporate citizenship and ethics principles. Products are assessed according to Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy Use, Water Stewardship, and Social Fairness.
The products were assessed using the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard by the product design and optimization firm MBDC, one of 13 companies around the world authorized to conduct product analysis for the Institute. Product certification is available at five levels (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum), with each higher level imposing a more rigorous set of requirements.
Cradle to Cradle Certified products can be found online in the Product Registry at C2CCertified.org.
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to turn the making of things into a positive force for people, the economy and the planet. It stewards the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Program, a system for assessing and continuously improving product quality based upon five categories: material health, material reuse, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness. The Institute is headquartered in San Francisco, California (US) with satellite offices in Amsterdam andVenlo (Netherlands) and Raleigh, North Carolina (US).