By broadening our sustainability strategy to a global 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.

The Leader in Solar Sustainability


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. In 2021, we set our 2030 ESG long-term targets for each of these four SDGs in support of the global transition to clean energy.

Measuring our Impact

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

Manufacturing Panels Sustainably

Making products sustainably 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.

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.


Cradle to Cradle Certified

Cradle to Cradle Certified™ SilverSunPower Maxeon direct current (DC) panels were the world’s first solar panels to earn the prestigious Cradle to Cradle Certified—Silver designation for a solar panel product. For this certification, panels go through a rigorous evaluation of sustainable practices in the areas of: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy & 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.

Cradle to Cradle Certified™

Maxeon's Green Financing Reporting

The Eligible Green Expenditure Report dated 31 August 2022 highlights the environmental impact contributions made by Maxeon, using the capital it received from investors in its Green Convertible Notes over the previous reporting period.

Maxeon Gives

Our Solar Panel Donation Program

At Maxeon, we believe access to healthy environmental conditions is a fundamental human right. We aim to help correct inequities and give back to the communities in which we operate, further demonstrating our commitment to sustainability and Powering Positive Change™.

The Maxeon Gives initiative, launched as Maxeon celebrates its second anniversary as an independent company, sees our solar panels donated to communities around the world and Maxeon employees volunteer their time for charitable causes. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all and reducing inequality within and among countries.


Sustainability Blogs

Designing Sustainability Powerhouses

Along the waterfront of Trondheim, Norway sits Powerhouse Brattørkaia. This sleek 18,580-square-metre office building generates twice as much solar energy as it will ever use, sharing the excess with neighboring buildings, electric buses, cars, and the nearby harbor ferry system through a local microgrid. It's a very intentional architectural solution orchestrated by a collaborative that calls itself the Powerhouse Team, and is revolutionizing the way buildings are designed, powered, and ultimately, deconstructed. The project received the prestigious 2020 Intersolar Smarter E-Award: Outstanding Projects in recognition of innovative business models and pioneering solutions in the sustainable energy industry.

Designing Sustainability Powerhouses

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.

Landfill-Free Facility - NSF P445

Quenching the Thirst for a Better Life

Since 2001, Water Mission has combined a deep sense of compassion with advanced engineering expertise to provide safe water for drinking, sanitation, and hygiene to more than 4.5 million people in 56 countries around the world. Learn more about how Water Mission integrates solar energy into their water pumping solutions and why they chose SunPower Performance panels to provide safe water for 65,000 people at the Nyarugusu Refugee Settlement.

Quenching the Thirst for a Better Life

Light for the World: Tiny solar lanterns bring hope and light to millions

For 1.3 billion people around the world, reliable electricity is a luxury. Kerosene lamps are the main source of light for a household, but kerosene fumes are harmful to inhale and especially toxic for women and children. Nokero Solar has a solution that is already improving millions of lives in more than 120 countries.

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Sustainability Resources

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