Striking another blow for sustainability, UC Berkeley has selected Sungevity, Inc., a leading global solar service based in Oakland, as its official solar energy partner for the next decade, campus officials announced today.
John Wilton, Berkeley’s vice chancellor for administration and finance, called Sungevity “the clear choice” to help further the campus’s sustainability goals. “Not only do we share a rich history with many of its founding employees being Cal alums” he said, “but the company’s authentic passion and commitment to UC Berkeley’s sustainability ensures that our interests are strongly aligned.”
Wilton praised the company for “its industry-leading advanced technology platform, which mirrors our mission of advancing innovation for the benefit of future generations.”
During the 10-year life of the partnership, Sungevity will work with Berkeley students across academic disciplines to develop careers in the new energy economy with internships in solar design, engineering, strategic planning, operations efficiency, marketing and finance. To help the campus’s meet its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2025, the company will partner with the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) on sustainability outreach and programming, and offer expertise to the campus’s Office of Sustainability and Energy. The partnership will also focus on reducing the regional carbon footprint by expanding renewable energy to the larger UC Berkeley community through innovative residential solar programs.
Read more about the partnership here.