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Sun, Light & Power: Not all companies are created equal.

Sun, Light & Power

All sunlight is renewable, but not all companies are created equal.

Founded in 1976, Sun Light & Power has been providing renewable energy and energy efficiency technology to California homeowners and businesses throughout on-again, off-again government support for solar since and well before the venture community sniffed a huge market opportunity. In the past 36 years, SLP has offset about 38,000 tons of CO2 and produced more than 53,000 MWh and 2.2 M therms of energy through their photovoltaic and solar thermal installations. In 2011 alone, the company installed 1,800 kilowatts of solar power.

For all solar companies, increased sales translate into a better environmental impact. However, this Rockstar also practices what they preach - their entire office is run on a solar power generated from a system on their roof, their fleet of service vehicles runs on bio-diesel fuel, and more than 75% of their office supplies come from recycled materials.

However, a true Rockstar must be a triple-threat. That’s why SLP has also remained devoted to their employees and the community and became a B Corp in 2009. Rather than subcontracting installations (a common industry practice), the company hires full time employees and provides a living wage, health benefits, a retirement plan, and paid time off. Additionally, more than 10% of their net profits are donated to local non-profit organizations active in affordable housing, community development, and green building. With a growing demand for solar energy, a long track record of success, and deep roots in the community, Sun Light & Power is poised to capture more than its fair share of a booming market, demonstrating a better way to do business for generations to come.

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