A New Solar Energy Program Available for Staff, Faculty & Retirees

As Princeton continues its commitment to environmental sustainability, the University is pleased to announce the Employee Solar Program provided by SunPower®, a global solar technology company. SunPower has been selected by the University to install a large solar collector field on our property in West Windsor, beginning later this year, which should supply enough electricity to meet 5.5 percent of the total annual campus needs.

Like the University solar installation, the employee program offers staff, faculty and retirees a meaningful way to take advantage of this renewable energy source. By installing a solar power system at your home, individuals can reduce carbon emissions, save money on utility bills and meet a significant portion of home electricity needs.  

The SunPower Employee Program provides the following benefits:

  • Informational webinars (approximately 30 minutes long), hosted by SunPower, scheduled on Tuesday, February 8, at 3 p.m.; Wednesday, February 16, at 1 p.m.; and Friday, February 18, at 11.30 a.m. Refer to information below to register.
  • A rebate of up to $2,000, equivalent to approximately 5 to 10 percent of the installation cost.
  • Assistance to apply for solar energy incentives and/or credits offered through various federal, state, and/or local programs. Read more about state incentives or federal credits.
  • Information and assistance to obtain permits and to arrange financing. Financing may also be available through the Princeton Federal Credit Union.

Any purchase made under this program would be at one’s own discretion, cost and financing. The University advises that, as with any home improvement, individuals should always take appropriate steps to evaluate the benefits and to select the vendor. This program does not imply an endorsement by Princeton University of SunPower products over other available products.

Employees or retirees participating in the University’s Broadmead and Gray Farm Purchase Plan Programs are required to obtain advance written approval from Princeton before installing any proposed solar system, consistent with major modifications noted in their deed. For details about such an approval and to request at review, individuals should contact the Office of Housing and Real Estate Services.

Visit the University’s news site to read about Princeton’s new solar energy project and the sustainability Web page for information about ongoing sustainability efforts.

Staff, faculty, retirees and their spouse or partner can register to attend one of the upcoming informational webinars hosted by SunPower by clicking on one of the links below:

February 8, 3 p.m.,  Event number: 868 559 541

February 16, 1 p.m., Event number: 867 587 420 

February 18, 11:30 a.m., Event number: 864 824 684

Visit the HR Web page or the SunPower website to learn more about the program, watch a short video about the SunPower Corporation and/or sign up for information. For more information, please contact employee.solar@sunpowercorp.com.