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SunPower CEO to discuss changes in the solar industry at Marquette University’s Opus College of Engineering

Werner will talk about the evolution of the solar industry.

By - Dec 6th, 2016 03:14 pm
Solar Panels at 2830 N. Booth St. Photo by Joe Kelly.

Solar Panels at 2830 N. Booth St. Photo by Joe Kelly.

MILWAUKEE — Tom Werner, CEO and chairman of SunPower, will speak about how solar energy is changing the way the world is powered on Friday, Dec. 9, at noon at Marquette University’s Opus College of Engineering.

Werner graduated from Marquette with an engineering degree in 1986 and is a member of Marquette’s Board of Trustees. When he joined SunPower as CEO in 2003, the San Jose, Calif.-based company had 35 employees and $4.5 million in revenue. Today, SunPower has more than 7,000 employees, and recorded $2.5 billion in revenue in 2015.

Solar energy is becoming mainstream and has surpassed 1 million installations in the United States this year according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Werner will talk about the evolution of the industry, the technology behind it, and why more homeowners and leading businesses are choosing to meet their electricity needs through solar energy.

He also will share his perspective as a CEO with 14 years’ experience working in a dynamic industry influenced by innovation, public policy and global markets.

About Marquette’s Opus College of Engineering
A diverse community of engineering scholars, the college has four departments: biomedical engineering; civil, construction and environmental engineering; electrical and computer engineering; and mechanical engineering. Student-centered learning is encouraged, and the college educates engineering leaders who thrive in innovative, entrepreneurial and dynamic environments while putting research in action.

About SunPower
As one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower’s more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. For more information about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit

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One thought on “SunPower CEO to discuss changes in the solar industry at Marquette University’s Opus College of Engineering”

  1. Tony B. says:

    Interesting, I wonder if he’ll talk about how WE Energies changed the rules for Solar in WI thus making payback of the installation take over 20 years.

    Prior to January 1 of 2014 overage (what WE had to pay you for energy you pumped back into the grid so they could use it for other customers) was paid back at retail. Now it’s wholesale! This, along with the fee increases in monthly bills make solar unrealistic for many people.

    They are claiming solar is unfair to the rest of their client base. Kind of a lame excuse but what can we do.

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