SunPower (http://us. sunpowercorp. com/) was founded in 1988 by Richard Swanson and Robert Lorenzini to commercialise proprietary high-efficiency silicon solar cell technology. The company went public in November 2005. SunPower designs and manufactures high-performance silicon solar cells, based on an inter-digitated rear-contact design for commercial use. The initial products, introduced in 1992, were high-concentration solar cells with an efficiency of 26%. SunPower also manufactures a 22% efficient solar cell, called Pegasus, that is designed for non-concentrating applications.
SunPower conducts its main R&D activity in Sunnyvale, California, and has its cell manufacturing plant outside of Manila in the Philippines, with
590 MW capacity (Fab. No 1 and No 2). Fab. No. 3, a joint venture with AU Optronics Corporation (AUO), with a planned capacity of 1.4 GW, is currently under construction in Malaysia. Production in 2010 was reported at 584 MW.