$50K SunPower Solar Community Challenge for California Fire Relief Fund
On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency as wildfires spread across California. According to Cal Fire, more than 1.4 million acres have burned, 200,000 people been under evacuation orders at various times, 2,500 structures have been destroyed and millions are breathing smoky air. Wildfires, while a natural occurrence, have become more frequent and intense in recent years, thriving on high heat, low humidity and strong winds caused by climate change. In addition, California continues to be a hot spot for COVID-19 cases, further complicating evacuation and relief efforts.
Changing the way our world is powered by harnessing the benefits of solar is a huge step toward mitigating the negative impact of global warming. But, as a community, we can do more. And our help is needed now.
SunPower Foundation has established the 2020 $50K Solar Community Challenge to support California communities impacted by these fires. This Fund includes vetted nonprofits providing emergency response in the region. Through a single donation, dealers can support multiple organizations that provide both provide short-term relief and long-term recovery.