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Published on December 2nd, 2014 | by Peter Young

Solar Contest: Win a $16,000 Solar System, No Strings!

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the latest and greatest craze in the energy market is sweeping the nation and it just might be the answer that we’ve been looking for! That’s right folks, I’m talking about the world being powered by the sun. But wait, hasn’t the sun been powering the planet for oh, I don’t know, say the last several million years, if not billion years? The answer is yes (if you’re a plant). Sadly, it doesn’t look like photosynthesis is going to be a part of the human condition anytime soon, so I think it’s safe to say that it’s about time we humans came up solution. But how do we harness it? How do we make it last, and maybe most importantly, how do we leave the planet a better place than when we found it? That’s where SunPower comes into play.

SunPower has been in supplying the planet with solar power since 1985, and frankly, I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who does it better. Did you know that back in 2012 SunPower became the first company/group/entity ever to successfully circumnavigate the globe using an all electric vehicle? Think about that for a second. It took the catamaran, equipped with 537 square meters of solar panels, 585 days to make its voyage around the planet. It took the Magellan-Elcano expedition nearly three years. However, the first’s don’t stop there.

They were also the first ones to successfully fly an all electric aircraft across the United States, and for their next trick, they’re aiming to be the first company to successfully fly an all electric aircraft around the world. Oh, and the solar panels they’ve used for accomplish all these firsts are the same ones that you can have installed on your home.

Right now SunPower is running a sweepstakes, and the lucky winner will receive a solar power system for their home valued at $16,500. No gimmicks, no strings attached.

So if you want your home to look something like the one pictured above (and I mean, who wouldn’t right?), and use nothing but clean energy, now is your chance to accomplish just that at no cost to you. All you have to do is head on over to the sweepstakes page at SunPower, fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed. Unfortunately, there are some restrictions regarding who can win (you must be a homeowner in one of the following states in order to be eligible: California, New York, Hawaii, Arizona or Colorado).

Still not sold on SunPower and what their solar power technology? check out this quick little video to see just how much power their systems are already generating:

Alright, so let’s review. SunPower is running a sweepstakes and it could very well hook you up for life. And by that, I mean it can disconnect you from “the grid” and allow you to use and enjoy guilt free power throughout your home for the rest of your life. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty sweet to me. factor in the fact that these guys are setting records for firsts in solar power left and right, and I’d say it’s pretty much a no brainer.

This article was generously supported by SunPower. Images and video are courtesy of SunPower.

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About the Author

graduated from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with a degree in journalism and has made sustainability and eco-conscious living mainstays of both his professional and personal life. It was during his time at PLU that he began his journey with sustainability and it's what has led him to writing for Green Living Ideas. He currently resides in Honolulu and works for Pono Home, an energy efficiency company focused on reducing carbon emissions and promoting a healthier, greener lifestyle.

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