By Carol Laurie
Wells Fargo has returned as a sustaining sponsor of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, becoming the first sponsor to confirm sustaining-level support for Solar Decathlon 2015.
“Wells Fargo is proud to be a sustaining sponsor for Solar Decathlon 2015, an event that aligns closely with our overall environmental commitment,” says Ashley Grosh, vice president, environmental affairs, Wells Fargo. “We congratulate everyone who is involved with this amazing student competition and appreciate their commitment to helping develop America’s clean technology infrastructure.”
Wells Fargo has sponsored the Solar Decathlon since 2011 and was a sustaining sponsor of Solar Decathlon 2013. The company has a long history of supporting environmental causes—including investments in more than 300 solar projects and 47 wind projects that generate enough clean, renewable energy to power hundreds of thousands of American homes each year.
“We’re thrilled to welcome back Wells Fargo as a partner and supporter of the Solar Decathlon,” says Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. “Sponsors like Wells Fargo make it possible for the Solar Decathlon to educate students and the public about the financial and environmental benefits of clean energy products and design solutions.”
In 2014, Wells Fargo, a community-based financial services company, launched the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator, a $10-million environmental grant program for clean technology startups that is co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. A leader in reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions and operating sustainably, Wells Fargo has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, the Carbon Disclosure Project, and the U.S. Green Building Council. Since 2005, Wells Fargo has provided more than $28 billion in environmental finance, supporting sustainable buildings and renewable energy projects nationwide.
Sustaining sponsors are the highest-level sponsors of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Sponsorships are based on a list of needs determined by event organizers.
Carol Laurie is the communications manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.