SAN JOSE, Calif., July 3 (UPI) -- SunPower Corp.'s chief executive has won Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Award in the Engineering and Manufacturing category for northern California.
Tom Werner, chief executive officer of Sunpower, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, was honored for his achievements and savvy in the solar power business.
The award, selected by an independent panel of judges, recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading growth-oriented businesses.
"I am proud to accept this award on behalf of our entire team at SunPower Corporation," said Werner. "SunPower is delivering industry-leading, high-efficiency solar systems to homes and businesses around the world. Our Silicon Valley technology and innovation culture has been central to our advances in solar system performance, affordability and aesthetics."
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards program celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, honoring entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
As a northern California award winner, Werner is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 national program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award recipient, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 17.