The United States’ largest dedicated residential solar company announced this week that it is expanding its home solar service into the state of Wisconsin, which represents the first time a national residential solar company is serving the Midwest.
I like making note of these residential solar company expansions because it shows a continuing and inexorable growth of an industry which is going to be very important in the necessary low-carbon transition we are in the middle of. Further, it’s good to raise awareness of which US states now have the option to get residential solar from an industry leader.
Sunrun is definitely not the biggest residential solar provider in the US — a title that goes to solar behemoths like SolarCity, which deals in residential, utility, and industry solar projects as well. However, Sunrun is nevertheless a leading residential solar provider in the US, and its move into Wisconson is good news for the Midwest, as it is the first expansion into the region.
By the end of 2016, Sunrun had deployed a cumulative total of 879 megawatts (MW) of solar across the US, and boasts nearly 135,000 homeowners with solar.
“We are excited to bring affordable clean energy solutions to homeowners in Wisconsin,” said Lynn Jurich, Chief Executive Officer of Sunrun. “We see a demand for solar that has been underserved in the state and look forward to giving residents a choice to reduce their electric bills with solar, while providing value to the grid.”
Now, Wisconsin residents in Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sheboygan, Walworth, Waukesha, and Washington counties (to name just a few) can have the opportunity to go solar.
“Wisconsin is a great place to do business and we are always encouraged when companies decide to set up shop in the Badger State, especially to see them investing in our talented workforce,” said Ray Allen, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). “The energy sector offers good job opportunities and a path forward for the state to continue growing its economy and developing the workforce.”