The United States’ leading home solar and battery provider, Sunrun, announced last week that it was expanding its offerings in two key markets, bringing its Brightbox home solar and battery service to residents of New Jersey and expanding its offerings in New York state.
As the country’s leading solar and energy storage provider — trouncing all comers in the year’s first quarter, installing 86 megawatts (MW) of solar, as compared to the 47 MW installed by once-competitor Tesla — Sunrun has made itself a household name across the United States. In March, the company published its second annual Impact Report in which it revealed that the cumulative impact of its solar systems had prevented emissions of almost four million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent — the equivalent of eliminating over 9 billion passenger-vehicle miles.
Conversely, however, Sunrun experienced some measure of the hit on the US solar industry in 2018, reporting a surprising net loss for the year. This was followed by a net loss of $13.9 million reported in the first quarter of 2019.
However, the company continues to look to expand its operations and offerings, and last week Sunrun announced that it was bringing its Brightbox home solar and battery service to residents of New Jersey, as well as expanding its offerings in the state of New York. Sunrun’s Brightbox installation offers “affordable, clean, and resilient energy storage that provides you with the backup power you need and energy security you can count on,” according to the company’s website. The Brightbox offering provides a lithium-ion battery which can provide between 8 to 12 hours of backup power generated by the company’s rooftop solar installations.
As of June, therefore, households in New Jersey and the Central Hudson Valley can purchase Sunrun’s Brightbox solar-powered home storage system for as little as $0 down and at a consistent monthly rate.
“Americans deserve clean and reliable electricity. Home solar and batteries provide peace of mind and energy security for households when the power goes out or the next storm strikes and will form the backbone of our future energy system,” said Lynn Jurich, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sunrun.
“After Superstorm Sandy we were out of power for 13 days. We couldn’t live in the home and we lost a lot of things when our sump pump could not operate,” added Mike Passeri, a Sunrun Brightbox customer and US Air Force Veteran. “There’s no telling when the next outage or storm will come, but I sleep easy knowing that with Brightbox, we can keep our food fresh, phones charged and our sump pump running.”
According to Sunrun, blackouts are becoming more of a regular occurrence in the United States. For example, nearly 2.5 million New Jersey households went without power during 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Further, New Jersey has suffered over 900 power outages over the last decade which has impacted nearly 6 million residents.
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