Sunrun begins offering solar and storage in California

Yesterday Sunrun announced that it will expand its residential third-party solar offerings to include its BrightBox PV and energy storage solution in California through a monthly or prepaid lease.

The company is pushing BrightBox as a solution offering “peace of mind” during blackouts, but also for the optimization of home-energy use, which it says results in “maximum control over electricity bills.”

California will be the second state that BrightBox is offered in. Sunrun began offering the solar plus storage solution in Hawaii earlier this year.

The timing also comes as the second of three large investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in California has announced that it will transition to net-metering 2.0. Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) expects to transition to the successor program by the end of 2016, and this will mean time-of-use electricity pricing for customers who own solar PV. Sunrun alludes to that development in a press statement.

San Diego Gas & Electric was the first California IOU to transition to net-metering 2.0.

“Sunrun BrightBox will provide consumers new ways to manage their energy consumption, allowing homeowners the capability to time shift when they use solar energy to minimize paying peak rate energy prices,” notes a press statement.

Sunrun’s BrightBox offering includes maintenance, monitoring and insurance.