pvMB 2/5/19: Vivint moves into Home Depot, Sonnen appoints new board


Vivint moves into Home Depot – Following on the move of U.S. residential market leader Sunrun, Vivint has announced a deal to offer residential solar through 200 of the retail giant’s stores in eight states. This is actually a return for the industry, as a number of third-party installers had partnerships with big box superstores, including Tesla’s short-lived tryst with Home Depot and Sungevity’s partnership with Lowes. Source: Vivint Solar blog.


Sonnen appoints Blake Richetta as U.S. CEO, new board – Residential energy storage provider Sonnen has appointed Blake Richetta s the new head honcho of its U.S. operation, filling both CEO and board chair roles. The company has additionally appointed three new board members for Sonnen Inc. Source: Sonnen


Kasich asks Republicans to stop denying climate change – “This is like a call to arms. Let’s have conservatives have a discussion instead of being in denial that this is a problem. You can’t just be a science denier.” Not only is this a monumental statement for a Republican leader, but moreover for one who may well be opposing President Trump in the 2020 election. This comment also shows groth from Kasich, who as late as 2016 believed that man’s influence on climate change was unclear. Source: Axios


Group of Oregon scientists urge state legislators to take strong climate action – 71 Oregon scientists and research have published an open letter in The Oregonian and The Register-Guard urging Oregonian legislators to “to support clean energy jobs and climate resilience, and put the state on the path to meeting its emission reduction goals.” When every signee has a suffix, you tend to take notice. The letter can be read here. Source: Union of Concerned Scientists


Vivint shares its 86-point installation process – In a stated attempt to “help homeowners understand solar quality,” Vivint Solar has released a video outlining the company’s 86-point installation process. Not only is it a look at how intallation happens, but the company hopes it will educate customers on what to look for in the materials they choose and what to expect out of an installation. The video can be viewed here. Source: Vivint Solar

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