Sunrun Continues Its Growth in South Carolina With First Office Opening in Columbia
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) Joins Leading Residential Solar Company to Celebrate More Solar Jobs in the State
SAN FRANCISCO, April 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunrun (Nasdaq:RUN), the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States, today opened the doors to a new branch office and warehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. Senator Lindsey Graham joined Sunrun and community members at a ribbon cutting ceremony today, applauding the company’s leadership in bringing clean, affordable solar power to more Palmetto State homeowners and investing in the local economy. Since launching Sunrun home solar in South Carolina last June, Sunrun has already hired more than 130 workers across the state and expects to add additional jobs this year to support its growing customer base.
Sunrun’s momentum in South Carolina has been made largely possible with the support of state policy-makers and renewable energy advocates like Senator Graham. The state’s solar industry currently employs more than 1,700 residents, according to the Solar Foundation National Solar Jobs Census 2015, a number which is expected to grow in the next year.
“I support an all-of-the-above approach to energy independence and am proud South Carolina is at the forefront of the transition to clean energy solutions,” said Senator Lindsey Graham. “We all know that our dependence of foreign oil, some from countries who hate our guts, jeopardizes the economic and national security of our nation. The announcement made today will help create more choice for homeowners looking to reduce their power bills. It’s yet another step in the right direction towards America’s long-term energy independence.”
Sunrun’s office opening is a result of steady demand from South Carolina homeowners since the company began selling home solar in the state and introduced its BrightSave solar lease last September. In less than a year, Sunrun has helped more than 1,000 South Carolinians across Greenville, Spartanburg, Columbia, Charleston and Hilton Head areas save money on their electricity bill with affordable solar power. Continuing its investment in the local community, Sunrun recently became an official partner of the Columbia Fireflies, one of 16 teams featured in the company’s multi-year Minor League Baseball™ sponsorship lineup.
“We are proud to give South Carolina residents the choice of clean, solar power for their home,” said Lynn Jurich, chief executive officer of Sunrun. “The work of our committed employees in the state and solar advocates like Senator Graham produces a win-win for the local economy – families save money every month and residents can take advantage of new job opportunities.”
Sunrun introduced solar as a service, the model that reinvented the way people buy electricity. Sunrun designs, installs, finances, insures, monitors and maintains the solar system on a homeowner's roof, while families typically pay for the electricity at a rate lower than their current utility. Everything is taken care of, so consumers only need to decide how to spend their savings each month.
Sunrun (Nasdaq:RUN) is the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States with a mission to create a planet run by the sun. Since establishing the solar as a service model in 2007, Sunrun continues to lead the industry in providing clean energy to homeowners with little to no upfront cost and at a savings to traditional electricity. The company designs, installs, finances, insures, monitors and maintains the solar panels on a homeowner's roof, while families receive predictable pricing for 20 years or more. For more information please visit: www.sunrun.com.
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Released April 18, 2016