US residential leasing and installation provider Sunrun has announced a major plan to add 800 new employees across the country and open or expand its operations in four states.
The company’s chief executive officer Lynn Jurich hailed the overall success of residential installations in the US, which she said have doubled in the past two years and went on to say that Sunrun will continue to invest in key areas.
The top ten solar installers in the US, which also include SolarCity and Vivint Solar, have over half of the national market share, according to figures released by GTM Research in July. Meanwhile, Jurich said investment would continue to go into areas like the company’s residential installation design and customisation software and Sunrun’s quality assurance programme with third-party firm SolarBuyer.
In addition to the recent opening of an office in Nevada, the company will by the end of this year, will expand or open new offices in Arizona, California and Hawaii, while the workforce will also be boosted at existing operations in Colorado, New York and New Jersey. According to Sunrun the new hires would be focussed in sales and in field operations, including marketing professionals, installers and site technicians.
When the new Nevada office opened in mid-August, Assemblyman David Bobzien of the state’s Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor welcomed the household installer to the state and claimed it was a victory for the state legislature’s work on clean energy.
“Sunrun’s entry in the market is proof that the Nevada Legislature’s steady work last session on renewable energy policy is making a difference,” Bobzien said. According to Bobzien’s profile on the Nevada Assembly Democratic Caucus site, Bobzien also works for a local conservation non-profit, in addition to representing Assembly District 24, in Washoe County.
Nevada also hit the clean energy headlines earlier this month when it was finally unveiled as the site for Tesla’s forthcoming ‘Gigafactory’ battery production facility. It is anticipated the Gigafactory will also supply SolarCity with batteries for its residential and commerical storage offerings, with Tesla batteries already powering SolarCity's present installations.