Sunrun partners with Citadel Roofing to serve California’s new-build home solar market

Citadel Roofing & Solar, one of the largest and most experienced roofers and solar installers in California, announced its official partnership with Sunrun to offer California builders and their home buyers solar-as-a-service and solar purchase products for zero upfront costs. With this agreement, Citadel can offer fully guaranteed rooftop, solar and battery storage systems in combination with Sunrun’s solar service and purchase options throughout the state.

As California prepares to adopt its landmark policy to include solar power for all new homes by 2020, this partnership will further improve access to solar power for residents and new buyers across the state.

Now is a good time to revisit our countdown series to 2020, where we delve deeply into the California solar market under the mandate:

Part I: The Role Solar Is Playing in California’s New Standards for Building Efficiency
Part II: Construction of a new solar path
Part III: Do you want solar with it?
Part IV: How California Both Boosts and Undermines Its Solar + Storage Future
Rate V: Can the solar sector and the network planners meet in the middle?

Sunrun’s Solar-as-a-Service model gives households access to rooftop solar energy for just $ 0 and at a low monthly rate. The Solar-as-a-Service model is particularly well suited for the new home market because it can help homeowners and builders add solar at little to no upfront cost and give families the tools they can to better Need to manage their energy bills.

“We are excited to be working with companies like Citadel to ensure that builders across the state of California have access to our world-class Solar-as-a-Service solutions using trading partners they trust,” said Helmut Gehle, Senior Director of new houses at Sunrun. “The combination of Sunrun’s reliable financing solutions with Citadel’s reliable construction expertise makes perfect sense and offers both home builders and home buyers a win-win situation.”

Demand for residential solar energy is expected to increase following the California Energy Commission’s solar mandate for new home construction, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. There are already approximately 1 million California homes outfitted with solar panels that generate nearly 5 million kilowatts of electricity.

“California construction companies are looking for partners to make it easier to meet the new solar mandate. With this agreement, we can provide roofing, solar systems, installation and financing from a single source, ”said Aaron Nitzkin, Citadel Executive Vice President Solar. “Our goal is to provide builders with a turnkey solution that allows them to offer more options for homebuyers, whether they want to buy their solar system or access a solar service plan as part of a new home purchase. This partnership with Sunrun is an ideal addition to our existing solar offers. We can offer builders attractive bundled prices for combined roof, solar and battery storage systems as well as purchase and service options. “

One of the challenges for California builders is the lack of skilled installers to meet the new demand for solar energy generated by the solar mandate. Unlike other solar installers who use contract workers and / or have no roofing skills, Citadel Roofing & Solar has the advantage of having a dedicated, trained team for roofing and solar installations.

“By leveraging our strong workforce to manage the roof and solar system installation, we can deliver a fully guaranteed solution that provides security for the contractor and buyer,” added Nitzkin.

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