WITH BRIGHTBOX YOU ARE STILL ON THE GRID
Sunrun does not offer “off the grid” systems. Even with a battery, you will still be connected to your utility. This ensures you still have power if your panels or battery ever stop working.
SUNRUN HAS OPTIMIZED YOUR BATTERY SETTINGS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR BENEFITS
You will not be able to control when you are charging or discharging the battery yourself. Sunrun has designed and programmed your system to optimize your utility rate offset, environmental impact and back-up benefit. Manually changing when your battery charges and discharges would only end up costing you money!
YOUR BATTERY WILL KICK IN AUTOMATICALLY DURING A POWER OUTAGE
Sunrun’s batteries can back up four breakers. During installation, we will help you decide what to back up. Many customers choose to back up their refrigerator, lights, wifi and a garage door.
If there is a power outage, your battery will take over sending power to your backed up breakers within a few seconds and will continue to do so until power is restored or the battery runs out of energy. How long the battery last will depend on how much energy you use.
Your system is designed to supply approximately 8 to 12 hours of backup energy, plus whatever the sun provides during the day. But that can vary based a variety of factors:
Whether the outage happens during the day or at night
What season it is
What you’re backing up
How much energy you use
The battery will recharge when the sun comes up, so you will be able to power through multi-day outages should they ever occur.
BRIGHTBOX PROTECTS YOU FROM PEAK UTILITY RATES
Brightbox will power your home during peak rate times, and sell any extra energy back to the grid when rates are highest.
If you aren't already on TOU rates, you can ask your utility to update your account.
From there, it’s all automatic. We’ll program your battery to pay attention to how much your utility is charging for energy and take over when prices spike.
WE WILL ALWAYS SAVE SOME POWER IN THE BATTERY IN CASE OF A POWER OUTAGE
No matter how profitable it is to send energy into the grid, we always reserve 20% of your battery’s capacity for its primary function: keeping the lights on during a power outage.