Sunrun Brightbox™ Solar Battery Storage Backs up Your Whole Home
In Maryland, we know how to prepare for the unpredictable. Power through unexpected outages with clean, renewable back-up electricity from Sunrun’s Brightbox.
Affordable, Complete Backup
Live life uninterrupted. With prolonged blackouts in the face of increasingly extreme weather events and an aging grid, we’re here to provide clean, renewable energy storage that puts you in control.
Through Sunrun’s Brightbox rechargeable solar energy storage system, you can now get complete home backup with Tesla Powerwall for as little as $0 down. As America’s leading home solar company, Sunrun is committed to providing industry-leading solar products, superior service and flexible financing options so you can enjoy maximum peace of mind. Brightbox solar battery service is only available for new Sunrun consumers.
Now you have the option to power your entire home through a blackout.* In the event of a power outage, Tesla Powerwall can provide complete, continuous power, and it recharges daily when the sun rises.
Control and Energy Independence
We make the power of solar accessible. Our flexible financing options offer low, predictable rates and a customized agreement to meet your family’s energy needs.
24/7 Monitoring and Maintenance
We do the work so you don’t have to. Our financing options come with 24/7 monitoring. If your solar panels or Tesla Powerwall aren’t working at their full capacity, we’ll send an expert over to fix it.
Power Through the Unpredictable
Increasingly extreme weather events are just one way Maryland families are left in the dark.1 An aging grid has left many to endure power outages during some of the hottest days of the season.2
While standby generators can offer temporary relief, they can seriously endanger you and your family without the proper precautions.3 In a country where power outages are more frequent than any other developed nation, reliable energy solutions are more important than ever.4
When you choose Sunrun, you’ll not only enjoy resilient, renewable energy, but you’ll also be paving the way towards cleaner energy for all.
Brightbox allows you to store the excess energy that your solar energy system produces during the day so that you can use it when you need it most — such as in the evening, at night or when the electric grid fails due to an extreme weather event or physical damage to the equipment.
Aside from very rare exceptions, Sunrun’s Brightbox service includes rooftop solar panels. Brightbox stores 100% clean, renewable, home-grown solar so you don’t have to pay your electric company for extra power to charge your battery system.
Just like solar panels, the number of Tesla Powerwalls you need will be determined by your unique energy needs and habits — for some consumers, one Tesla Powerwall may be sufficient. Your Solar Advisor will help you evaluate your energy usage to customize a solar home battery system that sufficiently backs up your entire home. Request a free quote today.
The amount of available back-up power depends on how much energy your household uses. If your Tesla Powerwall battery is fully charged, it can provide approximately one full day of backup for your entire home. When the sun comes out, your battery will start to charge again.
A Tesla Powerwall installation is a relatively simple process. One Tesla Powerwall itself is about the size of a water heater and easily mounted on a wall by our professional installers — usually inside your garage or outside of your home.
Through Sunrun’s Brightbox service, your Tesla Powerwall will automatically disconnect from the power grid in the event of a grid outage and restore power to your home in a matter of seconds. Your rooftop solar panels will continue to recharge your Tesla Powerwall until the grid is up and running again.
Our certified electricians will install and configure your Tesla Powerwall for you. Batteries last anywhere between 10 and 15 years, and manufacturers typically offer a ten-year warranty.
Still, Brightbox is more than just a home battery: It’s a holistic service that includes professional maintenance and monitoring during the life of your agreement. Consumers who own their Tesla Powerwall get Sunrun service for ten years, while consumers with a monthly plan or full-amount plan get free Tesla Powerwall maintenance and replacement for the lifetime of their contract.
You can monitor your Tesla Powerwall’s performance on your mySunrun app. Sunrun also manages the home battery system remotely through the use of proprietary software to make sure it’s running as it should and automatically updates your battery’s settings to save you as much money as possible.
Our monthly and full-amount solar plan options come with proactive monitoring and maintenance — on us. So if we notice that your Tesla Powerwall or solar panels aren’t working at their full capacity, we’ll send an expert over to fix it so you don’t have to lift a finger.
Maryland has several incentives for people who buy a solar system. The Residential Clean Energy Rebate Program offers a $1000 rebate for purchasing and installing a home solar system. Solar system owners are also eligible for Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), property tax exemptions and sales tax exemptions.
Another major solar battery incentive for purchasing a solar system is the federal solar investment tax credit, under which eligible customers receive a 26% federal solar tax credit for the final cost of the system. Starting in 2021, the solar tax credit will step down to 22%, and after 2021, the tax credit for home solar ends. We recommend contacting a tax professional to most accurately determine the impact of the federal solar tax credit and local tax credits on your taxes.
You can use a portable generator — however, Sunrun doesn’t offer back-up generators. If you want to install a back-up generator, you can contact a local electrician or solar energy installation company. These experts can recommend a system that will be appropriate for your home.
Please note that Tesla Powerwall cannot be installed in homes that already have a standby generator.
Our rechargeable solar battery systems are designed to keep you on-grid during normal service times while still providing reliable backup when the sun isn’t out or during the event of an outage. This is the most reliable and economical way to use your Brightbox system, and it’s the one most strongly recommended by Sunrun’s service experts.
At this time, Brightbox is only available to new Sunrun consumers. We can’t install rooftop solar panels or Tesla Powerwall if you already have an existing solar installation or if it isn’t offered in your area.