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Brightbox™: Your Reliable Ally Against Outages in New Jersey

In New Jersey, we know how to prepare for the unpredictable. Power through unexpected blackouts with clean, renewable back-up electricity from Sunrun’s Brightbox.

Protect Your Home from Blackouts in a Cleaner, More Affordable Way

Blackouts are a reality, and you deserve a superior energy storage solution. Power through the next storm with an affordable, best-in-class home battery service that provides you with clean back-up electricity you can count on.

Through Sunrun’s Brightbox rechargeable solar energy system, you can now back up your entire home with Tesla Powerwall, or you can back up just the rooms you need with an LG Chem solar battery.*  As America’s leading residential home solar and storage company, Sunrun is committed to providing best-in-class solar and storage products, industry-leading services, and made-to-fit home plans so you can enjoy clean, renewable energy and maximum peace of mind. Please note that Brightbox with Tesla or LG Chem solar battery storage is only available with the installation of a new home solar system.

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Create and Store Your Own Solar Power

Now you have the option to power your entire home, or just the essentials, through a blackout. In the event of an outage, Tesla Powerwall and LG Chem solar batteries provide clean, safe, and reliable power and recharge daily when the sun rises.

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Control and Energy Independence

We make the power of solar accessible. Our home solar plans offer predictable rates and a customized agreement to meet your energy needs.

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24/7 Monitoring and Maintenance

We do the work so you don’t have to. Our monthly plans come with round-the-clock monitoring and maintenance. So if your solar panels or solar battery aren’t working at their full capacity, we’ll send an expert over to fix it.

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Keep Calm During the Unpredictable

Over two million people were left without power during Hurricane Sandy.1 And the storms haven’t stopped — Hurricane Isaias caused the second largest, storm-related power failure on the East Coast and left millions of families without air conditioning in the scorching summer heat.2 As the U.S. electric grid ages and extreme weather events increase, the number of power outages will continue to rise.3

With Brightbox, you can get more peace of mind during the unpredictable. We’re here to power you forward when the next storm strikes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Brightbox is a holistic solar battery service that offers you clean, reliable back-up power to have better control over your home energy use and cost.

Brightbox allows you to store the excess energy your solar energy system produces during the day and 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 power directly from the rooftop panels every time the sun is out so you can use it when you need it most.

Just like solar panels, the number of Tesla Powerwalls or LG Chem batteries you need will be determined by your unique energy needs and habits — though for some consumers, one battery may be sufficient. Your Solar Advisor will help you evaluate your energy usage to customize a solar energy battery system that sufficiently backs up your entire home. Request a free quote today.

An LG Chem solar battery backs up part of your home, while a Tesla Powerwall backs up your entire home. There are also differences in software and app functionality.

One Tesla Powerwall stores 13.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of usable electricity, which can be used to back up the home for a day. An LG Chem solar battery holds 9.8 kWh, which can be used to back up essential parts of your home from 8 to 12 hours. Rooftop solar panels will replenish the battery’s energy storage the following day. Back-up ability will depend on your unique home's power usage.

A solar battery installation is a relatively simple process. Tesla Powerwall and LG Chem solar batteries are 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 or LG Chem solar battery will automatically disconnect from the power grid in the event of a blackout and restore power in your home in a matter of seconds. Your rooftop solar panels will continue to recharge your solar battery until the grid is up and running again.

Our certified electricians will take care of installing and configuring your Tesla Powerwall or LG Chem battery 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 or LG Chem solar battery get Sunrun service for ten years, while consumers with a monthly service agreement or full-amount prepaid service agreement get free maintenance and replacement for the lifetime of their contract.

You can monitor your solar battery performance with the mySunrun app. Sunrun also manages the battery remotely using 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 leasing options come with proactive monitoring and maintenance — on us. So if we notice that your rooftop panels or solar battery aren’t working at their full capacity, we’ll send an expert over to fix it without you lifting a finger.

The best solar incentive available in the purchase of a home solar system is the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which covers 26% of the final purchase price of the system. Starting in 2023, the solar tax credit will step down to 22%, and after 2024, the tax credit for residential solar ends.

New Jersey also offers other great solar incentives if you buy a home solar system, such as Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs), the Solar Energy Sales Tax Exemption, and the Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems. 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.

Learn more about New Jersey Solar Incentives.

You can use a portable generator, however, Sunrun doesn’t offer back-up generators. If you’re interested in installing 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 a Tesla Powerwall or LG Chem solar battery 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 shining or during the event of an outage. This is the most reliable and economical way to use your Brightbox system, and the one most strongly recommended by Sunrun’s service experts.

At this time, Brightbox with a Tesla Powerwall or LG Chem solar battery is only available to new Sunrun consumers. We can’t install rooftop solar panels or a home battery if you already have an existing solar installation or if it isn’t offered in your area.

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Now’s a Great Time to Install Solar and Storage in New Jersey

A brighter tomorrow for you and your family starts now. Whenever you’re ready, our Solar Advisors are here to help you every step of the way. Take the first step by using our Product Selector or requesting a free quote to check if Brightbox is a good fit for your home energy needs.

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SOURCES:

1. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — Three Years Long, Three Years Strong: New Jersey’s Successful Approach to Purchasing Homes along Sandy’s Flooded Path

2. The New York Times — After Isaias, When Will Power Be Back?

3. Climate Central — Extreme Weather, Climate Change and Power Outages 

4. Governor Murphy Signs Measures to Advance New Jersey’s Clean Energy Economy

*One Tesla Powerwall stores 13.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of usable electricity, which can be used to back up the home for a day. An LG Chem solar battery holds 9.8 kWh, which can be used to back up essential parts of the home from 8 to 12 hours.