Brightbox New Jersey

Power Through Blackouts with a Sunrun Brightbox Home Battery in New Jersey

Blackouts are a reality. You deserve a real solution. Power through the storm with Sunrun’s Brightbox home battery service. Now available in New Jersey for as little as $0 down, Brightbox offers affordable, clean, and resilient energy storage that provides you with the backup power you need and energy security you can count on.

Prepare for the Unpredictable

Over 2 million people were left without power during Hurricane Sandy,1 and many New Jerseyans still feel the impact today. And the storms haven’t stopped—thousands of East Coast residents spent days in the dark when back-to-back winter storms pummelled New Jersey in March 2018, with full restoration taking over a week to complete.2 As the electric grid ages and extreme weather events increase, the number of power outages will continue to rise.3

With Sunrun’s Brightbox™ New Jersey home battery system, you can prepare for the unpredictable. Charged by your rooftop Sunrun solar panels, Brightbox delivers solar energy that regenerates daily. No fumes, no fuel, no noise, and no hassle. So when the next storm strikes, the sun can still power you forward.

*Our Brightbox solar battery service is currently only available for new Sunrun customers.

The Technology

Solar battery storage in New Jersey is crucial to a clean energy future. Sunrun’s Brightbox includes a powerful lithium-ion battery to optimize affordability, efficiency, and durability. When fully charged, your battery can provide approximately 8-12 hours of backup power on reserve, storing the solar power produced by your panels so you can use it when you need it most.

4 Ways Brightbox Powers You Forward

  1. Peace of Mind During an Outage

    Severe weather storms are hard to predict, not to mention a blackout. With Brightbox, you can rest easy knowing you won’t be left in the dark.

    Your home battery will have a constant reserve of power. You’ll also be able to choose which rooms and appliances you want to back up. That means you can keep your food fresh, your phones charged, and the lights on during a power outage. When the sun’s back out, Sunrun’s solar panels will recharge your Brightbox home battery so you can continue to get backup power until the grid is up and running again.

  2. Superior Service

    We do the work so you don’t have to. Our flexible solar leasing options come with 24/7 proactive monitoring and maintenance, on us. If we notice that your home battery or solar panels aren’t working at their full capacity, we’ll send an expert over to fix it. We’re always standing by to make sure your home battery is in top condition, so you can keep powering on.

  3. Control Over Your Energy

    Brightbox puts your energy needs first. Our smart storage technology gives you control over your energy usage. During a blackout, you decide what rooms and appliances stay on. The more you know, the closer we get to putting the power back in your hands.

  4. The Clean Alternative to Diesel or Natural Gas

    Home battery backup in New Jersey is the clean alternative to diesel or natural gas generators. With Sunrun Brightbox, there are no harmful effects, no extra noise, and no gas or diesel. Instead, our lithium-ion battery is charged by your solar panels, and has a storage capacity of approximately 8 to 12 hours of essential electricity. When the sun comes back out, your battery starts recharging again. Thanks to the sun, your power potential is unlimited.

Keeping Your Lights On


Throughout the day, your solar energy system powers your home and keeps your battery charged. Now, if there is an outage in the night, Brightbox can power the things you care about most for approximately 8-12 hours or until the sun comes up again.

Keep your food cold, your lights on, and enjoy greater peace-of-mind during a power outage with Sunrun Brightbox.

Keep your
food fresh
Watch TV
Power your lights
Open your
garage door
Use the internet

* Backup time estimates are based on a fully charged battery and typical use of standard appliances, lights, and outlets.

A Brighter Future for All

Governor Phil Murphy is committed to a renewable energy future for New Jersey. In 2018, he signed an ambitious Energy Master Plan that would achieve 100% clean energy by 2050.4 We’re here to see it through.

Sunrun is hard at work creating a brighter future for our families powered by clean energy and less fossil fuels. Our future solar energy system can be created from networking and bundling multiple home batteries together to provide communities with clean, reliable and affordable local power. And it all starts with you.

Whether you want to purchase a home battery in New Jersey or explore more affordable service options, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Get connected with one of our experienced Solar Advisors by requesting a free quote today.

Make your home a Brilliant Home with Sunrun Brightbox™

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Frequently Asked Questions

New Jersey’s biggest solar storage incentive is the federal solar tax credit. Currently, the residential federal solar tax credit gives you a dollar-for-dollar reduction against your federal income tax equal to 26% of the final cost of solar energy systems you install on your home. This benefit exists through December 31, 2022. In 2023 the residential tax credit will step down step down to 22%. In 2024, the tax credit for residential solar ends.

For more information on New Jersey solar incentives, click here.

At this time, Brightbox is only available to new Sunrun customers. We can’t install Brightbox if you already have an existing solar installation or if it isn’t offered in your area.

However, if you’re still interested in Brightbox please let us know—you’ll be the first to know when we’ve come up with a solution. We’re hard at work on optimizing our technology to provide an even more seamless customer experience.

Yes. Brightbox is part of Sunrun’s holistic solar as a service offering. When you choose to go solar with Sunrun, you can add a Brightbox home battery if it is offered in your market.

Brightbox works in tandem with the grid, and is not designed as an off-grid solution.

For most households, one solar battery is sufficient to backup your most important appliances. In the event of a blackout, your Brightbox battery provides approximately 8-12 hours of backup and powers your critical rooms and appliances when fully charged.

When sun is back up, your solar panels will charge your battery so you can continue to backup your home until utility power is restored.

You can use a portable generator—however, Sunrun doesn’t offer backup generators. If you’re interested in installing a portable generator, you can contact a local electrician or renewable energy installation company. These experts can recommend a system that will be appropriate for your home.

Please note that Brightbox cannot be installed on homes that already have a standby generator.

Our expert electricians will take care of installing and configuring your battery for you. Batteries last anywhere between 10 and 15 years, and manufacturers typically offer a 10-year warranty.

Still, Brightbox is more than home batteries; it’s a holistic service that includes professional maintenance and monitoring during the life of your agreement. Customers who own their battery get Sunrun service for 10 years, while customers with a BrightSave Monthly or Prepaid contract get free battery maintenance replacement for the lifetime of their contract—generally 20 or 25 years.

Having a home solar battery service in New Jersey will help you power through blackouts, lock in low rates with flexible financing options, and get a clean alternative to loud and potentially dangerous diesel generators.

Your system is also covered by our Sunrun Guarantee, so we handle maintenance and repairs at no additional charge.

The amount of available backup power depends on what you choose to back up, what time of day and season the power outage happens, and how much energy your household uses. If the battery is fully charged, it can provide approximately 8-12 hours of backup. If your battery has been discharging throughout the day, it automatically holds a 20% reserve for a backup emergency, or about 3-4 hours for a blackout when the sun is down. When the sun comes back up, your Brightbox will start to charge again.

You can monitor your Brightbox battery’s performance on your mySunrun app. Sunrun also manages the battery remotely using proprietary software so we keep tabs on your system 24/7 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 BrightSave Monthly and Prepaid solar plans come with 24/7 proactive monitoring and maintenance, on us. So if we notice that your Brightbox or solar panels aren’t working at their full capacity, we’ll send an expert over to fix it without you having to lift a finger.

Brightbox is a home solar battery service that offers clean, reliable and affordable power. Brightbox can be used for backup when the grid is down, or give you better control over your home energy use and cost.

The electrical circuits in your home that power your lights and appliances are all connected to breakers, safely regulating the amount of power that feeds each circuit. Multiple appliances can be powered by one breaker. For instance, one breaker could power your refrigerator plus nearby outlets or lighting in your kitchen. While you can’t necessarily target individual appliances, with Sunrun Brightbox you can choose which breakers you’d like to back up. What you can back up depends on the current wiring of your home.

In the event of a power outage, appliances like your refrigerator, electronics chargers for cell phones, laptops, and your TV can be backed up by Brightbox for approximately 8-12 hours. When the sun rises again, your solar panels will recharge your Brightbox. The most important rooms and appliances in your home will be powered by your home battery until the grid is up and running again. 

Brightbox stores the electricity your rooftop solar produces during the day for when you need it most, such as in the evening, at night, or when the electric grid fails.

In the event of a power outage, your Brightbox automatically discharges power to your critical home appliances.


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