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Keep Your Lights on With Brightbox™ in New Mexico

Brightbox offers you clean, safe and affordable back-up power for your entire home with Tesla Powerwall while helping you lower electricity costs.

Brightbox Adapts to Your Energy Storage Needs

More than 900,000 residents in New Mexico were affected by outages from 2008 to 2017.1 With Brightbox, you can now power through unexpected blackouts and rate spikes for as little as $0 down.

As the nation’s leading residential solar and energy storage company,2 Sunrun lets you create and store your own solar power at home. Our made-to-fit home solar and battery storage plans and industry-leading guarantee have positioned us as one of the best solar installers in New Mexico.

Please note that Brightbox solar battery storage is only available with the installation of a new home solar energy system due to tech compatibility.

How Brightbox Powers You Forward

The Cleaner and Safer Alternative to Diesel and Natural Gas - Brightbox doesn’t rely on toxic, expensive and dangerous fossil fuels like traditional generators. You can forget about the toxic fumes, unpleasant noise and hassle that come with getting gas or diesel for your generator to keep your home powered. Brightbox charges every day with the sun to give you clean, safe and affordable energy. It keeps the lights on during cloudy days, rainy afternoons, at night or when the electric grid fails.

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Uninterrupted Clean Energy for Your Entire Home

Manufactured by industry leaders known for their quality and innovation legacies, our lithium-ion solar-powered batteries are best-in-class. With Tesla Powerwall, you can backup your entire home through a blackout and will recharge daily when the sun rises until the grid is restored.

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Protection From Time-of-Use (TOU) Rates

If you want to cut down on your home energy costs, TOU rates tie you to specific schedules — like when everyone’s cooking dinner or watching TV in the evenings.3,4,5 But with Brightbox, you can use your own stored solar energy during expensive times of peak usage and reduce the amount of electricity you buy from your electric company. This gives you more control over electricity bills and the advantage of not worrying about the cost of using electricity when you need it most.

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24/7 Monitoring and Maintenance

We do the work, so you don’t have to. All Brightbox monthly plans come with 24/7 monitoring and maintenance. In the rare case that your solar panels or battery aren’t running as they’re supposed to, we’ll send an expert over to fix it.

Stay Cool as Temperatures Rise

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), summer temperatures in Albuquerque and Santa Fe can quickly climb past 90 degrees.6,7 When you install Sunrun rooftop solar panels with Brightbox energy storage service, you can keep your home cool without worry during New Mexico’s hottest months.

Our country’s electric grid is outdated and rundown, making blackouts the new normal for many people across New Mexico and the whole country.8 While government agencies and electric companies work on updating the grid, going solar with a New Mexico solar company like Sunrun is a cost-effective way to prepare for the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Brightbox lets you store the excess energy your home solar panel system creates during the day to use it when you need it most — like in the evening, at night or when the electric grid fails due to extreme weather events or physical damage to the distribution system.

While some battery units allow you to store electricity directly from the grid, with Brightbox, the energy is harnessed entirely from the sun. Meaning it’s 100% clean, renewable and free of charge, so you don’t have to pay your electric company for the extra power to charge your battery.

Brightbox offers Tesla Powerwall batteries in New Mexico, which are industry-leading lithium-ion batteries. Compared to lead-acid batteries, solar batteries that use lithium-ion technology are more efficient and have longer life cycles, making them an excellent option to switch to solar.

Like solar-only systems, the number of Tesla Powerwalls you need is determined by your unique energy needs and habits — for some consumers; one Tesla Powerwall may be sufficient. Our Solar Advisors will help you evaluate your energy usage to customize a home solar battery storage system that sufficiently backs up your entire home.

The installation of our Brightbox with Tesla Powerwall is a relatively simple process. The battery system is about the size of a water heater and is placed on a wall or the ground, usually inside your garage or outside of your home.

Through Sunrun’s Brightbox service, your home solar battery will automatically disconnect from the grid in the event of an outage and restore power to your home in a matter of seconds. Your rooftop solar panels will continue to recharge your battery until the grid is up and running again.

Most residential batteries are installed and configured with baseline settings by your solar installer. Solar batteries last anywhere between 10 and 15 years, and manufacturers typically offer a ten-year warranty. But Brightbox is more than a home battery: It’s a holistic service that includes professional maintenance and monitoring for 25 years with select plans.

You can monitor your battery’s performance with the mySunrun app. Sunrun also manages the battery remotely using proprietary software to ensure it’s working as it should. It 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 Brightbox or solar panels 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 for a purchased home solar panel and battery storage system in New Mexico is the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which covers 26% of its final cost. The ITC drops to 22% in 2021 and ends in 2022. We recommend contacting a tax professional to accurately determine the impact of the ITC on your federal taxes.

Another major solar incentive is the New Mexico New Solar Market Development Tax Credit that gives you a 10% state income tax credit of the total cost of a new home solar panel and battery storage system.

New Mexico also offers property and state sales tax exemptions with the purchase and installation of a new home solar energy system, as well as Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) that compensate you for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) your home solar power system produces.

On top of that, El Paso Electric (EPE), Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), Xcel Energy and other utility companies also offer net energy metering (NEM) programs to help you earn bill credits for the excess clean energy your solar installation produces and sends back to the grid. Net metering in New Mexico can give you more control over electricity bills. 

Learn more about New Mexico Solar Incentives.

You can use a portable back-up generator; however, at Sunrun, we don't offer them. If you’re interested in installing a portable generator, you can contact a local electrician or renewable energy installation company. They can recommend a generator that will work best for your energy needs.

Our Brightbox solar battery systems are designed to keep you on-grid during regular service times while still providing reliable, clean energy to backup your home when the sun isn’t shining or during the event of an outage. This is the most efficient and affordable way to use your Brightbox solar and battery storage system, and the one most strongly recommended by Sunrun’s service experts.

At this time, Brightbox solar battery storage is only available with the installation of a new home solar system. We can’t install new rooftop solar panels or a solar battery if you already have an existing solar power system, or if our solar services aren’t available in your area.