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Protect Your Home during Outages with Brightbox™ in New York

Sunrun knows how to help you prepare for the unpredictable. Power through unexpected blackouts with clean, renewable back-up electricity from Brightbox.

Clean, Reliable, and Affordable Back-up Power

2020 has been uncertain to say the least, and today, we need peace of mind more than ever. Weather the storm and protect your family with clean, renewable energy that puts you in control.  

Through Sunrun’s Brightbox rechargeable solar energy system, New Yorkers can now get complete home backup with Tesla Powerwall, or they can back up just the rooms they need with an LG Chem solar battery.* As America’s leading residential solar and energy storage company, Sunrun is committed to providing best-in-class solar products, superior service, and custom solar plans so you can enjoy more 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 Renewable Energy

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 can provide clean, safe, and reliable power that recharges when the sun rises.

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Control and Energy Independence

We make the power of solar accessible. Our flexible solar plan options offer predictable rates and a customized agreement to meet your family’s energy needs.

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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 solar battery aren’t working at their full capacity, we’ll send an expert over to fix it.

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Prepare for the Unpredictable

New York continues to recover from devastating storms, like Hurricane Sandy, and increasingly extreme weather events. Fortunately, Sunrun has committed to more reliable energy today by making clean, complete backup available to New Yorkers all across the state. 

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Brightbox is a holistic solar battery service that offers you clean, safer, 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 for 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 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.

New York State has several incentives for going solar, like the Solar Energy System Equipment Tax Credit, which covers 25% of your solar energy system equipment cost and is capped at $5,000. 

Another major solar battery incentive for people who purchase their 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 home solar ends. We recommend contacting a tax professional to most accurately determine the impact of the ITC and local tax credits on your taxes.

Learn more about New York State 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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A brighter tomorrow starts now. Whenever you’re ready, you can use our Product Selector or request a free quote. Sunrun's solar and storage quotes are always free.

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*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.