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Take Control during Outages with Brightbox™ in Pennsylvania

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Tesla Powerwall

A Versatile Energy Storage Solution

Power outages affected more than seven million residents in Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2017.1 With Brightbox, now you can keep your lights on and your food fresh during unexpected blackouts for as little as $0 down.

Sunrun is the leading residential solar and energy storage company in the nation.2 We work so you can gain energy freedom and security. Discover which of our home solar and battery storage plans is the best fit for your budget and energy usage needs. All Sunrun monthly plans include our industry-leading guarantee for your peace of mind. 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

Manufactured by industry leaders known for their quality and innovation legacies, our lithium-ion solar-powered batteries are best-in-class. During a blackout, Brighbox with a Tesla Powerwall can help you back up your entire home, or you can back up just the essentials with an LG Chem solar battery.* Brightbox with either battery storage option recharges daily when the sun rises until the grid's restored.

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Control and Energy Independence

We make the power of solar accessible. Our flexible lease and financing options offer predictable rates and a customized agreement to meet your home's energy needs.

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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.

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A Cleaner, Safer Alternative

Brightbox doesn’t rely on toxic, expensive, and dangerous fossil fuels like traditional generators. Brightbox can charge when the sun is out to give you clean, reliable, and affordable energy when the electric grid fails.

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Leave Fossil Fuels and Outdated Electrical Technology Behind

Pennsylvania is the fourth highest producer of carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the nation.3 When you install Sunrun rooftop solar panels with Brightbox energy storage service, you can create and store your own solar energy while helping to build a modern and more resilient energy system that uses clean local power.

70% of the lines and large power transformers of the U.S. are more than 25 years old.4 This outdated electrical infrastructure makes blackouts more frequent and longer-lasting across Pennsylvania and the whole country. While government agencies and electric companies work on updating the grid, you can make the switch to solar with a Pennsylvania solar company like Sunrun to help secure a better energy future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Brightbox is a holistic solar home battery service that can offer 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 physical damage or an extreme weather event.

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 to check if you qualify.

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 the 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 service agreement get free maintenance and replacement for the lifetime of their contract.

You can monitor your solar battery performance on your 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 for a purchased home solar panel in Pennsylvania is the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which covers 26% of its final purchase price. The residential ITC drops to 22% in 2023 and ends in 2024. We recommend contacting a tax professional to accurately determine the impact of the ITC on your federal taxes.

Pennsylvania also offers Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) that could compensate you for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) your home solar power system produces.

What's more, Pennsylvania Electric Company (PECO), PPL Electric Utilities, and other utility companies offer net energy metering (NEM) programs that may let you earn credits on your utility bill for the excess solar energy you create and send to the grid. Net metering in Pennsylvania might help you save money on your future electricity bills.

Learn more about Pennsylvania 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 best and most economical way to use your Brightbox system, and it’s 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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Take the First Step to Experience Energy Freedom

Whenever you're ready, you can use our Product Selector or request a free quote to get one-on-one service from our expert Solar Advisors to check if our solar and battery storage solutions are available in your area. Knowing this won’t cost you a dime.

 

SOURCES:

1. Eaton Annual Blackout Tracker Report

2. Sunrun ranked as leading residential solar-plus-storage vendor

3. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions by State

4. The U.S. Outdated Grid

*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.