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Stay in Control during Blackouts with Brightbox™ in South Carolina

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With Sunrun, You Can Boost Your Peace of Mind

Almost 2.5 million residents in South Carolina were affected by outages from 2008 to 2017.1 South Carolinians are also the third biggest spenders on electricity bills in the U.S.2 But with solar panels and Brightbox, now you have the choice to create and store your own clean, reliable, and affordable energy at home. This move can help you worry less during unexpected outages and rate spikes.

Sunrun is the leading residential solar and energy storage company in the U.S.3 We work so you can gain energy independence and security. Discover why our made-to-fit home solar and battery storage plans, backed by our industry-leading guarantee, have positioned us as one of the best solar installers in South Carolina. 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 an outage, Brighbox with a Tesla Powerwall can help you back up your entire home, or you can back up just the essential parts of your home with an LG Chem solar battery. Brightbox with either battery storage option can recharge daily when the sun is out and will work to store the excess solar energy you produce 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 you and your family’s energy needs.

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24/7 Monitoring and Maintenance

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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Say Goodbye to Diesel and Natural Gas

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 and affordable energy when you need it most. 

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A Brighter Energy Future for Everyone

Our country's aging grid doesn't have the strenght to keep up with our current electricity demand. This is making outages the new normal for many people across South Carolina and the whole country.4 While government agencies and utility companies work to update the grid, switching to solar with a South Carolina solar company like Sunrun can help you create a more resilient energy system that uses clean local power.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Brightbox is a holistic solar home 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 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, a charged 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 can continue to recharge your solar battery when the sun is out 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 include 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 and battery storage system in South Carolina is the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which covers 26% of its final purchase price. The residential ITC drops to 22% in 2022 and ends in 2024. We recommend contacting a tax professional to accurately determine the impact of the ITC on your federal taxes.

Another major solar incentive is the South Carolina Solar Tax Credit, which, if qualified, lets you claim a state tax credit of 25% of your home solar system's total purchase and installation cost.

What's more Dominion Energy (formerly SCE&G), Duke Energy, and Santee Cooper offer net energy metering (NEM) programs that could let you earn credits on your bill for the excess solar energy you generate and send back to the grid. Net metering in South Carolina may help you save money on future electricity bills.

Learn more about South Carolina 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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Now’s a Great Time for Solar and Storage

The prices of home solar and battery storage systems in South Carolina are plummeting.5,6

Whenever you're ready, take our Product Selector for a spin or request a free quote to get one-on-one service from our expert Solar Advisors. It won’t cost you a dime to check if our home solar and battery solutions are a good fit for your budget and energy needs.

SOURCES:

1. Eaton Annual Blackout Tracker Report

2. South Carolina electricity prices

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

4. Energy in Action / South Carolina State Energy Plan

5. South Carolina solar price drop

6. U.S. battery storage systems price drop

*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.