Brightbox Texas

Take Control With a Solar-Powered Home Battery in Texas

Texas has been hit with over 1,600 power outages in the last decade. This isn’t surprising since increasingly extreme weather1 and an aging grid2 are the perfect storm for power outages. Mother Nature won’t stop,3 but outages can be managed. Thanks to Sunrun’s solar-powered home BrightboxTM battery, Texans have the choice to put the power back in their hands.

Power Through Power Outages With Brightbox

For as little as $0 down, Houston and Dallas residents can access home battery backup to power  through the next power outage. With Brightbox, Texans can take control and get the energy security they deserve.

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

Home Battery Technology

Solar-powered home battery storage in Texas is crucial to energy independence and resilience. Sunrun’s Brightbox includes a powerful lithium-ion battery made by trusted partners to optimize affordability, efficiency and durability. When fully charged, your battery can provide approximately 8 to 12 hours of backup power for your home. The battery effortlessly replenishes when the sun rises the next morning.

How Brightbox Works

1. Backup Power During Power Outages

While summer’s high demand for electricity and unpredictable weather puts Texas at risk of power outages, you have peace of mind with Brightbox in your home. With Brightbox, you’ll have a constant reserve of power. Brightbox lets you choose which rooms and appliances you want to back up. That means you can keep food fresh, phones charged and the lights on when the next storm strikes.

2. Reliable Power With Solar

During a power outage, your Brightbox system will power your home during both day and night. Your rooftop solar panels will provide clean energy during the day while replenishing your battery’s energy stores to use at night. By recharging your home battery daily, you’ll be able to continue to run on the sun until the electricity grid is back up again.

3. Financial Flexibility

Power your home your way with flexible options to own, finance or lease Sunrun’s home solar and battery storage solution. Our affordable solar plans come with daily monitoring and maintenance on us. If we notice that your solar panels and home battery 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.

4. Clean and Affordable Power

Sunrun’s Brightbox solar powered home battery system is the clean, affordable and reliable alternative to diesel or natural gas generators. With Brightbox, there is no harmful pollution and no extra noise. Instead, the lithium-ion battery is charged by your solar panels and has a storage capacity of approximately 8 to 12 hours. When the sun rises, your battery starts recharging again.

Take Control and Prepare for the Unpredictable

Thousands of Texas residents and businesses have already spent hours (and for some, days) in the dark after storms pummeled the region,4 while unpredictable grid failures have left Texans to face the summer heat.5 We can’t forget the destruction hurricanes Ike and Harvey caused, leaving at least 4 million Texans without power. 6,7

As extreme weather events continue to affect Texas, Sunrun is hard at work creating a brighter future powered by clean energy. Texas is already a significant leader in solar—it currently ranks among the top 10 states in solar capacity and the top five in solar jobs.8 With solar power capacity expected to triple by the end of the decade thanks to the state’s competitive marketplace coupled with an abundance of land and sunshine,9 the Lone Star State is well on its way towards becoming a solar powerhouse.

When you’re ready, our experienced solar advisors are here to help you every step of the way. See if you qualify and receive your free Brightbox quote today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Texas’s biggest solar storage incentive is the federal solar tax credit, which gives you a dollar-for-dollar reduction against your federal income tax. The 30% tax credit applies as long as the home solar system is installed by December 31, 2019. Starting in 2020, the value of the tax credit will step down to 26%, and then again to 22% in 2021. After 2021, the tax credit for residential solar ends.

We recommend you consult with a tax professional to get a full understanding of the credits you’re eligible for. 

Learn more about Texas solar incentives.

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

But if you’re still interested in Brightbox, please let us know. We’ll contact you when we expand our services. Know that we’re constantly improving our technology to provide a better customer experience.

Yes. Brightbox is part of Sunrun’s holistic solar-as-a-service offering. When you 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 battery is sufficient to backup your most important appliances. In the event of a blackout, your Brightbox battery provides approximately 8 to 12 hours of backup, powering your critical rooms and appliances when fully charged.

When the sun is back up, your solar panels will charge your battery so you can continue to backup your home until 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, contact a local electrician or renewable energy installation company. These experts can recommend a system appropriate for your home.

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

Brightbox installation is a relatively simple process. The battery itself is about the size of a water heater and easily mounted on a wall—usually inside your garage or outside of your home. The clearance required for a Brightbox battery and its accompanying components is 6.5’ H x 10’ W.

Having a home solar battery service in Texas will help you power through power outages, 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 to 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 to 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 daily monitoring and maintenance on us. If we notice that your Brightbox or solar panels aren’t working at full capacity, we’ll send a technician over to fix it.

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 and nearby outlets or lighting in your kitchen. While you can’t necessarily target individual appliances, with 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.

During 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 to 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. Learn more about how home solar batteries work.

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

During a power outage, your Brightbox battery automatically discharges power to your critical home appliances.

Learn more about how home solar batteries work.

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