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Bill Spikes and Outages? Protect Your Home with Solar Panels and a Battery in Houston

Sunrun Puts You in Control of Your Home Energy

Houston is known as the center of the oil and gas industry in the U.S., earning the nickname, the Energy Capital of the World.1 But with more than 1,600 power outages in Texas during the past decade,2 and the average residential electricity bill almost 21% higher compared to other states,3 it’s time to expand the meaning behind Houston’s nickname to cleaner and more reliable energy sources like solar.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) shows Texas solar panels already create enough energy to power more than 350,000 homes.4 In addition, solar panels prices continue falling.5 So teaming up with a Houston solar company such as Sunrun is one of the best ways you can gain energy independence, get outage protection and reduce your carbon emissions.

Texas Residents Are Eligible for Attractive Solar Incentives

With a Texas home solar installation, you can enjoy several solar incentives, rebates and tax credits. These incentives include MP2 Energy's Solar Buyback Program,6 which allows you to earn bill credits for the excess energy you generate.

And, if you decide to buy a home solar system in the Lone Star State, you’ll also get the federal solar tax credit7 — along with a 100% property tax exemption — on your total system cost.8

MP2 Energy’s Solar Buyback Program Works Even Better for Sunrun Customers

Sunrun has joined forces with MP2 Energy to help you get more from your Texas solar production. MP2 Energy is owned by Shell Energy North America (SENA), one of the largest energy suppliers in the country.

When you go solar with Sunrun, you can sign up and participate in MP2 Energy’s Solar Buyback Program. That way, if your home solar system makes more energy than you need, you can earn bill credits with MP2 Energy. 

Your MP2 Energy credits are used to cover your electricity use when your Houston solar panels can’t generate enough power, like on cloudy days or at night. Any unused credits roll over to the next month for up to 12 months, and all unused credits are cleared annually in December. 

While MP2 Energy only offers contract terms up to five years to residential solar consumers, Sunrun customers can renew their Solar Buyback Program up to four times. Meaning, you can continue earning bill credits with Sunrun and MP2 Energy for as long as 25 years, a unique benefit other Texas solar companies don’t offer.

How to Go Solar in Houston

As the nation’s largest residential solar, storage and energy services company,9 Sunrun offers you the choice to lease or purchase new Sunrun home solar panels, with or without a battery, simply and affordably.

Why Choose Sunrun?

For over a decade, Sunrun has helped hundreds of thousands of households take control of their energy costs, protect their home from outages, and reduce their carbon emissions. 

In fact, Sunrun customers have produced more than 4 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy.10 But don’t take our word for it, see what our customers are saying about us.

Get Clean and Reliable Backup Power with a Brightbox™ Home Battery

A power outage can strike at any time. Some are short, but others can stretch for hours or days, which may increase health and safety risks.11 Nobody knows when the next outage will happen, yet, with a Houston solar battery storage service like Brightbox, now you can have the energy security you deserve.

Charged by your rooftop solar panels, Brightbox delivers clean energy that regenerates daily, so you can continue using your devices and appliances when the power goes out, or at night, for approximately 8 to 12 hours.*

Little to $0 Down: A Smart Way to Switch to Solar in Houston

With our BrightSave™ Monthly plan, you can lease new solar panels for as little as $0 down, and enjoy the same dependable energy as full ownership. But with the added perks of low, predictable monthly rates, as well as professional monitoring, maintenance and insurance for 25 years. This is the Sunrun Guarantee.

With BrightSave™ Prepaid, you can get the worry-free benefits of a solar lease without monthly bills. Just make a simple, one-time upfront payment, and you’ll lock in 25 years of power at a lower price than your electric company today. BrightSave Prepaid also comes with our industry-leading Sunrun Guarantee so you can focus on more important things.

Own a Home Solar System and Be Proud of Your Decision Every Day

With Sunrun, you can become a home solar owner in Houston by paying for your system upfront with BrightBuy™ or, for $0 down and low, fixed monthly payments with BrightAdvantage™. Regardless of the solar plan you choose, both plans let you own the system and the power for life while building home equity.12

As a Texas home solar owner, you’re eligible for a federal solar tax credit** and a property tax exemption on the added home value from your system’s cost.13 Plus, home solar systems are designed to last 30 years or longer, so we’re sure you’ll be proud of your decision for decades.

Prepare for the Future and Help Texas Achieve Its Clean Energy Goal

Extreme heat is among the most dangerous weather hazards Texas is facing, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science advocacy organization. Houston, in particular, could go from having 10 to 74 annual days with a heat index above 105 degrees by 2065.14 

Choosing to create and store your own Houston solar power is a smart and cost-effective way to control your electricity and protect your home from extreme weather during the next decades. Also, by going solar, you’ll support the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA), a network of individuals and organizations committed to modernizing the electric grid, and having 50% of the state’s power come from renewable sources by 2030.15

The time for solar in Houston is now. Check if Sunrun is a good match for your home by requesting a free, personalized solar quote today.

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