Sunrun Solar Panels

Sunrun Solar Panels: Peace Of Mind For Years To Come 

Solar power is yours for the making. With Sunrun, you'll find a home solar panel system that optimizes efficiency, durability, service, and value. We've done the work for you so you don't have to. We offer plenty of solar panel options, plus flexible solar financing to fit your budget.

About Our Solar Panels

Not only do we offer some of the best solar panels on the market--with Sunrun's flexible solar leasing options, care and maintenance are on us. Our flexible solar financing options include 24/7 monitoring and repairs for the life of your service agreement. That means no hassle, no extra fees--just clean, long-term solar power straight to you.

Solar panels are just a part of the solution to creating a planet run by the sun.


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To make sure you're getting the most out of your system, you'll want solar panels with battery storage like Sunrun's Brightbox home battery service. With Brightbox, you can power your home through outages with a smart and reliable home battery that puts you in control. Learn more about our home battery, check to see if it's currently available in your state.

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Solar Panels: BrightPath Personal Solar Imaging

Our Automated Site Modeling tool is a revolutionary technology that allows Sunrun to design a custom home solar system in minutes, based on your roof’s unique dimensions and layout.

By accessing multiple satellite imaging libraries, Automated Site Modeling will use your roof’s individual profile including; shading, pitch, sun exposure, seasonality, and more. We will ensure the system matches your unique lifestyle and home energy needs, as well as your savings and carbon-free goals.

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Why Stop At Solar Panels? Meet Brightbox: A Premier Home Solar Battery Storage Service

Solar panels are just a part of the solution to creating a planet run by the sun. To make sure you're getting the most out of your system, you'll want solar panels with battery storage like Sunrun's Brightbox home battery service.

Frequently Asked Questions

See the states where Sunrun is currently available and what solar incentives might be offered in your state. Some of the most common solar incentives include state tax credits, and rebates from your local utility. No matter what state you live in, you’ll also be eligible for the Federal Solar Tax Credit when you purchase your own solar system.

The great thing about BrightSave Monthly is that any savings you would get through rebates and tax credits would come to you in the form of a lower electricity bill. No high upfront cost and mounds of paperwork—just easy solar savings.

You can’t talk about solar panels without silicon. Silicon is a non-metallic element and one of the most abundant materials on earth.4 It’s also able to convert sunlight into electricity, and, you guessed it—the key ingredient in a solar system (also known as a photovoltaic, or pv system).

To make a solar panel, solar cells (or pv cells) are made using crystalline silicon sliced into ultra-thin wafers only millimeters thin.5 These wafers are sandwiched between protective glass, insulation, and a protective back sheet, creating a solar panel. The back sheet helps to regulate the temperature and humidity to optimize the solar panel’s efficiency.6 Multiple solar panels connected together create a solar array, and ultimately, a solar system.

Now, let’s get down to the physics of how solar cells work: Electricity is made when electrons move between atoms.7 The top and bottom of a silicon wafer in the solar cell is treated with small amounts of extra materials so that the top layer has more electrons and the bottom layer has less. When the sun excites the electrons in these oppositely charged layers, these electrons move through a circuit that's attached to the panels. This flow of electrons through the circuit is what creates an electrical current.8

This electrical current, or direct current (DC) electricity, is then fed into a solar inverter and converted to alternating current (AC) electricity, the electricity that ultimately powers your home.9

This entire process is happening safely, quietly, and instantaneously in hundreds and thousands of homes across the country without any of the harmful emissions found in more traditional sources of electricity like coal or gas. Plus, there aren’t any mechanical parts that will wear out, so solar panels can go on for decades.10

All of our solar equipment is backed by factory warranties. Depending on the Sunrun package you choose, your solar system may come with 24/7 monitoring and maintenance (See BrightSave Monthly / Prepaid)*. So if it breaks? We’ll fix it, free of charge. Learn more about our Comprehensive Home Solar System Support here.

After entering a few details about your home, our Automated Site Modeling software will analyze hundreds of thousands of variables of home solar system designs in minutes to build a high-resolution image of the ideal system for your roof. These factors include pitch, seasonality, sun exposure and amount of shade your home receives during the whole year. This helps Sunrun guarantee you receive maximum benefits from your new home solar system.

Yes. At Sunrun, we’re committed to providing you with the best service and tools, such as Automated Site Modeling, to make your switch to solar simpler and less costly. Allowing you to focus on more important things, like controlling your electric bills and potentially saving money each month.

Brightbox allows you to store the electricity your solar energy system produces during the day and use it when you need it most—for instance, in the evening, at night, or when the electric grid fails due to an extreme weather event or physical damage to the equipment.

While some battery units allow you to store electricity directly from the grid, with Brightbox Solar Battery Storage Service, the energy is harnessed entirely from the sun. Meaning it’s 100% clean, renewable and free of charge, so you don’t have to pay your utility for the extra power to charge your battery.

We get it, life happens. That’s why we have an entire team of professionals standing by to help you sell your solar home and transfer your contract to the new owners. Sunrun makes it easy to transfer your solar lease agreement and pass along those ridiculously low energy bills to the new owners. Our Service Transfer Specialists handle everything from educating realtors and potential buyers to working with escrow officers, title agents, home inspectors, and anyone else who might need to know about your system or solar lease agreement.

Once you’re approved for a solar installation, your home will undergo a site assessment and an expert solar technician will visit your home to confirm your system design.

After that, our Solar Design Experts will make any necessary adjustments to your design and get your final approval. Once it’s approved, we’ll submit your design to the city for permitting, which can take up to eight weeks. From there, either Sunrun or one of our local certified partners will  perform your solar installation. We only partner with the top-rated solar installers , so you can rest assured knowing you’ll have the highest quality solar installation available.

When your installation is finished, the city or county will perform a final inspection on your system. Once it’s approved, it’ll be connected to the grid and we’ll submit your documents to the utility company. After your utility company grants Permission to Operate, you’re ready to start powering your home with the sun.

Solar panels can last anywhere between 25 to 30 years, sometimes more. But this doesn’t mean the panels on your roof will stop producing electricity after a couple of decades. It just means their energy production will decrease by what solar panel manufacturers consider optimal to meet the average American family’s energy needs. With the proper care and maintenance, you can expect to receive solar production over the next 20 to 30 years.  BrightSave also comes with a the comprehensive Sunrun Guarantee that’ll keep your system in top shape for years to come.

1. Traditional solar panels (crystalline solar panels) are either monocrystalline or polysilicon. Monocrystalline panels are more efficient than polysilicon panels, but are more expensive.

2. Thin film silicon panels are less expensive, but are much less efficient than crystalline solar panels. These panels typically take twice as much space to produce the same amount of electricity as crystalline panels.

3. Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) panels are thin film solar panels that are the same size and shape as roofing shingles. They are more expensive, somewhat less efficient than traditional crystallines, but preferred by many consumers as the best-looking option currently on the market.

Solar panels  can get hot, particularly during scorching summer days. While they do not overheat or shut off, their efficiency at creating electricity declines when the panel’s temperature rises above an optimal level for energy production. As panels get hotter, they produce less energy—even with the same amount of daylight.

The primary effect of heat on solar panels is reducing their capacity to convert sunlight into electricity. Warmer temperatures raise the overall energy levels of electrons, thereby decreasing the energy differential that can be gained. This high energy state interferes with solar cell electricity production since some energy transfers into heat instead of electricity.

The actual percentage of lower production varies by the solar panel’s manufacturer and model. In general, residential solar panels are designed to have maximum efficiency between 59 degrees and 95 degrees.1 Manufacturers rate their solar panels for peak temperature—the point at which panels operate most efficiently. On colder days, it’s less likely for solar panels to reach their peak temperature. Then, the electron reactions occur at a greater rate.

Solar panels can get hot sitting on a dark roof under the summer sun. The panels’ proximity to the roof when installed can impact their overall temperature. Also, the solar panels are protected by glass and a metal frame that transfer heat.

Increased solar panel temperatures can be mitigated. Typically, manufacturers cover panels in material that thermally conducts, and vents heat away from the glass. Also, solar panels are commonly mounted a few inches above the roof, allowing airflow space to help move heat away from the panels.

Despite the reduction in efficiency, energy generation doesn’t stop. And the lower electricity production due to summer heat balances out with the longer days of sunlight. Although the optimal conditions for solar production are cold, sunny days,2 solar works year-round in nearly every location and climate.




Solar panels create energy from sunlight—not the sun’s heat. Solar panels actually produce electricity more efficiently in cooler conditions. Even in the most frigid weather, solar panels turn sunlight into electricity.

How does this work? Colder temperatures enhance energy production efficiency,1 increasing the amount of electricity produced. Electrons are at rest in cooler temperatures. When the electrons in solar panels  are activated by increasing sunlight, a difference in voltage is attained —creating an electric current.

Warmer summer temperatures raise the overall energy levels of electrons in solar panels. This increased energy level decreases the energy differential that can be gained, producing less energy. A higher energy state interferes with solar panel electricity production since some energy transfers into heat instead of electricity.

Rated for Peak Temperature

Solar manufacturers rate their solar panels for peak temperature. This temperature is the point at which solar panels operate most efficiently. In the winter, it’s less likely for solar panels to reach their peak temperature. So electron reactions occur at a greater rate to more efficiently generate electricity.

Your home doesn’t need to be in Arizona, California or Florida to make reliable solar power.  And solar is the clear energy solution when serious cold snaps shut down the grid. 

Solar panels produce more voltage at low temperatures.1 Today, solar panels are found generating electricity on the snow-covered Rocky Mountains, and in remote regions of Alaska and Antarctica. Also, wind chill lowers ambient temperatures, which carries away heat and enables panels to perform better.

Solar Is Resilient in Cold  Extremes

A solar rooftop installation is resilient in the cold and winter extremes.  But don’t necessarily anticipate producing more electricity during winter versus summer months. Winter days are shorter with fewer hours of sunlight.

Sunrun solar panels with a Brightbox home battery supply dependable electricity to households in cold climates and throughout winter weather grid outages. And the sun rises every day, no matter how cold it is, to reach your solar panels and generate significant energy.


Solar panels need sunlight to create electricity--they’re dormant at night. Yet, a solar installation offers two indirect energy solutions1 for nighttime: net metering with the grid and a home storage battery.

Net Metering Provides Energy at a Lower Cost

Connecting your solar installation to the grid enables net metering.2 When your solar panels produce excess energy, it's sent to the grid. The electric company then provides a reimbursement or credits your bill. At night, you can apply those credits toward drawing electricity from the grid. With net metering, you can even earn money.

This process essentially continues providing solar power to your home that was stored on the grid. However, net metering is not offered in all locations. Check with your electric company to confirm whether it can be part of your solar energy plan. And consider augmenting your solar panels with a home battery for nighttime energy and backup power during blackouts.

Solar Battery Storage Offers Energy Independence

A second way solar panels can indirectly power your home at night is battery storage. Solar batteries3 maximize your panels’ daytime energy production and provide electricity for later use. If you have substantial power use or net metering is not offered,4 consider including a home battery.

Batteries increase your home’s energy efficiency. A battery provides stored solar power for up to 10 hours until the sunrises again. So instead of sending your excess electricity to the grid, store it and use your own energy. You'll consume electricity from the battery first before drawing from the grid.

Make the Most of Daylight at Night

Today, most home solar systems connect to the grid and incorporate net metering where it's offered. Also, households are increasingly reaping the benefits of battery storage. Net metering and a home battery can work individually or in tandem at night to maximize your energy independence and minimize electric bills.

A home battery and/or net metering enable your solar installation to access free or reduced-cost electricity at night. That’s how solar is a 24/7 affordable energy option. Sunrun solar panels and a Brightbox battery will have you covered both day and night.






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