Spreading Sunshine: Viridian, Sungevity Partnership Pays it Forward

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Viridian Energy and Sungevity have entered into a new partnership. The companies will offer co-branded solar energy to residential customers. The partnership will do more than provide solar energy to U. S. homeowners who can afford it. For every 15 new residential installations, Viridian will donate one to a household in need.

Furthermore, the company’s new Sun Plus One program trains women in developing nations as solar engineers and prepares them to install solar panels in their villages.

This makes the agreement an even better fit. Sungevity is already working to increase international solar adoption through partnerships. Their relationships with groups like The Sierra Club, Lowe’s, U.C. Berkeley, and E.ON, among others, demonstrate this commitment.

“Viridian is thrilled to partner with a company that shares our vision to change the way people consume and buy energy, in order to ensure a better future,” said Michael Fallquist, Founder and CEO of Viridian Energy. “In Sungevity, we’ve found the right strategic partner with optimal platform capabilities to take our solar business to the next level, and offer the most exceptional customer experience in the industry.”

With Sungevity’s Remote Solar Design program, the integrated Sungevity-Viridian team can provide custom solar quotes without an initial home visit. The team will also provide estimates of a homeowner’s potential energy savings.

“Our two companies recognize the importance of providing an exceptional customer experience in bringing clean energy to the masses,” said Andrew Birch, Sungevity’s Chief Executive Officer. “Equipping Viridian’s passionate network of eco-minded entrepreneurs with our market-leading platform will accelerate efforts to improve our local and global communities, while making clean energy a reality for a broader range of American homeowners.”

Initially, the services will be offered in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. The two companies plan to expand their markets by the end of 2015 and into 2016 and beyond.

Of course, to begin the partnership with Sungevity, Viridian must sever their partnership with SolarCity. The two companies have been working together for nearly two years.

Forbes reports that the relationship between SolarCity and Viridian will continue in certain states, including Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Sungevity will enter these markets at a later date.

 

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