ADT, best known for home security, jumped on the solar bandwagon when it purchased Sunpro Solar in 2021 and expanded its solar footprint into 22 states. (ADT Image)

ADT, a leading U.S. home security company, has announced its decision to withdraw from the residential solar sector, marking a significant shift in its business strategy.

The company’s move away from solar energy comes after encountering operational difficulties and facing adverse macroeconomic conditions that have impacted the industry at large. This decision was disclosed following the company’s action to close a majority of its solar branches three months prior, signaling a strategic reevaluation of its business model.

Jim DeVries, ADT’s Chairman, President, and CEO, stated, “The decision to exit solar operations was made after careful deliberation, and we expect this strategic action to drive substantial operational and financial benefits to ADT.”

He also expressed gratitude towards the company’s employees, partners, and customers as they navigate this transition period. Despite this sector exit, ADT affirmed its commitment to its core business areas, focusing on security and smart home solutions.

ADT’s venture into the solar market began in 2021 with the acquisition of Sunpro Solar for $160 million in cash and additional stock, culminating in a deal valued at approximately $825 million. This move was aimed at diversifying ADT’s offerings, rebranding Sunpro to ADT Solar, and tapping into the growing demand for renewable energy solutions among residential customers.

However, despite the initial optimism, the solar division has struggled to match the performance of the company’s traditional security services. In the first nine months of 2023, ADT reported strong results from its core security business, contrasting with the challenges faced by its solar counterpart.

The decision to exit the solar industry was approved by ADT’s Board of Directors, hinting at the possibility of selling the solar business.

ADT Solar had established a presence across the United States, serving major markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, St. Louis, Miami, and Phoenix. The company achieved the rank of No. 34 nationally on the 2023 Top Solar Contractors List, based on the kilowatts installed, indicating its significant but challenging venture into the solar market.

This strategic withdrawal reflects broader trends within the solar industry, which has been navigating through a complex landscape of supply chain disruptions, regulatory changes, and fluctuating demand. Companies within this sector are reassessing their strategies to withstand these macroeconomic headwinds, with some choosing to consolidate their operations or exit the market altogether.

As ADT pivots away from residential solar, the move underscores the company’s focus on reinforcing its core competencies in home security and smart home technologies. This transition may also signal a broader industry realignment, as businesses strive to adapt to evolving market conditions and consumer preferences.

In all, ADT’s decision to exit highlights the challenges companies face in balancing diversification with core business strengths.

As the industry continues to evolve, companies like ADT are making strategic choices to position themselves for long-term success, prioritizing areas where they can leverage their expertise and market leadership.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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