OAKLAND, Calif., and STAMFORD, Conn. — Viridian Energy has entered into a new partnership to offer co-branded residential solar electricity through Viridian’s network of 20,000+ Independent Associates.
As evidence of both partners’ deep commitment to greening the grid, Viridian will donate one solar power system to a household in need for every 15 new residential solar installations. Donations from Viridian, through its new Sun Plus One program, will also enable women in developing nations to train as solar engineers and install solar panels in their own off-grid villages.
“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.”
“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.”
Among the top three solar installers in the U.S. (according to GTM Research U.S. PV Leaderboard, Q1 2015), Sungevity’s technology-enabled solar sales and installation process has resulted in industry-leading customer satisfaction scores and equally high customer referral rates. An integrated Sungevity-Viridian team will provide custom solar quotes without an initial home visit and also provide visibility into each homeowner’s potential energy savings. In addition, dedicated, seasoned solar experts will be available seven days a week to answer customer questions and proactively manage each installation through to completion.
The co-branded solar offering will initially be marketed in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York with plans to open additional solar markets throughout 2015 and beyond.
With this latest partnership focused on holistic energy solutions, Viridian Energy joins the broad range of companies and organizations currently working with Sungevity to scale solar adoption internationally, including: The Sierra Club, the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization; the University of California, Berkeley, the world’s premier public university; E.ON, a major investor-owned energy supplier; and Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, among many others.
About Viridian Energy
Founded with the vision of empowering consumers to be part of a significant, collective environmental impact by choosing Viridian (www.viridian.com) as their energy provider, this socially responsible company connects with customers through a vibrant network of Independent Viridian Associates. Committed to sustainability, community action and global initiatives, Viridian Energy offers affordable electricity that is more than 50% renewable, natural gas with carbon offsets to mitigate usage and residential solar power to a range of customers in 16 markets throughout the U.S. Viridian Energy is part of the Crius Energy (TSX:KWH.UN) family of best-in-class energy brands which also includes: TriEagle Energy, Comcast Energy Rewards, Cincinnati Bell Energy, FairPoint Energy, Public Power and Citra Solar.
Sungevity is a technology-driven solar energy company focused on making it easy and affordable for homeowners and business owners in the US and Europe to benefit from solar power. Leveraging proprietary remote solar design technology, Sungevity can deliver a quote without a site visit and provide prospective customers with visibility to potential savings on their electricity bills. The company continues to grow its customer base and now services 12 US states, the District of Columbia, the Netherlands, the UK and Germany.