HONOLULU — Bonterra Solar, one of Hawaii’s fastest-growing solar companies, has joined forces with Sunrun, the nation’s leading home solar company, in a partnership expected to help many more Island homeowners transition to green solar energy.
Sunrun has enabled more than 40,000 homeowners in 11 states across the country to go solar with its breakthrough solar service, which allows homeowners to get solar on their home for little to no upfront cost and lock in their monthly electricity bill for 20 years.
“Partnering with the national leader in residential solar power is a good move for Bonterra and for the people of Hawaii,” said Andrew Yani, Bonterra co-founder and principal. “It will allow us to offer our customers a range of financing options that will convert their home to solar power with virtually no upfront costs and allow them to lock in their electric bill for 20 years.”
Yani said that Sunrun’s popular business model has made it the country’s leading home solar company since it introduced solar power service in 2007.
Under the partnership, Bonterra will install solar photovoltaic systems on Hawaii houses at little to no upfront cost to the homeowner. Sunrun owns, insures, monitors and maintains the system, which can average between $25,000 and $30,000, and charges homeowners a set rate lower than their current utility. Bonterra handles all maintenance and repairs at no cost to the homeowner. Because the life of the lease is 20 years, homeowners can say goodbye to constantly rising electricity bills.
“Home solar in Hawaii has grown dramatically in the last few years as families have realized they can begin saving money immediately on their electric bills by using a solar service like Sunrun, said Matthew Woods, VP of Channel Sales & Partner Management at Sunrun. “We look forward to expanding our presence in Hawaii with Bonterra Solar.”
San Francisco-based Sunrun has been working in Hawaii since 2010 and is expected to double its Hawaii workforce in the next year.
“Sunrun is sensitive to the Island culture and lifestyle and is passionate about helping Hawaii reach its aggressive clean energy goals,” Yani said.
Bonterra will continue to grow its Commercial Division, offering solar buying and leasing packages to business customers.