New Mexico Competitor Comparison: Sunrun
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Obtaining a quote from every solar company would become time-consuming fast, which is why we put together competitor comparisons for solar companies in the areas we service. With our competitor comparisons, interested homeowners get the quick facts, so they can determine which companies are worth the time and energy that goes into a solar quote for their home.
Sunrun is a full-service solar company. They have provided solar solutions since 2007 and have headquarters in California.
In October of 2020, Sunrun acquired Vivint and all of the nationwide company’s customers. Sunrun now serves 22 states and Puerto Rico. Among these states, it shares service areas in Nevada and New Mexico with Go Solar Group.
Product Comparisons Between Sunrun and Go Solar Group
This post covers various product comparisons between these two companies, including solar panel options and battery backup.
Every solar company has different solar panel offerings to consider. Homeowners should first ensure that the companies under consideration carry the solar panel type best suited for their project. If you prefer a specific solar panel brand, make sure the solar company uses it or can access them before spending time sitting down and looking at the numbers with them.
Doing research beforehand will save you time by narrowing down your search before getting a quote. Then when you start entertaining quotes, you will know that each company bid has what you want in a solar installation.
Go Solar Group Solar Panels
In Go Solar Group’s solar panel product suite, the preferred solar panel is the 315-watt black-on-black monocrystalline panel by Axitec. We favor this module because it does a good job balancing affordability with quality. However, we also offer premium monocrystalline solar panels from LG, Solaria, and Silfab.
Sunrun Solar Panels
Sunrun’s website does not state whether the company prefers one solar panel brand over another. Instead, it makes a vague statement about using high-quality solar panels. While this could mean they have access to most solar panels, it makes it harder for the customer to determine if Sunrun has what they want. Customers will need a quote to determine if this company has their preferred solar panel.
Inverters are a vital part of a solar array. They convert the direct current (DC) generated by solar panels into alternating current(AC), so homes can use the power.
Most solar installers choose between two inverter types. These include string inverters and microinverters.
String inverters use a series of strings to direct the generated current to one inverter. Microinverters go on the back of each solar panel and manage the current’s conversion at the solar panel.
Go Solar Group Inverter
Go Solar Group uses SolarEdge inverters. These string inverters use power optimizers to help reduce the impact of shade and limited space on the system’s efficiency.
Sunrun uses the SolarEdge Energy Hub inverter. This optimized string inverter allows for electric vehicle charging and generator hook up.
Battery Backup Options
Solar batteries complete solar arrays by providing storage for excess solar production during the day. This stored electricity can then offset energy needs at night or during inclement weather when solar panels don’t turn sunlight into electricity.
Go Solar Group Battery Backup
Go Solar Group has three battery backup levels. These options include two Goal Zero emergency battery packages or the Tesla Powerwall.
Sunrun Battery Backup Options: Brightbox
Sunrun offers Brightbox with its battery backup options. Brightbox is a maintenance package customers can add to either the LG Chem or the Tesla Powerwall.
Referral Rewards Programs: A Company Incentive Worth Considering
Federal and state tax credits help customers afford residential solar. However, savings can become limitless when customers take advantage of company referral programs. Though not a deal-breaker, a quality referral program can sweeten the deal and break a tie.
Go Solar Group Referral Rewards Programs
Go Solar Group offers rewards for both customers and non-customers alike. For each installed referral, we reward the individual who sent them our way with $500. This reward is a limitless cash incentive. Meaning you can use it on anything and continue to receive incentives for each friend or family member who installs with us.
Referral Programs Through Sunrun
Sunrun offers customers and non-customers $1,000 gift cards. You can even send in a self-referral and get a gift card if you are getting a system without any other promotions, and it isn’t an add-on to an existing array. The summer 2021 version of this promotion ends July 31, 2021, and has a limit of 10 referrals per person.
Solar Payment Programs
Solar isn’t free; it’s better. It saves money on electricity bills over the life of the solar array. Many confuse zero-down solar payment programs as free solar. However, truthfully these programs do cost money up-front. Most of these programs try to match current electricity bills, which prevents customers from having any financial strain when solar payments replace their utility bills. However, the type of payment program determines the total savings and transferability of the solar array should they decide to move.
Go Solar Group Payment Program Options
Go Solar Group has zero-down loan and cash payment options. These options offer the customer the most return on investment.
Sunrun Payment Program Options
Sunrun offers cash, loan, and leasing options. Leasing solar is the least beneficial for the homeowner. They don’t own the solar array, which poses a couple of issues. First, they don’t get the solar tax credits. Secondly, they can’t sell the house until the lease is up unless they pay to get out of the lease early or find a buyer willing to take on the lease, which isn’t likely.