GlobalData: Despite layoffs amid pandemic, Sunrun outlook remains positive

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Following the announcement that Sunrun, the largest residential solar installer, is reported to have laid off around 100 of its employees, Somik Das, Power Analyst at GlobalData, sent this commentary:

“COVID-19 will present Sunrun with a harrowing period over the next few quarters. Going ahead, the company wants to focus on the positives. Despite failing to meet the target number of installations, the company managed to complete more installations in the second half of March than it did in the first.

“Sunrun plans to make the solar installation process as contact-free as possible by streamlining online permits and using drones to perform rooftop surveys. The company wants to observe this pandemic situation as an opportunity to enhance its performance. To make operations across the business contact-free in nature, the company would make use of the present situation and increase the adoption of automated, and instantaneous permits by local jurisdictions.

“Even if the US enters a prolonged economic downturn, Sunrun believes that people would still want solar as an economic source of reliable power. Going by this belief, it just launched a new home energy product that includes access to rooftop solar, with or without battery storage. The product can be purchased with zero downpayment. One can also opt for a scheme where a monthly payment of one dollar is made for the first six months, before starting installments.

“Such efforts are a clear indication of the company’s intention to curb the negative effects of the pandemic on its business. These might just help Sunrun maintain its performance in the upcoming quarters.”

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  • Zhan
    April 14, 2020 13:02:13

    Stay away from Sunrun! It is the worst company that I had to deal with! I’ve been trying to get them to visit my property in order to fix the display on the panel for past 3 months! I’ve done everything they asked me including pictures and videos of the panel! The panel is making loud clicking noise that radiates inside the house and I’m being told it’s normal! The panels are dirty and they are supposed to wash it, however I’m being told that it’s producing it’s KW! Absolutely do not buy property that has a lease with Sunrun because they will have you sign a form that basically says I can’t sue! At this point I’m looking for a lawyer to take over as it’s pointless dealing with Sunrun! Save yourselves the headache and stay away from Sunrun!!!