Freed from its solar panel manufacturing side after splitting from Maxeon, SunPower is looking to significantly expand its SunPower Residential Installation (SPRI) program this year. SunPower plans to launch SPRI presence in seven new markets across six states by the end of Q2 2021. In the first quarter, SunPower will launch SPRI in: Tucson, Ariz.,;Fresno and the Greater Central Valley, Calif.; Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Later this year it will launch in Denver Colo., Raleigh, N.C., and the DC Metro Area. The company plans to hire more than 300 field technicians across these cities in 2021 and to complete twice as many installs year over year.
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“With SPRI we are increasing the size of the solar category by enabling entrepreneurs to create sales and marketing-focused solar businesses,” said Tony Garzolini, VP of Sales at SunPower. “Our strong installing dealer network continues to be the foundation we rely on, but you no longer have to own construction equipment and manage a customer support team to be a part of this incredibly exciting industry.”
What is it? SPRI enables local companies and entrepreneurs to create or expand their solar energy companies without the complex and asset-heavy roles often associated with a traditional solar dealer business. With SPRI, sales organizations and small businesses can focus on marketing and selling solar while SunPower manages the entire process of rooftop installation, maintenance and repair, customer service, and warranty. This structure lowers the barrier-to-entry for those that want to enter the fast-growing renewable energy sector, provides new channels for SunPower to meet the demand of its rapidly growing customer base, and gives homeowners more options when buying solar.
Organizations that work with SPRI are part of SunPower’s Non-Installing Dealer network. Non-Installing Dealers get access to the industry’s most advanced platform to market, present, design and sell SunPower systems to homeowners. SunPower’s turnkey software enables non-installing dealers to customize each project from panel placement to financing options.SunPower