Solar panels just broke another record in the U.S.

With over 135,000 installations in the first half of 2015, nearly 784,000 U.S. homes and businesses have now gone solar and a new solar project was installed every 2 minutes.
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So, you've decided to look in to solar a little more. But how do you begin the solar process? Just a few minutes on the phone with one of our experienced consultants is all it takes to start going solar. If your home is a good match, we'll quickly provide a free, customized quote and diagram of your new system. But if it's not, we'll tell you that, too. We'll only begin the solar panel process and install a system if we think we can save you money. Most customers save 20% on their electric bills.

Before your new panels go in and you officially start going solar, we'll come to your home and review your current bill, learn all about your energy needs, and customize a precision system tailored just for you. Together we'll select your panels, determine the best payment plan and begin the solar process, including whether it's best to buy or lease. When you're ready, just sign the agreement to lock in low energy costs for the next 20 years

Solar energy FAQs

How much does solar energy cost?

Today, solar costs less than traditional electricity in many markets. We can install your system for $0 upfront cost, and you can pay less every month for clean, abundant solar energy than you do to your utility company.

How will solar panels look on my roof?

In a word: fabulous. Our modern, low-profile design and premium front trim integrate elegantly into your roof. It's a look that never goes out of style.

How does solar power work?

Our panels capture the sun's energy, channel it through discreetly placed wires to an inverter, where it's converted to electricity to power your home. When your solar power system produces more power than you need, it feeds the power back into the electricity grid.

What's the environmental impact and benefit of solar energy?

It's big: the average SolarCity solar power system will offset 178 tons of CO2 over 30 years. That's like avoiding 390,300 miles driven, planting 10 football fields full of trees or eliminating 174,907 pounds of burned coal.

What if I want to sell my solar home?

We get it. You might not stay in your home for the next 20-30 years. And that's okay. If you move, we'll be there to help transfer your solar power system's contract to the new owners.


After your sign your Sunrun agreement, you're ready for solar installation. Now the real fun begins! The best part? You don't have to lift a finger because we take care of everything from scheduling to submitting permits, to working with the city, and securing those big, beautiful panels to your roof. Naturally you'll have questions, and we'll be right there with you answering them every step of the way. Here's what you can expect:

Site Assessment

A technician will visit you in your home to confirm your system design, verify measurements, and adjust for shade and obstructions on your roof. Timing: 1-2 weeks

Design Approval

Following site evaluation, our solar design experts will make any necessary adjustments and email you for final approval. Timing: 1-3 weeks


Once you give the green light we'll submit your design to the city for permitting. The timing now depends on how quickly local government works and can take up to eight weeks. Timing: 2-8 weeks


After your permit is granted we'll get to work placing those gorgeous new panels on the roof! Learn more about solar panel installation and see what happens during an installationTiming: 2-5 days

City/County Inspections

When construction is finished, the city or county will do a final inspection before your system can be connected to the grid. Timing: 1-4 weeks

Utility Interconnection

Now you're in the home stretch. We'll submit your documents to the utility company and they'll install a net meter allowing Sunrun to track how much solar electricity you produce and use. Timing: 3-6 weeks

Power Up and Start Saving

When the utility company grants Permission to Operate, that means you're free to flip the switch and start generating clean, affordable, money-saving energy right from your roof. Congratulations, you're in!


Utility rates tend to rise unpredictably in many markets all over the country. Thanks to innovations in solar technology and financing, it's now more affordable for homeowners to switch to solar power.

  • Start saving with $0 down.

  • Get predictable energy rates for years to come.
  • Earn referral rewards with Solar Ambassador.
  • Save more money for the things you care about.

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Lower electricity bills.

Utility costs tend to rise every year. Switching to solar lets you lock in utility rates for the length of your contract, something no utility company can do.

No upfront costs.

Just pay for clean, affordable energy that you can produce on your own roof. Our financing options all include a $0-down option for switching to solar.

Big environmental impact.

Solar panel systems derive clean, pure energy from the power of the sun. Installing a system on your home helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our dependence on fossil fuels.

The latest technology.

Our MySolarCity app gives you insight into your electricity production and usage, in realtime. Discover new ways to conserve energy, upload photos of your stylish solar panels and spread the good solar word.

We've got you covered.

SolarCity will design a custom solar panel system for your home. We install our own panels and then offer 24/7 system monitoring once you turn your system on.

Limitless potential.

For every megawatt of solar power SolarCity installs, our GivePower foundation will donate a solar power system and battery to a school without electricity.

Want to know how much you can save by going solar?

Going solar has the potential to save your business or organization serious money.

Our Plans

You don't have to purchase the system in order to go solar. Sunrun offers the option to go solar through a lease or PPA. Sunrun owns and monitors the system, and you simply pay for the power it produces.