E.ON UK and Sungevity, Inc. a leader in the international solar market, announced yesterday a new ‘Go Solar’ regional program in the UK, offering customers solar panel systems for their homes. This marks the third country in which the two companies have joined forces, following their successful launches in the Netherlands in 2014 and in Germany earlier this year.
Go Solar includes Sungevity’s 20-year ‘SunSure’ guarantee which reassures customers that if their solar panel system doesn’t produce at least 95 percent of the electricity quoted, they’ll receive a payment to help cover the shortfall over the 20 years.
The Go Solar program will first be piloted in the Midlands and the North of England and is expected to expand to other regions in the future. The collaboration between the two companies looks to build on the country’s developing solar market. According to a report by Solar Power Europe, Britain led the European solar expansion in 2014, adding 2.4 GW of solar resources to the domestic market and a third to Europe’s overall 7 GW of growth.
Go Solar customers will also reap the benefits of Sungevity’s remote solar design software and proprietary iQuote technology which uses satellite and aerial imagery to provide customers with an accurate system design and quote without the need for upfront home visits. Quotes include estimated cost savings over conventional energy sources based on historical consumption rates. The easily accessible online model also enables customers to monitor the performance of their systems 24 hours a day.
Susana Quintana-Plaza, Senior Vice President Technology & Innovation at E.ON said:
“This is an exciting opportunity for E.ON to enter the residential PV market with a unique solution. It very much fits our strategic aims in terms of customer focus and the potential for home-based renewables. Customers will be offered an innovative and high quality service backed by our established and trusted brand.”
In 2014 E.ON UK’s parent company, E.ON SE, participated in a $70 million investment round for Sungevity. E.ON then announced its collaboration with Sungevity in the Netherlands in June 2014 and Germany in May 2015. The collaboration in the UK is in line with E.ON’s strategy to offer customers innovative energy solutions, and further demonstrates its commitment to investing in technology and innovation to ensure customers are able to save energy and money in the future.
Andrew Birch, CEO, Sungevity, Inc. said:
“Our UK expansion is a prime example of how a global utility and solar provider can work collaboratively to change the energy landscape across the world. Extending our alliance with E.ON to the UK is another key step toward enabling a more sustainable global future for generations to come.”
To find out more about Go Solar and to apply, visit eonenergy.com/solarpanels.