Sunrun today announced support for an industry-led initiative known as Green Button, inspired by a White House call to action. Green Button makes home electricity consumption patterns easier to understand by allowing homeowners to download detailed usage data in a simple, standardized format. Sunrun can use Green Button data to size home solar systems more accurately and quantify the financial value of solar once a system is installed.
“The uniform availability of consumption data allows homeowners to easily assess the value of going solar,” said Sunrun Director of Business Development Ethan Sprague. “Similar to the way we can see how many cellphone minutes we’ve used at any given time to choose an appropriate phone plan, Green Button lets families see what the right solar plan is for them and how much value they’ll get out of it.”
Green Button helps homeowners make more informed decisions about where they get their power from and what the financial impact will be.
Sunrun estimates the promise of Green Button, combined with new finance models and streamlining efforts like uniform solar permitting processes, can remove 60 percent of the solar “hassle factor” that homeowners face today. With advancements such as allowing consumers to transmit data directly to third-party providers, Sunrun anticipates integrating Green Button data directly into its software to continue to improve the entire customer experience.
This week the White House announced nine additional utilities have committed to adopting Green Button capability on their Web sites. These commitments bring the total to more than 15 utilities across California, Texas, New England, the Midwest and the Mid Atlantic, covering more than 27 million households.