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Everything you need to know about SolarCity

Everything you need to know about SolarCity

SolarCity was founded in July 2006 by brothers Lyndon Rive and Peter Rive based on a suggestion for a solar company concept by their cousin, Elon Musk. The company has become increasingly more well known as solar energy became more popular, with 6,200 megawatts of solar energy installed in the U.S. in 2014, compared to 440 megawatts in 2009. In 2014 and 2015 Solar City became more diversified with the aim of lowering costs and boosting sales. It is also one of the founding members of The Alliance for Solar Choice, a rooftop photovoltaic power station solar advocacy organisation.

  SolarCity has been the leading provider of residential solar power in California since 2007, its first full year of operation. It was also the number one residential solar installer in the U.S. in 2013, according to GTM Research and in the same year it was listed as the number 2 overall solar installation company in the U.S. by Solar Power World magazine.

SolarCity is America’s largest solar power provider and serves more than 275,000 customers across 19 states, with someone switching to them every three minutes. The company oversees the entire solar panel installation and provides a point of contact should anything go wrong once they are fitted.

SolarCity’s engineers complete a structural analysis for customer’s homes, providing design and electrical blueprints. The solar panels are designed around this so each system is tailored to the specific architecture and electrical needs.

Solar panel installation is done by SolarCity’s team of installers, who have installed tens of thousands of residential solar power systems across the country. Supervisors are NABCEP- certified, the highest certificate available, and they only use the highest quality solar panels, equipment and hardware.

SolarCity’s Zep solar panels include low impact mounting technology; integrated front skirts that contour to the roof to protect it from hard weather; redirected plumbing vents to ensure correct panel placement and have no top clamps or rail ends with jagged edges, to ensure a smooth surface and that mounting hardware is hidden from view. After solar panel installation, an inspection is scheduled to make sure the installation conforms to local regulations.

 Solar project management is looked after by an in-house customer account management team who plan out the installation process and coordinate all team members, including the engineering design team, installation crew and external city and utility inspectors. They also keep the customer informed of project status and in addition to this, every customer is given an online account where they can check the project status at any time.

 SolarCity has a five-step process to buying solar energy: a solar consultation where SolarCity discusses if solar energy is the right step for that particular customer, depending on energy usage and the roof of the house. The customer will then sign an agreement to secure the solar energy cost for the next 20 years and discuss guarantees and warranties. The solar panels are then designed to fit with the needs of the customer and their home. The panels are then fitted, and most solar panel installations will only take a day. The solar panels are then ready to be used.  

Currently, SolarCity has 13,000 employees. Its CEO is Lyndon Rive; the CTO is Peter Rive and Chairman is Elon Musk. SolarCity is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and provides service to other areas of the U.S. with local operations centres. SolarCity currently operates in 20 places, including Hawaii, the District of Columbia and 18 other states on the West Coast, the southwest and northeast.

SolarCity was founded in July 2006 by brothers Lyndon Rive and Peter Rive based on a suggestion for a solar company concept by their cousin, Elon Musk. The company has become increasingly more well known as solar energy became more popular, with 6,200 megawatts of solar energy installed in the U.S. in 2014, compared to 440 megawatts in 2009. In 2014 and 2015 Solar City became more diversified with the aim of lowering costs and boosting sales. It is also one of the founding members of The Alliance for Solar Choice, a rooftop photovoltaic power station solar advocacy organisation.

  SolarCity has been the leading provider of residential solar power in California since 2007, its first full year of operation. It was also the number one residential solar installer in the U.S. in 2013, according to GTM Research and in the same year it was listed as the number 2 overall solar installation company in the U.S. by Solar Power World magazine.

SolarCity is America’s largest solar power provider and serves more than 275,000 customers across 19 states, with someone switching to them every three minutes. The company oversees the entire solar panel installation and provides a point of contact should anything go wrong once they are fitted.

SolarCity’s engineers complete a structural analysis for customer’s homes, providing design and electrical blueprints. The solar panels are designed around this so each system is tailored to the specific architecture and electrical needs.

Solar panel installation is done by SolarCity’s team of installers, who have installed tens of thousands of residential solar power systems across the country. Supervisors are NABCEP- certified, the highest certificate available, and they only use the highest quality solar panels, equipment and hardware.

SolarCity’s Zep solar panels include low impact mounting technology; integrated front skirts that contour to the roof to protect it from hard weather; redirected plumbing vents to ensure correct panel placement and have no top clamps or rail ends with jagged edges, to ensure a smooth surface and that mounting hardware is hidden from view. After solar panel installation, an inspection is scheduled to make sure the installation conforms to local regulations.

 Solar project management is looked after by an in-house customer account management team who plan out the installation process and coordinate all team members, including the engineering design team, installation crew and external city and utility inspectors. They also keep the customer informed of project status and in addition to this, every customer is given an online account where they can check the project status at any time.

 SolarCity has a five-step process to buying solar energy: a solar consultation where SolarCity discusses if solar energy is the right step for that particular customer, depending on energy usage and the roof of the house. The customer will then sign an agreement to secure the solar energy cost for the next 20 years and discuss guarantees and warranties. The solar panels are then designed to fit with the needs of the customer and their home. The panels are then fitted, and most solar panel installations will only take a day. The solar panels are then ready to be used.  

Currently, SolarCity has 13,000 employees. Its CEO is Lyndon Rive; the CTO is Peter Rive and Chairman is Elon Musk. SolarCity is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and provides service to other areas of the U.S. with local operations centres. SolarCity currently operates in 20 places, including Hawaii, the District of Columbia and 18 other states on the West Coast, the southwest and northeast.

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