E.On UK and Sungevity Inc. launched a new “Go Solar” regional program in the U.K., 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 energy 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.
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.
Go Solar customers will benefit from:
· Remote assessments: the latest online technology is used to assess whether a customer can benefit from having residential solar panel systems installed using satellite and aerial imagery to remotely assess the customer's property, without the need for an initial onsite assessment;
· Remote design service: customers are offered a remote design service which allows them to see how the panels will look on their homes prior to installation, as well as a quote tailored to their individual energy and property requirements;
· Online tools: customers will have access to free online tools to help them effectively monitor the performance of their system, anytime and anywhere;
· Single online point of contact: customers will have a dedicated Online Account Manager throughout the assessment, installation and post-installation process.
The Go Solar program is currently available to consumers in the Midlands and the North of England.