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SFUN: Solar For Universal Need

By: sungevity, 11:41 PM GMT on April 26, 2012

If you're reading this, you have access to electricity. High five, that is a wonderful thing! Unfortunately, hundreds of millions of people in the world don't. Electricity to most of us who have it is a matter of comfort -- it means cold beers, hot showers, and infinite youtube videos of cats. (Rock on, piano kitty)


To those who don't have it, access to electricity means something a little bit different. It means proper education because children can do homework at night. It means better eyes and lungs because it replaces burning kerosene. It means access to information and media like radio, television and internet, and lets citizens be politically involved.


There is a universal need for electricity but a fundamental lack of access. Grids are expensive and difficult to build in rural areas, especially in developing countries. But all those places where grids can't reach get touched by sunshine. Could solar be the solution? A growing number of for-profit businesses are saying yes.


Eigth19 is one such business, and its product IndiGo is providing Solar For Universal Need. Their product is a solar panel and light kit that customers pay a little upfront for ($10), and then just $1/week for the electricity it produces. Going solar with IndiGo saves customers money, it is cleaner, and it is more effective than the kerosene they would alternatively use. And it's pay-as-you-go, like Sungevity's Solar Lease -- so you don't have to buy the expensive equipment outright, but rather get to pay it off as you use it, and experience the savings in real time without waiting years to see a return on investment.

Eight19 Samuel Kimani in Mwiki, KenyaEight19 Samuel Kimani in Mwiki, Kenya (Photo: Eight19 Ltd)

There is a universal need for solar. Sungevity is spreading it to homes in the United States, Europe, and Australia, and we love companies that spread it to the developing world. SFUN is serious business -- but when it comes down to it, solar is just fun plain fun too! Who doesn't love sunshine!?


Eight19, we salute you. Shine on!


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How We Do It

By: sungevity, 8:27 PM GMT on April 23, 2012

You probably already know that solar energy works, is right here right now, and is already helping thousands of people save money and the environment. You might also have heard that Sungevity is leading the way by doing everything imaginable to make it easy, affordable and fun for families to power their lives with sunshine. In fact, you might have already gone solar yourself! But – you may not know exactly how we do it.

We made this picture to show how we spread sunshine, and to help you explain it to your friends. We hope you like it!

Updated: 8:27 PM GMT on April 23, 2012


Our iQuote’s Fresh New Feel (Just in time for Spring!)

By: sungevity, 8:26 PM GMT on April 23, 2012

Sungevity revolutionized solar with the iQuote. We built it to be an instant, internet-based, interactive solar quote that would use satellite imagery to show a picture of your house with solar on it. All of this, produced for free in under a day. We knew that if solar were going to spread it would need to be fun and engaging to learn about, be easy, and above all, not take much time. We built it for you.

And you responded! Thousands upon thousands of you have requested iQuotes and shown your friends what your homes would look like if you powered your lives with sunshine. You have played with the sliders to see how much money you would save if you went solar. And you’ve marveled at how many trees worth of carbon your solar system would offset.

The iQuote changed everything. And to herald in the start of Spring week we made it even better. We gave it a slick new look and a bunch of new features, made it easier to use, and more fun to share. Most importantly, the things you told us you loved are still front and center: your house gone solar, the trees planted, and the money savings.

Go to to request an iQuote and see it for yourself!

Updated: 8:28 PM GMT on April 23, 2012


Sungevity Receives Bike-Friendly Business Award (ring-ring!)

By: sungevity, 8:25 PM GMT on April 23, 2012

The East Bay Bicycle Coalition just awarded us the Bike-Friendly Business Award! Here’s what they say: “How has Sungevity created such a bike-friendly environment? We heard from dozens of Sungevity employees and many spoke to the company culture where biking is an integral part of a solar-powered, human-powered, “no fossil-fuel” mission. And Sungevity gets the infrastructure piece right too. The company provides a 1,200 square foot bike room with enough room for 20% of employees to park at any one time, with showers. Sungevity also encourages their employees to bike through awards where winning teams get to give $500 to a charity of their choice, Taco Bike lunch days, and bike commute lunchtime workshops. One employee reported that he has biked to work at Sungevity over 400 consecutive workdays. That may be a record!”

Check out our very own Joshua Resneck riding the Orange Bike to victory!

Congratulations to our fellow bike lovers at SunPower and Arbor Cafe who were also recognized for their two-wheeled affection. Ride on!


Solar University

By: sungevity, 8:24 PM GMT on April 23, 2012

ASU is breaking ground as the most solar university in the United States, covering just about everything the brutal desert sun hits with electricity-harvesting silicon cells. And we mean everything — buildings, parking lots, classrooms — even students’ faces! All right, maybe not quite that far.

Artist’s impression of what Face Solar would look like

It’s quite impressive — almost 30% of ASU’s daytime power needs are from sunlight now! They get it. While universities only account for 3% of the United States’ electricity consumption, they account for 100% of the United States’ higher-educated students who will inherit this world and have to fix its problems.


Tough Choice: Sell beef jerky, or cookie dough, or Solar?

By: sungevity, 8:22 PM GMT on April 23, 2012

Cookies, walk-a-thons, dance-a-thons, calendar sales…and solar? Since January 2011, has been injecting SFUN into non-profit fundraising campaigns everywhere. Over the past 14 months, we have helped raise almost $400,000 for non-profits and schools…that’s the equivalent of saving over 32,000 metric tons of carbon! Forget bake sales and telethons…when an organization’s member goes solar with Sungevity he or she gets $750, and the organization does too! It’s a win-win-win for the organization, the member, and the planet!

We just re-launched to make it even easier for non-profits to raise funds through spreading sunshine. As a mission-based company, we see eye-to-eye with organizations that strive to make the world a better place. We know resources at non-profits are precious, so we provide the tools to raise money without taking time from the noble causes these organizations are trying to help. Check it out, and see how some of our partners, like Green America and Amazon Watch, have helped their members power their lives with sunshine AND raise funds to support their good works.

It makes shaking our sales maracas so much sweeter.


Mark Ruffalo on Colbert on Solar on Fire!

By: sungevity, 8:21 PM GMT on April 23, 2012

We’d like to give a shout-out to our wonderful customer Mark Ruffalo, who was amazing in his interview with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night! They got heated up about issues like how fracking is poisoning American families homes, how to reach energy independence, and ways to embrace the renewable future.

Mark walked the walk by going solar with us last year and now has a beautiful 14 kW system in his back yard. Shine on, Mark!


Social Venture Network: Sungevity

By: sungevity, 8:20 PM GMT on April 23, 2012

Our founder Danny Kennedy talks with SVN about the economic inevitability of solar. Go Danny!

“Sungevity aims to help drive the transition to solar with what it calls “a rooftop revolution” over the next 10 years. Kennedy describes this as “getting as many people engaged in solar lifestyles as possible so they experience the benefits of it, they get the savings, and understand that it works and therefore they become advocates and evangelists for solar uptake.”

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What Do You Love?

By: sungevity, 8:18 PM GMT on April 23, 2012

We love solar. That’s why we do what we do. It’s why we strive to make it possible for everyone to power their lives with sunshine. We believe it will create a brighter, cleaner, more independent future, and we thrive on making that future happen today.

We love ‘solar’, but what does that mean? Do we love silicon chips? Copper wires? Aluminium racking? Inverters? Of course — there are definitely some of us at Sungevity who do! But all of us love what solar does, what it represents, and what it enables, not just what it is.

Solar allows us to be independent and free. It allows us to take control of our lives and demand better. It allows us to spend our hard-earned dough on things we love, like family beach vacations and kids’ ballet lessons, instead of just keeping the lights on. Solar is a way of life – because it lets us live life to the fullest. Getting solar panels on our roofs isn’t the end of the journey. It’s the beginning. The beginning of doing what we love, with the people we love, more.

Sungevity was built on that dream. Live life more. We won’t have to worry about air-con in summer and fret over heating in winter. We can focus on what matters: snuggling with hot cups of cocoa around a storybook, splashing in the pool with cool ice pops, and living our lives surrounded by radiant smiles and boundless sun.

We started a Pinterest page to share all the things we love about life. From delicious home-cooked meals to the most beautiful beaches on earth, you’ll find it all on our Pinterest at We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Sungevity is about so much more than solar. It’s about your life. Go live it – and shine on!



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