SunPower has announced that it is expanding its SunPower residential installation (SPRI) business across six states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, and North Carolina. The expansion comes as demand for solar has increased across the nation.
SunPower plans to launch its SPRI presence in seven new markets in these six states by the end of the second quarter this year. SPRI helps other companies and entrepreneurs to create or expand their solar energy companies without the complications that are typically associated with a traditional solar dealer business. Sales organizations and small businesses can focus on marketing and selling solar while SunPower manages the entire process of the technical stuff — rooftop installation, maintenance and repair, customer service, and warranty.
This new setup will lower the barrier-to-entry for those who want to enter the renewable energy sector. It provides new channels for SunPower to meet the demand of its growing customer base. It also gives homeowners more options when buying solar.
Companies and organizations that work with SPRI become a part of SunPower’s Non-Installing Dealer network. This network gives its members access to what SunPower noted is the industry’s most advanced platform to market, present, design, and sell its systems to homeowners. Its software allows non-installing dealers to customize each project from panel placement to financing options.
SunPower’s Vice President of Sales, Tony Garzolini, wrote in a statement about how SunPower is increasing the size of the solar category. “With SPRI we are increasing the size of the solar category by enabling entrepreneurs to create sales and marketing-focused solar businesses,” he said. “Our strong installing dealer network continues to be the foundation we rely on, but you no longer have to own construction equipment and manage a customer support team to be a part of this incredibly exciting industry.”
SunPower’s SPRI Launching Goals
In the first quarter of 2021, SunPower plans to launch SPRI in three states. These are Tucson, AZ, Fresno and the Greater Central Valley, CA, and Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Later this year, SunPower will launch in Denver, CO, Raleigh, NC, and the DC Metro Area. Along with the launch goals, SunPower will hire over 300 field technicians across these cities and aims to completed double the amount of installs year over year.