Have your kids been forgetting to turn the lights off at night? Have you had that air-conditioner running non-stop since the temperature hit 70 degrees back in April? Does your heart race and your hands tremble each time you find the PG&E bill in your mailbox?
If so, then you may be in for a huge stroke of good luck. SunRun, a San Francisco-based solar company, is holding a “Battle of the Bills” contest, where the California resident with the highest June electricity bill will receive 20 years of free solar power.
“Even though solar makes economic sense for more and more Americans, we find that a lot of people still don’t consider it,” said SunRun Vice President of Marketing Bill Stewart, adding that the contest is a way to raise awareness of the cost-savings that switching to solar can provide.
The current California residential solar market offers homeowners several options; buying their own solar system, leasing one, or pooling together with their neighbors and getting what you’d call a green group discount.
The renewable energy purveyors at SunRun offer what is known as a “purchase power agreement,” which means that while SunRun still owns the solar panels, they also take care of any necessary maintenance or repairs. The homeowner then pays a fixed rate for the solar panel produced juice over a 20-year contract. In most cases, the costs are less than what they were previously paying.
“Our growth is tremendous, especially in California,” said SunRun co-founder Lynn Jurich. “Buying power instead of panels is becoming the more popular and trusted option.”
When was the last time you wanted to see a huge energy bill? And with luck, you may never have to see another one again, or at least for the next 20-years. The Battle of the Bills contest runs until Friday, August 12. If you think you stand a chance, get a copy of that June bill over to SunRun.