Sunrun opens new design engineering center in California

Leading residential solar company Sunrun has opened a new solar design engineering center in the Southern California city of Irvine.

The new center will create customized system designs for residential solar customers across the country.

Sunrun said the facility would be an “important resource for meeting consumer demand for solar.” The design center will use data from homeowners who decide to purchase home solar installations to customize systems for their personal energy needs and savings goals. The San Francisco-based company is employing its Sunrun BrightPath, an end-to-end automated software platform for managing home solar projects that helps customers select hardware, pricing, scheduling, permitting and installation services.

"There is increasing consumer demand for home solar as more Americans look for cleaner and more affordable energy solutions," said Ethan Miller, Sunrun’s senior vice president of operations. Miller added that the design center demonstrated “Sunrun’s focus on simplifying the process of going solar, which ultimately leads to a better customer experience."

On hand for a ribbon cutting event on Wednesday, Irvine Mayor Steven Choi expressed his support for the new facility: "We strive to attract companies that are leading the way into the future."

More solar job creation for California

Sunrun said the center will create at least 50 new permanent jobs in the city this year. According to the recently released Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2014, the solar industry has been adding jobs at a rate 20 times faster than the overall economy. In 2014, one out of every 78 new jobs was created by the solar industry. More than 54,000 California residents currently work at solar companies, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.