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How Sungevity Could Be A Solar Survivor

August 24, 2016
Sungevity’s asset-light, customizable approach is a lone ray of hope in a dreary industry.

Sungevity, a Solar Panel Provider, to Go Public in Merger

June 29, 2016
Sungevity, one of the leading national providers of rooftop solar panels, plans to merge with an asset management firm to become a publicly traded company, executives said Wednesday.

Viridian Divorces SolarCity, Partners With Sungevity

September 14, 2015
Sungevity has lined up Viridian Energy, a retail electricity seller who is foregoing its partnership with SolarCity, to help sell solar energy systems for residential customers, the companies said Monday.

EON to Expand Solar Sales in Germany in Tie-Up With Sungevity

May 12, 2015
EON SE plans to expand sales of solar panels in Germany to profit from the nation’s unprecedented shift toward renewable power.
The utility will team up with U.S. rooftop-solar developer Sungevity Inc. to target customers in Munich and Berlin, before extending sales farther afield, the companies said Monday in an e-mailed statement.

The Battery Age begins: Sungevity pairs home solar with batteries

April 29, 2015
The race to put a battery in every basement has begun.

Oakland solar company Sungevity said Wednesday that it will offer its customers a home battery system to store electricity from their rooftop solar arrays. Germany’s Sonnenbatterie will supply the batteries.

Sungevity outpaces its own expectations for hiring

April 23, 2015
Sungevity Inc. is growing faster in Kansas City than it anticipated. On Thursday, the Oakland, Calif. solar power company showed off its new sales and customer service center space in the City Center Square building in downtown Kansas City. Since announcing plans to set up an office in Kansas City in November, the company has hired 103 of the roughly 600 employees it plans to hire in coming years.

81% of Parents Want Solar-Powered Homes

April 16, 2015
A new survey from Sungevity shows that the overwhelming majority of parents—81 percent—plans to live in a solar powered home. Moreover, it found that 88 percent of parents thought teaching their children about clean energy is as important as teaching them about good manners.

Startup Led by UNC Grad Bringing Solar Services to Consumers' Rooftops

February 17, 2015
Is solar power a viable way for you and your family to capitalize the the potential of renewable energy? A six-year-old venture expanding to North Carolina this week hopes so.

Sungevity Shines on with Office Build, Hiring Spree

January 6, 2015
A California-based solar power company that aims to create nearly 600 jobs in Kansas City is quickly settling into its new downtown digs.

Solar Company Sungevity Raises $1.5 Million For Nonprofit Partners

July 23, 2014
Sungevity, Inc., a company created to allow homeowners to design their own solar power systems through an online process, announced Wednesday that they had reached a key milestone with their nonprofit partners.

Can Sungevity Win Solar Customers With Rooftop Imagery and Data?

July 9, 2014
Sungevity claims its improved software can generate an accurate residential solar installation quote and image based on just a street address and a customer's electric bill. The aim is to eliminate the time and cost of home visits in the design and pricing of residential solar installations.

Sungevity shows how solar panels will look on your house

July 9, 2014
If you have a house in the Bay Area, Sungevity has a 3-D model of your home sitting in its computer servers, along with designs for solar panels on the roof.

European Utility Picks Oakland’s Sungevity to Sell Solar

June 3, 2014
E.ON Benelux, a division of one of the world’s biggest utility companies, today announced it would partner with Oakland’s Sungevity to offer rooftop solar to its customers in the Netherlands.

Eleven Companies Considered Best For The Environment

April 22, 2014
Tied for eighth place are two solar companies, Sungevity in Oakland, CA, which bills itself as the nation’s fastest-growing residential solar company, and Namasté Solar, an employee-owned company in Boulder, CO that also produces and installs home solar systems in addition to systems for businesses and government offices.

$70 Million More For Sungevity, Via E.ON, GE Ventures, & Others

April 11, 2014
Sungevity has just raised $70 million in new equity financing, with cash coming from new as well as existing investors. Jetstream Ventures, E.ON, and GE Ventures are some of the big investors in this round.

What E.ON And Other Energy Firms Want: Solar Investments

April 4, 2014
Sungevity, a venture-backed residential solar company in California, said Friday that it recently raised $70 million in equity. But that’s not the most interesting part of the announcement.

40 under 40: Class of 2014

February 28, 2014
The Bay Area is known for its young, talented entrepreneurs. Each year it is a challenge to sift through them and select just 40 of the best and brightest to honor in our Forty under 40 publication.

Solar Industry Jump-Starts a Revival in California

February 25, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. — Back in 2009, when Danny Kennedy was looking for office space for the fast-growing solar services company he had co-founded, his venture capital investors recommended setting up shop in one of the “Twitterville kinds of areas” south of Market Street in San Francisco.

American-made solar panels are being installed on the White House

August 15, 2013
After years of urging by climate change activists and the solar industry, the White House confirmed Thursday that American-made solar panels are being installed on the first family's residence, the first time that solar panels have adorned the iconic building in 25 years. Environmentalists and solar advocates applauded the move.

Rolling Stone: Solar Mavericks

April 11, 2013
Longtime activist Danny Kennedy nearly died from malaria while documenting the abuses of oil companies in Papua New Guinea and has gotten himself arrested on three continents. Now, he's teamed up with former investment banker and BP Solar executive Andrew Birch to reinvent the home solar-energy business.

Bloomberg: Environmental Groups Reap as Solar Leasing Gains Houses

March 27, 2013
Non-profit groups including the Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society are raising funds by promoting rooftop solar panels installed by Sungevity Inc., a marketing model that may become more common as U.S. residential installations accelerate.

Solar On White House? First Dog Bo Says Make It So!

January 18, 2013
The Obama administration said in October 2010 that solar panels would be going up on the roof of the White House. But remarkably for an administration that has done so much to promote solar development around the country, it hasn’t happened yet. Now the home solar company Sungevity is using the occasion of the president’s upcoming second-term inauguration to encourage citizens to push the president to finally get the job done.

Sungevity Receives $125 Million for Rooftop Solar Power Systems

January 16, 2013
Sungevity Inc., a closely held developer of rooftop solar systems, received $125 million in venture capital and project financing to expand its U.S. leasing service.

California Solar Installer Sungevity Raises $125 Million

January 16, 2013
California solar installer Sungevity said Wednesday that it has raised $40 million in venture funding as well as an $85 million fund to finance residential photovoltaic installations.

Oakland-based Sungevity raises $125 million

January 16, 2013
Sungevity, an Oakland-based solar energy company, is set to announce Wednesday that it has raised $125 million, its largest funding round to date.

Looming Trade War Shakes Up U.S. Solar Industry

November 2, 2012
Talk to anyone in the solar industry and they’ll tell you: it’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times. Solar installations are booming, but there’s also a looming trade war with China. Citing illegal subsidies, U.S. officials have placed trade tariffs on Chinese solar panels. American solar companies are split on whether it will be good or bad for the industry.

Book Review: 'Rooftop Revolution' A Valuable Primer For Rooftop Solar

October 3, 2012
Danny Kennedy is a cheerleader, and he doesn't try to hide it. The founder and President of the Oakland-based solar leasing firm Sungevity, Kennedy is on a mission: to turn people on to rooftop solar, either with his company or not. Sure, he'd like to turn a profit, but his main goal -- and Sungevity's real business plan -- is less pedestrian. They plan to save the world from fossil fuels.

Danny Kennedy and Sungevity: Solar Power Is Here

September 4, 2012
In California, one of the states hit hardest by the Great Recession, Danny Kennedy is working to spur growth and innovation by casting light on an often-misunderstood industry: solar energy.

The New York Times: The Secret to Solar Power

August 9, 2012
Most mornings, Danny Kennedy hops on a bike with orange saddlebags and rides half an hour from his home to Oakland’s Jack London Square. He makes for quite a picture cruising down Telegraph Avenue, decked out as he often is in an orange helmet, orange jacket and orange leather Adidas shoes.

Hack The Sun

June 19, 2012
Lock 50 solar tech enthusiasts and coders in an office for a weekend, pump them full of energy drinks and you won’t end up with a better photovoltaic panel but you will get a set of mobile apps designed to put more of those panels on rooftops. That was the idea behind the first Solar Hackathon held recently at the bayside headquarters of Sungevity, an Oakland, Calif.-based solar installer.

HuffPost Green: Solar Leasing Companies Head Eastward: Popsicle, Anyone?

July 26, 2011
"We've got to make solar feel simpler than people see it today," says Patrick Crane, the chief marketing officer for the California-based solar leasing outfit Sungevity. Is the solution a free popsicle?

BNet: How Big Box Retailers Can Move Solar Power Into the Homeowner Mainstream

May 18, 2011
Home improvement giant Lowe's (LOW) and solar installation and financing company Sungevity have made a remarkable discovery: Homeowners still view solar as a fringe energy source. You don't say. But what's new here is what they plan to do about it.

HuffPost Green: Sungevity, Lowe's Cut Deal To Bring Solar To The Masses

May 16, 2011
The California-based solar leasing firm Sungevity announced a deal on Monday with home improvement giant Lowe's that could make obtaining a personalized estimate for installing solar panels a push-button affair at Lowe's outlets.

National Public Radio: Why buy a solar panel when you can lease it?

March 5, 2011
The solar power industry is advancing rapidly in neighborhoods across the country. But it's not sales, necessarily. The fastest growing part of the business is in leasing solar panels to homeowners, instead of selling them. Solar lease companies expect to double their business this year.

Forbes: Why Sungevity's New Hire From LinkedIn is No Surprise

February 23, 2011
Solar power installer, Sungevity, announced today that Patrick Crane, former VP at the social networking giant LinkedIn, has joined the California-based company as its chief marketing officer (CMO).

Silicon Valley Business Journal: SunPower exec named Sungevity CFO

February 3, 2011
Residential solar installation company Sungevity Inc. on Thursday named Mac Irvin chief financial officer. Irvin was most recently managing director of structured finance and business development for San Jose-based SunPower Corp.

Ecorazzi: Cate Blanchett’s Solar Investment Paying Off

December 15, 2010
Sungevity, a rapidly growing three-year-old California solar installer, announced today that it has raised $15 million in a new round of funding. That’s enough to allow the company to expand operations and start targeting the east coast. States like New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are part of six on the radar. Cate Blanchett was an original primary investor when the startup launched in April 2008; helmed by fellow Australian, activist Danny Kennedy.

Reuters: Sungevity raises $15 million to grow Internet-based rooftop solar leasing

December 15, 2010
Solar financing startup Sungevity has raised $15 million in a third round of financing to put more solar panels on rooftops by leasing or selling the systems to homeowners.

Greentech Media: Sungevity gets $15 Million to Go Nationwide

December 14, 2010
In cubicles in Sungevity's Oakland, California headquarters, employees are finessing residential solar bids -- for homes in Colorado.

USA Today: Tech-savvy put business intelligence to work

November 17, 2010
Sitting in a cafe in Sydney awhile back, Danny Kennedy and Andrew Birch mused about all the valuable free data Microsoft and Google float out on the Internet.

Huffington Post: Maldives President Nasheed Installs Solar on Official Residence

October 6, 2010
Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, who once famously held a cabinet meeting underwater to draw attention to climate change, is installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on his official residence this week.

Washington Post: Solar energy making a return to the White House

October 6, 2010
The White House is going solar after all - a home improvement that carries modest energy benefits but much larger symbolic importance.

Bloomberg: Sungevity Prospers on its Ideals, Selling Solar Panels

September 14, 2010
As a former environmental activist, Danny Kennedy, 39, says he is “probably more missionary than mercenary” when it comes to clean energy. Still, the founder of Sungevity, a Berkeley (Calif.)-based company that sells solar power panels for homes, is “entirely comfortable with the fact that we’re going to make a killing in this industry.”

Arizona Daily Star: Sungevity Eases Process for Solar Pitch

July 10, 2010
When you think of the future of solar power, think of cellphones. They went from being a novelty to ubiquitous in a decade. The same is going to happen with solar. That's the prediction of Danny Kennedy, longtime environmental activist, formerly a campaign manager with Greenpeace, and now president of a solar company that's upping the ante in the world of solar energy.

L.A. Times: Power to the People

July 4, 2010
With Sungevity's solar-panel program, Angelenos can reap the dividends of a sunny climate.

Triple Pundit: Sungevity spying on celebrities with solar technology

May 18, 2010
As part of the PR for the launch of its LA Solar Lease Program, solar power company Sungevity has used satellite imaging - and a Hollywood Star Map - to estimate how much money various celebrities would save with a solar power system on their roofs.

Grist Magazine: Creative financing fuels California's solar boom

April 18, 2010
Dropping my son off at school on Wednesday, I ran into Danny Kennedy, a fellow parent and veteran Australian Greenpeace activist turned solar entrepreneur. How’s business? I asked. Pretty bloody good, as it turns out. Kennedy’s startup, Sungevity, took in more orders for rooftop solar systems in March than in all of 2009.

East Bay Express: Five Green Firms to Watch

March 31, 2010
If the green economy really takes off, the East Bay may have a strong claim as its capital. Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda are headquarters for a growing number of environmental consulting companies in sectors such as wind, solar, construction, and energy efficiency. Oakland alone is home to more than sixty green consulting companies that employ 500 people, according to city officials.

Renewable Energy World: Sungevity enters solar lease space

March 26, 2010
As the solar-as-a-service space grows rapidly in the U.S., another company has announced the creation of a lease program for California-based homeowners. Sungevity, an online solar provider is teaming up with U.S. Bancorp to finance 10-year solar leases in the state.

San Francisco Business Times: Skip Battle joins Sungevity Board of Directors

February 23, 2010
Online solar power sales company Sungevity Inc. put George “Skip” Battle, the former CEO of Ask Jeeves, on its board of directors.

Oakland Tribune: Sungevity moves to Oakland's Jack London Square

February 4, 2010
Sungevity, a fast-growing solar energy company, has signed a deal to move its headquarters and 54 employees - with expectations of hiring dozens more - from Berkeley to downtown Oakland's Jack London Square.

Sydney Morning Herald: Australians deliver green stuff Stateside

January 9, 2010
THREE years ago Danny Kennedy was a campaigner for Greenpeace in Sydney. Now he's one of the founders of a California start-up, Sungevity, putting solar panels on the roofs of houses in northern California.

Solar Visionaries: Interview with Danny Kennedy

December 18, 2009
Super Model Melissa Baker interviews Danny Kennedy about Solar Energy.

Marc Gunther: (Solar) Power to the People

October 9, 2009
Some things have changed since Danny Kennedy left Greenpeace to become president of Sungevity, a startup company that sells rooftop solar power to homeowners. Others have not.

Earth2Tech: Sungevity Raises $6M to Bring More Solar to the Golden State

September 22, 2009
Sungevity, a Berkeley-based startup that uses Internet and satellite images to reduce the cost of installing solar power on homes, says it’s ready to take on the rest of the state. The company, which has focused mainly on installing solar in Northern California so far, announced Tuesday it has raised $6 million to expand its business in Southern California and the Central Valley.

Solar by Satellite: Who Has the Best System?

July 27, 2009
For the past year, I've written about companies that have turned to the internet and satellite imagery to concoct estimates for solar jobs and link installers with potential customers. Installation still accounts for 30 percent or more of a solar system. Conducting a solar estimate on line can cut the overall cost of a solar system by 5 percent to 15 percent, according to Sungevity president Danny Kennedy, the first company in this market.

San Francisco Business Times: Bringing solar to the masses, with less hassle

June 12, 2009
It’s the way Silicon Valley would have wanted it. Instead of designing a more efficient solar cell, Sungevity has built a platform, using software and online tools to bring solar to the masses.

Renewable Energy World: Innovation and Sea of Change in the Residential Solar Market

May 26, 2009
The year 2008 will go down in history as the year that bred innovation in the downstream residential solar market. The extension of the 30 percent federal tax credit and removal of its cap solidified the U.S.'s position in the global solar market.

San Francisco Chronicle: Startup Sells Solar Panels Online

May 9, 2009
People think nothing of ordering shoes or books or songs over the Web. If Danny Kennedy has his way, one day they will all order solar panels for the roofs of their homes.

Treehugger: Southern Californians, You Too Can Get Online Solar Power Cost Quotes

April 23, 2009
If you live in California, getting a quote on how much it will cost to install solar power for your home really doesn't get much easier than this. Give Sungevity your home address and an email address and just sit back:Within 24 hours (usually) Sungevity will provide you with info about your home's solar power potential, what return on investment you're likely to see at your location, and what your house would look like with different configurations of solar panels - all done using satellite imagery and aerial photography. All that done, Sungevity will connect you with an installer in your area.

Greentech Media: Sungevity Lines Up Solar Software Customers

April 21, 2009
Sungevity entered the residential solar energy market as an equipment installer, but it has set its sights on being a software and service provider as well. The one-year-old California company says it can help installers attract customers and save costs through its software and service offerings.

Forbes.com: The Best Way to Create 'Green' Jobs

April 17, 2009
There has been a lot of talk about President Obama’s interest in stimulating “green” jobs. I have come to the conclusion that the most pragmatic opportunity for creating green jobs is not in manufacturing, but in the services sector.

Greentech Media: Will the Solar Industry Become Like the PC Industry?

March 24, 2009
Solar panels could become the new PC, and that's a good thing, people.

San Francisco Chronicle: Green industry a field with a future

February 10, 2009
President Obama wants to create millions of jobs for people installing solar panels, brewing up biofuels or making homes more energy efficient. Those jobs, he hopes, will help lift the country out of recession and fight global warming at the same time.

Sramana Mitra: Deal Radar 2009: Sungevity

January 19, 2009
Sungevity uses the Internet to offer its customers an easy and affordable way to buy and install solar rooftop panels. Customers only need to provide their address and some information about their current electricity usage and bill. In less than a day, with the use of satellite data, Sungevity studies the possibilities and comes back with a quote, telling them what their electricity savings over the next few years would be and how much of their electricity bill can be converted to solar energy, and showing illustrations of what their roof would look like with the solar panels on it.

KQED's Forum: Solar Power featuring JP Ross

August 18, 2008
Pacific Gas and Electric has announced that it will buy 800 megawatts of power from two Bay Area companies that plan to build huge solar farms in San Louis Obispo. We discuss whether this commitment signals a significant change in the role solar power plays in the nation's energy mix.

Sungevity - Bringing Software into the Solar Business

July 1, 2008
Michael Kanellos of GreenTechMedia learns more about Sungevity.

San Francisco Business Times: Solar panel installer Sungevity measures rooftops online

May 2, 2008
Sungevity has launched the latest weapon in the solar space race. The Berkeley-based solar panel installer uses satellite images and aerial photographs to assess a residential rooftop and give a price quote to an online customer in about 24 hours.

Greentech Media: Solar by Satellite

April 30, 2008
Startup Sungevity, founded by former Greenpeace manager Danny Kennedy, wants to make it cheap and easy for suburbanites to go solar.

Earth2Tech: Sungevity: Where Solar Rooftops Meet the Internet

April 21, 2008
Widespread adoption of solar is dependent on lowering the cost of installation, which can account for half of the total cost of residential solar. Sungevity, a new startup out of Berkeley, Calif., is using the Internet and satellite imagery to bring down the overall cost of installing the system by at least $1,000, the company says.

Sungevity: Where Solar Rooftops Meet the Internet

April 21, 2008
Widespread adoption of solar is dependent on lowering the cost of installation, which can account for half of the total cost of residential solar. Sungevity, a new startup out of Berkeley, Calif., is using the Internet and satellite imagery to bring down the overall cost of installing the system by at least $1,000, the company says.

CNET: Cutting down solar costs with satellite imagery

April 20, 2008
Sungevity, which offers a Web-based system for evaluating the solar potential for homes through satellite data, wants to be the Dell of solar panels.

Wired: App uses satellite images to size your home for solar panels

April 18, 2008
Sungevity, a new solar services startup, allows you to fit your home for solar panels without leaving your den. According to a write-up on Fortune’s Green Wombat blog, the web app simply takes your address, zooms in on your home, and uses satellite images to compute your roof’s dimensions. Then it helps you choose the right solar array and try out what the system will look like on your home’s roof.

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