How a new startup is turning its customers into a profit center for a solar company
The solar business is in trouble, but a startup in California has figured out a way to turn a company’s customers into one of the energy centers of the future.
Here’s how it works.
The company, SolarCity, is now trying to turn customers into energy managers who can save money by turning their power off and on to manage their electricity usage and then recoup those savings when their solar panels are turned on.
SolarCity is now offering the service, called Solar Power Management, in several markets, including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.
The company said it hopes to eventually expand the service to every major state.
SolarPower Management has become so popular that it has attracted a new name: SolarCity Energy.
And it’s a much cheaper way to save money than installing solar panels, which can cost $200 per year and can add up quickly.
SolarCity has also taken steps to make it easier for customers to switch from an old solar system to a new one that comes with a lower monthly bill, making it much cheaper to buy a new solar system.
The new SolarPower Management service is only available to those who have a SolarCity customer account.
To get started, customers need to sign up for an account.
Then, they can create a profile, which lets them monitor the energy use of their home and the use of other solar panels at home.
They can then choose the option to have the power shut off when the solar panels aren’t in use, or turn them on when the panels are in use.
When they turn them off, the energy cost goes down, but it doesn’t offset the savings from not turning them on.
The SolarPower Manager can also set the maximum amount of power to be shut off and turn on.
And customers can set the energy usage per month.
The plan is to eventually have SolarCity offer a solar service in every major U.S. state.
But that could take years.
SolarEnergy is one of many companies that are trying to offer solar power management to homeowners in order to save on their monthly energy bills.
The big challenge is to get customers to sign on.
SolarPower said it wants to reach out to people by making it easier to sign in.
“Our goal is to make this easy and easy for people to get in the program,” said Scott Koppelman, SolarPower’s vice president of communications.
Koppelman said the company has already reached out to more than 1,000 homeowners.
That’s just the beginning.
“We’re not only targeting solar energy, we’re targeting homeowners,” he said.