Monday, August 10, 2015

REPOWER Named 5th Largest Residential Solar Contractor

By Elyssa Edwards

In an article published by Solar Power World, REPOWER (formerly Solar Universe) was named as #5 on a list of top solar residential contractors. Reporting 17 Megawatts of solar installed in 2014, REPOWER’s ranking improved from #7 on last year’s list.

As Solar Power World reports, 2014 was a breakaway year for solar, with residential solar growing 51% over 2013. REPOWER is excited to be a part of that growth and improve its influence and visibility by continuing our growth in installations across the U.S.

Additionally, REPOWER is the largest solar franchise concept in the industry. Our franchise model allows us to grow quickly as we expand our Network, while at the same time continuing to focus on providing a truly great customer experience through our locally owned and operated offices.

In May 2015, REPOWER added smart home technology to our solar offering making us one of the leaders in the growing “solar plus” arena. Our customers want more than energy generation and savings when they go solar. They also want to enjoy the benefits of a more comfortable home environment with temperature monitoring, lighting controls and alerts -- all available from a local hub or remotely via their smartphone. Installation of the smart home technology is included with each REPOWER solar system. Our local offices deliver a great experience since they manage everything from design to finance to installation.

Learn more about our local offices here. Or request a free solar quote and we’ll connect you with an office in your area.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Enphase Energy Selected as Primary Solar Energy Solution for REPOWER by Solar Universe

Editor’s Note: Below are excerpts from today’s Public Relations release from Enphase Energy

PETALUMA, Calif.—June 2, 2015—Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), and REPOWER by Solar Universe have signed an agreement that establishes Enphase as the primary solar energy system supplier for REPOWER’s unique integrated solar power and smart home technology bundle.

Enphase and REPOWER are in the vanguard of a new generation of solar solutions categorized as “Solar-Plus” by GTM Research. The Solar-Plus ecosystem includes solar packaged together with building automation, energy management and load control, energy storage and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. These integrated offerings will reshape the U.S. solar market, according to the research firm.  

“Savvy, cost-conscious homeowners are looking beyond the benefits of a stand-alone solar installation—they want to generate their own power and manage their living environment in a smart, connected way,” said Joe Miller, executive vice president of marketing and strategy at REPOWER by Solar Universe. “Bundling solar and home automation is just the start… With its industry-leading technology and service capabilities, Enphase will help REPOWER enhance our customers’ quality of life for years to come.”

Read the entire Enphase Energy Press Release here:

Thursday, May 7, 2015


REPOWER by Solar Universe = the Convergence of Solar and Smart Home

REPOWER Smart Energy Management Bundled for Great Consumer Experience

Livermore, Calif, May 7, 2015…Solar Universe today announced an unprecedented re-launch of its brand as REPOWER by Solar Universe with a new website, innovative brand strategy and an enhanced solution to help consumers generate and manage their own power in a smarter way. In an industry leading move, REPOWER by Solar Universe will now include complementary smart home components with installation bundled into every new solar system purchased companywide.

“This move has been a long time coming and we could not resist the chance to once again take a leadership position in our industry,” said Joe Bono, REPOWER by Solar Universe CEO and founder. “For the last eight years, Solar Universe has served us well, but the natural combination of two important categories, solar and smart home technology, will now enable us to create an even better consumer experience.”

Beginning today, all homeowners who purchase a REPOWER Solar System will receive an integrated smart home technology bundle along with installation. The REPOWER Smart Home Kit has been sourced specifically for REPOWER by Solar Universe and includes a solar system compatible smartphone app, temperature monitoring, lighting controls and alerts. For the first time in the history of residential solar, homeowners will be able to generate energy on the outside of their home while creating a more comfortable and efficient living environment inside their home.

“It’s been like watching a perfect storm and we just needed to determine when to jump in,” said Joe Miller, REPOWER by Solar Universe, executive vice president. “This is a new integrated solar platform that will serve us well today and will allow us to expand to power storage, car chargers and beyond in the future.”

Since the company was founded in 2007, REPOWER by Solar Universe has been on the cutting-edge by providing consumers clean energy from solar so they can reduce their monthly power bills and manage their energy usage. The company continues to grow and enhance its products each year and to date has installed over 7,000 solar systems throughout the US and Puerto Rico.

REPOWER by Solar Universe was founded in 2007, and since then has grown to become one of the largest residential solar and smart home integrators in the U.S. With headquarters in Livermore, California, REPOWER by Solar Universe is unique among solar companies as the only major solar provider that offers franchising opportunities. The company operates a network of 42 offices from California to Puerto Rico and has installed more than 50 megawatts of solar to date. Across the network, more than 1,000 team members are dedicated to delivering clean solar energy every single day. Since 2012, Solar Universe has been ranked annually on Franchise Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. For more information visit or call 866-6-SOLAR-9.

See what all the excitement is about at: REPOWER by Solar Universe

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The New Era Of Solar

By Joe Bono, CEO / Founder

It’s been seven years since I launched Solar Universe; where did the time go? There are moments when it feels like we moved through time at warp speed, and then there are the memories of challenging times where we bested competitors and charged the Bastille. After seven years, I can honestly say, it’s been worth it and I could not be more proud of the great company we’ve created or the good partners we’ve surrounded ourselves with. 

Shepherding a solar company in such a highly competitive and quickly maturing market has been one of the most rewarding accomplishments of my career. Part of our mission is to be nationally known and locally owned, and we now operate 40 franchises across the U.S., from Hawaii to Puerto Rico.  Solar Universe has over 10,000 customers, we employ over 700 across our network, and are on track to add another 300 in 2015. I am proud to say that in 2014, Greentech Media ranked Solar Universe as the fourth largest residential solar integrator in the U.S.!

Certainly, the recent growth we’ve seen in residential solar was partially due to the combination of lower equipment costs and finance programs, which have made adoption of solar significantly more attractive. However, despite all the efforts of the industry, only about 1% of the U.S. market has adopted solar.  To survive and grow, solar players in the industry will need to do something they haven’t done well in the past: put the customer first. Gone are the days of pressing customers to buy solar with hard sell tactics. We’re now moving beyond the early adopters to a wider early majority audience who already understand the benefits of solar.

This year, solar consumers will get smarter and they will do their homework on social media and the Internet. By the time we meet the prospect, most will have already made a decision to go solar, and the salesperson will simply help the customer to make a buy decision based on the value proposition they can offer. Speed, collaboration, a sophisticated sales process, and a high-tech touch will all be required, but the consumer experience will need to be fun, easy, approachable, and simple to understand.

What will Solar Universe or the solar industry look like another seven years from now? Given how much we, and the industry, have changed in the last seven years, I couldn’t posture to say. I am certain residential solar is an enormous market opportunity, and it will take decades to install solar on every home in America that it is suitable for. As for our aspirations as a company, we intend to continue the vision of creating a national solar brand for sales, installation, and finance of solar, one that stands for quality and one that delivers the most outstanding customer experience in the industry.


Joe Bono
CEO / Founder
Solar Universe

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Top 5 Solar Myths

By: Mike Gallagher

Myth #1: Solar Is Still Too Expensive
If you've hesitated to go solar because of cost, we have great news: solar has never been cheaper. In fact, you can install a solar power system for no money down. The combination of solar incentives, wide selection of available financing options, and recent reductions in the cost of solar equipment, have made solar the most cost-effective option for millions of people across the country, and more than half a million U.S. residences are already solar powered.

Myth #2: Installing Solar Is A Long, Complicated Process
From the moment you say “go!” with Solar Universe, we take care of everything for you. Prior to installation, we work with you to create the perfect power system one that meets your needs today, and gives you the power you’ll need in the future. We obtain all the necessary permits, coordinate delivery of your solar system, and ensure you receive all available rebates and government incentives. Once the equipment arrives at your home, our highly-trained, professional solar installation team will quickly build your new power system – usually in just 1 or 2 days. Curious to see how we build a solar system? Check out our time lapse video and see how it’s done.

Myth #3: Solar Is Not A Good Idea If I Am Planning A Move
We know most people understand the financial benefits of going solar, but a question we are asked routinely is, what happens when you install a solar power system then move in 3 or 5 or 10 years from now? If you go solar with our “no upfront” monthly energy agreement, it is completely transferable to the new homeowner, just like your existing energy agreement with your current utility provider. The new homeowner will have the same benefits you enjoyed when you owned the home: clean power at a lower price than the utility, plus the peace of mind that the system is covered under warranty. If you chose to invest in solar by prepaying or purchasing your system, the new homeowner won’t be responsible for any monthly energy payments for the solar system. Either way, we've made it easy to go solar now, and sell your solar-powered home later.

Myth #4: Solar Is Only For ‘Environmental’ People
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, as of October 2014, over 600,000 U.S. homes and businesses were powered by solar systems. Solar power has become the mainstream choice for spending less on power. Today, solar systems are being installed at a rate of one every three minutes by smart families who want to save money to use for home improvement projects, vacations, and retirement. And solar is perfect for young families who want to build college funds for their children. Regardless of how you use your savings, going solar is the smart choice. Plus, you get to feel good about doing the right thing.

Myth #5: Owning A Solar System Won’t Improve The Value Of My Home
For years, we've known anecdotally that homes with solar power systems have sold at higher prices, compared to similar homes without solar. Now there’s proof. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, owning your solar system increases your home’s resale value by an average of $15,000. In the most comprehensive research project done to date, 22,000 homes in 8 states were studied from 1999 through 2013, and the conclusion was clear: in addition to all savings, purchasing solar now will allow you to sell your home for a premium later.

Visit our website today for a free quote and more information about all the ways you can save when you go solar.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


By Joe Miller, EVP

Your Black Friday just got Brighter!  For the first time EVER, we’re putting power on sale during our Bright Friday Event.
Power is on sale for the first time with the Solar Universe Bright Friday Event
For a limited time, receive a $1,000 gift card when you go solar during our Bright Friday Event.*
Black Friday has historically been about waking up before the sun rises and waiting in long lines hoping to save your family money over the holidays. Solar power lets homeowners save all year long and for many years to come.  We want to give homeowners the option to take advantage of solar savings, and with our Bright Friday event, give them an extra $1,000 as a way to help pay off their holiday shopping.

People have been making big lifestyle changes to save money and live greener, like cutting their land lines and buying fuel-efficient cars. Solar power gives cost-conscious consumers a choice in how they acquire their electricity, and a smart way to control their monthly energy bills.­

Many people are surprised to learn how affordable solar is today - dare we say it’s a bargain? - due to improved technology, reduced equipment costs, and some fantastic financial incentives.  We’ve finally reached the point where going solar is the cheapest option for so many homeowners that it has become mainstream. 

The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Everyone loves to save money, especially during the holidays. So we thought, what can we do to make going solar a little more festive?  While shoppers hunt for deals on the hottest new power-hungry tech gadgets, our Bright Friday Event gives qualified customers a $1,000 Visa® Gift Card when they visit by December 1st and sign-up for Solar Universe by Jan. 5th.*  Take a few moments to check it out. I think you’ll be surprised by how much you can save when you go solar.

Lower power bills PLUS an extra $1,000 to spend? Now that’s a Bright idea!  No camping on retailer sidewalks required.

For terms & conditions, visit

*While supplies last.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Avoid the AZ Solar Fee - Go Solar Now and Lock in your Savings!

Now's the Time to Go Solar! 

Recently, the Arizona Corporate Commission (ACC) voted to apply a small monthly solar surcharge for customers who install solar on their homes (click here to read more). Since this change does not take effect until January 1st, 2014, this means you can avoid the monthly surcharge altogether by going solar now.

Phoenix is the perfect location to get into solar, and now's the time. With the sun shining all year long, take advantage of the natural resources you have right at your fingertips -- or in this case, on your roof! The Phoenix area also has strong financial incentive, which makes solar panels even more affordable. 

How does the net metering reform affect APS customers?
·       If you currently have a solar system on your home, you will not be affected by these changes.
·       Customers who sign a solar contract by December 31, 2013 will also avoid the fee increase.
·       Customers who sign a solar contract after January 1, 2014, will be subject to the new monthly surcharge; this fee averages to be about $5 per month.

If you're thinking about installing a solar system on your home, you still have time to get a lower price locked in! Support your community by working with a locally owned and operated office. Start saving today by contacting your local Phoenix Solar Universe office at: 602-431-9626 or

Marc Owen
Owner / Operator
Solar Universe Phoenix