Sungevity just celebrated its first birthday – having launched on Earth Day 2008 – and we marked our anniversary with the announcement that we’re taking our service to the rest of the state.
Our “online sunshine” of remotely engineered solar quotes, via the web and on demand, is now available in San Diego and other parts of Southern California. We are working with a network of preferred installers there, which means we can serve customers in 65% of the state.

We’re very proud, for example, to be working with Sequoia Solar in San Diego and Solar Forward in LA as some of the first contractors to use our online platform. We are taking this step in order to make it easier and more affordable for customers in these places to go solar, and to make it easier and more affordable for these companies to serve more customers. It’s a virtuous spiral!

Because of our slick web-based process we save everyone involved time and money; and we believe over time we’ll help save the planet. So, now that we have a bigger service area, we hope lots of people will start getting their solar quotes and service options from www.Sungevity.com.

We also marked our birthday by looking back on the year that was to celebrate our success. Without too much hubris we like to think we have made an impact in the solar industry and are driving this solution to climate change, by making it easier and more affordable (see above!).

We now have over 150 happy customers around northern California, and we were the fastest growing solar sales company in 2008 – going from zero to the 8th largest. We made over 100 of our sales – or two-thirds – without a site visit, which means we reduced the cost and saved time and effort in serving these people. We hope to significantly expand on these numbers in 2009.

And we’ll try to keep you posted on our progress more often than every Earth Day – indeed I’ll try to blog at least once a week. After all, every week should be Earth Week! Shine on, dannyk.

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.