Comcast confirmed that it has kicked off a trial with Sunrun that offers Comcast customers an alternative solar energy program that aims to reduce what they pay annually for electricity, in addition to savings from the cable operator.
Comcast, an official said, started the pilot in its Northeastern Division (New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut and New York) in mid-October.
A reader shared an email from Comcast (see image) touting the trial. Comcast and Sunrun have also erected a Web site about the pilot program, which offers qualified Comcast subs a $600 discount payable via a reloadable Visa prepaid card in four quarterly installments of $150. According to the offer, which expires on December 31, customers on the program must remain an active Comcast and Sunrun customer for 12 months to receive the full $600 value.
San Francisco-based Sunrun bills itself as the “largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States.” According to the company, its “solar as a service” model enables customers pay a low, locked-in rate that typically provides at least a 20% savings on energy bills. It claims to have more than 75,000 customers.
The Comcast-Sunrun site also notes that the pilot is available in select areas of California, and that energy bill savings also depend on elements such as geography, weather, and shade.
The Sunrun partnership is the latest energy-focused partnership for Comcast. In May, the company relaunched Comcast Energy Rewards, a program offered in select areas, including Pennsylvania and Illinois, that ties energy savings to perks from Comcast that include prepaid Visa cards, three free months of HBO, Showtime or Cinemax and free tickets from Comcast corporate cousin Fandango.