It’s been a great year at SolarCity, and credit for that goes to our customers, partners and employees—it’s their tireless efforts that make working at SolarCity so much fun, and make the world a better place. THANK YOU.
When we look back on this past year, here’s what really sticks out:
There was a lot of ‘new’ in our world: Zep Solar and Paramount Solar joined the SolarCity family; we completed the distributed solar industry’s first securitization deal; we launched our commercial storage product; and we created Energy Explorer to make energy efficiency evaluations simple, and free, for every new residential customer.
Our reach expanded with more than ten new locations in California, Southern New Jersey and an expansion of sales, asset management and customer care groups in a second headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada. We even went global with the GivePower Foundation, a charitable organization that will provide light to schools without electricity in developing nations.
We also found a variety of new ways to reach customers in 2013, with a number of groundbreaking partnerships with awesome companies. We teamed up with Honda to address climate change by giving Honda and Acura customers an opportunity to save money with solar power. We partnered with new retail electricity providers to offer an entire new set of customers the ability to pay less for solar electricity than they pay for power generated from fossil fuels. We continued to help electric vehicle owners “drive on sunshine” by working with BMW to provide solar as a standard feature of their 360 Electric package for new BMW I vehicles.
More and more new homebuilders are working solar into the design and sale of homes: Del Webb, Wilshire Homes, De Young Properties, LifeStyle Homes, PSW Real Estate, CastleRock Communities and Coventry Homes helped make solar a no brainer for new home buyers looking to save on energy costs.
Walmart and Walgreens continued to go solar at more locations across the country. In the education sector Georgetown University and more than six school districts all installed solar and helped educate their students on the benefits of clean energy. Our Solar Strong initiative also proliferated with two more projects at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico and six bases in Hawai’i.
One of our proudest moments was being named one of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2013. Based on anonymous feedback from our employees, we were ranked 18th out of more than 280,000 companies in the Glassdoor database.
Can we top this in 2014? That’s the goal! In fact, here’s to every year being better than the last. And here’s to you, our SolarCity family.
Thanks for a fantastic 2013!