California-based residential solar company Sunrun has opened the doors to a new branch office and warehouse in Columbia, S.C. Since entering South Carolina in 2015, Sunrun says it has hired more than 130 workers across the state and expects to add additional jobs this year to support its growing customer base.
Sunrun largely credits its momentum in the Palmetto State to the support of state policymakers and renewable energy advocates like U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who attended the company’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday.
“I support an all-of-the-above approach to energy independence and am proud South Carolina is at the forefront of the transition to clean energy solutions,” said Graham at the event. “We all know that our dependence of foreign oil, some from countries who hate our guts, jeopardizes the economic and national security of our nation. The announcement made today will help create more choice for homeowners looking to reduce their power bills. It’s yet another step in the right direction toward America’s long-term energy independence.”
In less than a year, Sunrun says it has helped more than 1,000 South Carolinians across Greenville, Spartanburg, Columbia, Charleston and Hilton Head go solar. Continuing its investment in the local community, the company also recently became an official partner of the Columbia Fireflies, one of 16 teams featured in the company’s multi-year Minor League Baseball sponsorship lineup.
According to Lynn Jurich, CEO of Sunrun, “The work of our committed employees in the state and solar advocates like Senator Graham produces a win-win for the local economy – families save money every month, and residents can take advantage of new job opportunities.”
Photo: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham cutting the ribbon at the new Sunrun office, joined by Ed Steins, Sunrun’s general manager of the Northeast, and Tyson Grinstead, the company’s senior manager of public policy.