Sunrun, a leading solar financier, and Nest, creator of the super-hot Nest Learning Thermostat, announced Tuesday that they’ve joined forces. The idea: go solar with Sunrun and use your Nest thermostat to manage your energy use even more effectively.
Now through October 31, homeowners who choose to go solar with Sunrun will receive a “home energy package” that includes a free Nest thermostat, which retails for $249. Current Nest customers can go solar with Sunrun and receive $500 of free electricity.
Nest has grown rapidly from stealth start-up to darling of both the clean tech and design crowd. On Monday, founder Matt Rogers tweeted that Nest has 10 new hires, bringing the head count of the Palo Alto company to 250. The deal is available in the 11 states where Sunrun currently operates, including California, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and several states in the Northeast.
“Sunrun and Nest joined forces because we want to make it easy – and even enjoyable – for people to live more efficient and comfortable lives,” said Sunrun co-CEO Lynn Jurich in a statement. “At Sunrun, we empower homeowners to create their own energy at a lower cost than they’re paying now, while we take care of everything else. Nest helps them be more efficient with that power. We are excited by the future possibilities of a complete home energy system that begins with smart energy management and cleaner, less expensive solar energy.”
The Nest Learning Thermostat.