Lowe’s, the world’s second largest home improvement retailer, and Sungevity, the nation’s fastest growing residential solar company today announced a new agreement that will offer homeowners the easiest and most affordable solar solutions in the marketplace, marking a significant step in the mainstream adoption of residential solar. Through the agreement, Lowe’s will provide consumers with Sungevity’s quick, easy and proprietary iQuote, a process that utilizes satellite images and aerial photography to calculate a same-day, firm installation estimate, eliminating the need for a home visit. As part of the interactive, in-store experience, consumers will be able to view a rendering of the proposed installation and get a firm understanding of the cost-savings related to Sungevity’s innovative solar lease program. Customers typically experience an immediate savings on their electricity bills through Sungevity’s solar lease, which includes monitoring, maintenance, repairs, insurance, and a money-back performance guarantee. Additionally, as part of the agreement, Lowe’s has taken an equity position in Sungevity.
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At Thursday, Sept. 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m., the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 is pleased to invite you to participate in the first-ever exclusive Solar Decathlon 2011 live webcast. Solar Decathlon, which opens to the public on Friday, Sept. 23, challenges university teams to design, build and operate highly efficient, solar-powered houses at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. Webcast Details This is the first time bloggers from around the world will have advanced access to see the solar village and have an opportunity to hear from Richard King, Director of the Solar Decathlon, and select students of participating teams.