Solar Universe Announces New Online Design Center to Meet Growing Demand for Improved Solar Shopping Experience

Leading Solar Provider Develops Seamless Estimate and Design Process for Consumers

SAN FRANCISCO - June 5, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Solar Universe (www.solaruniverse.com), the leader in solar franchising, announced today the launch of its online design center for consumers. The platform is set to revolutionize the solar shopping experience for homeowners by bringing real-time engagement and quotes online, allowing new consumers to explore their options from their own homes. The current process of going solar requires a number of in-person visits, thus creating significant hurdles for new buyers. The design center is a scalable solution to support new customers wanting to enter the solar market.

“The design center brings solar online and addresses some of the inefficient processes currently affecting the industry,” said Joe Bono, CEO and Founder of Solar Universe. “Until now, the entry into solar was time-intensive, requiring home visits and long turnaround times. Our new design center was created to ensure an accurate quote without having to be onsite for the initial consultation. Anyone interested in solar for their home can log on, see an estimated placement on their own roof and ask questions about the process in real-time. This is a major step forward for the industry and for consumers seeking solar solutions.”

Solar consumers save an average of $50 per month on their energy bills, seeing the cost of installation pay off completely within five years of their initial investment. The design center simplifies and improves the entry point to the market to help more consumers access energy savings. In addition to simplifying the process, customers can build a system with a sales rep in real-time and get a true feel for the placement, aesthetics and finance options available for their unique situations.

“Getting the customer experience just right was our primary objective in creating the design center,” said Joe Miller, Executive Vice President of Business Development. “Seeing the actual placement of panels on their own roof helps demystify the process and brings it to life. We’ve already received referrals to friends and family because current customers were so pleased with the simplicity of the experience.”

With federal and state incentives and the very favorable market for solar consumers, the design center is the next step to making purchasing solar a seamless experience for consumers.

For more information about Solar Universe’s design center, please visit: www.solaruniverse.com.

About Solar Universe

Solar Universe is the leading solar franchising concept bringing solar panels to consumers through its network of locally owned and operated install franchises. Using a scalable franchise model, Solar Universe is changing the face of the solar industry by enabling consumers to produce power at home through easy and affordable installation. The company was founded in 2008 by President and CEO, Joseph Bono and has 37 locations in the United States.

Contact:

SutherlandGold Group for Solar Universe
Alexis Evans
310-621-1924
aevans@sutherlandgold.com

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