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How you can get Costco solar panels from Sunrun

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If you regularly shop at Costco, you may have spotted a kiosk for home solar installations in the store, or even spoken to a store representative about installing their own branded Costco solar panels. Costco has a partnership with Sunrun, one of the largest residential solar companies in the country, to offer their members special benefits when they go solar. Here are the details of Costco’s partnership with Sunrun.

Costco solar partnership with Sunrun: benefits & takeaways

Sunrun is a California-based company that installs solar in 21 states across the country, primarily in the Northeast and Southwest. In 2017, they beat out Tesla Energy (formerly SolarCity) and installed the most residential solar systems in the United States. If you’re a Costco member, you are eligible for some special benefits if you go solar with Sunrun, including Costco cash and an enhanced roof warranty.

When you choose to buy a solar panel system through the Sunrun-Costco partnership, you’ll receive a Costco cash card worth 10 percent of your solar equipment costs (before taxes). This benefit only applies if you own your system – if you opt for a solar lease or power purchase agreement (PPA) with Sunrun, you won’t receive a Costco cash card

Based on Sunrun proposals we have reviewed from EnergySage Solar Marketplace users, equipment costs can range anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of the gross cost of the installation, so your Costco cash card benefits will vary accordingly.

For example, if your system costs $20,000 in total, your equipment costs may range from $5,000 to $10,000, which means you’d receive a Costco cash card with a value of anywhere between $500 and $1,000. (The actual costs for your project depend on many factors; to get an accurate estimate, you’ll need to talk to a company representative.)

In addition to the Costco cash card, you may be eligible for an additional cash bonus if you’re a Costco Executive Member. You’ll need to speak with a store representative to get more specific information.

Costco members who go solar with Sunrun also receive an enhanced 15-year roof penetration warranty from Sunrun. (The standard offering from Sunrun is 10 years.) This is a separate warranty from Sunrun’s workmanship warranty, which covers the installation, and a product manufacturer’s warranty, which covers your actual solar equipment.

Wondering if Costco solar panels are the right option for your solar project? Compare your Sunrun offer with quotes from contractors in your area to guarantee you get the best price.

How the Sunrun-Costco solar warranty works

While Costco and Sunrun are partners in this solar installation offer, Costco doesn’t appear to back the warranties for your solar panel system (we reviewed multiple solar quotes from the Sunrun-Costco partnership in writing this article). Homeowners who install solar through the Sunrun-Costco partnership will need to work with Sunrun directly if they need repairs under warranty. If there are specific issues with the equipment itself, homeowners will need to work with the equipment’s manufacturer.

Should you get Costco solar panels through Sunrun?

There are some benefits to working with a national-scale solar installer over a local one – they have a recognized brand name and meaningful warranties. However, larger companies don’t always offer the best prices, and they aren’t known for personalized customer service (for more insight, read Fast Company’s “The Best Way To Get Cheap Solar: Shop Around”). Additionally, you can read our full analysis of Sunrun’s reviews across the web to get more perspective on their strengths and weaknesses.

Regardless of which installer you choose, EnergySage’s recommendation is always to compare multiple installers to find the one that’s the best fit for your needs. You can easily get quotes from installers near you by registering your property on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace. If you’re just starting the shopping process, learn more about how much solar can save you by using EnergySage’s Solar Calculator.



  1. I am told that our large family compound in upstate NY will need an 80KW system. I think we have enough room between the old garages and the new garages to go up shortly plus the south facing side of our barn.

  2. Well I got solar after I built my pool. Horrible decision. Since I got panels I got a million pigeons on my roof with so much bird crap falling into my patio and pool I would rather have just continued to pay the energy company.

  3. Dear Costco,

    I have used SUNRUN via Costco and have an incomplete project for few months now (power is being generated but related roof-work not completed by SUNRUN). Now they are tangling the 10% cash card saying it is expired under costco policy.

    Please intervene and do the needful.

  4. Dear Costco,
    We started out project with SunRun around late December 2017 and it still has not started generating power after 7 months. The sales associate will not respond to my emails any more.We used them because Costco backs them up and we have had quality service from Costco.
    Please help.

  5. SUNRUN is the worst poor customer service is being kind. I thought COSTCO vetted their vendors.

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