NRG acquires residential solar company


HOUSTON — Power provider NRG Energy Inc. announced it has acquired a New Jersey-based solar company as part of an effort to help customers interested in generating their own clean power.

NRG officials say the addition of Roof Diagnostics Solar will complement its existing network of solar installers and dealers and help the company meet customers’ demand for solar infrastructure to be installed at their homes.

“With residential solar sales expected to take off in the next few years, NRG wants and expects to meet the demand of Americans in every state who are seeking to benefit from the inexhaustible supply of clean energy provided by the sun while affording themselves greater independence from an increasingly less reliable electric grid,” said NRG President and CEO David Crane in a statement.

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The companies didn’t disclose the terms of the the deal, which was announced Thursday. Roof Diagnostics Solar operates in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania according to its website.

A spokesman for NRG declined to say how many of NRG’s retail customers nationally or in Houston use solar panels.

NRG’s corporate headquarter are based in New Jersey, and its operational headquarters are in Houston. It owns the retail operations of Reliant Energy.

NRG says RDS is one of the country’s largest solar sales and installation companies, with 475 employees.  The solar company will remain based in New Jersey and operate under the brand NRG Residential Solar Solutions.

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