Aurora Solar Announces Expansion of Operations in Germany to Accelerate Solar Adoption

businesswire | June 02, 2023 | Read time : 02:06 min


Aurora Solar, the leading cloud-based platform for solar sales and design, announced its expansion into Germany to empower solar organizations to streamline operations and accelerate growth. Aurora sees significant opportunity to support the growing number of German solar installers who are in need of digital solutions and automation. The company incorporated in Frankfurt with dedicated Sales, Marketing, Customer Support teams to establish and scale operations in Germany and the DACH region. Powering upwards of 100,000 solar projects every week, top U.S. solar organizations — including 90 percent of the top 100 U.S. residential solar installers — count on Aurora to accelerate solar sales cycles using the power of technology and automation.

“Aurora enables solar businesses to create highly accurate residential solar designs without having to visit the site, ultimately accelerating the sales process and empowering installers to scale operations. With demand for solar growing in Europe, we are confident our German expansion will help further our mission to create a future of solar for all,” said Christopher Hopper, co-founder and CEO. “This launch is incredibly exciting for our team; our platform will help advance the adoption of renewable energy in Germany.”

Expanding Market Leadership to Europe

Building on an already strong foundation, Aurora Solar is proud to:

  • Support over 7,000 of the solar industry's most successful organizations to help tackle climate change;
  • Leverage its powerful software alongside its customers to avoid over 60 million tons of CO2 since inception; and,
  • Be recognized on the 2022 Deloitte Fast 500 as well as the 2022 Forbes AI 50, and listed as one of the 2022 Best Remote Companies to Work For by Built In.

About Aurora Solar

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Aurora Solar, a software development company dedicated to the solar energy industry, provides services for solar PV design, cloud computing, enterprise SaaS, solar sales, solar design customizations, solar PV performance modeling, solar software, solar engineering, solar financial analysis, and solar project design automation. Its cloud-based software has transformed solar design, sales and delivery operations since 2013. It offers an entirely accurate customizable design for every customer, with only an address and electric bill requirement. With its dedication and innovation, it is making solar energy accessible to everyone worldwide.


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Businesswire | August 09, 2023

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Approximately 50 percent of the energy produced on-site will be allocated to individuals of low- to moderate-income households. “It means a lot when you acquire a project in your backyard that not only promotes community involvement, fostering a sense of unity, but also brings the benefits of solar power to a broader audience, and that will also help your home state reach its renewable energy goals,” said Mike Streams, Chief Development Officer for Standard Solar. “The Holly Spring Meadows solar project will help offset electricity costs for residents and moves Maryland closer to meeting its goal of generating 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. It also advances the state toward meeting the 14.5 percent carve-out for solar by 2028.” Maryland is at the forefront of embracing the value of community solar, demonstrating a significant commitment to renewable energy and empowering its residents. 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I want to thank County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and her staff for working with the NCS team to streamline solar energy permitting in the county, which made this system possible and will enable NCS to continue to invest in solar energy systems throughout Prince George’s. I also want to thank FCP for being a great partner throughout this development process; We are proud to provide clean energy to more than 275 families through the Community Solar Program while furthering Prince George’s County’s renewable energy goals.” “In 2019, FCP began exploring renewable energy solutions that would provide greener homes and improve returns for our investors,” said FCP’s Dara Vaziri. “After two years of extensive due diligence, we partnered with New Columbia Solar for FCP’s first solar deal ever. 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businesswire | July 13, 2023

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