America’s top residential solar company moving into battery storage

Tim McKibben, left, a senior installer for the solar company, Sunrun, and installer Aaron Newsom install solar panels on the roof of a home in Granada Hills, Calif. on Jan. 4, 2020. In foreground carrying another solar panel to be installed is lead installer Luis Jimenez. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich, one of the few women to lead a major solar firm, holds a photovoltaic panel near a portrait of Thomas Edison in the company's cafeteria on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Residential solar looked like a generational opportunity to Lynn Jurich back when few American homeowners had panel systems. The cost of solar equipment would fall, she surmised, and utility bills would rise. The economic case for going green would become clear.