Grape Solar Comes to Home Depot – August 5, 2011 $HD
Grape Solar isn’t the largest solar panel maker in the world, but it does seem to understand retailers.
The company–which assembles panels in Oregon with components sourced from a wide variety of suppliers in China–will soon begin selling its panels in Home Depot. A formal announcement is due soon.
It’s a notable accomplishment as solar–and a plethora of solar brands–are not as prevalent at large retailers as you might think. It takes time and a certain degree of retailer tribal wisdom to earn shelf space at many of these places.
As reported in April, Grape already sells complete solar systems and panels through Costco and Amazon. While both retailers sell small solar panels and devices, Grape is the only brand on both Costco’s and Amazon’s websites for complete residential solar systems. (You can also go to Costco and touch and buy the Grape systems, according to my neighbor.)