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Carrying on through an unprecedented challenge

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The Department of Homeland Security includes solar as an essential service in its new advisory

The global impact of the COVID-19 virus is unprecedented—at least in the lifetimes of just about anyone who might be reading this. It has forced us all to make adjustments to daily routines and, in some cases major and very uncomfortable adjustments. But amidst all of the challenges, and in the full range of responses to them, there seems to be a consistent determination to carry on and make the best of things.

One of the most common challenges we’re all facing is how to carry on without contributing to the problem. Shelter-in-place and social distancing efforts have been put into place in varying degrees all around the world but we’ve all found that there are some aspects of life that still require people to move outside the walls of their own homes, at least occasionally.

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A responsibility we take seriously

In an effort to encourage preventative measures while still allowing for basic societal functions to continue, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided guidance on what qualifies as an “essential service” and included solar within that group.* This is a responsibility we take very seriously at Vivint Solar.

We continue to be mindful of the evolving situation as we carry on with the critical service we offer. It’s part of our mission to supply clean energy solutions to as many Americans as we can and we will continue to do so while keeping the health and safety of homeowners and our own employees a top priority.

You can read more details on our response to COVID-19 and the precautions we’ve implemented here.

*On March 25, 2020, the DHS added this clarification to their guidelines: “Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore, or are involved in the development, transportation, fuel procurement, expansion, or operation of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power, including call centers, utility workers, reliability engineers and fleet maintenance technicians.” The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has maintained open communication with DHS officials and has confirmed that the guidance is meant to include solar specifically.

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