Area Development
Sungevity, Inc., a global provider of residential solar services, selected Kansas City, Missouri, as the location for the company’s new sales and service center.

According to the Kansas City Area Development Council, Sungevity expects to create 595 jobs over the next five years. The company continues to evaluate multiple office properties in Kansas City’s central downtown area and expects to have a lease agreement by early December 2014.

Sungevity’s new sales and service center will complement the company’s headquarters in Oakland, California, and will be used to service the company’s expanding base of customers across various time zones, KC Development Council noted. Sungevity currently operates in 11 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the Netherlands and through a joint venture in Australia.

“Kansas City’s geographical location, depth of professional talent and inviting business climate make it the ideal location for our new sales and service center,” said Andrew Birch, CEO of Sungevity, Inc. “Our future Kansas City-based staff will enable us to extend our best-in-class solar service offering to more people in more places.”

To assist Sungevity with its expansion, the Missouri Department of Economic Development authorized a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria. The City of Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, KCP&L, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Metropolitan Community College, and the University of Kansas also partnered with Sungevity to make its expansion possible.

The company’s Kansas City operation will employ a broad range of positions including sales and operations managers and trainers, solar sales consultants and design engineers, who will work with residential homeowners, assisting them with design and finance options that make it possible for them to reap the many benefits of solar energy adoption.

“This year has set a record in job attraction for our regional KCADC partnership with 3,200 new jobs committed to our KC region,” said Bob Marcusse, President/CEO, Kansas City Area Development Council. “We are so proud to welcome Sungevity, its innovative people and 595 more jobs to our business community.”

“Sungevity’s decision to invest in Kansas City further complements Missouri’s strategy to support the energy solutions industry and create next generation jobs,” Governor Jay Nixon said. “We are proud that our talented workforce continues to attract investments from innovative companies and of our dedication to put Missouri in a prime position for advancing energy efficiency.”