Sunrun hire points to bigger presence in Southeast

Sunrun, a leading U.S. supplier of residential solar power, said on Wednesday that it has hired Tyson Grinstead, expanding Sunrun’s public policy presence in southeastern South Carolina.

Grinstead is Sunrun’s first Southeast-based policy hire. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Grinstead also attended the University of South Carolina School of Law for his graduate degree. While he attended UNC, Grinstead was chairman of the statewide North Carolina Federation of College Republicans.

Grinstead has experience in conservative grassroots politics and previously served as Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) political director when Graham ran for re-election in 2014. Grinstead also was the political director for U.S. Rep. Tom Rice's (R-SC) primary election campaign in 2014.

Sunrun is part of the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), the leading advocate among rooftop solar energy companies in the U.S.

"Tyson has deep political experience in the Southeast that he will apply directly to defending solar from aggressive utility attacks," Bryan Miller, vice president of public policy and power markets at Sunrun and co-chairman of TASC, said. "His local presence will allow Sunrun to continue its involvement in critical discussions about the future of solar."

"I look forward to helping preserve and expand the competitive rooftop solar market in the Southeast," Grinstead said. "Consumers throughout the Southeast deserve a chance to power their own homes with solar and reduce their electricity costs."

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