Vivint Solar™, a leading provider of simple, affordable solar solutions, today announced Vivint Solar Chief Operating Officer (COO) Brendon Merkley has been elected as the executive committee’s state policy committee chair for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). In addition to his responsibilities as state policy chair, Merkley will continue to function as a member of the board of directors.

In this new position, Merkley will help navigate the key policy issues and barriers to entry surrounding the solar industry at the state level. As the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, SEIA works to educate the public on the benefits of solar energy.

“I am honored to serve SEIA in this capacity and help advance its mission to make solar a mainstream energy source,” said Merkley. “Solar is changing the way people take control of their energy consumption, and together with SEIA, I look forward to executing our shared vision for how solar can power America.”

In August 2012, Vivint Solar joined SEIA as a member company on the board of directors to advocate for the solar industry. As COO of Vivint Solar, Merkley is responsible for improving Vivint’s energy management products to provide more control and bigger savings to homeowners.

Currently operating in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Washington D.C., Vivint Solar enables consumers to enjoy the benefits of residential solar with little to no up-front costs through a power purchase agreement (PPA). For additional information on Vivint Solar’s services and availability, visit www.vivintsolar.com.

About Vivint Solar

Vivint Solar is a leading provider of simple, affordable solar solutions. As an early adopter of the power purchase agreement (PPA) model, Vivint Solar designs, installs, and maintains cost-effective solar energy systems. The company provides award-winning service and support while saving customers money and protecting the environment. For more information, visit www.vivintsolar.com.

About Vivint

Vivint is a leading provider of home technology services in North America. Vivint’s technology-based platform integrates a wide range of wireless features and components that deliver simple, affordable home security, energy management, home automation, and solar solutions. In 2011, Vivint's Home Automation package and Advanced Security package received a Consumers Digest "Best Buy" rating. Dedicated to protecting families, increasing energy efficiency, and simplifying lives, Vivint has more than 13 years of experience and supports over 700,000 customers throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.vivint.com.