Pick Your Free

Reliant looks to the future by offering free electricity and solar options

Flexible plans and free solar, all to keep your world running. Photo by MoMo Productions/Getty

Nearly everyone's energy usage has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but not everyone's needs are the same. That's a big reason why Reliant retooled its "Pick Your Free" offerings this year, providing three different plans with free energy as part of the draw.

The fact that Reliant is the only retail electric provider in Texas to have three free time-of-use options isn't a surprise. The Houston-based company is known for leading innovation in the retail electricity space, and its latest plans only showcase that commitment — all while offering convenience for customers and supporting clean, renewable energy.

"Texas is predicted to be the leader in solar energy within the next five years," says Scott Burns, vice president of innovation and customer experience at Reliant. "We've been a leader in wind for a long time, but as demand for renewable energy grows, our latest product offerings allows consumers to support the growth of solar."

Make It Solar, which is normally a $6.99 monthly add-on to any Reliant plan, is now free with any new Pick Your Free plan sign-up. No solar panels are necessary, and 100 percent of a customer's electricity usage supports renewable energy in Texas and beyond through certified renewable energy certificates, or RECs.

"Younger generations are looking for ways to support cleaner energy and are conscious about who they do business with," says Burns. "We're committed to offering choices that appeal to our customers, so Make It Solar on the house just made sense."

Customers can pick from the new Reliant Truly Free Flex Days or its longstanding Truly Free Weekends and Truly Free Nights.

The first offers free electricity for the two highest-usage days each week (up to eight days a month!). The second provides free electricity every weekend, from 8 pm Friday to 12 am Monday, and the third gives customers free electricity every night from 8 pm to 6 am.

"There is not a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to any service, including electricity," says Burns. "With the changes the pandemic brought to our lifestyles, we're making it easier than ever for our customers and we're committed to meeting them where they are."

Burns also points out that solar has been slower to grow in Texas, mainly because of its cost. But while wind is generally produced at night, solar runs parallel to the demand for energy.

By offering their customers a free and easy way to experience solar, Reliant's electricity plans are creating more demand for the renewable resource, helping it become more prevalent.

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Sign up for one of the Pick Your Free plans and be automatically upgraded to Make It Solar at no additional cost by visiting Reliant.com or calling 1-866-Reliant.

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Building Houston

 
 

Optellum and Liongard have hired two new members to their executive teams. Photos courtesy

A couple of Houston tech startups have recently announced new appointments to their C-suites. A med tech company with its national headquarters in Houston has a new leader, and a Houston software has a new exec focused on strategy.

Optellum names new CEO

Jason Pesterfield will lead United States operations for Optellum. Photo courtesy of Optellum

Optellum, a medical software startup based in the United Kingdom and has its United States HQ in Houston, has appointed Jason Pesterfield as CEO to lead growth in the U.S. clinical market. Optellum AI-based software enhances early lung cancer diagnosis and therapy with its medical device software platform, Virtual Nodule Clinic.

Pesterfield was previously the president and CEO of Veran Medical Technologies, a leader in image-guided lung cancer diagnosis. He brings 25 years of leadership experience in the medtech sector. Optellum was founded by Václav Potěšil, Lyndsey Pickup, Timor Kadir, Professor Sir Mike Brady, and Jérôme Declerck.

"It took us almost a year to find the right successor who shares our vision and has the right expertise to take Optellum on to the next stage of growth," says Potěšil in a news release. "I am really excited to work with Jason, to make Optellum's platform available to every clinician in the USA and around the world, and to help them diagnose their lung cancer patients as early as possible. With Jason on board, I can focus on advancing Optellum's vision to transform early lung cancer therapy through partnerships that harness the power of AI software combined with molecular diagnostics, robotics and interventional devices, and drugs."

Liongard announces chief strategy officer

Patrick Schneidau is the chief strategy officer for Liongard. Photo courtesy

​Houston software-as-a-service company, Liongard, has named Patrick Schneidau as chief strategy officer. The company, founded in 2015, was a 2021 InnovationMap Awards finalist and reported that the team was looking to expand by around 70 new hires over the next year.

"Liongard is an incredible Houston growth story," Schneidau tells InnovationMap. "Our founders, Joe Alapat and Vincent Tran, have built a first-class team that allow technology service providers to operate at 10x by providing unprecedented insight and data into the systems deployed in the modern IT stack. In a rapidly growing market, they are quickly becoming 'must have' technology. I'm excited to join to team to accelerate their growth into new markets and with new products."

Schneidau spent over a decade at Houston-based PROS before serving in C-level positions at two other Houston startups — Commtrex and Truss. He's also previously served as talent committee chair for Houston Exponential.

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