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SolarCity is a prominent, national-level installer known for its innovative approaches to payment plans and technology. It was one of the first companies to offer solar leases, which broke down the barriers to solar energy for many homeowners.
SolarCity currently installs elegant, all-black panels that sit low on roof surfaces. In late 2016, it announced its game-changing solar roof tiles. Made of tempered glass, the extremely durable tiles are unaffected by hail impacts of up to 200 miles per hour.
SolarCity’s high-tech approach also keeps homeowners in the loop; each new customer gets a personal online account through which they can track project status. The company’s project managers and supervisors are certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), which offers the industry’s most rigorous certification. Customers can tack on a Tesla Powerwall battery storage system that provides backup power during grid outages.
While it’s primarily a residential installer, SolarCity’s excellent reputation and record of success made its expansion into the commercial and utility-scale markets inevitable. It maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Solarcity can be contacted through its website at solarcity.com, or by phone at (888) 765-2489.
This family-owned business specializes in electrical and lighting work, including solar lighting.
Econolight is a favorite in the Salt River Valley, and an expert at setting up solar-powered lighting for mailboxes, parks, playgrounds, sport courts, monuments, gazebos, greenways, and more.
In addition to solar lighting, it also works on virtually any kind of home repair or renovation, including track lighting, ceiling fans, outlets, pool and spa circuits, phone and cable outlets, security lighting, landscape lighting, home theatres, room additions, and home automation. Launched in Phoenix by natives John Connolly and Brian Fabig in 1992, Econolight has served more than 7,000 homeowners over its 24 years in operation.
While it focuses on residential work, the company also has crews that work on commercial projects. Customers have the peace of mind of knowing that all of the lead service technicians have been with Econolight for at least 10 years. The company provides high-quality service to all of its customers, and prides itself on the fact that a human being answers each call.
Econolight has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, a five-star rating on Kudzu, and zero complaints with the Registrar of Contractors.
Econolight can be reached through its website at econo-light.com, or by phone at (602) 230-7079.
Heliocol West is the most referred solar company in the Southwest, and the only solar business in Arizona specializing in solar hot water and pool heating. The company has served more than 30,000 customers over the past two decades.
Its innovative pool heating system uses existing pumps to shunt water into a set of solar panels, which warm the water as it passes through. This clean and quiet system extends swimming season by several months, and with less maintenance than other types of pool heaters.
Customers can choose from two types of solar panels—Heliocol panels, which lead the solar pool heating sector, and affordably-priced SunValue panels. The panels are usually installed on the roof. They come in black, terracotta, and gray so that customers can choose the color that blends in with their roof surface best. Their design eliminates the need for straps, and minimizes the number of penetrations the system makes into your roof. However, Heliocol West also mounts panels to patio roofs, pool fences, and ground racks.
Heliocol West is an experienced solar electric company that manages all aspects of each solar heating project, from installing the panels to integrating the system. The panels, inverters, and labor come with a 12-year warranty and a 24-hour monitoring service that customers can connect to online, or through a smartphone app.
Heliocol West has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. The company can be reached through its website at heliocolwest.com, or by phone at (800) 366-6862.
Sun Valley Solar Solutions
Founded by engineers from Intel in 2006, Sun Valley Solar Solutions is now one of the largest and most recognized solar companies in Arizona.
This residential and commercial installer has completed hundreds of projects throughout its service area of Maricopa, Pinal, Navajo, Pima, Cochise, Coconino and Yavapai counties, including some for large commercial customers like Gatorade. Greentech Media named it the largest Arizona-based dedicated solar installer in 2015. It’s also a four-time winner of the Angie’s List Super Service Award.
The company installs industry-leading SunPower solar panels that hold the record for conversion efficiency. SunPower named the company a SunPower Elite Dealer in 2012. Sun Valley holds installation work to the same standard, and never subcontracts it out. Customers can add an optional battery storage backup system that will keep important appliances running during grid outages.
The company was one of the first solar installers to earn APS certification, and two of its staff hold NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certification. In addition, co-founder Joe Messner is one of only a handful of people in Arizona to hold Certified Solar Roofing Professional accreditation from Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE) Inc.
Sun Valley Solar has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. It’s also a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association, and the U.S. Green Building Council.
Sun Valley Solar Solutions can be reached through its website at svssolutions.com, or by phone at (480) 689-5000.
American Solar & Roofing
American Solar & Roofing has a long history and solid reputation in the Tempe, Arizona area.
The company has installed more than 5,000 solar systems in the state since 2001. It also garnered several recognitions, including an Angie’s List Super Service Award and a spot in Ranking Arizona from 2011-2015. It holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
This fully licensed and insured company focuses almost exclusively on custom residential solar, as well as roofing services. It’s certified by the National American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and typically completes the entire process within 90 to 120 days, from design to inspections.
In addition to retrofitting existing homes, the American Solar & Roofing team also works with new construction projects to make solar an expected component of a new home purchase. In addition to providing solar services, the company also does repairs and complete renovations for tile, shingle, flat, foam, shake, and metal roofs.
American Solar & Roofing can be reached through its website at americansolarandroofing.com, or by phone at (480) 994-1440.
Sunrun is one of the nation’s top solar installers, and bestcompany’s #1 solar company of the year for 2016, owing largely to the affordability and transparency of its payment plans. The company has designed and installed more than 100,000 custom solar customers across the United States.
The panels Sunrun installs come with a lifetime warranty and free support. Customers pay through standard lease, loan, and purchase options. They can also monitor solar system output, check account information, and pay bills through a well-designed mobile app.
Sunrun is one of few companies that offer an optional storage system. Its BrightboxTM battery stores excess solar energy the panels generate during the day, and releases it for use during grid outages.
Sunrun’s success made it a target for an early 2017 data breach in which hackers impersonated CEO Lynn Jurich to steal employees’ W-2 forms. The hack did not affect Sunrun customers, however. As a whole, the company’s customers appear to be very satisfied with their choice, judging from its A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Sunrun can be reached through its website at sunrun.com, or by phone at 888-GO-SOLAR.
Launched in March of 2015, this young company provides installation and service for residential solar customers. It already has an A rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Headquartered in Peoria, SUNSOLAR is able to install on concrete tile roofs, composite tile, and ground mounts.
Its 20-year lease plan includes warranty coverage and system monitoring for the length of the agreement. Customers can choose to move forward with a variety of options at the end of the lease term. SUNSOLAR also offers 10-year financing for zero down at 2.99% interest. Customers get free energy after paying off the loan, and can also buy a system outright to start saving immediately.
Customers note that SUNSOLAR explained things well and kept them informed throughout all stages of the process. “Sunsolar was a great company to choose and work with when getting our solar panels,” customer Noah C says. “They are easy to talk to, help you understand everything, and keep you updated throughout the whole process. I definitely appreciate how quickly the panels were installed and how much they worked with our HOA and the City to exp[e]dite the [final] steps of getting the panels fully operational.”
SUNSOLAR Solutions can be reached through its website at sunsolarsolutions.com, or by phone at (602) 773-6675.
Technicians For Sustainability
Technicians For Sustainability is one of the premier solar energy companies in the Tucson area. This locally-owned business provides custom solar solutions for both residential and commercial customers, including solar electric and hot water systems.
More than 2,000 customers have signed on since Technicians For Sustainability opened its doors in 2003, making it one of the oldest and most respected solar companies in the Southern Arizona region.
One of only a handful of companies accredited by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, Technicians For Sustainability always uses in-house installers. In addition to its residential services, the company has also completed several commercial projects for schools, churches, and other nonprofits. All customers have access to a monitoring service for tracking system output.
The company prides itself on its mission to provide clean, renewable solar energy to Southern Arizona customers at the lowest possible price. It holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and has long held itself to extremely high standards regarding ethical and ecological matters.
Technicians For Sustainability can be contacted through its official company website at tfssolar.com, or by phone at (520) 740-0736.
PetersenDean is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing solar and roofing contractors, and the #1 Home Improvement Contractor in the United States.
Based in Fremont, CA, the company now has 3,000 employees and operations in seven states. PetersenDean’s business grew by a whopping 400% in 2015—so much that it plans to significantly expand its corporate headquarters in California, as well as its operations. Its explosive growth is due in part to its agreements with several new home builders. The boom will likely benefit solar manufacturers based in the U.S., given PetersenDean’s commitment to American-made hardware.
Each project comes with a 25-year warranty and real-time Internet monitoring. While customers can buy or finance panels for up to 20 years, leases aren’t available through PetersenDean. The company says that leases are more expensive and not advantageous for solar customers.
The company’s website outlines several different payment plans, and breaks them down by current electric bill. Discounts are available to certain types of customers, including senior citizens, former military, and first responders.
PetersenDean holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. It can be reached through its website at petersendean.com, or by phone at (877) 552-4418.
Arizona Solar Solutions
Arizona Solar Solutions is a local firm providing residential and commercial solar to the Arizona market. The company has installed more than a million watts of solar energy, with no complaints filed with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors since the business launched in 2004.
The company’s emphasis on training and accreditation is the cornerstone of its success. Arizona Solar Solutions is an Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association-certified PV Installer that also holds a Certificate of Knowledge from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). It can assist with all facets of the solar installation process, including planning, design, installation, financing, service, and maintenance.
Buyers concerned about high upfront costs can lease a system, or choose a 10 or 20-year loan. Either way, Arizona Solar Solutions guarantees that customers get the state’s lowest per-kilowatt price on energy.
The company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and holds an A rating. It also claims to have received 100 percent positive reviews from its clients.
Arizona Solar Solutions can be reached through its website at www.az-solarsolutions.com, or by phone at (855) 248-8884.