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SolarCity is the top residential and commercial installer in the country. It grew quickly after its founding in 2006, largely due to an innovative, zero-down solar lease model, which finally put solar within reach for most homeowners. It went public in 2012.
SolarCity continues to push the boundaries of the solar industry, mainly through technology. It debuted its solar roof tiles and started building a battery storage “gigafactory” in Buffalo, New York in late 2016. It’s also expanding operations in Clermont, Florida, and adding a solar loan option in Pennsylvania.
The firm is one of several companies that serial entrepreneur and Mars exploration advocate Elon Musk has a hand in. In addition to serving as SolarCity chairman, his electric vehicle company, Tesla, recently purchased SolarCity in an effort to integrate solar generation with its car charging stations.
SolarCity is the go-to company for cutting-edge technology, aesthetically pleasing equipment, battery storage, and a hassle-free experience. It holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
SolarCity can be reached through its website at solarcity.com, or by phone at 888-765-2489.
Cool Blew, Inc.
This well-rounded, family-owned business offers a full suite of contracting services to residential and commercial customers across most of Maricopa County.
Launched in 2002, Cool Blew made the Top 20 list of Arizona solar contractors 13 years later in 2015. The company is an authorized dealer of SunPower solar panels, which boast the industry’s highest conversion efficiency rate. All of its technicians are highly experienced.
In addition to solar electric, Cool Blew also installs solar hot water systems and solar thermal systems. Solar thermal energy heats buildings by circulating solar-heated water through special hydronic pipes embedded beneath the floor or behind walls, as well as radiators. Customers can also request a 12, 24, 36 or 60-watt solar attic fan that blends in seamlessly with roof surfaces, and comes with a 25-year warranty.
Cool Blew provides a wide range of energy efficiency services, including thermostat installation, duct repair and cleaning, insulation, and lighting upgrades. It’s also an established, reputable contractor Valley residents can count on for solar, plumbing, air conditioning, heating, and electrical repairs.
The company offers financing for large purchases, which means customers can go solar without a large down payment. It has a perfect A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Cool Blew Solar & Electric can be reached through its website at coolblew.com, or by phone at (623) 872-2900.
Econolight is a family-owned contracting business specializing in electrical system remodels for homes.
While it primarily focuses on traditional electrical and lighting work, it also sets up solar-powered lighting systems for mailboxes, gazebos, pathways, parks, playgrounds, sport courts, and monuments. Non-solar lighting services are also available, including garage lighting, security lighting, and LED retrofits.
Native Phoenicians John Connolly and Brian Fabig started the company in 1992, and amassed more than 7,000 customers since then. Even so, Econolight prides itself on the fact that a human being answers every call that comes in during business hours.
All customers can rely on Econolight for lighting repairs and regular maintenance. Econolight is accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and fully licensed, bonded, and insured. It has an A+ rating with the BBB and zero complaints with the Registrar of Contractors.
“Valyn (sp?) sealed the deal at Econolight,” Kudzu user Saguaro writes. “She took her time and explained to me that 2 guys would come out and do the work twice as fast. She patiently answered my many questions. When Jay and Mark arrived...they went right to work and were done with my long list in an hour and a half. I'm eagerly waiting for an estimate for another job.”
Econolight can be reached through its website at econo-light.com, or by phone at 602-230-7079.
Sun Valley Solar Solutions
With Sun Valley Solar Solutions, solar installation isn’t just an add-on service—it’s all the company does.
It’s the largest Arizona-based dedicated solar installer according to Greentech Media, and the 15th largest installer in the nation. It has hundreds of residential and commercial customers in Maricopa, Pinal, Navajo, Pima, Cochise, Coconino and Yavapai counties, partly because it handles all aspects of the process in-house, rather than using subcontractors. The company has installed millions of watts of solar energy.
Former Intel engineers Russ Patzer and Joe Messner founded this locally-owned business in 2006. Their engineering expertise led them to choose cutting-edge SunPower solar panels, the industry’s finest. It’s now an Elite Dealer of SunPower products.
Sun Valley was one of the first contractors to earn the Arizona Public Service Co.’s Qualified Solar Installer credential. In addition, two of its technicians are certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), the most prestigious credential in the industry.
The firm belongs to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Electric League of Arizona, the Arizona Solar Industries Association, and the U.S. Green Building Council. It’s a five-time winner of the Angie’s List Super Service Award, and a top-rated company with the Better Business Bureau.
Sun Valley Solar Solutions can be reached through its website at svssolutions.com, or by phone at (480) 689-5000.
Sunrun is one of the top residential solar companies in the nation, and bestcompany’s #1 solar company of 2016. It serves more than 100,000 customers and employs thousands of staff. Homeowners are particularly drawn to Sunrun’s low prices and straightforward lease, loan, and purchase plans.
Sunrun designs and installs custom solar systems. It also offers a lifetime warranty with no-cost support. Customers can opt to hook their panels up to the company’s proprietary BrightboxTM battery storage system, which stores excess solar energy. The battery releases the energy for use overnight and during blackouts. Sunrun’s smartphone app enables homeowners to track generation, view account information, and make payments from anywhere.
“Getting solar power from Sunrun could not have been any easier,” Paul writes on the company’s website. “Although it took a bit of time to get permitted[,] once that was done and the install date set, the rest of the process went quickly. It took the team of Manny, Jose, Gabriel, Daniel, Julian, and Guillermo under 4 hours from arrival to drive away. I was very impressed at the speed and professionalism of this installation team…”
Sunrun has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. It can be reached through its website at sunrun.com, or by phone at 888-GO-SOLAR.
American Solar & Roofing
This Tempe-based residential solar and roofing firm started out as a solar-only company in 2001, and later expanded into roofing as well.
While it’s still a locally-owned and operated company, it now has more than 5,000 customers and 60 staff members. American Solar & Roofing is an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner that also ranked as Arizona’s #1 Solar Provider from 2011-2015.
The company is certified for solar installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and fully licensed, bonded, and insured. Due to its expertise in installing tile, shingle, flat, foam, shake and metal roofs, it can also install solar panels on these surfaces. It partners with area builders to offer integrated solar power to new homeowners. On average, it designs and installs solar systems within 90 to 120 days, which includes the permitting stage of the process.
Engineers Sean Seitz and Will Herndon opened the firm with the aim of giving Arizonans energy choice. They continue to work with politicians and manufacturers to advance solar policy and technology. Their firm maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
American Solar & Roofing can be reached through its website at americansolarandroofing.com, or by phone at (480) 994-1440.
PetersenDean’s remarkable 400% growth in 2015 earned it the title #1 Home Improvement Contractor in the U.S. This well-established roofing firm opened its doors in 1984. While it added solar installation to its portfolio much more recently, it’s moving full-throttle into the solar space.
The company installs top-of-the-line SolarWorld panels that come with a 25-year warranty, and pairs them with battery storage. For example, it recently partnered with JLM Energy to offer the Energizr 100 lithium iron phosphate battery system, which will enable customers to be completely grid-independent. Grid-tied customers can also use the battery for backup power during outages. The batteries are manufactured in America, and come with a real-time monitoring platform.
While customers can finance a solar system or purchase it outright, PetersenDean does not offer leases.
“Ricardo and crew did outstanding [work],” Santos Solorio of Clovis, California writes on the company’s website. “He kept me informed on the whole process and even took care of a broken tile I've been trying to get woodside homes to replace for a while now.”
The Better Business Bureau gives PetersenDean an A+ rating for quality and customer service. The company can be reached through its website at petersendean.com, or by phone at (877) 552-4418.
SUNSOLAR Solutions is a relatively new Peoria-based installer that launched in 2015. It offers residential solar installation and service. The company can install panels on concrete tile, composite tile, and ground mounts.
Customers pay via lease or loan with zero down, or an outright purchase. SUNSOLAR Solutions makes the details on plans and rates very visible on its website. It offers 20-year leases that come with system monitoring and warranty service, as well as 10-year, 15-year, and 20-year loans with no upfront cost. It holds an A rating with the Better Business Bureau.
“Great company to work with, I was kept informed of what was going to happen at every phase,” Bernie D. writes. “They use the highly rated Sunrun solar system. Installation was fast, about three hours. The crew did a great job, they even painted all the exposed conduit. Just started up & was putting power back into the grid. They sent someone out to walk me through the start up & explain how it works. I am anxious to see how much power I produce in the first year. Real happy with this company.”
SUNSOLAR Solutions can be reached through its website at sunsolarsolutions.com, or by phone at (602) 773-6675.
Technicians For Sustainability
Technicians for Sustainability has installed more than 2,000 systems across Southern Arizona since 2003. It’s one of only a handful of solar installers to earn certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
In addition to solar electricity, the company also installs Drainback and Glycol solar hot water systems that are specifically designed for the southwestern environment. The systems are guaranteed to resist freeze damage, and have a minimum lifespan of 20 years.
Customers can track system performance by the day, month, and year over the Internet, as well as the financial and environmental benefits the system provides. They can also use data on home energy consumption to make adjustments and reduce demand.
Technicians for Sustainability offers leases for zero down, cash purchases, and 20-year loans that come with a 10 year warranty and a decade of free maintenance.
Solar is more than just a business for Technicians for Sustainability; it also uses solar electricity and solar hydronic heating for its own operations. It patronizes environmentally responsible businesses, facilitates environmental education programs in schools, and offers community workshops. The company maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Technicians For Sustainability can be reached through its website at tfssolar.com, or by phone at (520) 740-0736.