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Bland Solar & Air
This longtime, local favorite installs residential and commercial systems throughout the Central Valley and beyond.
Based in Bakersfield, Bland Solar also has operations in Fresno and Templeton. It’s one of few installers with its own solar showrooms where prospective customers can see mounting systems and solar panels in person, as they’re installed on various types of rooftops. Customers can even ask Bland Solar to design a custom system while they wait.
Bland Solar supports local nonprofits, including CSU Bakersfield Athletics, the American Cancer Society, Hoffman Hospice, the Wounded Heroes fund, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The company encourages employees to participate in local events and sponsorships, and emphasizes the safety of its workers.
In addition, Bland Solar provides energy efficiency upgrades in air conditioning and heating. Customers can generate clean, renewable power and reduce demand at the same time. This allows them to save money on panels, or sell more energy back to the grid. Founded in 1985, Bland Solar has A- rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Bland Solar & Air can be reached through its website at blandsolar.com, or by phone at (661) 836-3880.
Vivint Solar is a major player in the residential solar landscape, and its influence is growing. The company currently serves more than a dozen states, and will be adding New Hampshire in early 2017.
Vivint custom tailors solar systems to each customer’s unique site and energy requirements. Its in-house installers are highly skilled and experienced professionals. The firm streamlines the entire process, from design to permitting to payment.
Vivint offers solar PPAs, leases, and purchases. Customers can get up and running for as little as zero down, and monitor their systems through the Vivint website and mobile app. Vivint’s A- rating with the Better Business Bureau shows that customer service is a top priority.
Vivint is also expanding its services into the smart home space. The company plans to begin offering a complete home management system within the year that includes energy generation, appliance operation, and security. Customers who sign on will be able to configure settings and manage devices through a central panel, or remotely through a mobile app. Vivint’s unique style and success have been covered by several leading magazines, including Forbes.
Vivint Solar can be reached through its website at vivintsolar.com, or by phone at (877) 404-4129.
SolarCity stands out as one of the largest installers in the Bakersfield region. Its success locally and at the national level is due in part to its incentive program for customers who refer their neighbors, as well as group rates for communities that partner up to install arrays together. Renewable Energy World recognized this model with its Finance Innovation of the Year award in 2011.
Over 300,000 installations across the United States make SolarCity the largest solar installation company, with numerous awards and accreditations from top reviewers like BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Scientific American, and the United States Department of Energy.
Company Chairman Elon Musk is a national proponent of cutting-edge technologies that reduce the use of fossil fuels. He’s also the CEO of Tesla, Inc. and SpaceX, and a co-founder of PayPal. Musk is one of the most respected voices for renewable energy in the United States. With Musk on board, it’s no surprise that SolarCity is immensely successful, and maintains such regard among residential customers and commercial businesses alike.
SolarCity has appeared on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list multiple times. MIT Technology Review named the firm one of the 50 Smartest Companies of 2015.
SolarCity can be reached through its website at solarcity.com, or by phone at (888) 765-2489.
Sunrun is the largest dedicated residential solar installer in the U.S. The company has more than 100,000 customers nationwide, thanks in large part to low prices, affordable payment plans, and a focus on customer service. Sunrun was bestcompany’s #1 solar company of 2016. Customers interested in custom systems, straightforward payment plans, and free support may want to consider Sunrun.
The company is a leader in battery storage technology. It launched its proprietary BrightboxTM battery storage system in late 2016. Battery storage makes using solar at night viable; the integrated system stores excess power during the day, then draws it from the battery at night. Customers can track generation and usage through a mobile app.
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative recognizes Sunrun as an innovator. It awarded Sunrun funding to develop the first comprehensive permitting and interconnection software application for installers in November of 2015. The application will expedite the process of completing solar installations, and also reduce the cost. Sunrun also has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Sunrun can be reached through its website at sunrun.com, or by phone at (888) GO-SOLAR.
SunPower has been a leader in solar technology since the 1970s. Based in Silicon Valley, the company has expertise in residential, commercial, and utility-scale installations.
It boasts the most efficient solar panels in the world, which reduces the total number of panels customers need to buy. To date, SunPower projects have collectively generated more than 18,000,000 MWh of clean, renewable energy.
The company designed its own, sleek mounting hardware that streamlines the appearance of the entire solar system. There’s also a built-in microinverter behind each panel that converts and optimizes energy flow at the source. SunPower’s unique technology has a record 22% efficiency rate.
While SunPower holds 200 patents for solar technology, it isn’t resting on its laurels. The company has worked to integrate smart home technology with its power generation systems through its SunPower Equinox package.
Customers are pleased with SunPower’s service, warranties, and real-time monitoring system. The firm has a perfect A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
SunPower can be reached through its website at us.SunPower.com, or by phone at 800-SunPower.
Energy Remodeling is an L.A. company with more than 25 years of experience in contracting. It expanded into residential and commercial solar installation, and continues to grow at a rapid clip.
The company installs American-made solar panels, and offers a 25-year warranty on the equipment. Although customers pay 53% more per watt than the California average, Energy Remodeling offers zero-down financing options and excellent service. It donates to the Everybody Solar project for local charities each time a new customer signs on.
Energy Remodeling has installed more than 3,000 systems throughout California, and its success speaks for itself. The company has a perfect A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and Inc. Magazine included Energy Remodeling on its list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.
The company is an Energy Upgrade California qualified partner. As an insulation, roofing, windows, and HVAC contractor, Energy Remodeling provides complete energy efficiency solutions. It even installs artificial turf, which eliminates the need for watering in drought-stricken areas.
Energy Remodeling can be reached through its website at nrgremodeling.com/, or by phone at (877) 245-4672.