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No solar company has a larger U.S. presence than SolarCity. The company was one of the first solar installers to offer leasing and zero money down options, making solar affordable for the average household. Its commitment to innovation in solar power keeps SolarCity at the forefront of technology, service, and value.
The firm is a full-service solar panel installer offering both traditional installations and provider-owned systems. These options help make solar possible for a range of budgets. SolarCity is continually developing industry-revolutionizing technology and practices, such as the MySolarCity monitoring app, home battery storage systems, and solar roof tiles. Its commitment to building vehicle recharging stations is accelerating the electric car industry in California.
SolarCity was founded in 2006 by Peter and Lyndon Rive. Their cousin, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk, serves as chairman. Musk’s electric car company, Tesla, purchased SolarCity in 2016 with plans to integrate its generation systems with Tesla products.
SolarCity is a trusted name in solar, with more residential installations than any other solar company in the U.S. Its clients include the largest names in business, including Google, Citibank, and Honda. It’s a good choice for homeowners looking for a reliable installer and straightforward experience.
SolarCity can be reached at its website at solarcity.com, or by phone at (888) 765-2489.
LA Solar Group
This full-service installer ranks ninth on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2016 list of fastest-growing private companies. LA Solar Group has installed thousands of systems in California since it was established in 2012, and now serves a total of seven states.
The company designs and installs turnkey solar systems for homeowners and businesses. With a C-46 solar license and a C-10 electrical license, LA Solar employs highly trained, certified, and pre-screened installers. It guarantees that activation will occur on time and on-budget.
Customers generate energy at 1% less than the California per-watt average. They can track system performance through a free Web and app-based service that records data per week, month, and year. The company provides a 20-year equipment warranty, a 25-year production warranty, and a 20-year labor warranty.
LA Solar’s ratings show that the company makes good on its promises. It has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and positive ratings on Yelp.
LA Solar Group can be reached through its website at la-solargroup.com, or by phone at (855) 552-7652.
A1 Solar Power
With more than 30 years of experience in the business, A1 Solar is one of the most seasoned installers serving L.A. The firm provides full-service installations for both homeowners and businesses at more than 50% less than the state’s per-watt average.
This conscious company manages to offer rock-bottom prices while using environmentally-friendly solar panels manufactured in the United States. A1 has a robust workforce of more than 100 people, including highly knowledgeable engineers and technicians. These workers design custom, turnkey systems to fit each individual site. The company has completed thousands of installations throughout California, including projects on clay tile roofs.
A1 offers a 10-year warranty on the installation work, as well as a Web-based monitoring service. Customers can select from a full range of payment choices, including leases, outright purchase, and power-only options. While the price may be attractive, A1 Solar Power has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau due to dozens of customer complaints.
A1 Solar Power can be reached through its website at a1solarpower.net, or by phone at (855) 410-4700.
Sunrun rounds out L.A. County’s top 10 with admirable customer reviews and a wealth of experience installing solar in California. As a 10-year industry veteran that installs a new system every six seconds, they’re a major player in U.S. solar.
Customers pay a locked-in rate for the power the Sunrun panels produce, rather than for the system itself. That allows homeowners to install solar and start paying Sunrun less than what they paid the utility, with no money down. The company guarantees that its systems will produce at expected levels, and will refund the difference if the panels under-perform. Most systems produce more than their guaranteed parameters, granting peace of mind for homeowners.
Sunrun announced a new partnership with U.K. utility company National Grid in early 2017. The companies will join forces to implement marketing campaigns and a grid services pilot. National Grid is also investing $100 million in Sunrun’s rooftop systems.
In 2013, Sunrun began working with RGS Energy to expand its residential solar capability in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York. Sunrun’s no-cost guarantee for maintenance and repairs made it an ideal choice for RGS Energy’s pre-solar residential customers.
The company’s strategic partnerships have resulted in explosive growth. To date, Sunrun has established over $2 billion in solar systems in 15 states, with support from major investors like U.S. Bancorp and J.P. Morgan.
Sunrun can be reached through its website at sunrun.com, or by phone at (877) 676-0696.
At four years old, Enver Energy is a relative newcomer to the solar industry; father and son team Ben and Benson Kane founded the company in early 2013. However, the Kane family boasts a lifetime of experience in contracting and running other successful businesses.
Headquartered in Tustin, California, Enver Energy installs residential solar panels at 35% more per watt than the California average. While the cost is higher, this family-owned business has a high level of customer satisfaction. It earned an A- rating from the Better Business Bureau.
The company’s employees are certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Enver also provides HVAC, window, and roofing services, making it a one-stop choice for homeowners interested in making other home improvements. In addition to the excellent reviews of its solar services, http://www.qualifiedremodeler.com/ ranked Enver #41 out of the Top 500 remodelers in the country.
Enver is also a HERO program partner that works to make efficient and sustainable products more affordable to the average homeowner.
Enver Energy can be reached through its website at enverenergy.com/, or by phone at (877) 404-0551.
Green NRG is a major solar contractor in L.A. County. Established in 2008, the Green NRG Group is a fully licensed and insured solar provider with thousands of satisfied customers, hundreds of positive reviews, and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
The company serves all cities in Ventura, San Bernardino, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties. It provides custom solar systems that cater to the exact specifications of their customer’s unique electricity needs. It also offers cost-effective solutions for reducing energy use. Homeowners can choose from a range of different solar panels, including SunPower, Bosch, AleoSolar, SolarWorld, CanadianSolar, Sharp, and many other brands.
Green NRG makes solar simple and affordable through a range of leasing, financing, and purchasing options. Senior citizens receive a discount, and Green NRG will make a donation to charity each time a new customer signs on. Once you’ve signed a contract, the company will transfer the donation to the California nonprofit of your choice.
Green NRG can be reached through its website at greenpowersolarpanels.com, or by phone at (866) 835-2423.
This long-lived, successful company is the #1 home improvement contractor in the U.S. PetersenDean is a licensed solar installer and roofing contractor that implements residential and commercial solar systems across five states. To date, the company has installed more than a million roof and solar projects since 1984.
PetersenDean is a SolarWorld Master Installer. It supports American workers by using products manufactured in Oregon and Rocklin, California. It offers a 25 year warranty for roofing and solar installations.
Customers can either purchase the panels outright or sign on for a loan. While PetersenDean provides loans up to 20 years, it does not offer leases, which the company says are more expensive. Its website outlines a variety of solar packages, based on current electric bill. Customers typically pay 9% less per watt for their energy than the California average. Seniors, veterans, and first responders receive discounts.
All customers have access to real-time monitoring over the Internet and round-the-clock customer service by phone. The Better Business Bureau gives PetersenDean an A+ rating.
PetersenDean can be reached through its website at petersendean.com, or by phone at (877) 552-4418.
REPOWER by Solar Universe
Solar energy and smart home technology are both coming of age. Solar Universe saw the potential and developed REPOWER, an integrated power generation and home management solution.
REPOWER automatically adjusts lights and temperature as solar panels come online in the morning. Its smart home technology includes a smart thermostat, LED smart bulbs, and door/window sensors. Customers can manage settings through a wall-mounted display panel and an app.
Solar Universe has been serving residential and commercial customers for more than eight years. It has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Solar Universe is known for its franchise model. While unusual in the PV industry, the company believes that combining ideas from large-scale solar with local knowledge and entrepreneurship is a recipe for success. Its unique approach was even featured by Forbes in 2013.
REPOWER by Solar Universe is a popular choice for commercial solar. Recent customers include Camelback Toyota, the Arizona Department of Administration, Peachwood Medical (Clovis, CA), and Les Schwab Tire Center (Quincy, CA).
REPOWER by Solar Universe can be reached through its website at repower.solaruniverse.com/, or by phone at (866) 676-5279.
Headquartered in L.A., Energy Remodeling is a local company with seven locations throughout the state. While the business has been in contracting for 26 years, it’s now a residential and commercial installer experiencing rapid growth.
Energy remodeling has installed more than 3,000 systems, and even landed a spot on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Customers pay 53% more per watt than the California average, with zero-down financing options. The company is well-regarded in the industry, however. The Better Business Bureau gives it an A+ rating.
Energy remodeling installs solar panels manufactured in the United States. It offers a 25-year warranty and zero-down financing options. For every installation it completes, Energy Remodeling donates to the Everybody Solar project, which provides solar to local charities.
Energy Remodeling also does insulation, roofing, windows, heating and cooling, making it an excellent choice for both solar generation and retrofitting. Eco-minded customers may also be interested in its artificial grass services. The grass saves water and eliminates the emissions and costs associated with mowing.
Energy Remodeling can be reached through its website at nrgremodeling.com, or by phone at (877) 245-4672.
Co-founded by a former Marine Corps captain, Semper Solaris has earned success through its unique set of values. This veteran-owned solar company promises to deliver 75% more energy over 25 years than other installers.
Semper’s customers generate their energy at 1% less than the California per-watt average. They can track generation and usage through a simple monitoring system.
Semper installs high-output SunPower panels made in the USA. It installed twice as much solar in 2015 than in 2014, earning the company SunPower’s 'Residential National Dealer of the Year' award. Semper has been growing by leaps and bounds since its founding in 2012. It has managed this growth while maintaining an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
The company prefers to hire veterans, and former marines in particular. Semper employees are always ready to serve. In January of 2016, three Semper Solaris workers rescued two people from a burning truck on I-805 in Kearney Mesa.
The team of veterans at Semper Solaris can be reached through its website at sempersolaris.com, or by phone at (888) 210-3366.