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Top Rated Solar Companies for

Sacramento

Compare customer reviews, cost, and independent ratings. These solar companies serve the greater Sacramento area, including San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Solano, Placer, and Yolo CA.

by Brooks Lape | July 16, 2017

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Solar City


Bleeding-edge solar and storage technology from the largest installer in the United States.


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SolarCity's innovative approach to home solar brings the company a new customer every three minutes - an unprecedented accomplishment in the U.S. solar industry to date. It’s risen to the top of Sacramento’s solar market through a combination of technology, service, and sustainable business.

Elon Musk, the visionary business leader behind Tesla, SpaceX, and PayPal, is Chairman of SolarCity, alongside co-founders Peter and Lyndon Rive. Musk’s commitment to green technology drives SolarCity’s expansion throughout California and the United States. The company’s innovative approaches to financing, construction, and installation have earned it recognition and a wide customer base. Its connection to Tesla has yielded hundreds of vehicle charging stations and home battery systems, and established SolarCity as a leader in California’s renewable energy sector.

SolarCity has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, as well as numerous accolades. Glassdoor granted its Candidates' Choice Award for the energy sector to SolarCity in 2015, and FastCompany recognized it as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World. SolarCity has also been recognized by the United States Department of Energy, Fortune, Businessweek, and Scientific American.

SolarCity can be reached through its website at solarcity.com, or by phone at (888) 765-2489.


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Sunrun


With $3 billion worth of solar systems across 15 states, Sunrun is one of the largest residential solar installer in the nation.


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Sunrun has designed more than 100,000 custom solar systems nationwide. The firm is known for its reasonably-priced and transparent payment options, as well as its commitment to customer service. Sunrun even caught the attention of bestcompany, which named it the #1 solar company of 2016.

Sunrun is one of few installers to offer an optional storage system. The Brightbox stores the extra solar energy the panels generate during the day, and releases it for use at night. Users can track generation and demand through a mobile app. The vast majority of Sunrun’s customers are pleased with their choice, as evidenced by the company’s A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

CEO and co-founder Lynn Jurich has been instrumental to Sunrun’s success. Lynn was named one of Forbes’ Women to Watch in 2015, and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business of 2013. Before joining Sunrun, she was a venture capitalist at Summit Partners. Lynn has a bachelor’s degree in science and an MBA from Stanford University.

Sunrun can be reached through its website at sunrun.com, or by phone at (888) GO-SOLAR.


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Future Energy Savers


This Elk Grove-based solar installer has been serving the local community since 1978. Built on a foundation of integrity and community outreach, the company has become a leader in the solar industry.


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Future Energy Savers is primarily involved in solar systems, and has installed more than 5,000 to date. However, customers can also sign on for comprehensive home energy services that include efficiency upgrades for windows, indoor air purification, heating, air conditioning, sealing and ducting, and solar hot water.

Its commitment to its customers has earned the company several awards and commendations, including Southern California Gas Company’s “Contractor of the Year” award. The State of California, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) have all recognized Future Energy Services as a solar installer of distinction. The company even served on Governor Schwarzenegger’s Solar Roof Initiative.

“Family is everything to me,” says Jeffrey Adkins, who has served as CEO since 1978. “We have built our company on the premise that every family deserves the very best in products and services so that they can raise their families and live cost efficient.” This sentiment is more than just lip service; the company maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Future Energy Savers can be reached through its website at energysavers.com, or by phone at (800) 985-0733.


Sunworks


Sunworks is an authority on residential, commercial, municipal, and agricultural solar installations. The company started out as electrical contractor Solar 3D more than 30 years ago. It acquired Elite Solar in 2015, and rebranded as Sunworks the following year.


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Its commitment to quality has partly fueled the company’s growth. Sunworks uses highly trained and certified installers, and offers a 25-year warranty. The Better Business Bureau gives Sunworks an A+ rating for customer satisfaction.

The company has cemented its status as a solar leader through intensive research and development. Sunworks pioneered 3D solar cells that enable wide-angle collection of sunlight and optimize energy conversion.

It also announced a partnership with Arkansas company Ecoark Holdings, which develops sustainable supply chain products and solutions for major retailers, in early 2017. The agreement will help Ecoark broaden its solar offerings for large-scale retail clients.

Sunworks is a socially responsible business that advances sustainability through its own operations, as well as those of its customers. Its membership in the U.S. Green Building Council and status as a Sacramento Area Sustainable Business demonstrate its commitment to the environment. Sunworks donates solar panels to good causes, such as Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore location in Marysville, California. It also sponsors local fundraisers.

Sunworks can be reached through its website at sunworksusa.com, or by phone at (866) 600-6800.


Vivint


Vivint Solar is a major installer in the residential solar space. Founded just six years ago, it now serves more than a dozen states nationwide. Vivint is positioning itself as a leader in smart tech and whole-home solutions as well.


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The company’s new CEO, David Bywater, previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Vivint Smart Home, making it no surprise that Vivint Solar has been moving full-throttle into the smart home space. A new partnership between the two companies will expand Vivint Solar’s offerings to include home energy management systems and devices. Vivint Solar’s new package may draw on that company’s home assistant, Sky, to manage devices and track energy use.

Vivint draws up custom systems that maximize available space and sunlight. It conducts quality assurance checks on all equipment, and never outsources installation work. Installation and maintenance are free, and customers can rely on a 20-year warranty. While the partnership with Vivint Smart Home may expand monitoring capabilities and available statistics, solar customers can already monitor panel output through the Vivint Solar website or mobile app. They can also choose from standard payment plans, including zero-down options. The Better Business Bureau gives the company an A- rating for customer satisfaction.

Vivint Solar can be reached through its website at vivintsolar.com, or by phone at (877) 404-4129.


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REPOWER by Solar Universe


Solar Universe is a proven, recognized innovator in the solar and smart home spaces. Founded in 2008, its network of 40 franchises makes Solar Universe unique among major solar companies.


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Headquartered in Livermore, California, breaking away from the pack with its nationwide franchise model has brought Solar Universe remarkable success. Forbes recognized its unique approach to the solar industry in 2013, and Solar Universe has appeared on Franchise Magazine’s Franchise 500 list annually since 2012.

The company’s signature product is REPOWER, a comprehensive solar panel and smart home system. REPOWER controls heat, lighting, and security based on clean rooftop solar. It also includes a central control panel and mobile application. REPOWER gives customers seamless control over energy costs, usage, and home management.

REPOWER maintains a team of more than 1,000 people to serve its residential and commercial customers. So far, this team has successfully installed 46 megawatts of solar power. Nine out of 10 Solar Universe customers would recommend this installer to others.

REPOWER by Solar Universe can be reached through its website at repower.solaruniverse.com/, or by phone at (866) 676-5279.


SunPower


SunPower is a residential, commercial, and utility-level installer that’s been at the cutting edge of solar for more than four decades. Like many other disruptive companies, SunPower is headquartered in Silicon Valley.


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SunPower pushed through the early, challenging years of the solar industry largely through innovation. Its SunPower Equinox home solar system uses panels that produce 70% more energy in the same space over the life of the system. It also has 70% fewer visible parts for a minimalist and attractive look. The solar cells, microinverters, mounting system, and software were all designed by SunPower, which means they’re guaranteed to work seamlessly together. Customers get a single warranty for all of the equipment.

The company’s monitoring system provides real-time information on the system’s solar production, along with tools to help understand and manage energy use. Four different connection backups ensure that there’s never a gap in the data.

SunPower also provides bleeding-edge systems to its commercial customers. Its SunPower Helix system is the first integrated commercial solar platform. The platform combines efficient solar energy from rooftops, ground systems, and carports with an advanced monitoring system.

In addition to innovation, the company also has an excellent reputation for service, including a perfect score with the Better Business Bureau.

SunPower can be reached through its website at us.SunPower.com, or by phone at 800-SunPower.


Counties Served: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Solano, Placer, Yolo, Sutter, Nevada, El Dorado, Amador, Yuba, Colusa, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Plumas, Sierra

Cities Served: Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Elk Grove, Roseville, Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville, Citrus Heights, Tracy, Folsom, Turlock, Manteca, Davis, Yuba City, Rancho Cordova, Lodi, Rocklin, Woodland, West Sacramento