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Top Rated Solar Companies for

San Diego

Compare customer reviews, cost, and independent ratings. These solar companies serve the greater San Diego area, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Escondido, Carlsbad, El Cajon, Vista, and San Marcos.

by Brooks Lape | June 16, 2017

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Semper Solaris


Semper Solaris has applied Marine Corps values to its business and customer service since its founding in 2012, and the results speak for themselves.


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Headquartered in San Diego, Semper Solaris is a local, veteran-owned solar installer. Semper Solaris holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau while installing at 1% less per watt than the California average.

The firm claims that the SunPower panels it installs can generate 70% more energy in the same space over 25 years. The panels, which were designed in the USA, use ultra-pure silicon to maximize power conversion. After installation, customers can easily monitor system performance. Semper Solaris is a NABCEP-certified installer and an International Renewable Energy Council (IREC) certified master trainer.

Co-founder Kelly Shawhan is a former United States Marine Corps captain and contractor with more than 20 years of experience. John Almond is a San Diego native who has worked in the construction business for 20 years, and renewable energy for six years. The company hires veterans whenever it can, and offers discounts for military, police, and firefighters.

Semper Solaris can be reached through its website at http://www.sempersolaris.com, or by phone at 888-210-3366.


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ASI Hastings


ASI Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving San Diego for more than 64 years. The company's longevity stems from its commitment to providing customers with comfortable living spaces in an energy-efficient way.


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ASI's more than 160 employees install solar at a value 15% lower than the regional per watt average.This award-winning company has an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). ASI is an eight-time winner of the prestigious BBB torch award, which recognizes business ethics and integrity. In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy granted ASI its Century Club Award, which honors ENERGY STAR residential contractors that complete 100 or more projects in a calendar year. The Building Performance Institute, the North American Technician Excellence Association, and Efficiency First Advocacy have also recognized the company for its excellence.

ASI Heating and Air Conditioning is an innovative leader in San Diego’s energy landscape. The company was named San Diego’s Energy Upgrade Contractor of the Year in 2013 and 2014 for saving the city's residents thousands through whole-home energy efficiency upgrading. ASI integrates solar, heating, and cooling systems that drastically improve the efficiency of residential homes.

ASI Heating and Air Conditioning can be reached through its website at www.asiheatingandair.com, or by phone at 800-481-2665.


West Coast Solar


West Coast Solar designs and installs custom solar solutions for residential, commercial, and agricultural projects throughout northern California.


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Founded in 2007, the company offers a range of panels, and tailors systems to suit the unique needs of each customer. West Coast Solar offers ownership, power purchase agreements, and leasing options at 3% less per watt than the California average.

The company’s designers can address challenges such as shading, obstructions, and small spaces. Its skilled engineers build systems ranging from the straightforward to the complex.

West Coast Solar partners with industry-leading solar manufacturers and checks equipment for defects during the setup process. To ensure top-notch service, West Coast Solar always uses its own NABCEP-certified installers, rather than subcontracting the work. Once in place, customers can monitor system performance over the Internet.

The company has an A+ rating with the BBB and 4.7 stars on Yelp! over 221 reviews. No matter the size of your installation, West Coast Solar is dedicated to making the process as as simple as possible.

West Coast Solar can be reached through its website, http://www.westcoastsolar.com, or by phone at 1-844-492-7652.


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Sullivan Solar


What began as a one-man shop in 2004 is now the seventh largest solar firm in California and San Diego's best solar power company, according to the Union-Tribune's 2016 Readers Poll.


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Sullivan Solar Power is a turnkey solar system provider serving all of Southern California. The company has designed and installed more than 5,300 systems totaling more than 39 megawatts of solar power, ranging from small-scale residential to large-scale commercial and municipal systems.

Founder Daniel Sullivan is a San Diego native, and his company serves as a standard for all solar business in the region. Sullivan Solar maintains safety protocols far above the industry standard, and ensures the well-being of its employees through frequent safety trainings. The company holds an NABCEP certification, the highest available credential for solar contractors in the US.

A collection of awards and recognitions solidifies the company's position as a top installer. The San Diego Business Journal recognized Daniel Sullivan as Most Admired CEO in 2013, and the company as the sixth fastest growing business in San Diego in 2010. Inc. Magazine and the San Diego Business Journal both included Sullivan Solar on their respective lists of fastest-growing companies for the seventh consecutive year. Sullivan maintains a longstanding A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, with no complaints filed since the business began. It also holds an impressive 4.7 star rating on Yelp! after 187 reviews, and received the Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Sullivan Solar Power's portfolio includes solar projects for San Diego State University, UC San Diego, Port of San Diego, Port of Long Beach, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, as well as many churches, schools, and municipalities. Regardless of project size and scope, Sullivan is committed to delivering the best products and the most qualified professionals to its customers.

Sullivan Solar can be reached through its website, www.sullivansolarpower.com, or by phone at 1-800-SULLIVAN.


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Sunline Energy


Launched in 2007, Sunline promises turnaround in approximately three weeks from the time a customer requests a quote.


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As of 2015, the company had designed and installed 37 megawatts of solar for residential and commercial customers since its founding. Sunline’s technicians are able to install on a wide variety of roof types, including clay tile.

The firm has a skilled team of 48 employees. Though moderate in size, Sunline is ranked #30 on Solar Power World’s list of 2016 Top Solar Contractors headquartered in California, and #55 nationwide. It has an A+ rating with the BBB, and won Angie’s List Super Service Award for exceptional service in 2014.

While Sunline installs residential panels that pay off in as little as 4-6 years, they finance up to 20 years. The company also offers leasing options.

Sunline Energy can be reached through its website, https://www.sunlineenergy.com, or by phone at 858-777-7910.


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Solar City


SolarCity is a full-service installer at the bleeding edge of innovation.


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The company spearheaded new approaches to solar financing that propelled it to national prominence. Its new solar roof uses solar tiles for more surface coverage and a seamless look. To date, SolarCity has earned some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Business Insider, Glassdoor, Renewable Energy World, Fast Company, and MIT Technology Review all recognize SolarCity as a leader in both residential and commercial solar.

The company’s chairman is Elon Musk, cousin of co-founders Peter and Lyndon Rive. Musk’s electric car company, Tesla Motors, bought SolarCity in late 2016. Tesla aims to provide a comprehensive renewable energy solution, complete with fully compatible PV systems, home batteries, electric vehicles, and charging stations.

SolarCity boasts 300,000 residential customers. In fact, one in three U.S. installations is a SolarCity project, and a new customer signs up every three minutes. The company is also a prominent commercial installer that has partnered with Honda, Google, and Citibank for large-scale projects.

Customers can use the mySolarCity app to monitor generation and energy use in real time. The app also tracks statistics per day, month and year, and over the lifetime of the system. SolarCity is an ideal choice for a hassle-free, simple solar installation.

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


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Stellar Solar


Stellar Solar is a customer favorite in the county. Union Tribune readers named the company San Diego’s best installer for three years running (2013-2015), and its commitment to customer service is evident in review after positive review.


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This residential and commercial installer has a coveted 4.6/5 stars on Yelp! after 118 reviews, and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. The company has installed sophisticated arrays for major institutions including the Salk Institute, US Foods, and Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

Stellar Solar attributes its success to a “no-pressure, no-gimmick” approach that generates hundreds of customer referrals and universally positive reviews. Its 30-day installation guarantee also sets its apart from other solar installers.

Founded in 1998, these San Diego locals boast 18 years of experience in photovoltaics. Stellar maintains partnerships with CALSEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association, Mitsubishi Electric, LG, and SunPower that allow it to offer lower prices than most start-up solar companies. Stellar Solar also offers mobile solar panels for event hosting. Stellar plans to be a mainstay of the San Diego community for years to come.

Stellar Solar can be reached through its website at www.stellarsolar.net, or by phone at 866-787-6527.


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Baker Electric Solar


Baker Electric Solar is a mainstay of the solar industry in California and a veteran of the electricity sector. As a fourth-generation business, Baker Electric has been serving Southern California for over 75 years.


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Despite its rich history, Baker has its eyes on the future. In 2015, Baker’s business ventures collectively reached 1GW of total installed solar. The company recently began offering residential energy storage in San Diego as well. With its storage option and a cost per watt that’s 8% lower than the California average, it’s an ideal choice for solar installation in San Diego.

Baker’s multiple awards and recognitions cement its status as one of the most lauded solar companies in San Diego. The company has received awards from Inc. Magazine, Solar Power World, PV American WEST, and SunPower, as well as an Angie’s List Super Service Award.

Baker Electric Solar exceeds industry standards for safety, quality, and value. Its commitment to excellence has also earned the company the 2014 NECA Zero Injury Award and the 2014 NECA Safety Excellence Award. Baker has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and a 4.5-star average on Yelp! over 94 reviews.

Baker Electric Solar can be reached through its website at www.bakerelectricsolar.com, or by phone at 877-543-8765.


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Sunrun


Sunrun’s soaring popularity is largely due to its low prices (19% less per watt than the California average) and little to zero down options. bestcompany rated Sunrun its #1 solar company in 2016.


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Launched in 2007, Sunrun now has more than 100,000 solar customers over 13 states. Sunrun uses satellite imagery and other information to design custom systems that maximize savings. Customers can choose to lease, finance, or purchase the system outright. Sunrun provides free support for the life of the solar panels.

The company also offers the BrightboxTM battery storage system. The battery complements the panels by enabling customers to use stored solar energy at night and during outages.

Customers have access to the mySunrun Mobile App for iOS and Android. Users can track solar production by day, week, or month; view account information; and pay bills. bestcompany gives this smart home app ⅘ stars overall.

Sunrun also has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and 3.4 stars on Yelp! over 375 reviews. bestcompany recognizes Sunrun as highly transparent regarding payment and financing options.

Sunrun can be reached through its website, https://www.sunrun.com, or by phone at 888-GO-SOLAR

Cities served: San Diego, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Escondido, Carlsbad, El Cajon, Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas, National City, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Coronado, Solana Beach, Del Mar.


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