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Top Rated Solar Companies for

San Jose

Discover the best solar installers in San Jose, California. Read reviews, research average installation costs, and get BBB ratings to help you decide on the best solar panel installer for your home or business.

by Brooks Lape | June 16, 2017

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Clean Solar


Clean Solar is one of the most lauded, popular, and socially responsible installers in Northern California. The company is fully licensed and insured to install residential and commercial systems.


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Headquartered in San Jose, this Certified B Corporation also contributes to the local economy and helps develop the city’s workforce. Clean Solar is training San Jose’s future installers at the Metro Ed vocational school.

The firm offers a 15-year production guarantee, as well as a monitoring service that will automatically alert Clean Solar if there’s a dramatic change in output. Customers can sign up for a zero-down lease, choose a PPA, or buy a system outright.

Clean Solar has come a long way since its founding in 2008, earning numerous accolades. The Prime Buyer's Report named Clean Solar a Top 10 Solar Installer in Northern California for its top-notch work and excellent customer service. MetroActive’s readers voted Clean Solar the “Best Solar Company” in Silicon Valley in 2015, and the San Jose Mercury News and San Mateo Times named it the Best Solar Installer in Silicon Valley for five years running. The company has also been named a CoolCalifornia Small Business Climate Leader for its efforts to reduce its own emissions. Clean Solar is Diamond Certified for customer satisfaction.

Clean Solar can be reached through its website at cleansolar.com, or by phone at (888) 551-7652.


SunPower


This local installer is at the cutting edge of innovation in solar and smart home technology. Its SunPower Equinox package is a complete energy management solution that includes both power generation and smart energy infrastructure.


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SunPower also designs and manufactures its own panels to capture more sunlight, resulting in a 22% efficiency rate— the highest available. They produce 70% more energy in the same area over system lifetime than conventional panels, which means customers need fewer panels overall.

The company uses its proprietary InvisiMount frame that gives the panels a unique, seamless look. Built-in microinverters hidden behind each panel ensure that the system optimizes and converts power at the source. SunPower offers a 25-year warranty on the panels, microinverters, and InvisiMount system, and a 10-year guarantee on the monitoring hardware. Customers can monitor system performance and savings in real time through a mobile app.

SunPower has 30 years of experience in the business, and its expertise stands out in its ratings. The firm has an A+ with the BBB.

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


Future Energy Savers


Future Energy Savers is a whole-home energy company that’s been in business for nearly 40 years. While its initial focus was on insulation, it has installed more than 6,500 solar systems and earned numerous recognitions since it opened its doors in the late 1970s.


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The firm won Southern California Gas Company’s “Contractor of the Year” award, for example. The State of California, the League of California Homeowners, the City of Anaheim, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and the Department of Water and Power (LADWP) have all praised Future Energy Services for the quality and service it provides. The company even served on Governor Schwarzenegger’s Solar Roof Initiative, and was recognized by the federal government for installing solar panels on the White House. Customers say the company installed their panels on or ahead of schedule, and provides excellent, professional service.

In addition to solar systems, Future Energy Savers offers efficiency window replacement, indoor air purification, heating, air conditioning, sealing and ducting, exterior coatings, and solar hot water services.

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


Sunrun


Sunrun is a leading national installer that designs custom solar systems for maximum output. The company is known for low prices and transparency regarding its range of payment options.


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Customers can sign on for a lease, take out a loan, or purchase panels and a battery storage system outright. All of those choices include a lifetime warranty, as well as access to a mobile app for monitoring system performance and usage. Its commitment to customer service is part of the reason why bestcompany rated Sunrun its #1 solar company of 2016.

Utility company National Grid will be partnering with Sunrun to bring solar power to its customers in 2017 and beyond. This will allow Sunrun to expand its residential customer base and take advantage of existing power infrastructure. National Grid will also be investing 100 million dollars in 200 MW of solar projects with Sunrun.

Sunrun holds the Better Business Bureau’s top rating. Customers cite speedy installation, service, and a hassle-free experience as the main advantages of choosing Sunrun.

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


RGS


RGS Energy is a Real Goods Solar Company, and one of the leading solar panel installation companies in San Jose. Founded in 1978, it’s a veteran installer in California, Colorado, and the northeastern U.S.


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To date, RGS has installed more than 25,000 PV systems generating a total of 260 MW across 11 states. The company has an impressive portfolio of commercial solar installations. Large organizations such as Timex, Stop & Shop, Aetna Insurance, and Yale University have sought its expertise for complex solar projects.

RGS Energy holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Its customers highlight its commitment to service, dedication to financing, and overall build quality on both residential and commercial projects.

RGS is also involved in mainstreaming solar through innovative financing arrangements. For example, its Mosaic Home Solar Loan program was recognized by Forbes in 2014. Forbes also recognized the company’s partnership with BMW Motors, which granted a 35% discount on solar installations through RGS Energy to customers of BMW.

RGS Energy can be reached through its website at rgsenergy.com, or by phone at (888) 567-6527.


Vivint


Vivint Solar is a major residential installer experiencing rapid growth. The company has customers in 14 states, and announced plans to expand into New Hampshire in early 2017.


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Vivint Solar is also taking on the Internet of Things through an agreement with Vivint Smart Home. The company plans to introduce a comprehensive home power management system within the year. Customers will be able to configure and change settings and manage devices through a centralized panel, and likely an app as well.

The company’s laser-focus on the future has been covered by TechCrunch, Fortune Magazine, and Forbes. It also recently scored Vivint more than $300 million in new financing agreements.

Vivint owes its remarkable success to designing custom solar systems, using its own highly-trained installers, and emphasizing customer service. It simplifies the installation process, and makes it easy to monitor energy generation and use. The company offers standard payment choices, including zero-down options.

While Yelp! users give Vivint an anemic 2.5 stars over more than 150 reviews, it has a solid record and an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau.

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


Semper Solaris


Veteran-owned Semper Solaris is a full-service installer based in San Diego. Former Marine Corps Captain Kelly Shawhan and contractor John Almond established the company in 2012, naming it after the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis.”


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7: Semper Solaris
Veteran-owned Semper Solaris is a full-service installer based in San Diego. Former Marine Corps Captain Kelly Shawhan and contractor John Almond established the company in 2012, naming it after the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis.” The firm has translated the military values of hard work and respect into guiding principles for its business, allowing it to deliver exceptional products and service to its customers.

Semper only installs high-efficiency panels made in the USA, and guarantees they’ll produce 75% more energy over 25 years than conventional panels. Customers generate power at slightly less than the state’s average price-per-watt. They can verify costs and track system statistics through a monitoring system.

The number of installations it completes annually has been growing year over year since Semper opened in 2012. In 2015, it earned American manufacturer SunPower’s 'Residential National Dealer of the Year' award. Customers are also please with the results; Semper Solaris has the highest possible rating with the Better Business Bureau.

The company brings veterans on board whenever possible, including Warehouse Manager David Fox. Supporting former U.S. military and American businesses is a core aspect of the company’s mission.

Semper Solaris can be reached through its website at sempersolaris.com, or by phone at (888) 210-3366.


8: Sunworks
This well-rounded, thriving company installs residential, commercial, and municipal projects throughout California and Nevada. It also specializes in building and financing agribusiness projects through the Rural Energy for America program. Sunworks is pushing the boundaries of solar through active research and development. Its unique Solar3D Cell technology takes a three-dimensional approach to solar cells that maximizes the conversion of sunlight into electricity.

Formerly known as Solar 3D, the company has been in the electrical business for more than 30 years. Solar 3D acquired Elite Solar in 2015, and rebranded as Sunworks in 2016. It continues to grow rapidly and score major municipal projects, such as a 154kw installation at the Sacramento River Cats’ ballpark.

Sunworks puts just as much effort into serving its customers and reducing its own environmental impact. The company is a Sacramento Area Sustainable Business and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. It employs only NABCEP-credentialed and state certified electricians, and offers a 25-year business warranty. Its dedication to making the process of going solar as easy as possible has earned it an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

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


Petersen Dean


PetersenDean is a fully licensed solar and roofing contractor. Founded in San Jose in 1984, this locally-owned company expanded into five new states in 2014, and now serves the national photovoltaic market.


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With over 30 years of experience in solar installations, PetersenDean is a veteran of the solar industry.

The company’s experience is backed by some of the most prestigious certifications and awards in the industry. It’s certified by the National Housing Quality Program, has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and holds a GAF Master Elite certification in roofing. It also earned a 4.47/5 rating with SolarReviews.com.

PetersenDean’s founders, Jim Peterson and Joe Dean, are local Californians who started the company in a garage in San Jose in 1984. A partnership with General Electric jumpstarted the production of 500 solar-powered homes in 1999, helping to launch the solar industry in California. As a local company, PetersenDean’s success filters back into San Jose’s local economy. To date, the company boasts thousands of solar roof installations nationwide.

PetersenDean can be reached through its website at petersendean.com, or by phone at (800) 564-0362.


REPOWER by Solar Universe


This next-generation solar company is an early adopter of smart home technology. Its REPOWER package combines clean, renewable energy with a cutting-edge home management system.


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REPOWER includes a smart thermostat, LED smart bulbs, and entry point sensors that support fully-integrated energy management and home security systems.

Solar Universe makes it easy for customers to manage settings and devices through a central home panel and mobile app. That means you can turn your dishwasher on from work when energy is cheapest, then come home to clean dishes and a quiet house. The ability to automate appliances and power management make saving energy easier than ever before.

The company’s network of franchises has been installing residential and commercial projects since 2009. Solar Universe has landed several major commercial clients, including the Arizona Department of Administration. Its franchise system and inventive approach to tackling the solar industry have been covered by Forbes magazine.

Solar Universe also provides excellent customer service. It holds the highest possible rating with the Better Business Bureau.

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