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Top Rated Solar Companies for

Tampa

Compare the best solar companies in Tampa based on customer reviews and our independent analysis.

by Brooks Lape | August 10, 2017

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Solar Advantage


Since 2012, Solar Advantage has served Tampa and much of South and Central Florida in residential and commercial installation of custom solar electric systems and solar hot water systems.


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All work is conducted by certified Master Electricians and NABCEP certified installation professionals. They offer a 10-year workmanship warranty on all systems and financing is available through OUC, PACE financing and solar loans.

Solar Advantage utilized products from top-rated brands such as Enphase, SolarWorld, Panasonic, LG and more. They have additional installation services in solar carports and off-grid battery backed-up solar systems.

They most often provide homes with a 10-kilowatt system using 36 solar panels, producing about $200 worth of electricity each month, though have experience with large and smaller arrays as well. After installation, the system is maintained and monitored through a monitoring portal available at extra cost.

In February 2017, Solar Advantage completed the largest industrial solar PV Power System in the Tampa Bay area for Tampa Tank and Welding.

Solar Advantage was awarded Angies List Super Service award and Solar Power World’s Solar Advantage award. They can be reached at their website Solaradv.com or by phone at (813) 399-1231.


Solar Specialist


Since 2007, family owned Solar Specialist Inc has been a trusted name in residential solar system installation to Tampa, Florida and the Bay Area with services in solar pool heating, home water heating and solar PV system installation.


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They offer a 10-year workmanship warranty on all solar systems with financing options available.

They utilize high-quality solar system equipment from manufacturers such as Canadian Solar and Solar Edge that come with manufacturer warranties. Solar Specialist Inc. holds 2 State Certified Solar Contractor licenses and a State Certified General Contractor license. They hold separate services in maintenance and repair.

Solar Specialist received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is EnergySage Approved. They can be reached at their website Solarspecialistinc.com or by phone at (813) 938-3107.


Bay Area Solar Solutions


Serving Tampa and the surrounding area, Bay Area Solar Solutions services homeowner’s home efficiency needs through the installation of solar electric systems, solar attic fans and other energy-saving services.


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They utilize top-end brands such as Solar World and Enphase and offer financing through a number of loan options. They offer free in-home efficiency consultations designed to identify the efficiencies and inefficiencies in the home and then tailor products and services best suited to maximize energy efficiency.

Bay Area Solar Solutions designs and installs both rooftop and ground mount PV systems. They also install energy storage backup batteries for off-grid systems or homes to use in the case of a blackout. Additionally, they provide installation services in home insulation, LED lighting, window caulking, weather stripping and water heater wrapping.

Bay Area Solar Solutions is a NABCEP Certified Installation company and received an A+ from the Better Business Bureau. They can be reached at Bayareasolarsolutions.com or by phone at (727) 262-3135.


Solar Source


Founded in 1984, Solar Source has risen to a prestigious solar system design, engineering, and installation company for residential, military installations, and commercial businesses in Tampa, Florida and throughout the world.


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Their services include, but are not limited to, solar electricity, solar water heating, solar pool heating, and solar attic ventilation fans. They offer zero down 100% financing for 10, 15 and 20 years as well as PACE solar loans.

Solar Sourced is a licensed electrical and general contractor and NABCEP certified. They work with products from top-end manufacturers such as Enphase, SolarWorld, Heliocol and more. The systems come with a 2-year full warranty along with the manufacturer’s warranties.

Some of the company’s renown projects are installing the largest PV array in Cuba at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, the largest solar pool heating system in the world in Mazatlán, Mexico, and the largest domestic water-heating project for Walt Disney World in Orlando. The company founded Solar Source Institute, a licensed educational facility that provides solar training for members of the construction industry.

Solar Source received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. They can be reached at their website at Solarsource.net or by phone at (800) 329-1301.


Vivint


Founded in 2011, Vivint Solar is a large-scale, publicly traded solar installation company supplying homeowners in Tampa, Florida, and the nation with solar system design and installation.


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They provide maintenance and monitoring, and a 20-year product and workmanship warranty. Customers have the option to purchase their system outright or finance through loans, leases or PPAs.

All work is performed by in-house, licensed solar professionals. A typical solar panel installation takes about 4-8 hours to complete. Vivint Solar takes care of all permitting and paperwork to make the process as easy as possible for the customer.

Vivint solar is the exclusive dealer of the Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage System for a reliable backup energy source when the grid goes down.

Vivint Solar was founded from Vivint home security in 2011 and went public in 2014. Vivint Solar is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Vivint Solar is Consumer Affairs Accredited and received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. They were listed #2 on Solar Power World’s Top 500 Solar Contractors in North America. They can be reached at their website Vivintsolar.com or by phone at (877) 404-4129.


Sun-Tec Solar Energy


With multiple office around Florida, Sun-Tec Solar Energy provides solar solutions to residential, commercial and industrial customers in Tampa and throughout Central and South Florida.


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Their services include the installation of solar PV systems, solar hot water heaters, solar pool heaters, and solar attic fans. All solar PV systems parts include a lifetime warranty and the company offers solar specific financing to meet each homeowner’s needs.

Sun-Tec Solar Energy designs and installs each system from the initial free consultation to system activation taking care of all site plans, permits and inspections. The company is a certified solar, electrical, and building contractor with licensed technicians conducting the installations. Their installation products are SolarWorld solar panels and Enphase inverters.

Sun-Tec Solar Energy is a GuildQuality Member. They can be reached at their website Suntecsolarenergy.com or by phone at (877) 834-7868.


Solar Direct


Solar Direct has been designing, installing, and servicing solar products for residential and commercial customers in Tampa and throughout the state of Florida since 1986, and now provides solar services nationwide.


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As a NABCEP certified PV installation professional, their services include the installation of solar PV systems, solar hot water, solar pool, and solar space heating systems. They utilize products from top brands such as SolarWorld panels which come with a 25-year performance warranty.

Solar Direct’s installation services cover both roof and ground mounted systems as well as grid-tied and off-grid systems with battery backup. Financing options are available through GreenSky at zero dollars down and PACE programs.

Solar Direct offers services preventive maintenance; annual inspections and adjustments; and troubleshooting of solar system malfunctions. In addition to solar, the company offers other energy saving products and appliances as well as wind power installation for homes and businesses. From their website directly, customers may purchase solar system components and kits for systems to build themselves.

Solar Direct received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. They can be reached at their website SolarDirect.com or by phone at (800) 333-9276.


Green Planet Solar Systems


Green Planet Solar Systems has been serving the Tampa Bay area in residential, commercial and governmental solar system design and installation since 2007.


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The use of top-end manufacturers throughout their many services and financing options with no interest for 12 months has made them a staple solar contractor in Tampa. They offer a 10-year workmanship warranty on solar PV panels and 3-year warranties on inverters.

This certified solar contractor offers a wide range of services including installation of solar PV systems, solar pool heaters, solar water heaters, solar carports, solar EV charging stations, solar lighting, and solar attic fans. In addition to installation, Green Planet also repairs and maintains solar systems as an additional service. They utilize top-end solar product manufacturers like Enphase, LG, Solar World, Solar Edge, and more which all come with manufacturer warranties. For off-grid systems or customers who would like energy storage in the event of a blackout, Green Planet installs the Tesla Powerwall home battery.

Green Planet Solar Systems received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is HomeAdvisor Screened and Approved. They can be reached at their website Greenplanetsolarsystems.com or by phone at (727) 219-9785.


Efficient Home Services of Florida


Since 2011, Efficient Home Services of Florida has served Tampa and Central Florida as a full-service company providing custom packed energy management systems comprised of solar electric systems, home insulation, ventilation, LED lighting, water heaters, window sealing and more.


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Their solar systems come with a 25-year warranty with no out-of-pocket costs for upkeep or maintenance throughout the life of the contract.

A free energy evaluation begins the process in which an auditor comes to the home to decide which energy saving services are required to make the home as efficient as possible. From there, custom packaged energy management systems are set in place comprised of top quality solar systems, radiant barriers, energy efficient air conditioners, replacement doors or windows, solar attic fans, electrical upgrade services and much more.
The company goal is to help home owners receive energy savings through green technologies and the latest advancements in the green energy industry.

Efficient Home Services of Florida can be reached at their website EHSFL.com or by phone at (844) 778-8810.


Florida Power Services Inc


Installing more solar systems in Florida than any other company, Florida Power Services provides Tampa and all of Florida in the design and installation of large residential and small commercial solar projects including grid tied, off grid or standalone systems.


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All their system designs are reviewed and stamped by a Certified Professional Engineer with the installations performed by FSEC and NABCEP certified PV installers. All systems come with a 5-year installation warranty.

Since 2008, Florida Power Services has installed grid tied, grid-tied with battery backup, and off-grid solar systems. Their residential grid-tied systems are installed on IronRidge Racking. The company’s owner is onsite during all installations.

Their online system monitoring includes daily reports on system production, issue alerts, weather updates, and real-time power output reports.

Florida Power Services is a certified solar PV installer. They can be reached at their website Floridapowerservices.com or by phone at (727) 667-9955.