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Solar Home Co.
This local, family-owned business has been installing solar electricity for homeowners in New Jersey, New York City, and Upstate New York since 2007.
But the Landgrebes have been helping the homeless community even longer. Mark and Anna Landgrebe began making weekly rounds to provide food, socks, and toiletries to New York’s homeless in 1992. The couple was even featured as a Harvey’s Hero of New York on the Steve Harvey Show. They donate a portion of the proceeds from each new solar contract to their “Homeless Bus” effort.
Based in Fairfield, New Jersey, Solar Home Co. offers outright purchases, financing, and power purchase agreements with no upfront cost. The company says that its process takes 1-3 months, with the installation occurring in a single day.
While Solar Home Co. isn’t rated by the Better Business Bureau, satisfied customers give it a 5-star rating at Home Advisor. Prospective customers can view a photo gallery of the company’s installation work on its website.
Solar Home Co. can be reached through its website at solarhomeco.com, or by phone at (973) 832-7717.
This Fair Lawn company has been serving New Jersey for 40 years. It has extensive experience in solar electricity, battery storage systems, solar hot water, and solar pool heating.
The company also integrates hybrid solar electric/hot water/pool heating systems, which it says can increase solar production with fewer panels overall. Site visitors can view dozens of photos of solar installations, along with details on equipment and prices, at this highly transparent company’s website. The firm was even honored with the Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2014 and 2015.
Solar Living distributes American-made products whenever possible. It offers standard purchase, financing, and lease options, as well as power purchase agreements.
It claims that customers who install its solar hot water systems can reduce their hot water energy requirements by 50-70%. It offers a two-year warranty on the installation work for solar hot water systems, a five-year warranty on the solar panels, and a six-year warranty on the storage tank. Customers can set up their pool heating system on a rooftop, pergola, shade awning, or custom ground mounts.
While the Better Business Bureau hasn’t rated the company, it has installed more than 1,500 residential and commercial projects for solar hot water and pool heating, and provides maintenance for more than 1,000 systems originally mounted by other installers. It also provides equipment and information for DIY projects.
Solar Living can be reached through its website at capturethesun.com, or by phone at (973) 691-8483.
Direct Energy Solar
Direct Energy Solar is a residential and commercial solar provider serving nine states across the Northeastern U.S., plus the District of Columbia. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, it has installed more than 6,000 residential systems since it opened in 2007.
This up-and-coming firm scored a place on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in the United States on two separate occasions. Despite its growth, it touts deep local knowledge and personalized service.
Direct Energy Solar offers standard purchase, loan, and power purchase agreement options with free installation. It uses its own in-house electricians and installers, many of whom are NABCEP-certified.
The company replaces traditional, centralized inverters with micro-electronics that optimize each solar panel. This approach enhances system production and design flexibility.
Each system comes with a 20-year workmanship warranty for equipment defects, 12-25 year manufacturer warranties, a 20-year production guarantee, and round-the-clock system monitoring. Customers can get hourly and daily production updates online.
The company provides support for the lifetime of the system. After installation, the project lead will connect the homeowner with the Customer Care team. Because the firm is part of the Direct Energy network of companies, customers can rest assured that they’ll be able to get support many years down the road.
Direct Energy Solar has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. It can be reached through its website at directenergysolar.com, or by phone at (800) 903-6130.
Launched in 2009, Momentum Solar is a nationally recognized residential and commercial solar company based in Edison, New Jersey.
Forbes chose Momentum CEO Arthur Souritzidis as one of its “30 Under 30” energy entrepreneurs in early 2017. A year earlier, Inc. Magazine named Momentum to its list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the nation.
While customers can make an outright purchase, lease solar panels, or sign on for a PPA for zero down, the company doesn’t offer financing for solar systems. It does offer free installation, repairs and replacements, insurance, and real-time system monitoring by app and Internet. Momentum will also remove trees to reduce shading for free, and repair or replace your roof at cost, if necessary.
The company gives back by supporting New Jersey-based nonprofit Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care, which provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families, as well as local cancer centers. Momentum also donates care packages to military personnel serving overseas through Operation Shoebox New Jersey.
Momentum Solar maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. It can be reached through its website at momentumsolar.com, or by phone at 888-MOMENTUM.