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Discover the best solar installers in Texas. 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 | July 9, 2017

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Texas Solar Outfitters


This NABCEP-certified solar contractor does installations throughout the Houston and Austin areas. It offers turnkey services for homes and businesses, and never uses subcontractors.


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Owner and President Garrett Gordy is a NABCEP-certified PV Installer. He’s also NABCEP-certified for Technical Sales and UL-Certified for PV system installation. Master electrician Tim Coats is a certified Master Trainer for solar power. The company is also LEED AP-certified for knowledge of green building.

In addition to top-quality work, Texas Solar Outfitters offers a wide range of solar panels and equipment. The panels come with a 25-year warranty, and are guaranteed to produce at least 80% of anticipated output for 25 years. All of the equipment the company installs meets requirements for withstanding one-inch thick hail, extreme heat and cold, and hurricane force winds.

While most of the company’s projects are grid-tied, it also installs off-grid solar projects with backup battery systems. Customers can also sign up for routine maintenance, which the company stresses is particularly important for battery owners.

While Texas Solar Outfitters isn’t rated by the Better Business Bureau, it has been in business since 2010. It can be reached through its website at texassolaroutfitters.com, or by phone at (713) 802-0223.


Sunnova


Headquartered in Houston, Sunnova is a national-level residential solar company serving 16 states.


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While it launched in 2012, the company’s founders collectively have decades of experience in the solar industry. In a a vote of confidence from the investor community, it recently raised $1 billion in private funding. Sunnova has been featured by CNBC, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.

While it does partner with regional installers, it says that those partnerships allow it to draw upon local expertise for permitting and weather-related considerations. The company’s in-house solar engineers review every system design before it goes up, and also manage the construction process. Afterwards, Sunnova monitors each system to ensure that it meets production targets. All solar arrays come with insurance and a warranty for the life of the system.

Sunnova offers fixed-payment and variable-payment power purchase agreements (PPAs), with the option to purchase the solar system after five years. It also offers leases and financing. All plans have a zero-down option, and with the exception of the variable-rate PPA, all plans come with a production guarantee. The company claims that the average customer saves more than 20% on electricity in the first year.

Sunnova holds an A rating with the Better Business Bureau. It can be reached through its website at sunnova.com, or by phone at (855) 277-6379.


Petersen Dean


This roofing and solar company is the #1 Home Improvement Contractor in the U.S. It has completed more than a million residential and commercial projects since 1984.


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PetersenDean installs American-made SolarWorld panels, which are some of the best in the industry. It offers a 25-year warranty for roofing and solar installations, as well as battery storage systems that keep buildings online during grid outages.

The batteries are made in the United States, quiet (unlike diesel generators), and entirely automatic. Customers can monitor their battery systems in real time over the Internet, and choose which appliances and devices they want the battery to power when the grid goes down. While the battery can also be used for off-grid systems, customers will need to be conscious of energy draw to avoid outages. Note that PetersenDean only offers cash purchases and financing, however; it doesn’t manage solar leases.

“I was kept informed on each step of the project; very easy process and all questions were answered,” Tim Lennon of Oakley, California writes on the company’s website. “Each crew was professional and friendly...[I] have already recommended to a few people the great service PetersenDean provided.”

PetersenDean has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. It can be reached through its website at petersendean.com, or by phone at (877) 552-4418.


Sunpro Solar


Sunpro Solar boasts 3,000 residential and commercial customers across Texas, Lousiana, and Mississippi.


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What sets Sunpro apart is its labor and production guarantees. While most solar installation warranties max out at 10 years, Sunpro’s extends for a full 25 years. It also offers a 25-year production guarantee, and gives you double the difference in cash if your system doesn’t meet its target. Sunpro handles all work in-house, and never outsources the work. The company has been featured by the DIY Network, Texas Flip n’ Move, and the Sun Herald.

Sunpro has received numerous commendations since it opened in 2008. It ranked #209 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., and #18 for Solar Power World Magazine’s 2016 list of the Top Solar Rooftop Contractors nationwide. SunPro Solar CEO and Founder Marc S. Jones was also a finalist for the title EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2015.

The company is a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association, and CEO and Founder Marc Jones serves on the Board of the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association. He’s also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Sunpro Solar can reached through its website at gosunpro.com, or by phone at (866) 450-1012.


Sweetwater Energy Services


This local and family-run business is one of SolarReviews’ Top 100 American Residential Solar Installers of 2017, and the top-ranked installer in South Texas. It has a five-star rating on SolarReviews.com.


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Sweetwater Energy Services installs Suniva solar panels, which have a 40-year lifespan. It also offers a production guarantee on the equipment. In addition to solar PV, it also sets up battery storage systems and EV charging stations. It even installs wind turbines for commercial customers.

Based in Sugar Land, Texas, this full-service company completes all stages of the solar installation process in-house. All work is supervised by master electrician and owner Rick Laughhunn, who has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry. He also has over 15 years of experience in the solar and electrical industries specifically.

“I found Sweetwater Energy and felt very comfortable from initial contact through completion,” Yelp! User Divejive writes. “They did a great job at every step and prices were very competitive. This is a stellar group, very knowledgeable, courteous, prompt, full of integrity and very thorough. If you are considering solar this is the company to call."

Sweetwater Energy Services can be reached through its website at sweetwaterenergyservices.net, or by phone at (832) 683-7045.


KW Solar


KW Solar is a residential and commercial solar company serving the Houston area. To date, it’s installed more than 500,000 watts of solar energy.


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The company sets up 4-20 kilowatt systems for residential customers, 20+ kilowatt systems for businesses, and battery storage systems for backup power. Customers must buy their systems, as KW Solar doesn’t offer leases or power purchase agreements.

KW Solar always uses a licensed electrician for the wiring work. In addition, co-owner Ted Hawkes earned the LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credential by passing a U.S. Green Building Council exam.

The company completes the entire process from design from activation within six weeks. Afterwards, it monitors each system remotely. It also offers plans for ongoing maintenance.

“The project was well done from day one,” Paula Y. writes on Yelp!. “The project engineer was able to provide us with a business case that showed us how quickly we would earn back our investment in the system. We appreciated how knowledgeable he was – it was clear to us that he was truly enthusiastic about solar PV and wasn’t just trying to ‘sell us.’ As others…have reported, we are getting even better performance from our system than they estimated.”

KW Solar can be reached through its website at kw.solar, or by phone at (832) 844-5790.


512 Solar


This locally-owned company designs and installs solar systems for residential and commercial customers in the Austin metro area.


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The staff has a combined 20 years of experience in the solar industry. President J.P. Novak is a NABCEP-certified solar professional with eight years of experience in the solar industry. He’s also participated in Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for Managers.

512 Solar always designs systems to current code requirements, regardless of whether a certain project will be grandfathered in. The company says this approach provides cost and safety protections well into the future. It will also apply for the Austin Energy Solar Rebate and all applicable incentives on the customer’s behalf. The firm offers 25-year warranties for the panels and inverters, a 10-year workmanship warranty for the installation, and a 48-hour response time for warranty-related work.

Homeowners with solar arrays installed by other companies can rely on 512 Solar for repairs, re-installations (after roofing work), and maintenance. Maintaining a variety of equipment gives 512 Solar a deep knowledge base regarding brand performance.

512 Solar can be reached through its website at 512solar.com, or by phone at (512) 329-2117.


Circular Energy


Circular Energy is primarily a solar electricity retailer. It builds and operates solar power plants, and sells the solar energy they produce to residential and commercial customers. While it does do installations, it only handles commercial systems.


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Customers with solar systems can sell excess power back to Circular Energy through its Solar Buyback Program, as long as they’re also electricity customers with smart meters. Buyback Program participants receive quarterly credits in the form of checks.

Circular Energy offers all of its customers a low, fixed rate for electricity, whether or not they contribute to the grid by generating solar at their own sites. They can also management their accounts online.

The company has designed and installed commercial installations for Howdy Honda, Pearson Education, Family Eldercare, Remington Royal Apartments, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Hilton Home Suites, Jaime D. Padron Elementary School, and many other commercial clients. In addition to designing and installing commercial solar arrays, the company also provides solar operations and maintenance services.

Circular Energy can be reached through its website at circularenergy.com, or by phone at (844) 776-7693.


Adaptive Solar


Adaptive Solar is the oldest solar installation company in the Houston area. With more than 325 residential and commercial clients, it claims to have installed more solar in Houston than any other company.


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It has completed projects for West University, the Palmer Events Center, Mickey Leland Federal, Lennar, the Pflugerville I.S.D., and several other prominent commercial clients since it opened its doors in 2010. Overall, it has installed more than 3,500 kilowatts of solar energy at an average cost of about $16,000.

The company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, with an A+ rating. It’s a member of the Houston Renewable Energy Group and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Texas-Gulf Coast Chapter. It also sponsors National Public Radio.

“Nick did a 15 minute inspection of my inverter box and connections in the attic and found what 6 guys from HFD could not,” Thenmondragon writes in a Google five-star review. “Very knowledgeable and told me exactly what went wrong and how to fix it.”

Adaptive Solar can be reached through its website at adaptive.solar, or by phone at (713) 597-7724.


Trim Electric


This family-owned business has been serving the Houston area since 1978. While it’s primarily an electrical company, one of the master electricians on staff is also NABCEP-certified to install solar systems.


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The company partners with Emerald NRG to sell and install solar kits throughout Houston. It also sets up solar-powered lighting for monument signs. The solar power charges batteries that light LED fixtures at night.

In addition to solar, Trim Electric’s handles fans, lighting, backup generators, remodels, and emergency repairs. Commercial services include wiring for new construction, lighting retrofits, and emergency service. The company also installs EV charging stations and energy efficient lighting upgrades such as LEDs, motion sensors, and efficient fluorescent bulbs.

Two-person teams and well-stocked trucks ensure that Trim Electric completes projects quickly and efficiently. It guarantees all labor and materials for one year from the installation date.

Trim Electric won the Angie’s List Superior Service Award three times, and was the Pinnacle Winner of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Award for Excellence in 2012. It also has an A+ rating with the BBB, with no complaints filed for more than three years. The company claims to get much of its business from repeat customers and referrals.

Trim Electric can be reached through its website at trimelectric.com, or by phone at (281) 376-3838.


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