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Top Rated Solar Companies for

United States

Reviews of the best solar companies in the United States for 2019.

Tesla: $5.30 per watt, Sunrun: $3.90 per watt, Vivint: $4.50 per watt, SunPower: $4.70 per watt, Semper Solaris: $4.20 per watt, Petersen Dean: $4.00 per watt, Sullivan Solar: $4.20 per watt, Horizon Solar Power: $4.10 per watt,

by Brooks Lape | June 15, 2019

Tesla


Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.28 average
Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Tesla, formerly Solar City, offers leading-edge solar technology with great aesthetics. They are also the leader in batteries and electric vehicles.


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SolarCity was originally founded in 2006 by two brothers, Lyndon and Peter Rive. The company was acquired by Tesla in 2016 and now operates as an official subsidiary of Tesla, Inc. With this acquisition, Tesla has gone on to become the #1 provider of full-service solar solutions in the U.S. Tesla works with both the private and public sectors, providing solar installations to residences, commercial spaces, government buildings, and non-profits. ...Read More


Tesla currently maintains over 70 operation centers across 21 states and the District of Columbia. High-profile clients include Walmart, HP, Stanford University, and the U.S. Armed Forces. As a full-service company, Tesla starts by taking a look at the specific energy needs of a site, then guides the process through installation. Comprehensive monitoring and efficiency services make sure that Tesla installations perform well in the long term, while the lack of third-party involvement makes a Tesla installation itself as simple as possible for the consumer.

Additional advantages extended by this national solar provider include zero-down financing, predictable energy rates for consumers, and a home protection guarantee that insures repairs to a roof in the event of damage during an installation. Tesla also leverages microinverter technology for increased energy production on shaded panels.

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Sunrun


Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.28 average
Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Sunrun is an industry-leader in providing low-cost solar and batteries.


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Sunrun built its name in the industry by pioneering leasing as a financial model for solar panel installations. By eliminating the need for significant funds upfront, the company opened up residential solar to a much wider consumer base. ...Read More


Sunrun utilizes its patented BrightPath™ system in the planning of residential installations. This approach involves scanning a site’s roof with satellite imagery and then comparing this data to thousands of various designs in the BrightPath system. In this way, the company is able to quickly and easily design a custom fit for a home.

The company also extends maintenance services and a roof guarantee on all installations. Maintenance services are included in lease costs for the entire term of the lease. Sunrun partners include major installers such as ASI Hastings and Solar Universe. The company offers its services in 15 states, including California, Massachusetts, Delaware, and Hawaii.

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Vivint


Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.28 average
Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Vivint Solar is a residential solar provider known for its technology and use of in-house installers.


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More About Vivint Solar

Created originally as a division of Vivint Home Automation, Vivint Solar is now a separate company in its own right and one of the largest providers in the U.S. As with many of the industry’s leading providers, the company utilizes microninverter technology to increase production on panels in the shade along with Zep Solar technology to increase the speed of installation. ...Read More


Vivint offers one of the industry’s most cost-effective approaches to solar installation for consumers averse to shelling out a large, upfront sum. The company uses both lease options and a Power Purchase Agreement to make financing easier for consumers. Vivint’s PPA financing requires that customers pay a fee per kilowatt hour based on the energy produced by a system, while the lease system requires that customers pay a monthly fixed fee based on expected solar generation. The lease financing option takes into account the fact that solar energy production can vary and offers accommodations if a system produces less than predicted.

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SunPower


Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.28 average
Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

SunPower opened in 1985 and is one of the oldest solar energy companies in the United States. The firm takes pride in remaining technologically advanced in the industry and currently possesses over 750 patents for its innovations and developments.


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The company has generated over 18,000,000 megawatt hours’ worth of energy and serves residential, commercial, and utility properties throughout the country. SunPower recently developed Maxeon solar power cells, which the company claims use a unique copper background to generate more energy than other models. These panels are expected to generate 70% more energy than traditional cells for the first 25 years of use. ...Read More


SunPower additionally features a broad range of services for its clients. Interested individuals can receive full property evaluation, the customization of a unique solar energy system, and equipment installation. They can also request 25-year warranties for their new energy systems.

SunPower can be reached through its website at https://us.sunpower.com/ or its phone number 800-786-7693.

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Semper Solaris


Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.28 average
Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

A Veteran-owned leader in residential solar serving California multiple regions in California.


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Founded in 2012, Semper Solaris prides itself on bringing Marine Corps values to its approach to business. The company installs SunPower solar panels ...Read More


Their co-founder, Kelly Shawhan, is a former United States Marine Corps and has been working in solar contracting and home improvement for more than 20 years. The firm provides solar panels, battery backup, and roof repairs to California residents. The company serves multiple regions in California, including San Diego, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Fresno, and Bakersfield.

The company can be reached by phone at (619) 357-4142 and on their website at https://sempersolaris.com

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Petersen Dean


Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.28 average
Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Petersen Dean began as a traditional roofing company. Today it also installs American-made solar panels at an affordable price.


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Petersen Dean was founded by two brothers as a roofing company originally, giving this company an informed and unique perspective in the solar space. One of the company’s most prominent initiatives is its Solar4America campaign, which seeks to source all supplies for the company via American companies. The company also donates solar installations to organizations in need, such as a senior center in Matzalan. ...Read More


The company maintains a number of certifications, including CertainTeed SELECT ShingleMaster certification, GAF Master Elite certification, and status as a SolarWorld Master Installer.

In 2014, the company made plans to expand into five new states, adding 4,000 new employees in the process. The company currently offers services across California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Florida.

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Sullivan Solar


Cost
Per Watt
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Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Sullivan Solar Power is a prominent name in Southern California. They were the fourth company to achieve certification as an NABCEP Accredited PV Installation in the U.S.


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The company pursues projects in the residential, commercial, government, and non-profit spaces. As a turnkey solar provider, Sullivan guides the installation process from start to finish and also offers a money back guarantee if an installation does not perform to spec. ...Read More


Sullivan Solar was the fourth company in the States and the third company in California to achieve certification as an NABCEP Accredited PV Installation company—the gold standard in the industry. The company focuses on installations in San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange County with plans to expand beyond Southern California.

In addition to design and installation, Sullivan also offers ongoing monitoring services for installations. The monitoring system quickly identifies when a system is not working correctly or efficiently, after which Sullivan proactively contacts the consumer and schedules a repair visit.

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Horizon Solar Power


Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.28 average
Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Horizon Solar Power recently merged with Solar Spectrum, creating one of the largest solar power companies in the United States that primarily serves the residential market.


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More About Horizon Solar Power

The firm opened in 2008 and was ranked #7 in the list of 2015 Top Solar Power Contractors in the U.S. by Solar Power World. Horizon Solar Power is backed by Oaktree Capital Management and has installed over 8,000 residential solar systems since its opening. ...Read More


The company provides a variety of financing options, including Solar Leases and PPAs. Some of the available services from the firm include property analysis to determine whether or not it can handle solar energy, the creation and design of a unique system, permitting, full equipment installation, and regular maintenance as needed.

Horizon Solar Power additionally serves commercial clients and has worked with small and medium businesses, mobile home parks, and auto dealerships.

Horizon Solar Power can be reached through its website at http://www.horizonsolarpower.com/ or its phone number 855-857-2567.

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RGS


Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.28 average
Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

One of the first solar providers in Northern California, RGS Energy has expanded its reach to include over 20,000 installations across the country. The company services homes, businesses, and the public sector in California, Colorado, Missouri, and throughout New England. Today the company operates its headquarters in Louisville, Colorado.


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ION Solar


Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.28 average
Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal named ION Solar one of the Top-5 Residential Solar Installers in the United States because of its quality and efficiency.


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More About ION Solar

ION Solar takes pride in being a full-service company which does not outsource any part of its evaluation and installation process. The firm features multiple teams of employees who can determine whether or not solar energy is viable for a commercial or residential property. They can then custom design and create an entire system, find the required permits, install it, and do the initial powering on. ...Read More


People who refer a friend to ION Solar can receive a $200 rebate. The company remains active in the community and regularly partners with Habitat for Humanity to develop solar energy systems for homes, businesses, and communities in need.

The firm currently offers services to the states of California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah.

ION Solar can be reached through its website at https://ionsolar.com/ or its phone number 888-781-7074.

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