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Top Rated Solar Companies for

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Compare customer reviews and independent analysis of the top solar companies in the United States.

by Brooks Lape | February 25, 2018

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SolarCity


Founded by two brothers in 2006, SolarCity has gone on to become the #1 provider of full-service solar solutions in the U.S. The company’s patented Better Energy approach to solar installations combines advanced tech with solutions that are consumer-friendly, simple, and streamlined. SolarCity works with both the private and public sectors, providing solar installations to residences, commercial spaces, government buildings, and non-profits.


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SolarCity currently maintains over 70 operation centers across 19 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, Solar City 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 SolarCity installations perform well in the long term, while the lack of third-party involvement makes a SolarCity installation itself as simple as possible for the consumer. ...Read More


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. Solar City also leverages microinverter technology for increased energy production on shaded panels.


Sunrun


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.


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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. ...Read More


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.


Petersen Dean


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.


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


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.


Vivint


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.


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More About Vivint Solar

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. ...Read More


Sullivan Solar


A decade’s worth of experience, including 4000 installation projects, has made Sullivan Solar Power one of the most prominent names in the region. 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.


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More About Sullivan

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. ...Read More


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.


Verengo Solar


Headquartered in Torrance, California, Verengo earned ranking as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. from Inc. Magazine in just its first year in business. The company provides residential solar design, financing, and installation, California, Arizona, New York, and New Jersey to name just a few.


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More About Verengo

The company partners with SMA and Enphase to deliver high-grade microinverter technology to consumers, along with a wide range of solar panel manufacturers ranging from Hyundai to LG. Its various partnerships with high-efficiency manufacturers places it in an elite group of solar distributors given access to this tech. ...Read More


Verengo also maintains a wide range of certifications and accreditations in the space, cementing its reputation as an industry leader. These certifications include CSLB#935263, NJSLB#13VH06163900, and HIC#0638236. The company maintains memberships as well in the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the League of CA Homeowners, and the Renewable Energy Alliance.


RGS


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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Stellar Solar


Based in San Diego, Stellar Solar was founded in 1998 and has performed over 100,000 solar panel installations in in the last two decades. The company is hugely popular in the region, earning a “Best of” title from San Diego magazine four years in a row. Stellar pursues both residential and commercial projects, with prominent jobs in the commercial space including such names as Cedars-Sinai Hospital, the Salk Institute, and US Foods.


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More About Stellar Solar

The Stellar Solar process begins with an on-site survey to assess the layout of a potential installation. The company then runs a thorough assessment of a home’s utility and consumption history and drafts professional CAD drawings to illustrate a potential installation. Stellar also guides homes and businesses through the permitting and rebate process. ...Read More


Stellar’s reliability and financial stability allows them to extend zero-down lease options to consumers at 2.99%. The company also offers a 30-day installation guarantee, providing consumers with an assurance that their solar systems will be up and running quickly. Stellar maintains 5-star reviews on Yelp and has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.


Trinity Solar


The leading solar provider in the Northeast, Trinity Solar began as a heating and air company in the 1990s before transitioning into solar in 2004. Since its transition to solar, the company has completed over 7000 installations across New England the Northeast corridor. The company maintains NABCEP certification and is a licensed electrical contractor.


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More About Trinity Solar

Inc. Magazine placed Trinity in the top 15 percent of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.The company also came in as the fastest growing renewable energy company overall, the fastest growing company in New Jersey, and #25 for companies within the Energy sector. Trinity Solar was also the largest green energy company in New Jersey for four years running. ...Read More


Trinity Solar maintains offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Maryland. The company supports a number of community initiatives in its area, dedicating time and money to various charities and local police and fire personnel organizations. In addition to its design, financing, and installation solutions, the company also provides efficiency audits for owners looking to improve the energy profiles of a home or business.


Bland Solar & Air


With showrooms in Fresno, Templeton, and Bakersfield, Bland Solar & Air is a dominant name in solar for Central and Northern California. The company also ranks as the 9th largest solar provider in the U.S. and was named in the list of the Top 400 solar providers in the nation by Solar Power World.


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More About Bland Solar & Air

Combining solar and air solutions, the company provides an all-in-one energy and environment solution for homes. As HVAC specialists, Bland can upgrade a home’s air system in addition to performing a solar panel installation to lower the overall carbon footprint of a home and bring it into the 21st century. This two-stage approach to home efficiency can also lower the number of panels needed on a home, reducing costs for a solar installation. The company offers 25-year warranties on solar installations and 10-year warranties on A/C jobs. ...Read More


Community-oriented endeavors pursued by the company include donating a free panel to installations performed on the homes of veterans, troops, and first responders. The company also participates in the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity program to make solar financing and efficiency upgrades easier for a wide array of homeowners.