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Tesla


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Tesla is a national leader in both the manufacturing and installation of residential solar panel systems.


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With its dominance in the electric vehicle space and burgeoning capabilities in producing and installing solar panels, Tesla is a uniquely positioned comprehensive provider of renewable energy solutions. Company CEO, Elon Musk, is one of the most respected voices for renewable energy in the world. He is also the CEO of SpaceX, and a co-founder of PayPal. ...Read More


Tesla (formerly SolarCity) has long been the leading residential solar installer in California.

Tesla can be reached through its website at https://www.tesla.com/energy.

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Vivint


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Vivint is an expert in smart home technology--and is also a major solar installer.


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Vivint custom tailors solar systems to each customer’s unique site and energy requirements. Vivint Solar is a major player in the residential solar landscape, and its influence is growing. The company currently serves more than a dozen states, and will be adding New Hampshire in early 2017. ...Read More


Vivint custom tailors solar systems to each customer’s unique site and energy requirements. Its in-house installers are highly skilled and experienced professionals. The firm streamlines the entire process, from design to permitting to payment.

Vivint offers solar PPAs, leases, and purchases. Customers can get up and running for as little as zero down, and monitor their systems through the Vivint website and mobile app. Vivint’s A- rating with the Better Business Bureau shows that customer service is a top priority.

Vivint is also expanding its services into the smart home space. The company plans to begin offering a complete home management system within the year that includes energy generation, appliance operation, and security. Customers who sign on will be able to configure settings and manage devices through a central panel, or remotely through a mobile app. Vivint’s unique style and success have been covered by several leading magazines, including Forbes.

Vivint Solar can be reached through its website at vivintsolar.com, or by phone at (877) 404-4129.

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Sunrun


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Sunrun is the largest dedicated residential solar installer in the U.S.


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The company has more than 100,000 customers nationwide, thanks in large part to low prices, affordable payment plans, and a focus on customer service. Sunrun was bestcompany’s #1 solar company of 2016. Customers interested in custom systems, straightforward payment plans, and free support may want to consider Sunrun. ...Read More


The company is a leader in battery storage technology. It launched its proprietary BrightboxTM battery storage system in late 2016. Battery storage makes using solar at night viable; the integrated system stores excess power during the day, then draws it from the battery at night. Customers can track generation and usage through a mobile app.

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative recognizes Sunrun as an innovator. It awarded Sunrun funding to develop the first comprehensive permitting and interconnection software application for installers in November of 2015. The application will expedite the process of completing solar installations, and also reduce the cost. Sunrun also has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Sunrun can be reached through its website at sunrun.com, or by phone at (888) GO-SOLAR.

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Petersen Dean


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The December 2017 issue of the Silicon Review named Petersen Dean one of the top 50 leading companies in the Bay Area because of its innovative approach to solar energy and emphasis on developing local industries.


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Petersen Dean only uses equipment which has been manufactured in the United States and hires local, qualified employees from regions like Bakersfield. The firm offers free estimates, professional consultations, the design of a unique energy system, full equipment installation, and, finally, the initial powering up of the system. Individuals can take advantage of the company’s 25-year Workmanship warranty on services. ...Read More


The president of Petersen Dean, Jim Petersen, recently published an article in Solar Power World to explain the growing importance and necessity of backup batteries in home solar energy systems. The firm sells a growing number of advanced batteries which store unused kilowatt hours to keep homes powered during California’s numerous blackouts and planned brownouts.

Petersen Dean can be reached through its website at https://petersendean.com/ or its phone number 877-552-4418.

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Verengo Solar


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Verengo works with and sells photovoltaic solar panels and Q cell systems from well-known manufacturers like LG and Hyundai.


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Verengo Solar claims to be able to help people handle the complicated process of switching to solar energy by managing the installation, filing the paperwork, and helping clients find rebates and incentives to make the process more affordable. ...Read More


Verengo Solar advertises that its employees only take one to two weeks to evaluate a property, design a unique system, and install all of the necessary equipment. The physical installation would only take one day, so homeowners can reclaim their homes quickly.

Verengo Solar realizes that the transition to solar energy can be expensive for regular people. The firm therefore offers financial options like Solar Leases and Solar PPAs for homeowners. As of 2018, the company has completed the installation of over 18,500 systems in Bakersfield and the nearby area.

Verengo Solar can be reached through its website at http://www.verengosolar.com/ or its phone number 866-211-4488.

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Horizon Solar Power


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Horizon Solar Power remains a professional solar energy company which regularly hires veterans and local graduates from NABCEP-certified programs to promote community involvement and continue to offer state-of-the-art equipment.


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The firm features qualified employees who offer numerous services, including property assessment to determine whether or not it can handle solar energy equipment, the full design and creation of a custom system, managing permits, and installation. Horizon Solar Power additionally provides free quotes for interested individuals and has completed the installation of over 8,000 systems since the company’s inception on 2008. ...Read More


The company uses state-of-the-art equipment like the latest PV solar panels and can help residents of Bakersfield and the surrounding area. Horizon Solar Power realizes that many people cannot afford a solar energy system outright and features many financing options like loans and solar PPAs. The firm serves commercial and residential property and has experience working for large and small 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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Semper Solaris


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Semper Solaris claims to have the most aesthetically pleasing solar panels on the market because it uses SunPower models which have no grid lines and seamlessly blend with the roof instead of standing out.


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Kelly Shawhan and John Almond founded Semper Solaris using principles from the U.S. Marine Corps., including the importance of Semper Fidelis, or being always faithful to their client’s needs. The firm offers a variety of services, including a free initial energy analysis, the design of a customized solar energy system, installation, and the initial activation of all of the equipment. ...Read More


Semper Solaris serves residents of Bakersfield and is an exclusive SunPower equipment dealer and takes pride in only using equipment which has been manufactured in the United States to promote local industry. Veterans, police officers, and firefighters can receive discounts on equipment and services.

Semper Solaris can be reached through its website at https://www.sempersolaris.com/ or its phone number 888-210-3366.

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SunPower by Sun Solar


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SunPower by Sun Solar claims to install solar panels which are 50% more efficient than standard competitors. The firm offers a 25-year combined product and power warranty on its goods and services for commercial and residential properties.


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SunPower by Sun Solar claims to be a leader in cell technology and possesses over 200 patents for its innovations and designs. The company features qualified professionals who provide services like full property evaluation to determine if the area can handle solar energy requirements, the creation and design of a custom system, complete installation, and monitoring the equipment for problems. ...Read More


The firm works with residents of Bakersfield and the surrounding region. SunPower by Sun Solar remains a certified PV Solar Installer and affiliates with the North American Board of
Certified Energy Practitioners. The company is additionally Cradle to Cradle certified, which means it works with a non-profit organization to spread environmentally-friendly energy practices and stay up to date with new technological developments.

SunPower by Sun Solar can be reached through its website at https://www.sunpowerbysunsolar.com/ or its phone number 661-379-7000.

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Complete Solar


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Complete Solar operates as an energy company which takes pride in its extensive network of partners, including Garantia Solar and Roof RX, to serve the residential market and ensure clients receive low prices.


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The firm understands that the installation of solar energy equipment can be costly and difficult to pay for, and it offers a variety of payment plans, including solar PPAs. The company’s experienced employees provide numerous services such as full home evaluation and analysis, the design and creation of a customized solar energy system, installation, and permitting. Complete Solar mainly uses PV solar panels in its systems. ...Read More


The firm works with residential properties in Bakersfield and the nearby area. Complete Solar offers potential clients free quotes within minutes which include factors like shade analysis, savings projection, and solar system design. The price quotes are guaranteed, while the company claims its system uses the optimized energy output in all calculations.

Complete Solar can be reached through its website at http://completesolar.com/ or its phone number 877-299-4943.

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Energy Remodeling


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Energy Remodeling is an L.A. company with more than 25 years of experience in contracting. It expanded into residential and commercial solar installation, and continues to grow at a rapid clip.


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The company installs American-made solar panels, and offers a 25-year warranty on the equipment. Although customers pay 53% more per watt than the California average, Energy Remodeling offers zero-down financing options and excellent service. It donates to the Everybody Solar project for local charities each time a new customer signs on. ...Read More


Energy Remodeling has installed more than 3,000 systems throughout California, and its success speaks for itself. The company has a perfect A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and Inc. Magazine included Energy Remodeling on its list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

The company is an Energy Upgrade California qualified partner. As an insulation, roofing, windows, and HVAC contractor, Energy Remodeling provides complete energy efficiency solutions. It even installs artificial turf, which eliminates the need for watering in drought-stricken areas.

Energy Remodeling can be reached through its website at nrgremodeling.com/, or by phone at (877) 245-4672.

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Bland Solar & Air


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This longtime, local favorite installs residential and commercial systems throughout the Central Valley and beyond.


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Based in Bakersfield, Bland Solar also has operations in Fresno and Templeton. It’s one of few installers with its own solar showrooms where prospective customers can see mounting systems and solar panels in person, as they’re installed on various types of rooftops. Customers can even ask Bland Solar to design a custom system while they wait. ...Read More


Bland Solar supports local nonprofits, including CSU Bakersfield Athletics, the American Cancer Society, Hoffman Hospice, the Wounded Heroes fund, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The company encourages employees to participate in local events and sponsorships, and emphasizes the safety of its workers.

In addition, Bland Solar provides energy efficiency upgrades in air conditioning and heating. Customers can generate clean, renewable power and reduce demand at the same time. This allows them to save money on panels, or sell more energy back to the grid. Founded in 1985, Bland Solar has A- rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Bland Solar & Air can be reached through its website at blandsolar.com, or by phone at (661) 836-3880.

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SunPower


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SunPower has been a leader in solar technology since the 1970s. Based in Silicon Valley, the company has expertise in residential, commercial, and utility-scale installations.


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It boasts the most efficient solar panels in the world, which reduces the total number of panels customers need to buy. To date, SunPower projects have collectively generated more than 18,000,000 MWh of clean, renewable energy. ...Read More


The company designed its own, sleek mounting hardware that streamlines the appearance of the entire solar system. There’s also a built-in microinverter behind each panel that converts and optimizes energy flow at the source. SunPower’s unique technology has a record 22% efficiency rate.

While SunPower holds 200 patents for solar technology, it isn’t resting on its laurels. The company has worked to integrate smart home technology with its power generation systems through its SunPower Equinox package.

Customers are pleased with SunPower’s service, warranties, and real-time monitoring system. The firm has a perfect A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

SunPower can be reached through its website at us.SunPower.com, or by phone at 800-SunPower.

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