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Top Rated Solar Companies for

Los Angeles

Compare prices, read customer reviews, and listen to expert analysis to select the best company. Plus, our picks: Top 10 Los Angeles Solar Companies of 2017.

by Brooks Lape | February 4, 2018

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SolarCity


No solar company has a larger U.S. presence than SolarCity. The company was one of the first solar installers to offer leasing and zero money down options, making solar affordable for the average household. Its commitment to innovation in solar power keeps SolarCity at the forefront of technology, service, and value.


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The firm is a full-service solar panel installer offering both traditional installations and provider-owned systems. These options help make solar possible for a range of budgets. SolarCity is continually developing industry-revolutionizing technology and practices, such as the MySolarCity monitoring app, home battery storage systems, and solar roof tiles. Its commitment to building vehicle recharging stations is accelerating the electric car industry in California. ...Read More


SolarCity was founded in 2006 by Peter and Lyndon Rive. Their cousin, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk, serves as chairman. Musk’s electric car company, Tesla, purchased SolarCity in 2016 with plans to integrate its generation systems with Tesla products.

SolarCity is a trusted name in solar, with more residential installations than any other solar company in the U.S. Its clients include the largest names in business, including Google, Citibank, and Honda. It’s a good choice for homeowners looking for a reliable installer and straightforward experience.

SolarCity can be reached at its website at solarcity.com, or by phone at (888) 765-2489.


Vivint


Vivint remains a professional solar energy company which offers individual consultations, customized system design based on the property’s rooftop and owner’s needs, permitting, equipment installation, and system activation.


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Vivint understands that not everyone can afford to pay for a solar energy system outright and therefore offers a variety of financing options, including loans, leases, and PPAs. People who are unsure about the cost of a system can contact the firm and receive a free initial quote, and the company claims that the majority of customers save between 10-30% by making the switch to its solar options. ...Read More


The company was named #2 on Solar Power World’s Top 500 Solar Contractors in North America list and strives to remain active in the local community of Los Angeles. Vivint won the 2016 Community Impact Award from Trade & Industry Development magazine and regularly hires locals. The firm additionally won numerous accolades related to its customer service like the 2013 Silver Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year.

Vivint can be reached through its website at https://www.vivintsolar.com/state/california or its phone number 1-877-404-4129.


Sunrun


Sunrun rounds out L.A. County’s top 10 with admirable customer reviews and a wealth of experience installing solar in California. As a 10-year industry veteran that installs a new system every six seconds, they’re a major player in U.S. solar.


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Customers pay a locked-in rate for the power the Sunrun panels produce, rather than for the system itself. That allows homeowners to install solar and start paying Sunrun less than what they paid the utility, with no money down. The company guarantees that its systems will produce at expected levels, and will refund the difference if the panels under-perform. Most systems produce more than their guaranteed parameters, granting peace of mind for homeowners. ...Read More


Sunrun announced a new partnership with U.K. utility company National Grid in early 2017. The companies will join forces to implement marketing campaigns and a grid services pilot. National Grid is also investing $100 million in Sunrun’s rooftop systems.

In 2013, Sunrun began working with RGS Energy to expand its residential solar capability in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York. Sunrun’s no-cost guarantee for maintenance and repairs made it an ideal choice for RGS Energy’s pre-solar residential customers.

The company’s strategic partnerships have resulted in explosive growth. To date, Sunrun has established over $2 billion in solar systems in 15 states, with support from major investors like U.S. Bancorp and J.P. Morgan.

Sunrun can be reached through its website at sunrun.com, or by phone at (877) 676-0696.


SunStreet


SunStreet is a professional solar energy company with over 11,000 system activations and access to state-of-the-art equipment which the firm claims is able to produce more environmentally friendly energy than other solar systems on the market.


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The company builds entire communities and neighborhoods of energy efficient homes which use PV solar panels and full grid systems to power the entire area. SunStreet energy features qualified professionals who construct residences designed to have their solar energy systems built-in to raise curb appeal. Interested individuals can work with a dedicated solar advisor to determine if their own residence can handle a solar energy system as well. ...Read More


SunStreet works with residents of Los Angeles and the nearby area. The firm has been featured in numerous professional publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and TecHome Builder. The company additionally takes pride in its use of a mobile app which allows consumers to view how much energy their solar system is producing at any given time.

SunStreet can be reached through its website at https://www.sunstreet.com/ or its phone number 877-757-7697.


Sun Time Energy


SunTime Energy remains an award-winning company which has been featured in news sources like The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times because of its quality and customer service.


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More About Sun Time Energy

The firm champions the “Green Movement” and regularly encourages homeowners to research solar energy as an alternative way to power their homes while reducing carbon footprints. SunTime Energy features a large team of qualified employees who provide services like full home assessment, solar system design, installation, activation, and monitoring. The firm primarily installs PV solar panels and serves residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding area. ...Read More


SunTime Energy features an extensive referral program to help homeowners save money. People who successfully refer another customer can receive referral fees of up to $500. Interested individuals can request a free quote for a designed system, which takes into account what kind of solar energy equipment the residence can handle.

SunTime Energy can be reached through its website at http://www.suntimeenergy.com/ or its phone number 866-437-6445.


Solcius


Solcius is a professional solar energy company which claims that its clients can save up to 30% of their energy bills by switching to the firm’s patented solar systems. The firm serves residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding region through its services.


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More About Solcius

Solcius features qualified employees who perform many services such as property evaluation, designing a customized solar energy system, locating and completing permits, installation, system inspection, and regular maintenance. The firm works together with other organizations to serve as many residential properties as possible while keeping costs low, including the Sunnova Energy Corp. and the Ygrene Energy Fund, Inc. ...Read More


Solcius offers potential clients free quotes to determine the overall cost of switching to solar energy. The firm understands that many people can’t afford a new solar energy system outright and offers financing options like 25-year loans and solar PPAs.

Solcius can be reached through its website at http://www.solcius.com/ or its phone number 1-800-960-4150.


Verengo Solar


Verengo Solar takes pride in being able to complete the full installation of a complete solar energy system within one day, and claims that the whole process, from client signing to installation, only takes one to two weeks.


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More About Verengo Solar

Verengo Solar remains a growing company in the energy industry which has completed over 18,500 residential property installations since its inception. The firm can serve Los Angeles and nearby communities and features a team of qualified employees who will inspect and evaluate each home, design and create a customized energy system, install all of the equipment, and then power up the system for the first time. ...Read More


The company retains recognition from other professional organizations like the League of California Homeowners, Energy Star, and California’s Renewable Energy Alliance due to Verengo Solar’s dedication to making solar energy available to people throughout California. The firm markets, sells, and installs solar photovoltaic and Q-cell systems.

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


Smart Energy Today


Smart Energy Today opened in 2008 and was recently listed as 4th fastest growing private company out of 500 competitors by Inc. Magazine. The firm regularly hires local professionals to improve the community.


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More About Smart Energy Today

Smart Energy Today claims to use cutting-edge technology and offers patented equipment like photovoltaic solar panels, skylight tubes, and ventilation and insulation which promotes solar energy without requiring a full system. Property owners can request services such as full property evaluation to determine if it can handle a solar energy system, the design and creation of a custom system, and installation. ...Read More


The company specializes in the installation of partial systems. Smart Energy Today recently developed the Smart Air Ventilation solar fan, which uses solar energy to keep attics and the upper levels of property cool and dry to reduce a residence’s overall energy costs. The firm works with residents of Los Angeles and the nearby region.

Smart Energy Today can be reached through its website at http://www.smartenergytoday.net/or its phone number 888-405-8689.


Horizon Solar Power


Horizon Solar Power is a professional company which has installed over 8,000 solar energy systems for different types of homes and residences. The company ranked #7 in the Top Solar Power Contractors in the U.S by Solar Power World magazine.


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More About Horizon Solar Power

The company primarily installs PV solar panels and offers interested individuals free quotes for the equipment and labor involved. Realizing that a full home solar energy system might not be affordable for all environmentally-conscious people, Horizon Solar Power features a variety of financing options, including loans, solar PPAs, and information about rebates. ...Read More


The company serves residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding area by providing home assessments, the design and creation of customized solar energy systems, permitting, and equipment installation. Horizon Solar Power claims to be able to complete the entire installation process within 45 days, and its qualified employees will also determine if a property can handle the requirements of solar power.

A merger between Horizon Solar Power and Solar Spectrum was recently completed, making the company the second-largest provider of solar panels in the state of California.

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


Semper Solaris


Co-founded by a former Marine Corps captain, Semper Solaris has earned success through its unique set of values. This veteran-owned solar company promises to deliver 75% more energy over 25 years than other installers.


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Semper’s customers generate their energy at 1% less than the California per-watt average. They can track generation and usage through a simple monitoring system. ...Read More


Semper installs high-output SunPower panels made in the USA. It installed twice as much solar in 2015 than in 2014, earning the company SunPower’s 'Residential National Dealer of the Year' award. Semper has been growing by leaps and bounds since its founding in 2012. It has managed this growth while maintaining an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

The company prefers to hire veterans, and former marines in particular. Semper employees are always ready to serve. In January of 2016, three Semper Solaris workers rescued two people from a burning truck on I-805 in Kearney Mesa.

The team of veterans at Semper Solaris can be reached through its website at sempersolaris.com, or by phone at (888) 210-3366.


Petersen Dean


This long-lived, successful company is the #1 home improvement contractor in the U.S. PetersenDean is a licensed solar installer and roofing contractor that implements residential and commercial solar systems across five states. To date, the company has installed more than a million roof and solar projects since 1984.


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PetersenDean is a SolarWorld Master Installer. It supports American workers by using products manufactured in Oregon and Rocklin, California. It offers a 25 year warranty for roofing and solar installations. ...Read More


Customers can either purchase the panels outright or sign on for a loan. While PetersenDean provides loans up to 20 years, it does not offer leases, which the company says are more expensive. Its website outlines a variety of solar packages, based on current electric bill. Customers typically pay 9% less per watt for their energy than the California average. Seniors, veterans, and first responders receive discounts.

All customers have access to real-time monitoring over the Internet and round-the-clock customer service by phone. The Better Business Bureau gives PetersenDean an A+ rating.

PetersenDean can be reached through its website at petersendean.com, or by phone at (877) 552-4418.


LA Solar Group


This full-service installer ranks ninth on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2016 list of fastest-growing private companies. LA Solar Group has installed thousands of systems in California since it was established in 2012, and now serves a total of seven states.


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More About LA Solar Group

The company designs and installs turnkey solar systems for homeowners and businesses. With a C-46 solar license and a C-10 electrical license, LA Solar employs highly trained, certified, and pre-screened installers. It guarantees that activation will occur on time and on-budget. ...Read More


Customers generate energy at 1% less than the California per-watt average. They can track system performance through a free Web and app-based service that records data per week, month, and year. The company provides a 20-year equipment warranty, a 25-year production warranty, and a 20-year labor warranty.

LA Solar’s ratings show that the company makes good on its promises. It has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and positive ratings on Yelp.

LA Solar Group can be reached through its website at la-solargroup.com, or by phone at (855) 552-7652.


Enver Energy


At four years old, Enver Energy is a relative newcomer to the solar industry; father and son team Ben and Benson Kane founded the company in early 2013. However, the Kane family boasts a lifetime of experience in contracting and running other successful businesses.


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More About Enver Energy

Headquartered in Tustin, California, Enver Energy installs residential solar panels at 35% more per watt than the California average. While the cost is higher, this family-owned business has a high level of customer satisfaction. It earned an A- rating from the Better Business Bureau. ...Read More


The company’s employees are certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Enver also provides HVAC, window, and roofing services, making it a one-stop choice for homeowners interested in making other home improvements. In addition to the excellent reviews of its solar services, http://www.qualifiedremodeler.com/ ranked Enver #41 out of the Top 500 remodelers in the country.

Enver is also a HERO program partner that works to make efficient and sustainable products more affordable to the average homeowner.

Enver Energy can be reached through its website at enverenergy.com/, or by phone at (877) 404-0551.


Green NRG


Green NRG is a major solar contractor in L.A. County. Established in 2008, the Green NRG Group is a fully licensed and insured solar provider with thousands of satisfied customers, hundreds of positive reviews, and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.


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The company serves all cities in Ventura, San Bernardino, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties. It provides custom solar systems that cater to the exact specifications of their customer’s unique electricity needs. It also offers cost-effective solutions for reducing energy use. Homeowners can choose from a range of different solar panels, including SunPower, Bosch, AleoSolar, SolarWorld, CanadianSolar, Sharp, and many other brands. ...Read More


Green NRG makes solar simple and affordable through a range of leasing, financing, and purchasing options. Senior citizens receive a discount, and Green NRG will make a donation to charity each time a new customer signs on. Once you’ve signed a contract, the company will transfer the donation to the California nonprofit of your choice.

Green NRG can be reached through its website at greenpowersolarpanels.com, or by phone at (866) 835-2423.


REPOWER America


Solar energy and smart home technology are both coming of age. Solar Universe saw the potential and developed REPOWER, an integrated power generation and home management solution.


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REPOWER automatically adjusts lights and temperature as solar panels come online in the morning. Its smart home technology includes a smart thermostat, LED smart bulbs, and door/window sensors. Customers can manage settings through a wall-mounted display panel and an app. ...Read More


Solar Universe has been serving residential and commercial customers for more than eight years. It has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Solar Universe is known for its franchise model. While unusual in the PV industry, the company believes that combining ideas from large-scale solar with local knowledge and entrepreneurship is a recipe for success. Its unique approach was even featured by Forbes in 2013.

REPOWER by Solar Universe is a popular choice for commercial solar. Recent customers include Camelback Toyota, the Arizona Department of Administration, Peachwood Medical (Clovis, CA), and Les Schwab Tire Center (Quincy, CA).

REPOWER by Solar Universe can be reached through its website at repower.solaruniverse.com/, or by phone at (866) 676-5279.


Energy Remodeling


Headquartered in L.A., Energy Remodeling is a local company with seven locations throughout the state. While the business has been in contracting for 26 years, it’s now a residential and commercial installer experiencing rapid growth.


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Energy remodeling has installed more than 3,000 systems, and even landed a spot on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Customers pay 53% more per watt than the California average, with zero-down financing options. The company is well-regarded in the industry, however. The Better Business Bureau gives it an A+ rating. ...Read More


Energy remodeling installs solar panels manufactured in the United States. It offers a 25-year warranty and zero-down financing options. For every installation it completes, Energy Remodeling donates to the Everybody Solar project, which provides solar to local charities.

Energy Remodeling also does insulation, roofing, windows, heating and cooling, making it an excellent choice for both solar generation and retrofitting. Eco-minded customers may also be interested in its artificial grass services. The grass saves water and eliminates the emissions and costs associated with mowing.

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


Sullivan Solar


Since 2004, Sullivan Solar Power has performed over 6,000 residential and commercial solar installations throughout Los Angeles and other California locations.


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More About Sullivan Solar

Based in Riverside, Sullivan employs licensed electricians and NABCEP certified installers for solar installations on asphalt roofs, tile and clay roofs, and tilt rack or ballasted systems on flat roofs. They also install ground-mounted system and solar home batteries to power homes with stored energy in the event of a blackout. ...Read More


Sullivan customized solar systems are guaranteed under a 10-year performance warranty on top of the individual manufacturer warranties. They offer an industry-leading production guarantee that pays customers in the event that the system does not produce the electricity stated in the agreement. Sullivan uses Kyocera solar panels in their systems which are covered under a 25-year warranty.

Multiple payment methods are offered including cash payments, solar loans, solar leases or a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing arrangement.

Sullivan Solar Power received an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and is an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner. They also made Solar Power World’s list of the Top 500 Solar Contractors in 2016.

Sullivan Solar Power can be reached at their website at Sullivansolarpower.com or by phone at (951)-241-7769.


California Solar Systems


With over 15 years of experience, California Solar Systems specializes in residential and commercial solar design, installation, and contracting in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.


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California Solar Systems personally handles the entire solar lifecycle, including the permitting, design, installation and even the rebate process. They offer two payment options: Power Purchase Agreements, which includes lifetime system maintenance, and in PACE programs. Both options require no initial money down. A 20 year manufacturer warranty is guaranteed. ...Read More


California Solar Systems received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

California Solar Systems can be reached at their website: 855casolar.com, or by phone at (855)-227-6527.