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Top Rated Solar Companies for

Sacramento

Pricing, reviews, and ratings of the Best Solar Companies in Sacramento for 2018. Cost per watt:

SolarCity: $5.30 per watt, Vivint: $4.31 per watt, SunPower: $4.75 per watt, Sunrun: $3.00 per watt, Petersen Dean: $4.04 per watt.

by Brooks Lape | April 15, 2018

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$5.30
Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.38 (CA avg.)
SolarCity scored '2.4' out of '5' stars
Based on 1590 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Bleeding-edge solar and storage technology from the largest installer in the United States.


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More About SolarCity

SolarCity's innovative approach to home solar brings the company a new customer every three minutes - an unprecedented accomplishment in the U.S. solar industry to date. It’s risen to the top of Sacramento’s solar market through a combination of technology, service, and sustainable business. ...Read More


Elon Musk, the visionary business leader behind Tesla, SpaceX, and PayPal, is Chairman of SolarCity, alongside co-founders Peter and Lyndon Rive. Musk’s commitment to green technology drives SolarCity’s expansion throughout California and the United States. The company’s innovative approaches to financing, construction, and installation have earned it recognition and a wide customer base. Its connection to Tesla has yielded hundreds of vehicle charging stations and home battery systems, and established SolarCity as a leader in California’s renewable energy sector.

SolarCity has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, as well as numerous accolades. Glassdoor granted its Candidates' Choice Award for the energy sector to SolarCity in 2015, and FastCompany recognized it as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World. SolarCity has also been recognized by the United States Department of Energy, Fortune, Businessweek, and Scientific American.

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



$4.31
Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.38 (CA avg.)
Vivint scored '2.5' out of '5' stars
Based on 270 reviews
A-
BBB Rating

Vivint Solar is a major installer in the residential solar space. Founded just six years ago, it now serves more than a dozen states nationwide. Vivint is positioning itself as a leader in smart tech and whole-home solutions as well.


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More About Vivint

The company’s new CEO, David Bywater, previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Vivint Smart Home, making it no surprise that Vivint Solar has been moving full-throttle into the smart home space. A new partnership between the two companies will expand Vivint Solar’s offerings to include home energy management systems and devices. Vivint Solar’s new package may draw on that company’s home assistant, Sky, to manage devices and track energy use. ...Read More


Vivint draws up custom systems that maximize available space and sunlight. It conducts quality assurance checks on all equipment, and never outsources installation work. Installation and maintenance are free, and customers can rely on a 20-year warranty. While the partnership with Vivint Smart Home may expand monitoring capabilities and available statistics, solar customers can already monitor panel output through the Vivint Solar website or mobile app. They can also choose from standard payment plans, including zero-down options. The Better Business Bureau gives the company an A- rating for customer satisfaction.

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



$4.75
Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.38 (CA avg.)
SunPower scored '3.4' out of '5' stars
Based on 149 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

SunPower is a residential, commercial, and utility-level installer that’s been at the cutting edge of solar for more than four decades. Like many other disruptive companies, SunPower is headquartered in Silicon Valley.


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More About SunPower

SunPower pushed through the early, challenging years of the solar industry largely through innovation. Its SunPower Equinox home solar system uses panels that produce 70% more energy in the same space over the life of the system. It also has 70% fewer visible parts for a minimalist and attractive look. The solar cells, microinverters, mounting system, and software were all designed by SunPower, which means they’re guaranteed to work seamlessly together. Customers get a single warranty for all of the equipment. ...Read More


The company’s monitoring system provides real-time information on the system’s solar production, along with tools to help understand and manage energy use. Four different connection backups ensure that there’s never a gap in the data.

SunPower also provides bleeding-edge systems to its commercial customers. Its SunPower Helix system is the first integrated commercial solar platform. The platform combines efficient solar energy from rooftops, ground systems, and carports with an advanced monitoring system.

In addition to innovation, the company also has an excellent reputation for service, including a perfect score with the Better Business Bureau.

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


Counties Served: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Solano, Placer, Yolo, Sutter, Nevada, El Dorado, Amador, Yuba, Colusa, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Plumas, Sierra

Cities Served: Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Elk Grove, Roseville, Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville, Citrus Heights, Tracy, Folsom, Turlock, Manteca, Davis, Yuba City, Rancho Cordova, Lodi, Rocklin, Woodland, West Sacramento



$3.00
Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.38 (CA avg.)
Sunrun scored '3.2' out of '5' stars
Based on 798 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

With $3 billion worth of solar systems across 15 states, Sunrun is one of the largest residential solar installer in the nation.


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More About Sunrun

Sunrun has designed more than 100,000 custom solar systems nationwide. The firm is known for its reasonably-priced and transparent payment options, as well as its commitment to customer service. Sunrun even caught the attention of bestcompany, which named it the #1 solar company of 2016. ...Read More


Sunrun is one of few installers to offer an optional storage system. The Brightbox stores the extra solar energy the panels generate during the day, and releases it for use at night. Users can track generation and demand through a mobile app. The vast majority of Sunrun’s customers are pleased with their choice, as evidenced by the company’s A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

CEO and co-founder Lynn Jurich has been instrumental to Sunrun’s success. Lynn was named one of Forbes’ Women to Watch in 2015, and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business of 2013. Before joining Sunrun, she was a venture capitalist at Summit Partners. Lynn has a bachelor’s degree in science and an MBA from Stanford University.

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



$4.04
Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.38 (CA avg.)
Petersen Dean scored '3.9' out of '5' stars
Based on 171 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Since its inception in 1984, Petersen Dean has dedicated its time to building commercial and residential solar energy systems which only use products made locally in the United States and take advantage of regional labor.


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More About Petersen Dean

The firm features warranties like the 25-Year Protection Plan, which protect a property’s solar energy system and can even be transferred to a new owner with the sale of the property. An independent review of California Solar Initiative data shows that Petersen Dean possesses some of the lowest installation and equipment rates throughout the state. The company works with residents of Sacramento and partners with other American businesses like Solar Edge. ...Read More


Petersen Dean can additionally install backup battery systems which store the collected energy from a solar energy system. The firm recognizes that California suffers from some of the most frequent blackouts and brownouts in the United States and thus sells the batteries at low rates with 10-year warranties.

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



$4.34
Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.38 (CA avg.)
Sunworks scored '3.5' out of '5' stars
Based on 39 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Sunworks is an authority on residential, commercial, municipal, and agricultural solar installations. The company started out as electrical contractor Solar 3D more than 30 years ago. It acquired Elite Solar in 2015, and rebranded as Sunworks the following year.


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More About Sunworks

Its commitment to quality has partly fueled the company’s growth. Sunworks uses highly trained and certified installers, and offers a 25-year warranty. The Better Business Bureau gives Sunworks an A+ rating for customer satisfaction. ...Read More


The company has cemented its status as a solar leader through intensive research and development. Sunworks pioneered 3D solar cells that enable wide-angle collection of sunlight and optimize energy conversion.

It also announced a partnership with Arkansas company Ecoark Holdings, which develops sustainable supply chain products and solutions for major retailers, in early 2017. The agreement will help Ecoark broaden its solar offerings for large-scale retail clients.

Sunworks is a socially responsible business that advances sustainability through its own operations, as well as those of its customers. Its membership in the U.S. Green Building Council and status as a Sacramento Area Sustainable Business demonstrate its commitment to the environment. Sunworks donates solar panels to good causes, such as Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore location in Marysville, California. It also sponsors local fundraisers.

Sunworks can be reached through its website at sunworksusa.com, or by phone at (866) 600-6800.



$6.99
Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.38 (CA avg.)
Future Energy Savers scored '2.9' out of '5' stars
Based on 147 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

This Elk Grove-based solar installer has been serving the local community since 1978. Built on a foundation of integrity and community outreach, the company has become a leader in the solar industry.


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More About Future Energy Savers

Future Energy Savers is primarily involved in solar systems, and has installed more than 5,000 to date. However, customers can also sign on for comprehensive home energy services that include efficiency upgrades for windows, indoor air purification, heating, air conditioning, sealing and ducting, and solar hot water. ...Read More


Its commitment to its customers has earned the company several awards and commendations, including Southern California Gas Company’s “Contractor of the Year” award. The State of California, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) have all recognized Future Energy Services as a solar installer of distinction. The company even served on Governor Schwarzenegger’s Solar Roof Initiative.

“Family is everything to me,” says Jeffrey Adkins, who has served as CEO since 1978. “We have built our company on the premise that every family deserves the very best in products and services so that they can raise their families and live cost efficient.” This sentiment is more than just lip service; the company maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Future Energy Savers can be reached through its website at energysavers.com, or by phone at (800) 985-0733.



$3.25
Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.38 (CA avg.)
The Solar Company scored '3' out of '5' stars
Based on 54 reviews
N/A
BBB Rating

The Solar Company is a member of the California Solar Energy Industries Association with over a decade of experience installing state-of-the-art solar energy systems on commercial and residential properties. It is one of the only businesses which offers solar panel cleaning on top of other valuable services.


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More About The Solar Company

The Solar Company features qualified employees who can evaluate a property to determine whether it can handle a solar energy system or not, design a unique system, and install all of the equipment. The firm primarily uses photovoltaic panels made by SunPower and claims its panels are 50% more efficient than other brands. ...Read More


The Solar Company offers a 25-year warranty on its panels and a 40-year warranty on design life. Interested individuals can discuss net metering, which is another available service, and the company serves Sacramento and the nearby area. The firm additionally provides a number of financing solutions like loans and payment plans if a customer cannot pay the full cost at installation.

The Solar Company can be reached through its website at https://www.thesolarco.com/ or its phone number 877-607-6527.



$3.83
Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.38 (CA avg.)
Verengo Solar scored '2.1' out of '5' stars
Based on 228 reviews
N/A
BBB Rating

Verengo Solar is known for its solar leases, which allow residents of Sacramento and the nearby area to purchase a solar energy system for zero money down. Ever since 2008, the firm has installed solar panels on residential properties throughout the state.


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More About Verengo Solar

The company possesses over a decade of experience and has completed over 18,500 residential solar systems since it opened. Verengo Solar hires qualified employees who offer a variety of services like property evaluation, customized system design, equipment installation, and the final powering up of a system. Interested individuals can also request maintenance and receive a free quote for services. ...Read More


Verengo Solar sells and installs photovoltaic solar panels and Q cell systems from trusted manufacturers like Hyundai and LG. The firm claims to be able to complete panel installation in one day, and that the entire process from property evaluation to powering up only takes one to two weeks.

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



$4.63
Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.38 (CA avg.)
Horizon Solar Power scored '1.6' out of '5' stars
Based on 92 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Horizon Solar Power claims to be able to complete the full solar energy system installation within 45 days without sacrificing quality, a faster rate than many other companies currently offer.


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More About Horizon Solar Power

Horizon Solar Power strives to help commercial and residential properties operate their own environmentally-friendly energy systems and has installed over 8,000 since the company’s inception. The firm regularly hires veterans whenever possible and knowledgeable graduates of local NABCEP-certified solar programs. These hiring policies are designed to sponsor local jobs and continue its use of the latest technology in the industry, particularly in Sacramento. ...Read More


Interested individuals can request a broad range of services from Horizon Solar Power, including full home assessment to determine whether a residence can handle the necessary equipment, permitting, the design and creation of a custom solar energy system, and equipment installation. The company works with PV solar panels and offers people free quotes as well as a variety of financing options like solar PPAs.

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



$4.13
Cost
Per Watt
vs. $4.38 (CA avg.)
REPOWER America scored '4.7' out of '5' stars
Based on 67 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Solar Universe is a proven, recognized innovator in the solar and smart home spaces. Founded in 2008, its network of 40 franchises makes Solar Universe unique among major solar companies.


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More About REPOWER by Solar Universe

Headquartered in Livermore, California, breaking away from the pack with its nationwide franchise model has brought Solar Universe remarkable success. Forbes recognized its unique approach to the solar industry in 2013, and Solar Universe has appeared on Franchise Magazine’s Franchise 500 list annually since 2012. ...Read More


The company’s signature product is REPOWER, a comprehensive solar panel and smart home system. REPOWER controls heat, lighting, and security based on clean rooftop solar. It also includes a central control panel and mobile application. REPOWER gives customers seamless control over energy costs, usage, and home management.

REPOWER maintains a team of more than 1,000 people to serve its residential and commercial customers. So far, this team has successfully installed 46 megawatts of solar power. Nine out of 10 Solar Universe customers would recommend this installer to others.

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