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Top Rated Solar Companies for

Tampa

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

SolarCity: $5.30 per watt, Sunrun: $3.00 per watt, Vivint: $4.31 per watt,

by Brooks Lape | September 9, 2018

SolarCity


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

SolarCity serves commercial and residential clients throughout the United States in areas like Tampa. Tesla recently purchased the firm and continues to offer customers innovative technology like the Powerwall.


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The company’s qualified employees install equipment like streamlined photovoltaic solar panels and the Powerwall. The Powerwall stores unused solar energy gathered during the day and can use it to continue to power a residential property during brown and blackouts. SolarCity additionally installs solar roofs, which generates energy without any disruptive equipment. ...Read More


SolarCity understands that the transition to solar can be expensive and confusing, so it features professionals who guide clients through the process. Several payment plans are available, including loans. Interested individuals can register for warranties for each piece of equipment. Warranties can last up to 30 years and include materials and general energy output.

SolarCity can be reached through its website at https://www.tesla.com/solarpanels?energy_redirect=true or its phone number 888-765-2489.


Sunrun


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

People interested in transitioning to solar energy but worried about the cost can contact Sunrun, a professional installer which strives to help each of its clients receive affordable energy.


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The firm works closely with its customers to help them find as many state and federal rebates and tax incentives as possible when making the switch to solar. People can also lock in their rates with Sunrun so their payments don’t increase over time after purchasing a system. ...Read More


Sunrun operates within a wide service area across 22 states. Its qualified employees can serve residential properties in numerous cities like Tampa and the surrounding region. Some of the available services from the company include items like equipment installation, property evaluation to determine solar viability, the installation of backup batteries to store energy, and custom system design.

The company opened over ten years ago and has completed over 160,000 systems since its inception. Sunrun takes pride in having offset over 1.7 million tons of carbon emissions.

Sunrun can be reached through its website at https://www.sunrun.com/ or its phone number 1-844-321-6937.


Vivint


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

Founded in 2011, Vivint Solar is a large-scale, publicly traded solar installation company supplying homeowners in Tampa, Florida, and the nation with solar system design and installation.


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They provide maintenance and monitoring, and a 20-year product and workmanship warranty. Customers have the option to purchase their system outright or finance through loans, leases or PPAs. ...Read More


All work is performed by in-house, licensed solar professionals. A typical solar panel installation takes about 4-8 hours to complete. Vivint Solar takes care of all permitting and paperwork to make the process as easy as possible for the customer.

Vivint solar is the exclusive dealer of the Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage System for a reliable backup energy source when the grid goes down.

Vivint Solar was founded from Vivint home security in 2011 and went public in 2014. Vivint Solar is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Vivint Solar is Consumer Affairs Accredited and received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. They were listed #2 on Solar Power World’s Top 500 Solar Contractors in North America. They can be reached at their website Vivintsolar.com or by phone at (877) 404-4129.


Solar Advantage


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Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Since 2012, Solar Advantage has served Tampa and much of South and Central Florida in residential and commercial installation of custom solar electric systems and solar hot water systems.


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All work is conducted by certified Master Electricians and NABCEP certified installation professionals. They offer a 10-year workmanship warranty on all systems and financing is available through OUC, PACE financing and solar loans. ...Read More


Solar Advantage utilized products from top-rated brands such as Enphase, SolarWorld, Panasonic, LG and more. They have additional installation services in solar carports and off-grid battery backed-up solar systems.

They most often provide homes with a 10-kilowatt system using 36 solar panels, producing about $200 worth of electricity each month, though have experience with large and smaller arrays as well. After installation, the system is maintained and monitored through a monitoring portal available at extra cost.

In February 2017, Solar Advantage completed the largest industrial solar PV Power System in the Tampa Bay area for Tampa Tank and Welding.

Solar Advantage was awarded Angies List Super Service award and Solar Power World’s Solar Advantage award. They can be reached at their website Solaradv.com or by phone at (813) 399-1231.


Efficient Home Services of Florida


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

Since 2011, Efficient Home Services of Florida has served Tampa and Central Florida as a full-service company providing custom packed energy management systems comprised of solar electric systems, home insulation, ventilation, LED lighting, water heaters, window sealing and more.


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Their solar systems come with a 25-year warranty with no out-of-pocket costs for upkeep or maintenance throughout the life of the contract. ...Read More


A free energy evaluation begins the process in which an auditor comes to the home to decide which energy saving services are required to make the home as efficient as possible. From there, custom packaged energy management systems are set in place comprised of top quality solar systems, radiant barriers, energy efficient air conditioners, replacement doors or windows, solar attic fans, electrical upgrade services and much more.
The company goal is to help home owners receive energy savings through green technologies and the latest advancements in the green energy industry.

Efficient Home Services of Florida can be reached at their website EHSFL.com or by phone at (844) 778-8810.


Florida Power Services Inc


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Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Installing more solar systems in Florida than any other company, Florida Power Services provides Tampa and all of Florida in the design and installation of large residential and small commercial solar projects including grid tied, off grid or standalone systems.


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All their system designs are reviewed and stamped by a Certified Professional Engineer with the installations performed by FSEC and NABCEP certified PV installers. All systems come with a 5-year installation warranty. ...Read More


Since 2008, Florida Power Services has installed grid tied, grid-tied with battery backup, and off-grid solar systems. Their residential grid-tied systems are installed on IronRidge Racking. The company’s owner is onsite during all installations.

Their online system monitoring includes daily reports on system production, issue alerts, weather updates, and real-time power output reports.

Florida Power Services is a certified solar PV installer. They can be reached at their website Floridapowerservices.com or by phone at (727) 667-9955.


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Solar Specialist


Cost
Per Watt
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Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Since 2007, family owned Solar Specialist Inc has been a trusted name in residential solar system installation to Tampa, Florida and the Bay Area with services in solar pool heating, home water heating and solar PV system installation.


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They offer a 10-year workmanship warranty on all solar systems with financing options available. ...Read More


They utilize high-quality solar system equipment from manufacturers such as Canadian Solar and Solar Edge that come with manufacturer warranties. Solar Specialist Inc. holds 2 State Certified Solar Contractor licenses and a State Certified General Contractor license. They hold separate services in maintenance and repair.

Solar Specialist received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is EnergySage Approved. They can be reached at their website Solarspecialistinc.com or by phone at (813) 938-3107.


Green Planet Solar Systems


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

Green Planet Solar Systems has been serving the Tampa Bay area in residential, commercial and governmental solar system design and installation since 2007.


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The use of top-end manufacturers throughout their many services and financing options with no interest for 12 months has made them a staple solar contractor in Tampa. They offer a 10-year workmanship warranty on solar PV panels and 3-year warranties on inverters. ...Read More


This certified solar contractor offers a wide range of services including installation of solar PV systems, solar pool heaters, solar water heaters, solar carports, solar EV charging stations, solar lighting, and solar attic fans. In addition to installation, Green Planet also repairs and maintains solar systems as an additional service. They utilize top-end solar product manufacturers like Enphase, LG, Solar World, Solar Edge, and more which all come with manufacturer warranties. For off-grid systems or customers who would like energy storage in the event of a blackout, Green Planet installs the Tesla Powerwall home battery.

Green Planet Solar Systems received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is HomeAdvisor Screened and Approved. They can be reached at their website Greenplanetsolarsystems.com or by phone at (727) 219-9785.


Solar Direct


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Per Watt
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Based on 95 reviews
A+
BBB Rating

Solar Direct has been designing, installing, and servicing solar products for residential and commercial customers in Tampa and throughout the state of Florida since 1986, and now provides solar services nationwide.


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As a NABCEP certified PV installation professional, their services include the installation of solar PV systems, solar hot water, solar pool, and solar space heating systems. They utilize products from top brands such as SolarWorld panels which come with a 25-year performance warranty. ...Read More


Solar Direct’s installation services cover both roof and ground mounted systems as well as grid-tied and off-grid systems with battery backup. Financing options are available through GreenSky at zero dollars down and PACE programs.

Solar Direct offers services preventive maintenance; annual inspections and adjustments; and troubleshooting of solar system malfunctions. In addition to solar, the company offers other energy saving products and appliances as well as wind power installation for homes and businesses. From their website directly, customers may purchase solar system components and kits for systems to build themselves.

Solar Direct received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. They can be reached at their website SolarDirect.com or by phone at (800) 333-9276.


SEM Power


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

SEM Power’s team of qualified engineers developed the first integrated solar roof systems in Florida and continue to provide clients across the state with high-quality solar energy systems.


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The firm operates out of Tampa and can serve residents of many of the neighboring communities. SEM Power takes pride in its professionalism and dedication to learning new developments in the solar energy industry. The company is associated with many other organizations like the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association and the Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute. ...Read More


SEM Power provides clients with a broad range of services. The company specializes in commercial solar power technology and can install complete systems that use photovoltaic plates, carports, and ground-mounted solar plants. The firm customizes and designs each of its installations to suit customer needs and desires.

Interested individuals can request quotes for services.

SEM Power can be reached through its website at http://sempower.net/ or its phone number 1-888-496-1119.


Bay Area Solar Solutions


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

Serving Tampa and the surrounding area, Bay Area Solar Solutions services homeowner’s home efficiency needs through the installation of solar electric systems, solar attic fans and other energy-saving services.


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More About Bay Area Solar Solutions

They utilize top-end brands such as Solar World and Enphase and offer financing through a number of loan options. They offer free in-home efficiency consultations designed to identify the efficiencies and inefficiencies in the home and then tailor products and services best suited to maximize energy efficiency. ...Read More


Bay Area Solar Solutions designs and installs both rooftop and ground mount PV systems. They also install energy storage backup batteries for off-grid systems or homes to use in the case of a blackout. Additionally, they provide installation services in home insulation, LED lighting, window caulking, weather stripping and water heater wrapping.

Bay Area Solar Solutions is a NABCEP Certified Installation company and received an A+ from the Better Business Bureau. They can be reached at Bayareasolarsolutions.com or by phone at (727) 262-3135.


Solar Source


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

Founded in 1984, Solar Source has risen to a prestigious solar system design, engineering, and installation company for residential, military installations, and commercial businesses in Tampa, Florida and throughout the world.


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Their services include, but are not limited to, solar electricity, solar water heating, solar pool heating, and solar attic ventilation fans. They offer zero down 100% financing for 10, 15 and 20 years as well as PACE solar loans. ...Read More


Solar Sourced is a licensed electrical and general contractor and NABCEP certified. They work with products from top-end manufacturers such as Enphase, SolarWorld, Heliocol and more. The systems come with a 2-year full warranty along with the manufacturer’s warranties.

Some of the company’s renown projects are installing the largest PV array in Cuba at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, the largest solar pool heating system in the world in Mazatlán, Mexico, and the largest domestic water-heating project for Walt Disney World in Orlando. The company founded Solar Source Institute, a licensed educational facility that provides solar training for members of the construction industry.

Solar Source received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. They can be reached at their website at Solarsource.net or by phone at (800) 329-1301.


Sun-Tec Solar Energy


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

With multiple office around Florida, Sun-Tec Solar Energy provides solar solutions to residential, commercial and industrial customers in Tampa and throughout Central and South Florida.


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Their services include the installation of solar PV systems, solar hot water heaters, solar pool heaters, and solar attic fans. All solar PV systems parts include a lifetime warranty and the company offers solar specific financing to meet each homeowner’s needs. ...Read More


Sun-Tec Solar Energy designs and installs each system from the initial free consultation to system activation taking care of all site plans, permits and inspections. The company is a certified solar, electrical, and building contractor with licensed technicians conducting the installations. Their installation products are SolarWorld solar panels and Enphase inverters.

Sun-Tec Solar Energy is a GuildQuality Member. They can be reached at their website Suntecsolarenergy.com or by phone at (877) 834-7868.