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by Brooks Lape | April 15, 2018

SolarGuyVT is the one-man operation of Austin Schwencke, a civil engineer who studied at SUNY Canton in Upstate New York. He’s now based in Burlington, Vermont. “The Solar Guy” is a rooftop solar consultant for both panels and energy storage systems throughout the state, with a focus on residential customers of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Co-Op. Homeowners can go solar with Schwencke for zero down with a 20-year full warranty.

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Schwencke believes in supporting local businesses and communities. While his company isn’t rated by the Better Business Bureau, multiple customers say they like his honest, “no gimmick” approach. ...Read More

“Austin was incredibly friendly and warm in his approach,” Sarah M. from Winooski writes on the SolarGuyVT website. “One might cringe at the thought of the "door-to-door salesman" image, but Austin was nothing near the stereotype - not the least bit pushy, extremely knowledgeable, aware of the community climate in which he works, and understanding of the need for families to work on their own timelines. My wife and I are waiting to install solar, as we only recently purchased our home, but when we do, we'll be reaching out to Austin!

SolarGuyVT can be reached through his website at, or by phone at (888) 487-8118.

In addition to solar electric and solar hot water systems, this whole-home energy company provides thermal energy audits, insulation, air sealing, and heat pumps designed for cold climates. The company serves residential and commercial commercial customers across most of the state from its offices in White River Junction and Williston.

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Building Energy’s solar services include everything from system design and permitting to financing. While it doesn’t handle solar exclusively, the company does have a dedicated solar engineer on staff who’s nationally certified, licensed, and insured. ...Read More

Customers can have their equipment mounted on rooftops, ground mounts, vertical surfaces, and landscapes. Solar panels and solar hot water systems come with 25-year production guarantees.

Building Energy employs certified building analysts who are fully versed in home improvement incentives offered through Efficiency Vermont and other programs. It also hosts open houses at its current energy retrofit sites to explain features that can help homeowners reduce their energy bills.

The company has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, with no complaints filed since it opened in 2007.

Building Energy can be reached through its website at, or by phone at (802) 859-3384.