Solar Providers Near Me
When beginning your home solar project, one of the first things you’ll likely do is search “Solar Providers Near Me.”
Then, you’ll be presented with dozens of different solar companies to choose from. All of these installers will vary in size, equipment offerings, and reputability, and it can take months to line up multiple quotes.
Fortunately, there’s an easier way. In this article, we’ll explore a better way to go shop for solar than Googling “solar providers near me.”
What’s the best way to find solar providers near me?
The best way to find solar providers near you is a guided experience through the solar.com marketplace, where you receive multiple binding quotes from our network of certified solar installers. (Binding means the price you see is the price you’ll pay — not a lowball estimate).
Using the solar.com marketplace is easy:
- Start by punching in your zip code and answering a few questions about your home and energy bill to create a profile
- Next, view preliminary estimates and savings potential using our online solar savings calculator
- Finally, schedule a call with an Energy Advisor to discuss your goals and begin your guided experience
After this initial call, your Energy Advisor will design a system to meet your needs, generate dozens of bids for your project, and present you with the three best.
And the guided experience doesn’t stop there.
Your Energy Advisor is with you every step of the way to evaluate offers and financing options, identify incentives, and advocate for you during the installation process. We even monitor your system after it’s installed to make sure it’s humming along as promised.
Preferred pricing on solar.com
Solar.com’s guided experience isn’t just the easiest way to find trusted solar installers near you — it’s a way to find the best price for solar and battery projects.
The US Department of Energy reported that generating solar bids through the solar.com marketplace saves “roughly $0.20/W–$0.40/W, which is
equivalent to $1,000–$2,000 in savings for a typical 5-kW residential PV system.”
That’s because in addition to helping you find local and federal incentives, solar.com offers preferred pricing from our installers to help you save up to 30% below market average.
We’ll admit it — the solar industry has its fair share of scams and shoddy companies that make life harder for everyone else.
In fact, that’s why the solar.com’s parent company, Electrum, was founded — to empower communities through transparency and choice, and enable a better quality of life for all people.
We evaluate installer partners based on over a dozen criteria including customer testimonials, bankability, installs completed, licenses and insurance, warranties and more.
Less than 30% of the installers that apply to our network are approved — we’re that picky about who we partner with.
Through the guided solar.com experience, you’re getting:
- Multiple binding quotes
- Industry-best pricing
- Thoroughly vetted installers
And that’s all with a single point of contact — your dedicated Energy Advisor.
We understand that some people prefer — and even enjoy — doing the legwork on their own. Here’s what finding a solar provider near you entails without using the solar.com marketplace.
How to Find the Solar Companies Near You On Your Own
Start with a Google search of “solar providers near me.” You’ll be served a medley of sponsored listings, maps, and guides (like this one!).
If your results are anything like mine, you’ll need to go to the second, third, or fourth pages to find actual solar providers near you. Once you find them, make a list of a dozen or so companies to research.
Certifications and Licensing
The most important thing to look for when searching for solar providers in your area is whether or not they have the proper licenses and certifications. An electrical license is an absolute requirement.
An installer with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certification is also a major plus (and a requirement to be on Solar.com’s platform).
When your searching for local installers, make sure to ask if they are NABCEP certified or check their website for the logo.
Online Customer Reviews
Once you’ve narrowed your search down to a handful of certified and licensed solar companies, you’ll want to look at their online reviews.
We’ve found that Google, Yelp, and the Better Business Bureau are the best resources for reviews of solar providers.
As with any service provider, use your best judgment when reading online reviews — some can be overly negative or positive, depending on where you look. Read through a few different review sites to develop a decent sense of how the installer performs. Evaluate not just the installation and solar equipment they provide but also the installer’s workmanship warranty and customer service.
If you want to go an extra step, you may request to speak with customers who worked with the given solar installer in the past and are willing to act as a reference. This can give you more insight into the experience with that provider.
Solar Panels, Equipment and Finance Offerings
Depending on what stage you’re in, you may want to narrow the list of solar providers near you down to ones that offer specific types of solar panels or financing options.
Solar equipment and finance offerings will vary per installer. For instance, only certified installers can install SunPower panels. If that’s an essential factor for you, review the installer’s website to see which solar panel offerings they provide.
Get multiple quotes
Once you’ve narrowed your list down to a handful of trustworthy installers with the necessary equipment and financing options, then it’s time to make some calls and set up some meetings!
We highly recommend getting binding quotes from at least three installers to make sure you’re getting competitive pricing. That means going through initial consultations, design reviews, and contract offers with at least three companies.
Once you have several offers in hand, compare them for pricing, equipment quality, warranty, and production capacity. Then the choice is yours!
If you have quotes in hand, you can use still Solar.com to get additional quotes from our network of pre-screened solar companies, and we’ll work with you to compare your offers and find the best solar provider for you.
Find Solar Providers The Easy Way
Between identifying, vetting, and contacting multiple installers, getting multiple solar quotes on your own takes no small amount of time and legwork.
But on the solar.com marketplace, getting competitive solar quotes is easy. An expert Energy Advisor designs your system, generates dozens of quotes from our trusted network of installers, and provides an impartial source of wisdom throughout the process.
Better yet, you’ll save with preferred pricing and in-house financing resources.
Get started by punching in your zip code below.