Solar Companies & Installers

How should I choose a solar installation company to work with?

There are thousands of solar companies in the United States today, and choosing one can feel like a daunting decision. Here at Solar to the People, we only partner with the most qualified and knowledgeable installers in the business to ensure you have the best experience possible. Our installers are selected after a rigorous screening process where we assess their experience level, customer satisfaction and knowledge of solar policies, maintenance and installation.

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Solar installers? Solar financing companies? What’s the difference?

The home solar marketplace has changed significantly over the past few years. As new policies and incentive programs have helped shape the industry’s expansion, the number of companies that install and fund solar installations has also grown. Today, homeowners have their pick of a variety of different types of companies they can work with to become energy independent. These companies can be broken down into three main categories: solar installers, financing companies and an integrated combination of the two.

Solar Installers

Companies that solar installers do just that – they’re focused on designing and installing a cost-effective and efficient solar energy system for your home. Many times local installers will partner with larger, combination solar companies to provide you with the financing and system construction to get your home running on clean energy. In general, solar installers do not provide their own financing options for homeowners, although they may help you find a good match.

Solar Financing Companies

The creation of solar financing models has allowed solar power to become much more affordable for homeowners. These third-party financing options are provided mainly by banks and other financial institutions (not solar companies) and have become extremely popular for solar installations. Homeowners can receive funds either by signing a solar lease on the panels, or by signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) to purchase the energy from the panels at a predetermined rate.  Learn more about these financing options here.

Fully Integrated Solar Installers/Solar Financing Companies

These vendors combine the options of the financing companies with the knowledge and installation abilities of the solar installers. Seen as a “one-stop-shop” for solar power, these providers are popular with homeowners who are not buying their panels outright, and they have installed the majority of residential solar in the US.

Solar Companies and Installers – How We Choose Who to Work With:

There are many companies out there, and it can seem somewhat overwhelming when it comes time to choose the best fit for your home and budget. At Solar to the People, we have developed a network of trusted, knowledgeable vendors that can help you reach your goal of energy independence. As experts in the solar energy market, we provide you with the best, unbiased background information on our vendors so that you have the knowledge you need to choose the company that’s best for you.

To finalize which firms we work with in a certain area, we look at a number of different factors:

  • The reputation of the firm among customers.
  • Reputation for professionalism in the sales process – we want our installers to be partners with homeowners, finding the best solution for each home, not hard-driving salespeople.
  • Ability to offer most, if not all, financing options (loan, lease, PPA, cash purchase).
  • Our own interviews and scoring of the firms processes and quality

We’re here to make the process simpler, and better

At Solar to the People, we make it easy for you to submit your information and receive multiple quotes from the best installers in your area. One simple form gives you the power to choose from competitive rates, with the comfort of knowing that you’re selecting from the best of the best.

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