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There are about 10 large, national or multi-state solar corporations with overwhelmingly negative reviews – mostly complaining of poor after-sales service and substandard communication.

Additionally, we do not recommend about 2,700 solar companies because they have not yet demonstrated longevity in business or consistency of positive reviews. Before being added to our list, we monitor new companies for reliability while they grow their business.

Then, there are the other guys: a group of around 800 solar companies with excellent workmanship and customer service that is consistently reflected in positive customer reviews. These are the solar companies we recommend - regardless of whether we have a financial relationship with them or not.

Usually, these are medium-sized, family-owned solar companies with their own installation crews. They’ll also have responsibly priced systems, meaning the price they charge will reflect the long-term, 25-year commitment that the company is making to support you when you go solar with them.

As of March 2021, we here at SolarReviews view responsible pricing in the range of $2.50 to $3.00 per watt, depending on the brands used and the installation difficulty. Companies that charge less than this don’t reflect the cost of a long term commitment in the pricing, and usually end up going bankrupt after three to five years in business, leaving their customers as “solar orphans”.

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