Mike M | Santa Barbara, California | 03/12/2021
Great Company . The Community Environmental Council's Solarize Santa Barbara vetted them and chose them and only two other companies. They were always accessible, answered all my questions quickly, were fast and efficient in the installation and met all deadlines. The personnel on the job were not only friendly but were a fun bunch and I enjoyed my contacts with them. I don't think you can do better than Brighten Solar.
Happy Customer | Solvang, California | 02/20/2021
Professional and Well Organized - A Pleasure to work with!
Brighten Solar was a pleasure to work with! From beginning to completion they have been professional, kind, considerate, efficient, and so easy to work with. They went over board to make us happy. We are contractors and was so impressed with their attention to detail in every way. It was refreshing to work with such a together company! I know they will be here for us if ever we need anything. We interviewed 5 different solar companies and knew that they were the company that was going to get it right! And they did! They recommended a great product! Feels so good to be off the grid!
SBLinda | Santa Barbara, California | 04/17/2020
Competitive price, professional service
We just used Brighten to install solar for our home and we were very pleased. They were great from start to finish. At the first meeting, Cash was great at explaining the process and options. Then we received a detailed, clear proposal. They were cheaper (cost per watt) than another installer's quote and they did a better job sizing our system for our needs. They were recommended to us by a friend, and we had researched solar costs in our area, so at this point we decided to skip getting a third quote. The installation went smoothly under Kyle's supervision and our system was up and running sooner than we expected. We are happy we chose to go solar and very pleased with Brighten.
Paul Costales | Santa Barbara, California | 12/20/2016
Easy to work with, high quality, competitive cost
Even though I'm not a tree hugger, the math has really started to work in favor of rooftop solar and electric vehicles, so I made the jump into both before the end of the tax year. I got proposals from four local solar installers for our house. Most of them were some sales dog-and-pony shows with pretty pictures showing you that installing your system will take 1.2 cars off the road for 25 years, but glossing over the hard facts you really should know before plunking down cash on PV install.<br /><br />I'm an engineer and like to nerd out on price per kilowatt installed, kWh per year, breakeven time, and return on investment, among other things. I had a TON of questions and back and forth with every company for close to a month. I also did a lot of research on forums such as Solar Panel Talk.<br /><br />I went with Brighten Solar for these reason:<br /><br />1) Price. Brighten had the best proposal in dollars per kilowatt. I normally wouldn't just go with the lowest bid without everything else looking good, which is why the points below are important too.<br /><br />2) Communication. Jeremy was very easy to get hold of over phone, text or email. He also answered all of my questions fully and without bother. Don't let his French accent throw you off at first!<br /><br />3) Knowledge. Since Jeremy is an engineer he was able to answer in technical terms instead of sales talk. He warned against a few things other installers wanted to do, like installing in a location that would have shadows during part of the year. He also was one of the only installers to find a way to use our existing 100A panel without a costly upgrade to a new panel. <br /><br />4) Materials. Brighten proposed top of the line LG panels with Enphase microinverters, whereas other proposals were going with cheaper panels and inverters.<br /><br />5) Craftsmanship. I spoke to three of the referrals Brighten listed, and looked at some photos and the installs were fairly clean. I made it known I wanted a clean install because I've seen some fugly installs. Sure enough it was a clean install with very little conduit.<br /><br />We had our system permitted, installed, signed off by SCE, and fully producing power in less than 4 weeks. I was pretty happy about that and would fully recommend Brighten to anyone considering rooftop solar.
sblocal | Santa Barbara, California | 07/11/2016
Highly recommend Brighten Solar Co.!
Brighten Solar Co. was a pleasure to work with and did an amazing job. Marine and Jeremy work with you to find the right system at the best price possible. From beginning to end they take the time to walk you through all the steps in creating a beautiful design that optimizes the solar production potential. I Highly recommend them to anyone looking to install solar panels!