Tesla Energy

Updated: 12 June 2021

Tesla Energy expert review

Tesla Energy is the renewable energy division of Tesla and within it are two business units.

It competes closely with rival Sunrun for the mantle of being the largest installer of residential solar power systems. It is the manufacturer of the Tesla Powerwall 2, arguably the leading residential energy storage solar battery solution on the market. 

With its renewable energy solutions and pioneering electric cars, Tesla has done more to fight climate change than any other company in the world. We here at SolarReviews have a positive bias towards supporting Tesla because of the alignment of their goals and ours to fight climate change on all fronts.

There are several advantages of buying solar panels from Tesla, namely their pricing for cash-purchased systems - which are now very competitive - and their Powerwall 2 solar battery. If you decide to buy a hybrid system with battery storage, there may be some comfort in knowing you are buying it directly from the manufacturer.

However, our experience in the solar industry leads us towards having a strong preference for local solar companies over large corporations when it comes to the purchasing of solar panels. Solar panels are a unique consumer product in that they are designed to last 25-30 years, and they interact with the utility grid as well as the other electrical infrastructure within your home.

Although solar is very reliable, things do go wrong. Where large corporate solar installation companies have traditionally lacked is in their after-sales service and after-sales technical support dealing with these issues. 

Prior to September 2020, Tesla had a reviews score on our site of less than 2 out of 5. However, since then, there has been a strong influx of positive reviews for the company and their overall reviews score has improved substantially. Almost all of these reviews have been from customers who had recently purchased a system, so it remains unclear if Tesla has only improved their sales and installation process, or whether their overall customer service to older customers has improved, as well. 

The difficulty that Tesla Energy faces with rolling out localized after-sales customer service over such a wide geographic area is significant. Perhaps not dissimilar to the same problem they will face with their iconic electric cars. Cars will get old and need servicing. Will Tesla be able to do this as well as brands with localized dealerships? It may very well be that Tesla can solve the localized customer service challenges in both the solar and the automotive sectors in the years to come. If they can, it will be a momentous achievement.

However, at this time, our advice remains that you should look for a well-established local solar company when buying solar panels for your home. If you wish to use the market-leading Powerwall battery, then it may be wise to consider purchasing it through a local solar company rather than through Tesla directly. It may cost a little more, but could also give you better access to localized support for your entire system. Given the system will be up and running for 25-30 years, and the fact that some electrical problems can be hard to diagnose remotely, we feel a premium is justified for long-term access to responsive local service.

Years in business

> 21

Pros

Average cost per watt below industry average of $3.00

$2.00

Cons

Review score is below industry average of 3.96

2.96

NABCEP qualified installer

No

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Latest Tesla Energy reviews

Latest review

Janga 1 week ago

The Tesla team “Leopard,” out of “Sharktown” Santa Maria office were quick to jump on the work right away once the briefing was done. They came around 7:30am and out by 12:30pm. The area was left clean as it was. Area was caution taped for safety but they did coordinate with my parcel deliveries and pickups. Power was shutdown twice for 15-20min each time but was given a heads up atleast 10 mins before it was executed.

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Latest complaint

BETTINA KRETZ, over 1 month

I signed a contract with Tesla’s for new construction of my home and one month later they said that contract is null and void and now the roof is 50 percent higher. Basically take it or leave it. This was after I designed myhouse for only Tesla’s solar roof. There customer service is also one of the worst I have ever dealt with. Dont use this company

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Tesla Energy prices

Below we have published a current offer this company has on a 6.2kW installed system. This price includes standard installation only and is subject to a site inspection by the company.

The price quoted is after the 26% federal solar tax credit.

System size

6.2kW

Average cost per watt

$2.00

Net cost of system

$8,257 - $10,092

Average payback time

Annual power production

10,430 kWh

Levelized cost of solar energy

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Levelized cost per kWh is the cost of the solar system divided by the total number of kWh produced by a solar system over it’s lifetime.

4¢ kWh

If you don't get solar

54¢ kWh

Forecast average CA electric rates over the next 25 years

Installers description for their business

 

 

Brands sold

This installer does not publish the brands they use on the net.

Contact

Address

1755 Iowa Street Building B, Riverside CA, 92507

Phone

(click to reveal) ..2489

Website

Tesla Energy

Office locations

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Inland Empire

1755 Iowa Street Building B, Riverside CA, 92507

Sacramento

2709 Academy Way, Suite 300, Sacramento CA, 95815

Stockton

2001 Arch - Airport Rd. Suite 300, Stockton CA, 95206

Atwater Village

5375 W. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles CA, 90039

Bakersfield

5206 Young Street, Ste C, Bakersfield CA, 93311

Foster City

391 Foster City Boulevard, Foster City CA, 94404

Fresno Armstrong Ave

651 N Armstrong Avenue, Fresno CA, 93727

Hawthorne

4884 W. 145th Street, Hawthorne CA, 90250

Irvine

2102 Alton Pkwy, Irvine CA, 92606

Livermore

1216 Stealth Street, Livermore CA, 94551

Martinez

187C Arthur Road, Martinez CA, 94553

Milpitas

418 South Abbott Avenue, Milpitas CA, 95035

Petaluma

1362 North McDowell Blvd, Suite A, Petaluma CA, 94954

San Diego

8225 Mercury Court, San Diego CA, 92111

San Fernando Valley

21040 Nordhoff Street, Chatsworth CA, 91311

Santa Maria

1235 W McCoy Ln, Suite C, Santa Maria CA, 93455

Temecula

43320 Business Park Drive, Suite B104, Temecula CA, 92590

Victorville

18499 Phantom West, Suite 8, Victorville CA, 92394

Vista

2370 Oak Ridge Way, Vista CA, 92081

Beltsville

9000 Virginia Manor Road, Suite 250, Beltsville MD, 20705

Baltimore

336 Clubhouse Road, Hunt Valley MD, 21031

Marlborough

24 St. Martin Drive, Building 2, Unit 11, Marlborough MA, 01752

Raynham

125 John Hancock Rd, Taunton MA, 02780

Wilmington Ballardvale

240 Ballardvale Street, Wilmington MA, 01887

Mililani

599 Kahelu Ave, Mililani HI, 96789

Parker

15690 Parkerhouse Road, Parker CO, 80134

Portland

6132 NE 112th Ave, Portland OR, 97220

Albuquerque

8000 Bluewater Road NW Suite D, Albuquerque NM, 87121

Albany

326 Old Niskayuna Road, Suite A, Latham NY, 12110

Bethpage

15 Grumman Road, Bethpage NY, 11714

New Windsor

1073 Route 94, New Windsor NY, 12553

Austin

2301 Scarbrough Drive, Suite 340, Austin TX, 78728

Dallas

10430 Shady Trail, Suite 108, Dallas TX, 75220

El Paso Walter Jones

28 Walter Jones, Suite C, El Paso TX, 79906

Sugarland

7256 Sam Houston PKWY W, Houston TX, 77085

Blackwood

1001 Lower Landing Road, Blackwood NJ, 08012

Pine Brook

1 Chapin Road, Unit 4, Pine Brook NJ, 07058

Burlington

66 Bowdoin Street, Suite 200, South Burlington VT, 05403

Chicago

2201 Arthur Ave, Elk Grove Village IL, 60007

Hartford

714 Brook Street, Rocky Hill CT, 06067

Manheim

1170 Garfield Avenue, Suite #2, Lancaster PA, 17601

Norristown

2562 Boulevard of the Generals, Norristown PA, 19403

Pittsburgh

1 Herron Avenue, Emsworth PA, 15202

Fort Lauderdale

5350 NW 35th Terrace, Suite 100A, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33309

Orlando

8500 Parkline Blvd. Suite 100, Orlando FL, 32809

Tampa

5012 Joanne Kearney Blvd., Tampa FL, 33619

Phoenix

425 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix AZ, 85027

South Tucson

2901 E Elvira Road, #135, South Tucson AZ, 85756

Reno

1312 Capital Blvd, Suite 105, Reno NV, 89502

Las Vegas

7200 S Montessori, Suite 110/120, Las Vegas NV, 89113

Salt Lake City

313 West 12800 South, Draper UT, 84020

Seaford

178 Venture Drive, Seaford DE, 19973

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