Solar Companies Reviews in Furlong, PA
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Services: Solar Pool Heating, Solar Hot Water (Thermal), Commercial Solar Electric, Storage, Residential Solar Electric, Energy Audits
As a Designer/Builder of Passive Solar Homes since the late 1970’s I have had professional experience in building solar oriented, well insulated homes and additions for a long time. All were “Photovoltaic Ready” waiting for the price of solar electric to become feasible. In 2002 we bought our own home (a contemporary built in the mid-sixties). Key among the things we were looking for were solar orientation, the potential for a passive solar addition, and a whole house renovation with photovoltaics to create a net zero home. I designed and built a passive solar addition with south facing vertical glazing and a metal roof ready for photovoltaics. I then interviewed several reputable companies for the photovoltaic subcontract and all were capable of providing the system, which was sized to provide our annual electric needs of about 5K. This includes our house loads (with oil heat/DHW and electric cooking) and my home based design office with computers, printers and office equipment. EXACT SOLAR was my choice for several reasons. Mark Bortman was personable, professional, and knowledgeable. He discussed the issues for our potential installation which does include seasonal shading. He suggested technologies to minimize the impact of localized shading and was familiar with all the options I was interested in. This included options for making the system grid connected now and allowing for seamless updating to a battery backup so it could serve as a backup “generator” in case of power outages in the future. He obviously had spent plenty of time on roofs and had done his share of installations. Working with a company with “hands-on” experience in ownership is my preference.EXACT SOLAR was patient as I vacillated and budgeted around the timing for the installation, and when I finally decided the time was right to go ahead, they handled all the permitting and technical issues with JCP&L, guiding me through all forms and applications. Their service was professional, on the scheduled dates, and neat. All the installers and electricians were courteous, personable, informative, and did an excellent job. Our system went on-line in December of 2015 and has worked flawlessly since then. It has only been down one time due to major utility accident when a nearby High Tension wire fell on the local power lines causing a major surge to the local system blowing utility equipment and breakers. This surge resulted in a low voltage (milliamp) fuse in the Solar Inverter blowing. (The same surge destroyed an air condition in our house and blew breakers.) When I checked the solar system and found it not operational, Mark came out the next day, trouble shot the problem, commented he had never seen that fuse go before. Contacted the manufacturer, arranged for replacement fuses from them and put in a slightly differently rated fuse from Radio Shack to get the system online right away. The fuse replacement set the system working flawlessly again. I cannot say the same for the air-conditioner which has now been recycled since it was not repairable after the surge.My long time commitment to solar energy as part of the necessary and logical renewable future, made it a certainty that the photovoltaics would go on our roof, and the economics of the decision were secondary. On the other hand when thinking about it—especially in these times of very low interest rates--I could not think of a better way to invest the money I used to pay for the system given the potential savings on our utility bills. This logic has paid off and proven correct. The approximate cost of the system, less the 30% Federal tax credit, was about $12,000. The first full year of system operation my electric bill with net-metering was $2.98 a month for 10 months (the minimum service charge for being hooked up to the grid) and a total of about $50 for the other two months. The total annual bill was about $80.Prior to the system being installed, I was paying about $100 per month for electric service. (This included an upcharge for solar generated power rather than JCP&L’s basically non-renewable portfolio.) That is to say over the course of one year the photovoltaic system saved us just under $1200, which is about 1/10 of the net cost of the system. Looked at one way, this is a 10 year payback period (at 2015 electric costs.) A more gratifying way to look at it is that the $12,000 investment we made in photovoltaics is making almost 10% annually and will continue to do so for decades, guaranteed. If electric rates go up, the actual savings and effective interest on our investment will also increase.All in all it is the best investment I can think of, combining real financial savings while saving the environment from tons of pollution.... read more
Services: Energy Monitoring, Storage, Commercial Solar Electric, Residential Solar Electric
I'm a big fan of Solar States. Their cost was as good or better than other quotes I received from reputable companies locally. Their service and support was far above. Great team of installers worked four days in some incredibly hot weather. The electrical team didn't quite until our AC was back on even though it was getting close to 8PM and they were into their 12th hour on the job. They did a really nice job on the conduit matching the color of the house and doing some tricky turns to have the least aesthetic impact. Oh yeah and the system has been performing very well. I can't recommend Solar States more highly.... read more
Services: Solar Pool Heating, Solar Hot Water (Thermal), Commercial Solar Electric, Residential Solar Electric
We used Alien Solar to install our solar system and the experience has been top notch. From the customer service and professionalism to the knowledge and background demonstrated by their staff, my wife and I could not be happier.
Services: Commercial Solar Electric, Residential Solar Electric
I give Evoke Solar my highest recommendation as a solar PV system installer. Their salesperson, Marc, answered my 1001 questions patiently and honestly and was flexible in helping me evaluate a few different system configurations. This was very important to me as I am an engineer and need to get into the weeds before I decide on anything! Evoke's pricing was very competitive with other solar installers and after reading customer reviews online and contacting references, Evoke was the clear winner. Once we signed the contract, Evoke quickly got us a schedule which projected about 3 months from start to completion. This turned out to be almost right on the money! The system design and roof structural analysis took about 3-4 weeks. Next, the Township permit and utility company interconnection application couldn't have been any easier. Evoke did all the paperwork and we simply reviewed and signed it. The installation itself went amazingly well and took only 6 hours onsite from when they showed up to when they left. The entire crew was courteous and efficient. Wes, the owner and crew chief, was extremely knowledgeable and happy to entertain questions. His years of experience going back to the early 2000's shows through. Post-install went smoothly as well with the 2nd part interconnection agreement and utility bidirectional meter installation completed within about 10 days after system installation. When an unusual issue with the SunPower monitoring of our home electrical usage surfaced, Evoke came out the next day and fixed it. Finally, registration with an SREC aggregator, recommended by Evoke, went smoothly and we received a beautiful and comprehensive Owner's Packet with all of the system hardware documentation and warranty registration material. The installation is aesthetically beautiful. My wife who is a former design professional and who has a very critical eye absolutely loved it! Evoke even took a really sharp drone photo of our installation which quickly made the rounds on social media! Both Wes and Roshelle have both been responsive and efficient in addressing any questions or concerns we had. It is a good feeling to work with folks who have such passion for what they do and we are looking forward to having their support as we embark upon our journey toward a more sustainable future. It is also great to think that the system will pay for itself over the next decade and a half while reducing our electricity cost to practically nil for the foreseeable future.... read more
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Services: Residential Solar Electric, Energy Monitoring, Storage, Commercial Solar Electric
Bill was great with answering every question, and can be reach by text, phone call, or email right away. Turned on my solar pannels Oct 2015 and haven't seen an electric bill (only conection fee which is less then $5 per month) I have been selling my srec each month. No maintance!!!
This company was fantastic and wonderful to work with and made the whole process so easy to do. Their cost was very reasonable and the unit is working wonderful and if anything is ever needed this company is only a phone call away.
Services: Solar Hot Water (Thermal), Commercial Solar Electric, Residential Solar Electric
I am a first time home buyer that didn't think solar was possible for me, but after speaking with this company I learned I qualified for all kinds of incentives. Not only did they explain the process and help me find discounts, they worked with me every step of the way. This might not sound like much, but I'm a detail oriented control freak and they were always willing to help me. The panels were designed in such a nice way (opposed to some solar on my street) and I smile every time I pull in the driveway and when I open my electric bill! Thank you so much for all the hard work!... read more
Services: Residential Solar Electric
Office location: Victorville, CA 92394
Sale representive was amazing, very helpful, always answering our questions. Would keep us updated on the process.
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Office location: Beltsville, MD 20705
Was misled by sales agent with a promise the Solar System will generate excessive electricty for consumption. After installation, double paying utilities for 5 months with promise the system will generate excess capacity during summer to cover fall and winter. System only cover 1/3 of electricity usage in October resulting in double billing that will continue through April. Contacted SolarCity and they said they can install more panels under a new cpntract with additional costs and billing. Very disappointing about their business ethics and customer service.... read more
Not only was the installation quick and professional, Big D Electric also provided me with all of the necessary documentation to apply for grants, tax credits, and the sale of accumulated energy. With the projected cost of energy constantly on the increase, given the initial "cost vs. the return", I foresee this system as a money saver, and potentially a money maker, as I intend to add additional solar panels in the future.I had acquired a couple of bids before deciding to go with Big D Electric. After the costs were reviewed, I decided to stay with a local company, for overall costs and preventive maintenance reasons. Big D provided me with a "turn key" type instalation. All I had to do was give them directions to my home.... read more
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