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", I had been watching the solar PV for about 2 years, but had been unable to make the financials work for my situation, as my home faces" east/west instead of the preferred south facing view for panels. Many of the other installers I'd contacted were clearly more targeted towards providing a standard solution rather than working with me to find a more customized solution that would hit our targets for return on investment. Others were too interested in a high pressure sales tactic, including requiring large deposits just to get quotes. In the end, I found 3 companies with bids that financially would work for us. was not the cheapest, nor were they the most expensive. The other two companies actually projected higher output from their systems than did, but I also did my own simulations of all proposed solutions. I would highly recommend anyone looking at solar panels do this - the software is available for free via the National Renewable Energy Lab ( for System Advisor Model ( )), and be certain to use multiple nearby stations for weather - they vary quite considerably in what they predict. This is, in my opinion, invaluable to analyzing the validity of every proposal. The 3 proposals also varied considerably in equipment, which you can analyze in to see if the production should vary or not. In the end, 's proposed solution showed up in to produce just as well as the other company's proposals - in fact, a bit better. Doing additional research, I found much better reviews for the actual solar panels proposed using than the competitors, both in Photon Magazine and through the Fraunhofer Institute. Fraunhofer is essentially the German version of one of our national labs, and having personally worked with a different branch, I've found them to be very trustworthy and very precise in their methods. Having a much better review from trusted independent sources is worth quite a bit, in my opinion. In addition to the panels being better, the mount system used was, IMO, better. Other proposals called for using flashing that actually visibly deformed when torqued down in demonstration videos. As the flashing is what helps protect from leaks, this is not a good thing, in my opinion. So , while not being the cheapest, offered in my opinion the best combination of equipment that ended up having a near identical projected rate of return in my calculations as the cheaper alternative. In addition, was very pleasant to work with. I can be a difficult customer in thinking out every detail, but did an excellent job in working to address my concerns and develop a workable solution, without resorting to any nasty sales tactics. The installation went very well, IMO - and his crew showed up every day on time and did the work quickly and neatly. At my request, we made one change with the installation by adding a new subpanel to connect the system through. I knew this was going to be a price increase over our contract, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how little he charged for the change. Unscrupulous contractors could have used that as an opportunity to extract high profit margins. In the end, we had only two very minor hiccups with our install, both of which were corrected quickly and professionally. On a system this size, it would be unusual not to have any issues, and to have them be minor is always good. i wish I could say I've had as good of luck with the power company in dealing with the project, but we didn't get so lucky. So one month in, 's installation is working perfectly, the power company is dragging its feet, and as for production? we've produced almost exactly what I had predicted using (just 1.02 kWh less, to be precise). I'm sure I'll be off by more in months to come, in both directions, but we're certainly off to a good start.

-Robert W.

"The job went EXTREMELY well. and his crew showed up each day on time. They worked smoothly and professionally," and cleaned up completely at the end of each work day. The entire job was completed in 3 days, with only about 2 hours total of power interruptions during those 3 days. They informed us well in advance when the power would be off so the inconvenience was minimal. Our goal was to install a solar PV system that would produce about 75% of our annual power usage, based upon our 7 years of monthly data, I'm pleased to report that in the first 9 days, which include 2 days of rain and another 2 days of cloudy skies, that the system has produced 86% of our total power. This means we frequently have run the meter backwards in the daytime to generate credits for our power usage during the evening and night time. It is an understatement to say we are VERY SATISFIED. (We have progress photos to add to the review)

-Peter N.

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Are you talking about powering your home solely on solar (i.e. no back up power source or off grid).


The power, once convered from DC to AC via the inverter, is suitable for use by the home. 


Most solar application are in supplement to the current powering of the home and will spin the meter back in the day but are not the primary. 


OK - that should strike Atlantic Plumbing off your vendor list !

You say female pipe to copper pipe connection - I hope you are not saying they connected copper directly to galvanized or black iron pipe. If so, there should have been a dielectric union put in there to prevent corrosion, which could be part of your problem.

Also, generally a bad idea to use teflon tape for hot water tank connections - too much thermal cycling, loosens it up over time. Should use plumbers dope for that application.

It sounds to me like a connection problem - if the tank itself was leaking it should be flooding the top of the tank or more likely running down through the insulation and dripping out the bottom.

Unless you are a do it yourselfer, sounds like you need to find a new plumber with good reviews and rating in your area - Search the List (in green banner bar). This should be an easy fix - should have him put in dielectric couplings (about $5-10 each depending on pipe size) if current connection is iron to copper, and even if not, have him redo connection not only for cold but also hot water - if one was done poorly, probably both were.


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We contacted 3 different providers of solar energy to get estimates. gave us the best estimate and also spent the most time with us going over our questions and sending us descriptions and articles on the equipment to be used. The phone calls and emails (and there were many) were answered promptly and completely. The crew ...More arrived promptly for all installation appointments (electrical panel, initial installation of solar panels, final installation of inverter, check on monitoring system). They were always courteous and respectful and cleaned up after themselves before leaving.
One of the solar panels was underperforming after 2 weeks of use, and contacted the supplier company with the monitoring information. The company sent a replacement optimizer, which was installed this week and has been out-performing the other panels. The crew was again prompt, courteous, and cleaned up after themselves
We have not had very many sunny days recently, but our system has produced enough energy in 3 weeks to almost get our electric meter reading back to 0. With the snow and cold, I doubt we will see that again until spring.
I would highly recommend this company to anyone who is considering solar panels for their home.
- Mary B.

They were very helpful in proposing a design and helping us through the Ohio State Solar Power Grant procedure. Dovetail also helped us with the inter-connect agreement with Power as we would be "Net Metered." When the panels produced more power than we were using, the extra power was going to ...More , at retail rates. The meter runs backwards, legally. The system continues to run smoothly and quietly. It is easy to forget that it is there. We could have gotten an $8000 grant from Ohio, but had some shading problems, so the grant was cut to $7200. There will be a $2000 write off against Federal taxes for this year. And in Ohio, your property taxes can not be raised due to the increase in value of the house due to the solar panels. Final cost, minus party, should be around $11K. We are considering adding to the array.
- Patrick M.

THey were very responsive after the sale, in addition to having a lower bid and being prompt. We had a component go bad a few months later and they quickly fixed the issue.
- William K.

Solar Panel Companies in Cincinnati

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A Little Hvac Company

Po Box 45

All Spark Electric

P.O. BOX 456

American Roofing Technologies

253 Second St

Anthony Electrical Services, LLC

2903 Central Avenue

Arnolds Home Improvement

1770 Tremainsville Rd

Bates Electric LLC


Battery Giant

139 E. Kemper Rd

Cinci Home Solar

3440 River Hills Dr

Cincinnati Solar

4100 Executive Park Dr Suite 11

CNE Services, LLC

5765 Sovereign Dr

Complete Home Restorations

1667 First Ave


5011 Kenwood Road

Dovetail Solar & Wind

26055 Emery Rd

DRG Remodeling

4442 Foxchaser

Duckie Exterior Solutions

2099 Hamilton Eaton Rd





First Day Natural Lighting

7913 S Suburban Rd

Gallagher HVAC

4234 Mason Pointe Dr.

Goins Remodeling

5612 Rabbit Hash rd

Green City EcoStruction

1812 Taft Rd.


3528 Columbia Parkway

Home Theater Plus

4127 Hickory Trail Pl
Fairfield Twp

Icon Solar Power LLC

50 W Techne Center Dr.

Jacob Huffer & Associates

2886 High St

Lane Electric LLC

PO Box 141365

Macy's Inc

7 W 7th St

Midwest Property Pros

6230 Centre Park Dr Ste A
West Chester

Modern Electrical Services

PO Box 206
Port William

Novel Whole Home Services

774 Sutton Road

Parsons Construction Group

8977 Columbia Rd

Permaculture Guru, LLC

2274 Baas Rd.

Professional Energy Savers

3814 West St

R & D Engineering LLC

582 Trenton Ave.

Rack electric

Ohio pike

RBI Solar Inc

5513 Vine St

Riverfront Roofing

10623 Grove Ave

Schmidt Building & Remodeling

7366 Barret Rd.
West Chester

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning

11260 Cornell Park Dr

Simply Better Diversified

423 Cherryhill Lane

Star City Solar LLC

1221 N. Heincke Rd.

SunRock Solar

11311 Foremark Dr.



Trent's Home Technologies

123 S G St

TruCraft Roofing

789 US Hwy 50

Ultimate Best Buy LLC

791 Oleander Ct

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