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  • , I had been watching the solar PV Provider name locked. 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.  Provider name locked. was not the cheapest, nor were they the most expensive.  The other two companies actually projected higher output from their systems than Provider name locked. 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 (Provider name locked. for System Advisor Model (Provider name locked. )), 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 Provider name locked. to see if the production should vary or not.  In the end, Provider name locked. 's proposed solution showed up in Provider name locked. 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 Provider name locked. 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 Provider name locked. 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 Provider name locked. , 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, Provider name locked. was very pleasant to work with.  I can be a difficult customer in thinking out every detail, but Provider name locked. 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 - Provider name locked. 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, Provider name locked. '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 Provider name locked. (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.  Provider name locked. and his Provider name locked. 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.


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    - Peter N.
  • We contacted 3 different providers of solar energy to get estimates.  Provider name locked. 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 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 Provider name locked. 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.
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