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  • C
    sales portion was just OK. Negotiated a bit. Crew came out more or less on time. Actual work performed was satisfactory. Our big complaint was they never came back to seal the concrete.
    of course, we got one call per month asking about more work. Every time, we would tell the sales guy hey, you aren't even done with the job yet! If you get someone to call me back about finishing, we might consider more work. no call.
    I ended up sealing the concrete myself. Seemed easier than getting them to come out.
    This is a job-shoppy place, sure they do a lot of stuff, but I got the feeling they were just farming out the work to whoever.
    Sales is super pesky...the phone calls never ceased, even when we said look, stop calling us, we aren't doing more work with you b/c of the lack of finishing the prev. job.
    So in summary....concrete work was satisfactory, work crew OK. Sales super smarmy. So not an awful experience, but also we probably wouldn't have them perform additional work since there's bound to be some other firm out there that will do the same work for same $ without hounding us for months and months about more work.
    - Jeff R.
  • A
    Sales person did an on-site visit and provided proposal based on location and electricity usage for last 12-mo. Decided to purchase instead of leasing due to low rates with Silicon Valley power. Net cost after rebates and tax credits = $5,200, ROI ~ 7 years.
    Installation was done quickly over 2 days, crew was very quiet, knowing we had a newborn in the house. Inspection passed on the first visit and they system have worked flawlessly since then. Total electricity bill for 9-month period = ~$150 (including 3-ton AC over the summer) - amazing!
    - Rafael B.
  • A
    The vendor was professional, provided a quote up front, called to verify appointment and time.  Panels where cleaned and looked great! 

    This vendor also professionally clean my patio and windows and repaired my screens.  The patio looked brand new! I couldn't believe what a cleaning would do.  Windows are spotless, inside and out.  He will either repair your screens or rebuild them for a reasonable price. 

    Window cleaning cost for a two story house (approx. 14 large windows was $200) screens cleaning included.  Repair or rebuild of screens is approx. 30.00

    Patio cleaning was 80.00 for a 10 X 15  and a smaller patio approx. 10 by 6

    This vendor is a all in one vendor so it was nice to have the same person get all this done real time and quickly.
    - Debbie A.
  • A
    I got quotes from several installers and Ash was the only one who actually walked the roof and answered all questions. An added advantage was that he already had a working relationship with my roofer which made the installation go really smoothly.
    - David T.
  • A
    These guys offered a significantly better price than their competitors, with a good warranty.  We had a little back and forth trying to figure out the details of how the Federal tax credit worked due to the changing laws at the time of the install, and there were some questions about different options that took a while to work out the details on, but on the whole I was pleased with their responsiveness.  With the Silicon Valley Power rebate and the tax credit, we only ended up paying about $12K when all was said and done, but I'm sure it's cheaper now.  Our system has performed quite well for us, with no issues.  We recommended them to a friend who used them, and they sent us a $500 referral fee, which was very nice.The summer after the install we had a party at our house to show off the system, and they sent a representative to explain the economics and details of the installation process to our guests.  On the whole, I got a much more personal feel with these guys than I think I would have gotten with a larger company, and they inspired much more confidence than going with an individual contractor would have.
    - Keith R.
  • A
    We have been pretty happy with them. They were very tight on the schedule and they finished everything on time. The total cost of the project was $30000. The City of Santa Clara paid half the cost and we also got federal tax benefit for it. We ended up paying about $15000. The solar panel generates electricity and that has basically reduced our electricity bills. $30000 is a big amount but we thought that the price was reasonable for the installation of the solar panel. We are pretty happy about the quality, and I would recommend them to other people.
    - Keith R.
  • A
    My wife and I recently had solar panels installed on the roof of our home by Vista Solar. We would like to pass on how enjoyable the entire process was. From the very first visit from a sales rep to the last day of the install everything went very smoothly. We explained what we were looking for and were presented with several options to choose from. Normally construction involves running around filing paperwork, getting permits, arranging for inspections and what not. It was very pleasant discovering that we didn?t have to do any of those fun chores; Vista Solar did all of the legwork. The installation crew arrived when promised and did the work very quickly; anyone who came to the house seemed genuinely interested in our project; we were not just another install. We asked many questions of just about everybody and got quick answers at every stage. We did have a minor issue one afternoon when one of the installers slipped off abeam in our attic and ended up about half way into our kitchen pantry. This didn?t slow anybody up and the gaping hole in our ceiling was fixed by the end of the day! Post project I have called several times with questions and have always been able to contact a person and get an answer. Thank you very much for helping making the greening of our home, quick easy and fun all around.
    - Richard B.
  • A
    Vista Solar installed my solar power system in January of 2009. Their proposal was thorough and they presented a number of options. I evaluated the proposals from several companies, before selecting Vista Solar for my system. Their proposal worked out to have the least cost per kW (the cost above is after the CSI rebate but before the 30% federal tax credit). Once I selected Vista Solar, they immediately drew of the plans and began to work with the city planning department to obtain the necessary permits for the job. The installation crew was very professional, showing up when scheduled, working a full day, and cleaning up at the end of each day. The disruption of my daily routine was very minimal. The system was completed on time, about five days after they began the job. They also provided all the paperwork required for the California Solar Initiative rebate and to support the Federal 30% tax credit. I am very satisfied with my solar power system from Vista Solar. I highly recommend Vista Solar, if you are considering a project of this type.
    - Robert O.
  • B
    They were very efficient, prompt and finished the work on schedule. I did not have any problem with their work so far. They were a little expensive. The experience with the salesman and the person who came to install was positive. However, the experience with the project manager was not very good.
  • A
    No problems with the company as they were very professional and responsive. We were not able to use them, however, as they determined that we were not in need of the service.
    - Patricia B.
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