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Solar Panel Installation reviews in Laurel

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    Solenergi
    I installed 33 solar panels on my flat roof. The whole process was seamless from start to finish. Solenergi gave me a 3 month window to have my system up and running and fulfilled their delivery. My energy bill has been cut in half, and it did not cost a single penny. Highly recommend Solenergi.
    - AJ K.
  • A
    Solar Energy Services Inc
    It went like clockwork. The mechanic and his assistant were very professional and know their jobs. They listened to my concerns and corrected the issues without a hitch. The designer in their office was also quite professional and designed the re-string in a manner that was agreeable to me. I now have 1 of 5 inverters that could possibly clip power but on a much smaller scale. That inverter has 14 panels facing almost due West along with 9 panels facing almost due South so late day sun could clip but not so far. The service manager is also on top of her game. I had a problem with my "bridges" I believe they call them which enable me to have the system connect to the SolarEdge monitoring online. She walked me through a remedy over the phone and again I am back in business. Can't say enough positive about this company!
    - Thomas E.
  • A
    Celestial Solar Innovations, LLC
    Great! I first started contacting larger businesses and then reached out to local solar companies. Jim with Celestial Solar reached out to me and discussed all of the solutions and came to my house to present a few designs within a week. I quickly received an estimate and no pressure to go through with the sale. It was a significant discount versus larger companies and I felt extremely comfortable going with Jim. The installation was quick, turnaround with BGE was great and my first complete month with solar I have a -208kWh credit! When with all black panels and are thrilled with them!
    - Justin H.
  • C
    Direct Energy Solar
    It was no cost, it was a free installation and I pay them $112 every month. They could communicate better with the process of getting the permit and setting up the installation. The installation team was very good.
    - javier c.
  • B
    Celestial Solar Innovations, LLC
    Polite and courteous representative came to my home and provided an estimate for the installation of a solar system.  Price was $40K plus $2K to upgrade my electrical panel. The system as designed would only generate, in the company's estimate, 93% of my electrical needs due to residence location and position in relation to the sun.  After doing my calculations, I decided that $42K invested in the stock market for 20 years at a nominal rate of return would be a better financial decision and therefore declined the installation.
    - John M.
  • A
    Aurora Energy, Inc.
    The work was high quality and the employees were very professional. I waited one year to post this review to see if everything was delivered as promised. And it was. The panels generated the planned amount of Kw, and I have been paid for the Solar Rec credits. I have and will continue to recommend Aurora to others.
    - William K.
  • A
    Renewable Energy Corporation
    I met representatives from Renewable Energy Corporation at the Howard County Home Expo in spring of 2014 and made an appointment for them to come to my house.  The one negative area (and thus you need to be prepared for this) is the very high pressure sales tactics by the salesman (must sign today for the best deal, etc...), similar to what it felt like to buy a car.  As long as one is prepared with other data, numbers, assumptions, I was able to have a dialog about their assumptions (for example, the current and expected cost of electricity, the amount of solar energy expected at the house (I ran PVWatts myself and made my own estimates)).  The salesman, using what I would call exaggerated figures, expected a payback (or ROI) of about 5 years.  I am estimating more of 7-8, depending of course on the future cost of electricity (I shop around for that too), and the value of SRECs (which will depend on any future legislation, as well as the saturation of the solar market by other companies).  So yes, salesman was overly pushy, but I am the type who enjoys haggling on a car lot, so I found it mentally stimulating to engage and debate the assumptions.
    The installation was flawless, very well done.  The components used are top notch excellent made in USA 285W SolarEdge panels with top notch microinverters (Enphase 250 Watts).  I had some trouble getting the data online via the Enphase unit, via the supplied Ethernet bridge, so I had to run a 50ft ethernet cable from my router (main floor of the house) to the Enphase unit (n the basement near the fuse box) so that took some effort (but also saved electiricy by not needing a Ethernet bridge plugged into the outlet).  Once online, there have been no problems viewing data.  Pretty neat to see the production in 15 minute increments.
    Getting the paperwork back and forth between the company as well as BGE took longer than I would have liked (about 3 weeks in total) but I think that is par for the game.  They also handled paperwork for MD state solar grant, and that seemed to go faster than expected.  And very easy to claim 30% federal tax credit.
    Energy is produced even on cloudy days in the winter (not as much), and the panels are more efficient in colder vs hotter weather (all other things equal).  Snow stuck on the panels has hampered some production, but once sun is up and warms up a bit, the snow does easily slide off.
    I have other friends and neighbors who have gone the route of Vivint Solar via a PPA.  In the long run, I do believe that this installation from RenewableEnergy will pay for itself better than a PPA via Vivint or SolarCity.


    - Tom R.
  • A
    Aurora Energy, Inc.
    Aurora worked with our materials supplier to get everything needed to complete our job. They surveyed our property and were able to install 4 more panels than the two other installers that I got estimates from.  This helps us get a faster return on our investment.  They kept us informed during the entire long process of obtaining permits and approvals as well as the installation, inspections approvals and finally flipping the switch.  
    Jason Brennan was a wonderful contact point for us.  He responded to myself as well as my husband promptly.  He was knowledgeable and pleasant to work with.  
    Mr Majhouri, the owner even came out to check on the installation and answer any questions I had.  I felt comfortable giving the installers access to our garage for storage of materials as well as access to the interior of our home for access to the electric panel.  
    Once the process was completed, Jason gave my husband and I a tutorial on the system including the paperwork and reporting process.  
    I couldn't have asked for a better team to work with.  Our only hold up was waiting for BGE to do their inspections and net metering.
    - Kathy M.
  • A
    Maryland Solar Solutions Inc
    Installing a residential photovoltaic (PV) system, i.e., solar panels, is not a straight forward home improvement project.  The industry is still maturing as the technology is changing rapidly and the federal and state incentives have not stabilized. It still takes about 7 or 8 years to recoup ones investment if you purchase the system outright.  However, there is much satisfaction in being able to generate most of your electricity and seeing a large decrease in your electricity bills.
    Before getting into the details of the installation, there are severals issues that one must be aware of when installing a PV system. The first is what type of PV technology am I getting. There are many solar panel manufacturers and the panels have different characteristics. Some are more efficient (>20%), while others perform better in low light environments. The second is the number and location of the panels. Am I trying to generate as much power as possible irrespective of the location of the panels without concerned for aesthetics, or do I want the panels to be as unobtrusive as possible, i.e., I don't want them to be seen from the street? Also, since the shapes of the panels are slightly different between manufacturers, the number and arrangement of panels may depend on the type of panel used. The third is who will be managing my Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs).  Will it be the installer, a broker or me? The fourth and final issue is where will the technology and hence industry be in two, five or ten years time. The perovskite thin film technology is improving very quickly. Researchers in the field have recently announced efficiencies of 20% in the lab and some have forecast that this technology has the potential to reach 40% efficiency, which would easily cover all of my electricity usage. In addition perovskite solar panels are likely to be cheaper than the current silicon technology (possibly half the cost). So should I wait a few years to see what develops?
    After weighing the above issues, I decided to have a PV system installed now.  I used Angie's List to select three installers and contacted each one for a home visit and quote. Each company sent someone to my house to discuss the PV system and to get my requirements, and afterward, I was sent a quote. The three quotes were within 10% of each other. I then spent a few weeks comparing each quote and decided on MSSI was based on issues one and three above.  I decided to go with a panel that performed better under low light conditions over one that is more efficient. I also decided that I wanted to personally manage my SRECs, instead of having a broker manage them.  Once I made my decision, I contacted MSSI and had Collette, the owner, draw up a contract. This was in late June (2014). She then scheduled to have the installation done a month later in late July.  However, MSSI moved up the installation by one week starting on July 15. (I should note that the other two companies would not be able to do the installation until late September at the earliest. This means that I would not be able to take advantage of the peak generation period, i.e., the spring and summer months.) However, the new installation date meant that I would be out-of-town and my wife would have to handle any issues that arise. There were none. As a result, I arrive home to a well installed system. All that i needed to do was to wait to hear from BG&E that it was OK to connect my system to the mains, which occurred on July 31. After the installation, MSSI submitted the forms for the Maryland Residential Clean Energy Grant program  ($1000) and set up my SREC account, which I have been managing myself.
    There have been no major issues since the installation. I have been in contact with MSSI several times since then and the MSSI staff have been prompt and courteous. I would like to point out one minor issue associated with a PV system, the inverter.  The component that converts DC to AC power for the mains. The AC signal generated by the inverter can cause some old digital clocks to run fast. In my case it is the digital clock on the 25 year old wall-mounted microwave oven. This clock uses the 60 Hz AC signal from the mains to keep time. However, the inverter makes it appear that the mains frequency is higher, so the clock runs faster sometimes by 30 minutes per day. Just something to be aware of if you have old appliances.
    - Paul B.
  • A
    Vivint Inc
    I have only used them once. They charged nothing.  They installed them for nothing. They sell me the power. It is cheaper than a power company. They do a good job.  The price was free. You can't get better than that.
    - John B.
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  • Vets Corp

    33 Maryland Ave
    Gaithersburg, Maryland