Top North Carolina Solar Companies

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Need help going solar in North Carolina?

If you live in North Carolina and are thinking about investing in rooftop solar, you are in the right place! In 2016, your state ranked number two for total solar capacity (behind California) by the Solar Energy Industries Association. What’s more, it also ranks in the top ten states for solar jobs. You’ve got a lot of North Carolina solar companies to pick from, so we’ve made a list of the best installers to make your job easier.

We focused on those who offer residential solar, cutting out those big industrial solar farms and companies serving only commercial clients. When choosing the best North Carolina solar companies, we looked at both the number of reviews as well as each company’s actual scores. For companies who had equal rankings, we gave preference to North Carolina-based companies over those out-of-state.

If you want to see our list broken down by city, scroll down to the next section.

Top North Carolina Solar Companies

1. NC Solar Now

Why they’re the best: A North Carolina company with a perfect 5-star rating, they also install solar hot water, solar attic fans, and other related equipment.

This Raleigh-based company serves clients across the state, offering residential and commercial installations, solar pool heating, solar hot water, solar attic fans, and more.

While NC Solar Now has only 6 reviews on solarreviews.com, they all are 5-stars. Here’s one homeowner who wrote about the extreme decrease in her electricity bill thanks to NC Solar Now’s installation: 

“I wanted to wait until we had our system up and running for a year before we posted our review and we can’t be any happier. Our latest bill from Duke was less than $10 and the highest bill we ever got last summer was only $34!”

They are accredited by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), are a member of the American Solar Energy Society, and the NC Sustainable Energy Association.

2. Renu Energy Solutions

Why they’re the best: Large number of excellent reviews and offer energy storage as well!

Renu Energy Solutions ranked number one in three of North Carolina’s largest cities: Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. This solar company provides services to both North and South Carolina, with offices in Charlotte and Jamestown.

They receive consistently high ratings from satisfied customers. On solarreviews.com, Renu enjoys 30 5-star reviews and one 4-star review, giving them an excellent average of 4.97/5 stars.

Even the customer who left a 4-star review had positive things to say about the company: 

“I had to cancel my contract just prior to installation, but I was happy with Renu’s ownership of an honest mistake and their professionalism that followed. … My initial contact at Renu believed that I was entitled to both a federal tax credit and an SC tax credit. … I was pleasantly relieved that Renu readily acknowledged their error and reimbursed the finance company completely. They were very professional throughout the process.”

Renu Energy Solutions is also accredited by NABCEP. They offer both residential and commercial solar, as well as a host of supporting services like energy storage and energy monitoring.

3. Yes Solar Solutions

Why they’re the best: They’ve completed hundreds of projects and install solar storage and electric vehicle charging equipment.

Yes Solar Solutions offers solar services across dozens of counties in North and South Carolina. They have completed more than 800 installations, offering both residential and commercial solar, as well as solar storage and EV charging. They also works with NGOs and governmental bodies to help them reach sustainability and clean energy objectives.

They are accredited by NABCEP, and while Yes Solar Solutions has only 3 reviews on solarreviews.com, they are all 5-stars. Alternatively, they have a few comments on Yelp, both of which rave about the installer!

4. Green State Power

Why they’re the best: Green State Power has installed solar for 10 years, much longer than many solar companies out there.

Green State Power serves over two dozens counties within the state of North Carolina and is based out of Greensboro. Installing solar for 10 years, they started as an installer for residential PV systems before expanding to serve commercial customers as well. Formerly known as “SolarDyne”, they changed their name in 2012.

Besides being NABCEP accredited, the company has a 5-star rating on solarreviews.com, through 3 reviews from their customers.

The one customer who left concrete feedback had nothing but good things to say about Green State Power’s service: 

“Working with Green State Power and [name removed] was a pleasure. He simplified the entire process, communicated with us daily during the installation process and followed up after the system was installed. Very professional and thorough.”

In terms of services, the company offers “turnkey solar services” including analysis, system design, installation, rebate assistance, and system monitoring of PV installations.

5. Renewable Energy Design Group

Why they’re the best: With 10 years installing residential, commercial, and agricultural solar, Renewable Energy Design Group has probably seen every difficult install and situation out there.

Renewable Energy Design Group is a Carolina company, offering services to both North and South Carolina customers through residential, commercial, and agricultural solar electricity. They also offer services in solar hot water (thermal), energy audits, storage, and energy monitoring. They have been around for ten years and are accredited by the NABCEP.

While they only have a single review on solarreviews.com, what’s there is great:

“Its been 2 years since our Solar Panel install by RED Group. From start to finish, my experience with [names removed] was impeccable. The quality of work done was great and my system has been chugging along without any hiccups.”

6. Accelerate Solar

Why they’re the best: Along with great reviews in general, customers specifically report excellent long-term service with Accelerate Solar – sometimes a rarity in the solar industry.

While this company only operates within four North Carolinian counties (Cabarrus, Gaston, Mecklenburg, and Union), this Charlotte-based company has received a 5-star rating on solarreviews.com, based on 5 reviews.

One customer commented on the company’s long term after sales service, writing: 

“Chris and his guys at Accelerate Solar installed a solar power system on our house in NC three and a half years ago. They also installed a Sunbandit water heater at the same time. … Last week my water heater stopped working. I called Chris and he sent someone out to check it out that day and DID NOT CHARGE ME FOR THE SERVICE CALL. I’m telling you these guys are the best!”

The company is accredited by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and is a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association. Accelerate Solar offers both residential and commercial solar electric systems.

7. Sun Dollar Energy

Why they’re the best: With over 70 5-star reviews, you can’t go wrong! And they install solar shingles as well.

While Sun Dollar Energy only serves five counties in North Carolina (Chatham, Johnston, Lee, Orange, and Wake), this Raleigh-based company has stellar reviews from those who have used its services. On solarreviews.com, all 17 reviews are 5-stars. On Google+ , it has 55 reviews, all of which are 5-star ratings.

In terms of services, they offer both on-grid and off-grid PV systems with battery backup, as well as solar shingles. They are NABCEP certified and includes a 25-year warranty on their solar panels and a 10- to 25-year warranty on their inverters.

8. Alternative Energy Concepts

Why they’re the best: Great reviews and installs solar thermal, solar lighting, and solar pumps as well.

Though Alternative Energy Concepts only has 16 reviews on solarreviews.com, every single one is a 5-star rating. The company, who serves six counties throughout North Carolina (Craven, Cumberland, Guilford, New Hanover, and Wake), is NABCEP Certified and offers a range of services from solar photovoltaics and solar pumping to solar thermal and solar lighting.

Here’s one reviewer praising the company’s excellent customer service:

“Everyone in this company appeared to be very knowledgeable about solar. The installation of our system was an enjoyable and exciting experience. The friendliness of the staff put us us very much at ease. [Salesman] made a special trip to meet with our homeowner`s association as some of the members were reticent about approval for us to proceed. After hearing his answers to their questions approval was readily given.”

9. P.E.G. Solutions

Why they’re the best: They are the only installer on our list that specializes in off-grid and emergency back-up systems.

P.E.G. Solutions is based out of Ashland, Virginia, but serve a host of counties throughout North and South Carolina. Highly dispersed throughout the state, they made the top 5 list in 4 out of 5 cities on our list, save the Raleigh area. They’ve got just 5 reviews on solarreviews.com, the most recent of which was less than positive with 2 out of 5 stars. That leaves the company with an average score of 4.4/5-stars.

They specialize mainly in off-the-grid and long-term emergency backup power applications, offering residential and specialty solar for buildings like farms, homesteads, and hunting cabins.

According to solarreviews.com, they are also install wind turbines and energy storage. With six years in the business, they have successfully installed over 6,200 solar panels (equal to about 300 installations) and more than 100 off-grid installations. They are also accredited by NABCEP.

10. Blue Raven Solar

Why they’re the best: The most reviews of any installer on the list – and they’re all excellent.

Blue Raven Solar is not based out of the South but operates out of Utah. However, it has extremely high reviews and is certified by NABCEP, which is why it topped the list in the Durham area. In fact, the company serves more than a dozen different counties across North Carolina.

On solarreviews.com, they have rave reviews from more than 250 satisfied customers with an overall rating of 4.78 stars. Here’s one example:

“The deciding factors: Customer service – Blue Raven has the highest rating for customer satisfaction, and it’s easy to see why. Secondly: The solar panels are made in Hillsboro, Oregon (we live in Portland) and not in China. We’re big on buying locally whenever possible or at least buying things that are made in the USA.”

In terms of services, Blue Raven Solar offers residential solar electric and energy monitoring. The company not only works in spreading green energy and bolstering the renewable market, but they also support US suppliers. Sounds like an overall win.

11. Power Home Solar

Why they’re the best: A fast-growing NC company that installs solar as well as roofs.

This North Carolina-based solar company runs out of Mooresville and serves the majority of counties throughout the state. They also cover Michigan, Virginia, and South Carolina. Specializing in solar energy and roofing services for residents as well as commercial buildings, the company ranked the 96th fastest growing company in 2017, and became an Inc. 500 Company after for only two years in business.

According to their homepage, the company has more than 6,000 5-star reviews online. However, on solarreviews.com, they have an overall rating of 4.43/5 stars thanks to six 5-star reviews and one very unsatisfied customer who left a 1/5 star rating.

What Cities Do These Installers Work In?

Here’s out list of the top solar companies working in the 5 biggest cities in North Carolina. If you look closely, you’ll notice that some companies, like Renu Energy Solutions and Blue Raven Solar, make our list in multiple cities.

Charlotte

  • Renu Energy Solutions
  • Renewable Energy Design Group
  • P.E.G. Solar
  • Accelerate Solar
  • Power Home Solar

Raleigh

  • Blue Raven Solar
  • Renewable Energy Design Group
  • NC Solar Now
  • Sun Dollar Energy
  • Tie: Yes Solar Solutions and Power Home Solar

Greensboro

  • Renu Energy Solutions
  • Alternative Energy Concepts
  • Renewable Energy Design Group
  • P.E.G. Solar
  • Power Home Solar

Durham

  • Blue Raven Solar
  • NC Solar Now
  • Yes! Solar Solutions
  • P.E.G. Solar
  • Tied: Power Home Solar and Renewable Energy Design Group

Winston-Salem

  • Renu Energy Solutions
  • P.E.G. Solar
  • Power Home Solar
  • Renewable Energy Design Group
  • Green State Power

The Best of the Rest

Green Solar Technologies

Green Solar Technologies is a full service solar panel company operating in 20 different states across America. Within North Carolina, their presence is small but highly regarded, operating in just one county — Cherokee County. On solarreviews.com, they enjoy an average of 4.76/5-star rating from 126 reviews.

A recent customer living in Hampstead commented in early 2018, saying: 

“For my part it has been very positive, due to the fact that everything is exactly the same as if we had not had the job done, but we still have the opportunity to save the CO2 emissions and provide for a greener environment.”

When it comes to different services offered, the company supplies both residential and commercial solar electric, energy audits, storage, and energy monitoring.

Cape Fear Solar Systems (NC)

Located in the southeastern coast of North Carolina, Cape Fear Solar Systems operates out of Wilmington and serves Brunswick, Duplin, New Hanover, and Pender counties. The company is NABCEP accredited, and while they only have 10 reviews on solarreviews.com, all are 5-stars.

One happy customer said:

“Cape Fear Solar Systems did an awesome job on the installation of our system around 10 months ago. I love the app on my phone able to access the system at all times. The guys that came to install are the best.”

They offer several services, from residential and commercial solar electric to solar hot water heaters (thermal), solar pool heating, energy storage and energy monitoring. Cape Fear Solar Systems can even install Tesla charging stations for both residential and commercial customers.

Now You’ve Got the Facts, Go For It!

We hope you’ve found this list of top solar installers in North Carolina useful!

As a reminder, the 30 percent federal tax credit on renewable energy has been extended through 2019. So, if you’re thinking about pulling the trigger, this is the right year to do it! After that, the credit will decrease to 26 percent in 2020, 22 percent in 2021, and 10 percent from then on for non-residential and third-party owned residential, or zero percent for regular residential.

As an additional note, a proposal by Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress for a solar rebate program worth $62 million has received approval from state energy regulators. That means North Carolina residents who work with Duke Energy Carolinas or Duke Energy Progress as their utility can qualify for a rebate of 60 cents on every watt of solar power, delivered in the form of a check back to the customer.

At the time of writing, in April 2018, the program is still being finalized, but undoubtedly will benefit future owners of solar power in the great state of North Carolina – so get on it!

For more suggestions on choosing the best installer for your home, check out these other articles:
How to Find a Quality Solar Installer Near You
How Can I Find Solar Providers Near Me?

Have you installed solar in North Carolina? Tell us about your installer and your experience in the comments below!

Image Credit under CC License via Pixabay – 1, 3, 4, 5 & Flickr – 2

  • by Mary Davis
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  • May 16, 2018
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