Category Archives for "Residential Solar"

Solar Panels for Apartments Aren’t Limited to Your Own Roof

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No longer is solar – and all its financial benefits – out of reach for apartment renters.

Helping apartment renters to go solar is a huge challenge to the industry, as renters typically don’t have the authority to install solar and property owners can be reluctant to dish out the cash for a solar installation, since they don’t see any financial benefit themselves.

In an effort to alleviate the issue, solar industry researchers and analysts have come up with some great options for solar panels for apartment dwellers. Options now run from new financing mechanisms to completely new forms of ownership that allow a renter to own solar in a remote location – just not on their own roof.

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Vivint Complaints are Adding Up

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Are you thinking about going solar with Vivint, but concerned about their terrible reviews?

Are you concerned about Vivint complaints? While we aren’t happy about what we find, we’ll tell you exactly what Vivint customers have to say.

First off, let’s get something straight: we don’t like to disparage any solar company. At UnderstandSolar, we’re people dedicated to solar energy. We want to see solar flourish on every housetop. And by extension, we want the solar industry and all its installers to flourish as well. You can’t have a solar installation on your roof without solar companies to actually put it up there!

But we’re also dedicated to helping you have the best experience going solar that you can. That’s why we write so many reviews of solar installers, assessing their products, costs, and – most importantly – customer reviews.

If you’re curious what people have to say about Vivint, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive into the most common Vivint complaints, from actual customer reviews, and try to figure out what is going on.

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PetersenDean Solar Reviews Are Right in the Middle

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What do customers say after working with PetersenDean Solar?

PetersenDean is a California-based solar installer working in several states across the US. But unlike other nationwide installers, they do things a little differently. With customer experience among big installers extremely spotty, does PetersenDean’s unique business translate to better customer service? Let’s look at PetersenDean Solar reviews from actual customers and compare their scores to other companies.

How exactly is PetersenDean different? First off, they’re not just a solar installer. They also install roofs, fences, and battery storage systems. Secondly, unlike SolarCity and Sunrun – who base their entire businesses around the solar lease – PetersenDean doesn’t even offer leases. Instead, they focus only on cash and loan financing.

For PetersenDean, this inevitably keeps things simpler, as they don’t have to worry about dealing with the increased costs and capital that offering leases typically requires.

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Sunrun Reviews Better Than Rivals, But That’s Not Saying Much

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Customers say Sunrun isn’t all bad, but there’s still room for improvement.

Before we get into Sunrun reviews, sit back while we tell you a little story. Way back in the late 2000s, before rooftop solar was really a ‘thing’, Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich was setting up shop at county fairs and farmers markets, trying to entice homeowners to invest in the then-unheard-of solar lease, a financing type that Sunrun itself pioneered for the solar industry.

Fast forward to today and we see now that the solar lease was a defining moment for the solar industry. It allowed thousands and thousands of homeowners to go solar by avoiding that high initial investment the technology traditionally required. The lease allowed the solar industry to flourish and grow – at a singularly rapid pace.

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Overview of Costco Solar: Reviews and Offerings

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Costco offers two very different options for homeowners wanting to install solar.

Today, let’s take a deep dive into both of Costco’s solar offerings, including Costco solar reviews, to see which one – if either – makes the most sense for you.

If you’re already a Costco member, you might’ve seen solar installer Sunrun’s booth as you walked out with all your groceries, but did you know that this giant wholesaler actually offers two solar offerings? With one a kit and the other a ‘full service’ installation (ie Sunrun), they couldn’t be more different from each other and, indeed, they’re directed towards different consumers.

The solar kit is just that, a kit with a more DIY approach. Sunrun, though, is a solar installer/financier that takes you from start to finish with your installation. Let’s look into these offerings to see which one is right for you.Continue reading

Horizon Solar Power Reviews Depend on Who You Ask

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Want to know what customers think of this southern California solar provider?

If you live in southern California, you’re in the perfect place for solar. High electricity bills, sunny skies, and dozens of installers to choose from. If you've got a few companies on your shortlist, you need to know what actual customers are saying about them. Today, we're taking a look at Horizon Solar Power Reviews.

This home-grown SoCal company, founded in 2008, installs both residential and commercial installations and offers cash, loan, and lease financing. Let's analyze what actual customers say about the company and find out why homeowners end up choosing - and not choosing - to move forward with this company.

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Solar Universe Reviews: Great Company, Solid Installations

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What are real customers saying about REPOWER America, formerly known as Solar Universe?

Solar Universe/REPOWER is a unique company that enjoys great reviews, though that does depend to a certain extent on location. Today, let’s dive in and see exactly how this company works and what makes them so special. We'll also see what real customers have to say by analyzing a few Solar Universe reviews, eventually helping you decide whether to work with this unique company.

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Sunlight vs Intensity: Calculating Sun Hours Per Day by Zip Code

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How to determine if you get enough sun to make solar panels worth it

Do you live in a sunny state and think that solar panels may be a good investment to cut down on your energy bills and improve the value of your home? Or maybe you live in a less sunny state and believe solar panels would be suicide from an investment perspective. In reality, the decision to go solar is more complicated than just calculating sun hours per day by zip code.

Let’s figure out what is important to know about sunlight before you decide to go solar. Continue reading

Sunrun vs SolarCity: What Do Customer Reviews Say?

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A comparison of customers' opinions regarding two solar giants 

SolarCity and Sunrun are the two biggest residential solar installers in the US. Together, they account for about 40% of the entire solar market, with SolarCity at 30% and Sunrun around 10% (p.12).

If you've thought about installing solar, you're probably familiar with these two companies and you've probably wondered which one's better: SolarCity vs Sunrun.

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How Big and Expensive is a 5kW Solar System?

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An average-sized installation for the average home.

Residential solar installations run from a measly 2kW to a monstrous 25kW (or even bigger). Twenty-five kilowatts (kW) is a huge solar installation (at least for residential projects), equal to about 100 solar panels.

Don’t have that much space on your roof? Don’t worry! Most installations, such as the 5kW solar system, are well below that size. Most of us don’t even use enough electricity to warrant an installation that big! In fact, according to the National Renewable Energy Lab (p.5), the average installation is about 5.6kW.

Today, let’s take a peek at a 5kW installation to understand exactly how big that is, how much you can expect to pay for one, and how much you can save by installing a system of this size.Continue reading

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