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5 Best solar companies in Michigan (2022 ranking)

UPDATED NOVEMBER 2022

There are plenty of solar companies out there – check out this updated ranking for the top rated solar installers in Michigan based on shopper preferences. Compare customer ratings, company tiers, and genuine customer feedback to see which installer is the best fit for your solar project.

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139 customer reviews
5.0 average rating

Solar companies in Michigan 2022

  • Detroit, MI
    Established 2010
    Elite Installer
    Based out of Detroit, MI. Strawberry Solar is a growing sales and installation company focused on the residential market. The Strawberry team consists of industry experts who bring years of knowledge and experience to the table.
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    Based out of Detroit, MI. Strawberry Solar is a growing sales and installation company focused on the residential market. The Strawberry team consists of industry experts who bring years of knowledge and experience to the table.
  • Waterford, MI
    Established 1999
    Elite Installer
    Located in Waterford we are a family-owned company (3rd generation), the 4th generation is about 4' tall currently. We offer not only solar but electrical, heating/cooling, plumbing and generator systems. We don't just want to install your solar we want to show you the many options you have to save money in your house.
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    Elite Installer

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    Located in Waterford we are a family-owned company (3rd generation), the 4th generation is about 4' tall currently. We offer not only solar but electrical, heating/cooling, plumbing and generator systems. We don't just want to install your solar we want to show you the many options you have to save money in your house.
  • Multi-state
    Established 2009
    Elite Installer
    YellowLite is a renewable energy company specializing in residential and commercial solar installations. Our team specializes in grid-connected, stand-alone, and hybrid photo voltaic systems. With the help of our professional NABCEP-certified engineers, we can reliably predict the return on your green energy investments and make customiz…
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    YellowLite is a renewable energy company specializing in residential and commercial solar installations. Our team specializes in grid-connected, stand-alone, and hybrid photo voltaic systems. With the help of our professional NABCEP-certified engineers, we can reliably predict the return on your green energy investments and make customiz…
  • Comstock Park, MI
    Established 2004
    Advanced Installer
    Tiger Solar (formerly Altenergy Inc) is a solar contractor with over 17 years of experience designing the highest-quality clean energy systems. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., with branches strategically located in VA, MD, MI and ID, each branch is managed and staffed by professionals who know the region and its people. The same l…
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    Advanced Installer

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    Tiger Solar (formerly Altenergy Inc) is a solar contractor with over 17 years of experience designing the highest-quality clean energy systems. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., with branches strategically located in VA, MD, MI and ID, each branch is managed and staffed by professionals who know the region and its people. The same l…
  • Multi-state
    Established 2009
    Approved Installer
    Windfree Solar provides custom solar project consulting and installation across the Midwest. Since our establishment in 2009, we have installed over 22 Megawatts of solar and wind renewable energy system covering homes, businesses, schools, and municipalities. At Windfree, we have a great deal of experience with a variety of projects, in…
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    Windfree Solar provides custom solar project consulting and installation across the Midwest. Since our establishment in 2009, we have installed over 22 Megawatts of solar and wind renewable energy system covering homes, businesses, schools, and municipalities. At Windfree, we have a great deal of experience with a variety of projects, in…
  • LIVONIA, MI
    Established 2009
    Approved Installer
    Spark building energy solutions was founded in 2009 with a vision to make buildings more efficient and sustainable. With ever increasing pressure on fossil fuels and its adverse effect on our planet, we seek to bring green and cleaner technology. We offer energy solutions that reduce carbon foot and achieve your sustainability goals.
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    Spark building energy solutions was founded in 2009 with a vision to make buildings more efficient and sustainable. With ever increasing pressure on fossil fuels and its adverse effect on our planet, we seek to bring green and cleaner technology. We offer energy solutions that reduce carbon foot and achieve your sustainability goals.
  • Shelby Twp., MI
    Established 2020
    Approved Installer
    Sit back and let us do all the heavy lifting on your behalf. Whether it’s a small twelve panel system on a single family home or massive solar array using a ballast racking system on a commercial roof, it doesn’t matter. We only use the finest top tier equipment manufactured by the most reliable and technically advanced companies in the…
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    Approved Installer

    Screened & Verified

    Sit back and let us do all the heavy lifting on your behalf. Whether it’s a small twelve panel system on a single family home or massive solar array using a ballast racking system on a commercial roof, it doesn’t matter. We only use the finest top tier equipment manufactured by the most reliable and technically advanced companies in the…
  • Hart, MI
    Established 2019
    Approved Installer
    Agathon Solar is a Michigan based solar power company that provides a full turnkey solar solution. We service our state in the residential, agricultural, and light commercial markets. Our philosophy is to do good to our clients by educating them and empowering them to exercise stewardship through our solar energy, battery backup, and gen…
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    Agathon Solar is a Michigan based solar power company that provides a full turnkey solar solution. We service our state in the residential, agricultural, and light commercial markets. Our philosophy is to do good to our clients by educating them and empowering them to exercise stewardship through our solar energy, battery backup, and gen…

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How we determine the best solar companies in Michigan

At EnergySage, we care about connecting solar shoppers to high-quality solar companies. As such, any solar installers we list above are active on the EnergySage Marketplace in Michigan and are pre-screened by our team.

What does it mean to be “pre-screened”? We evaluate every solar installer to ensure that they’ll provide quality service to EnergySage users. These high-quality installers are approved based on their years of experience, licensing and insurance, reputation, and certifications. When bringing new installers into the EnergySage Marketplace, here’s how we ensure our partners are the best of the best:

  • At least three years of experience installing solar
  • Licensed and insured for solar installations
  • NABCEP certified
  • Reputation for excellent customer service and quality solar installations
  • Installs high quality solar equipment

Our rating tiers

Choosing the right installer can be difficult, especially when you’re deciding between multiple top-notch companies on EnergySage. To make it easier, we created a unique rating system that evaluates our partners’ performance based on real data from our Marketplace.

Elite+ installers are the most experienced, chosen, and celebrated companies on the Marketplace, having provided exceptional service to a high volume of shoppers for at least a year.

Elite installers earn top ratings from customers, endorsements from vendors, and win customers more frequently than their peers.

Advanced installers are among the top half of companies on the Marketplace for responsiveness, reputation, results.

Approved installers passed our rigorous screening criteria for experience, licensing, and positive reviews.

How to pick the best solar installer

When you’ve already narrowed down your options to reputable installers and are trying to decide which quote to move forward with, here are three final considerations that distinguish the best from the rest:

workmanship warranties for solar panels

Workmanship warranties

What is covered and for how long?

In the unlikely event there’s an issue with your solar panel system, it’s important to know who to call if something goes wrong. There are multiple warranties that come with your solar energy system, from manufacturer warranties for different components to workmanship warranties from your installer.

The workmanship warranty is specific to the work the installer performs, and is typically somewhere between one and 10 years. Be sure to check with your installer to see what’s included in the warranty, if there are any exclusions, and if there’s any cost to you in the event they have to come out and check on or replace some equipment.

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The use of sub-contractors

Which crew will install your system?

In some instances, solar installers will rely on subcontractors to perform some, or all, of the work included during your solar installation. Don’t let this put you off: it’s entirely standard procedure in the industry. What is alarming, though, is a lack of transparency from installers about who will install your system and why they use subcontractors.

When you’ve narrowed down your list of potential solar installers, be sure to ask who will install the system–their own crew or subcontractors–and, if they use subs, ask why they do, what portion of the install the subcontractors will complete, and what oversight the company you purchase your system from has over the subcontractors. At the end of the day, the most important question is who will stand behind the quality of your installation.

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Expertise

How does each installer tailor their system to your needs?

Beyond ensuring that your solar installer has all of the appropriate licenses and industry-specific certifications, it’s important to work with a solar installer who has experience custom designing systems to fit their customers’ needs.

When you’re comparing your options, the best installers will work with you to understand your needs, as well as how solar fits your overall energy plans. Make sure your solar installer provides a consultative, professional solar experience.

By doing the legwork for you, EnergySage makes it easy to find reputable solar installation companies in Michigan. We’ve already vetted all of our installer partners, and keep a close watch over their performance to ensure their installations and customer satisfaction are up to the levels that you–and we–expect. Start receiving quotes from reputable installers in your area by creating a free account on the EnergySage Marketplace today.

As of December 2022, the average solar panel cost in Michigan is $3.70/W. Given a solar panel system size of 5 kilowatts (kW), an average solar installation in Michigan ranges in cost from $15,725 to $21,275, with the average gross price for solar in Michigan coming in at $18,500. After accounting for the 30% federal investment tax credit (ITC) and other state and local solar incentives, the net price you'll pay for solar can fall by thousands of dollars.

According to solar shoppers on the EnergySage Marketplace, the top five solar installers in Michigan are:

There are 8 solar companies in Michigan on the EnergySage Marketplace.
On average, solar shoppers in Michigan save $29,118 over the course of 20 years. Shoppers who connect with a solar installer in Michigan on the EnergySage Marketplace have a solar payback period of 11.16 years.