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5 Best solar companies in Hillsborough, NC (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 Hillsborough, NC 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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10 companies
952 customer reviews
5.0 average rating

Solar companies in Hillsborough, NC 2022

  • Multi-state
    Established 2011
    Elite+ Installer
    Solar SME, Inc. is a nationwide Retailer/dealer of world-class solar solutions with industry-leading pricing. Our focus is the engineering of grid-tie packages, off-grid energy kits, and backup applications. We have technical support professionals to help you take the hassle out of buying and installing your system. Our company takes on …

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    Solar SME, Inc. is a nationwide Retailer/dealer of world-class solar solutions with industry-leading pricing. Our focus is the engineering of grid-tie packages, off-grid energy kits, and backup applications. We have technical support professionals to help you take the hassle out of buying and installing your system. Our company takes on …
  • Cary, NC
    Established 2015
    Elite Installer
    8MSolar’s unrivaled expertise and attention to detail sets us apart from other solar installers. Staying at the forefront of solar tech through continuing education and our project partners, 8MSolar is setting solar industry standards being adopted by local cities and other solar installers alike. We are consistently in the top 2-3 of…
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    Elite Installer

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    8MSolar’s unrivaled expertise and attention to detail sets us apart from other solar installers. Staying at the forefront of solar tech through continuing education and our project partners, 8MSolar is setting solar industry standards being adopted by local cities and other solar installers alike. We are consistently in the top 2-3 of…
  • Morrisville, NC
    Established 2012
    Elite Installer
    Accelerate Solar sold its install assets to Titan Solar Power in 2020 and the former Owner/CEO, Xavier Veille, has partnered with them as Sunshine Saves Inc. to bring the same level of honest, accurate, and affordable residential solar energy. Titan Solar Power's exclusive partnership with GoodLeap allows for us to offer unique financing…
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    Accelerate Solar sold its install assets to Titan Solar Power in 2020 and the former Owner/CEO, Xavier Veille, has partnered with them as Sunshine Saves Inc. to bring the same level of honest, accurate, and affordable residential solar energy. Titan Solar Power's exclusive partnership with GoodLeap allows for us to offer unique financing…
  • Durham, NC
    Established 2010
    Elite Installer
    Renu Energy Solutions provides high-quality solar installations, as well as proven energy-saving products and services like energy storage and system monitoring. Based in Charlotte, NC since 2010, we have installed and serviced over 4,500 homes and businesses across the Southeast. Renu's industry leading expertise provides end-to-end cus…
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    Renu Energy Solutions provides high-quality solar installations, as well as proven energy-saving products and services like energy storage and system monitoring. Based in Charlotte, NC since 2010, we have installed and serviced over 4,500 homes and businesses across the Southeast. Renu's industry leading expertise provides end-to-end cus…
  • Multi-state
    Established 21
    Elite Installer
    At PES Solar we believe in three core values: honesty, integrity, and commitment. We aim to educate our customers and provide them with all the information they need to confidently move forward with their solar project. We believe that the moment someone chooses to either work for or work with PES Solar, they become a member of our famil…
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    At PES Solar we believe in three core values: honesty, integrity, and commitment. We aim to educate our customers and provide them with all the information they need to confidently move forward with their solar project. We believe that the moment someone chooses to either work for or work with PES Solar, they become a member of our famil…
  • Raleigh, NC
    Established 2009
    Advanced Installer
    Emerald Energy is a fully licensed, locally owned, North Carolina General Contractor/Solar Installer-Designer that provides full scale engineered design, consulting, and turn key installations of solar energy projects, both residential and commercial. We specialize in Solar PV as well as general contracting services and home improvement…
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    Emerald Energy is a fully licensed, locally owned, North Carolina General Contractor/Solar Installer-Designer that provides full scale engineered design, consulting, and turn key installations of solar energy projects, both residential and commercial. We specialize in Solar PV as well as general contracting services and home improvement…
  • Multi-state
    Established 2016
    Advanced Installer
    Firefly Solar & Roofing was founded in 2016 by Aaron Davis. Aaron has a long history in solar sales, beginning in California, and then expanding to the Carolinas. His experience with the in-home sales model had left him somewhat disenfranchised. He was the guy making promises that someone else was tasked to keep. When he started this com…
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    Firefly Solar & Roofing was founded in 2016 by Aaron Davis. Aaron has a long history in solar sales, beginning in California, and then expanding to the Carolinas. His experience with the in-home sales model had left him somewhat disenfranchised. He was the guy making promises that someone else was tasked to keep. When he started this com…
  • Wilmington, NC
    Established 2007
    Approved Installer
    Cape Fear Solar Systems, LLC is the local leader in design & installation of residential and commercial solar systems. With in-house design and engineering, Cape Fear Solar Systems provides turn-key solar solutions. This includes management of all necessary permits and approvals, handling of all utility paperwork, providing information o…
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    Cape Fear Solar Systems, LLC is the local leader in design & installation of residential and commercial solar systems. With in-house design and engineering, Cape Fear Solar Systems provides turn-key solar solutions. This includes management of all necessary permits and approvals, handling of all utility paperwork, providing information o…
  • Multi-state
    Established 2014
    Approved Installer
    The founder of Detail Solar LLC, Paul Zimmer, found his passion for clean energy when he first introduced electricity to remote Micronesian Islands in the South Pacific. In 2014, after years of installing solar as a nonprofit ministry, Paul established Detail Solar LLC which continues to fund his mission in the Micronesian Islands. Fro…
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    The founder of Detail Solar LLC, Paul Zimmer, found his passion for clean energy when he first introduced electricity to remote Micronesian Islands in the South Pacific. In 2014, after years of installing solar as a nonprofit ministry, Paul established Detail Solar LLC which continues to fund his mission in the Micronesian Islands. Fro…
  • Morrisville, NC
    Approved Installer
    As the Nation’s leading Rooftop Solar Contractor, Titan Solar Power handles all aspects of a solar module installation and has various “no upfront cost” options to fit your family’s specific needs, including financial products that are exclusive to only Titan by the largest solar financiers in the nation.  We take pride in our work an…
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    As the Nation’s leading Rooftop Solar Contractor, Titan Solar Power handles all aspects of a solar module installation and has various “no upfront cost” options to fit your family’s specific needs, including financial products that are exclusive to only Titan by the largest solar financiers in the nation.  We take pride in our work an…

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How we determine the best solar companies in Hillsborough, NC

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 Hillsborough, NC 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:

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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 Hillsborough, NC. 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 November 2022, the average solar panel cost in Hillsborough is $3.02/W. Given a solar panel system size of 5 kilowatts (kW), an average solar installation in Hillsborough ranges in cost from $12,835 to $17,365, with the average gross price for solar in Hillsborough coming in at $15,100. 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 Hillsborough are:

There are 10 solar companies in Hillsborough on the EnergySage Marketplace.
On average, solar shoppers in Hillsborough save $13,428 over the course of 20 years. Shoppers who connect with a solar installer in Hillsborough on the EnergySage Marketplace have a solar payback period of 13.14 years.