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5 Best solar companies in Charlottesville, VA (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 Charlottesville, VA 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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16 companies
900 customer reviews
5.0 average rating

Solar companies in Charlottesville, VA 2022

  • McLean, VA
    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 …
  • Norfolk, VA
    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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    Elite Installer

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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…
  • Ashland, VA
    Established 2019
    Elite Installer
    * Our expertise provides the CertainTeed Master Solar Installer Solstice Gold Warranty - single source, Parts/Labor, 25 years. * Local and Independent. * All installation professionals are employees; no Subcontractors. * Gain your Comprehensive 25 Year Warranty, fully guaranteed by CertainTeed, est. 1904. Through a single sourc…
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    Elite Installer

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    * Our expertise provides the CertainTeed Master Solar Installer Solstice Gold Warranty - single source, Parts/Labor, 25 years. * Local and Independent. * All installation professionals are employees; no Subcontractors. * Gain your Comprehensive 25 Year Warranty, fully guaranteed by CertainTeed, est. 1904. Through a single sourc…
  • Henrico, VA
    Established 2020
    Elite Installer
    Kilo Hollow Energy is a fully owned and operated Virginian company for solar power, working with trained and licensed technicians and solar power installers. We keep you, the customer, at the center of everything we do. We offer the highest quality work and use some of the best quality solar panels, inverters and solar batteries on th…
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    Kilo Hollow Energy is a fully owned and operated Virginian company for solar power, working with trained and licensed technicians and solar power installers. We keep you, the customer, at the center of everything we do. We offer the highest quality work and use some of the best quality solar panels, inverters and solar batteries on th…
  • Multi-state
    Established 2008
    Elite Installer
    Sustainable Energy Systems offers sales, design, engineering, procurement, installation, and commissioning services. We also offer multiple options to go solar including cash purchase, financing, lease and power purchase agreements.
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    Sustainable Energy Systems offers sales, design, engineering, procurement, installation, and commissioning services. We also offer multiple options to go solar including cash purchase, financing, lease and power purchase agreements.
  • Herndon, VA
    Established 2007
    Elite Installer
    GreenBrilliance, is a vertically integrated, end-to-end SOLAR energy services provider. As a top-quality EPC provider, we have in-house engineering and design teams, our vertical integration across the value-chain enables us to achieve operational efficiencies leading to cost and time savings for our customers and ensures delivery of sup…
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    GreenBrilliance, is a vertically integrated, end-to-end SOLAR energy services provider. As a top-quality EPC provider, we have in-house engineering and design teams, our vertical integration across the value-chain enables us to achieve operational efficiencies leading to cost and time savings for our customers and ensures delivery of sup…
  • Multi-state
    Established 2009
    Advanced Installer
    Solar Energy World is a leading installer of solar power systems on the east coast, serving residential and commercial customers in MD, VA, DC, NJ, DE, PA, NC, SC, and FL. Solar Energy World offers several attractive financing and leasing plans to make solar power affordable for everyone.
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    Advanced Installer

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    Solar Energy World is a leading installer of solar power systems on the east coast, serving residential and commercial customers in MD, VA, DC, NJ, DE, PA, NC, SC, and FL. Solar Energy World offers several attractive financing and leasing plans to make solar power affordable for everyone.
  • Falls Church, VA
    Established 2012
    Approved Installer
    Nova Solar installs solar systems of all varieties- pitched roof, flat roof, ground mount, commercial, and residential. Through our partners we also offer roofing and tree removal services. Other services we offer include generator installations, system servicing, and solar system takedown/reinstalls. We are licensed in DC, MD, and VA…
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    Nova Solar installs solar systems of all varieties- pitched roof, flat roof, ground mount, commercial, and residential. Through our partners we also offer roofing and tree removal services. Other services we offer include generator installations, system servicing, and solar system takedown/reinstalls. We are licensed in DC, MD, and VA…
  • Fairfax, VA
    Established 2016
    Approved Installer
    Ipsun Solar is a local Fairfax County-based solar development company designing, installing and maintaining solar PV systems for residential and commercial clients. It's offers green-tech including solar PV, electric car chargers, home energy monitoring systems, and battery storage options. We take care of permitting, engineering, instal…
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    Ipsun Solar is a local Fairfax County-based solar development company designing, installing and maintaining solar PV systems for residential and commercial clients. It's offers green-tech including solar PV, electric car chargers, home energy monitoring systems, and battery storage options. We take care of permitting, engineering, instal…
  • Cave Spring, VA
    Established 2010
    Approved Installer
    SolShine Energy Alternatives is a full-service provider of electrical and solar electric contracting services for homes and businesses in the Roanoke and New River Valley region of Virginia. We offer smart-home technology installation as well.
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    SolShine Energy Alternatives is a full-service provider of electrical and solar electric contracting services for homes and businesses in the Roanoke and New River Valley region of Virginia. We offer smart-home technology installation as well.
  • Multi-state
    Established 2020
    Advanced Installer
    Our organization is an end-to-end, customer oriented alternative energy company that focuses on the marketing, trading, transportation, installation and distribution of solar panels specifically in the Texas region and around US. Homes and businesses, both big and small, in the state of Texas are choosing to go solar with Nu Solar Pow…
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    Advanced Installer

    Screened & Verified

    Our organization is an end-to-end, customer oriented alternative energy company that focuses on the marketing, trading, transportation, installation and distribution of solar panels specifically in the Texas region and around US. Homes and businesses, both big and small, in the state of Texas are choosing to go solar with Nu Solar Pow…
  • Newport News, VA
    Established 1995
    Approved Installer
    Gault Electric is a company you can count on for prompt and reliable service. Founded in 1995, the company takes pride in its high standards and its dedication to courteous service and client satisfaction. "Quality products and quality work - it's the only way to do the job right. And it's the only way we do the job at Gault Electric!"…
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    Gault Electric is a company you can count on for prompt and reliable service. Founded in 1995, the company takes pride in its high standards and its dedication to courteous service and client satisfaction. "Quality products and quality work - it's the only way to do the job right. And it's the only way we do the job at Gault Electric!"…
  • Reston, VA
    Established 2016
    Approved Installer
    Operating in Northern VA since 2016, our aim is to accelerate the adoption of solar technology across Virginia and provide an environmentally friendly, sustainable power supply to as many homeowners as possible. Our solar systems are carefully designed to maximize your home's solar potential, and provide the most aesthetic installation w…
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    Operating in Northern VA since 2016, our aim is to accelerate the adoption of solar technology across Virginia and provide an environmentally friendly, sustainable power supply to as many homeowners as possible. Our solar systems are carefully designed to maximize your home's solar potential, and provide the most aesthetic installation w…
  • Madison, VA
    Established 2015
    Approved Installer
    Virtue Solar, LLC is a small-scale solar integrator near Charlottesville, VA, focusing on complete customer satisfaction. We design each job around the client and location, tailoring each system to best meet your goals. Our focus is on quality, responsiveness, aesthetics, and performance. We specialize in turn-key residential solutio…
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    Virtue Solar, LLC is a small-scale solar integrator near Charlottesville, VA, focusing on complete customer satisfaction. We design each job around the client and location, tailoring each system to best meet your goals. Our focus is on quality, responsiveness, aesthetics, and performance. We specialize in turn-key residential solutio…
  • Norfolk, VA
    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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    Approved Installer

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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…
  • Chesapeake, VA
    Established 2007
    Approved Installer
    Founded in 2007, Freedom Solar started as an installation company, constructing some of the largest solar projects in Texas. After establishing ourselves as a leading photovoltaic (PV) panel installer, Freedom Solar expanded the business model to offer services directly to residential, commercial, and institutional markets. Since that ti…
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    Founded in 2007, Freedom Solar started as an installation company, constructing some of the largest solar projects in Texas. After establishing ourselves as a leading photovoltaic (PV) panel installer, Freedom Solar expanded the business model to offer services directly to residential, commercial, and institutional markets. Since that ti…

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How we determine the best solar companies in Charlottesville, VA

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 Charlottesville, VA 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 Charlottesville, VA. 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 Charlottesville is $3.02/W. Given a solar panel system size of 5 kilowatts (kW), an average solar installation in Charlottesville ranges in cost from $12,835 to $17,365, with the average gross price for solar in Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville are:

There are 16 solar companies in Charlottesville on the EnergySage Marketplace.
On average, solar shoppers in Charlottesville save $21,841 over the course of 20 years. Shoppers who connect with a solar installer in Charlottesville on the EnergySage Marketplace have a solar payback period of 11.26 years.