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Taylor Energy - Profile & Reviews

We are a full-service licensed solar contractor. But our purpose as a
company is much more than simply installing solar.

To transform energy into dramatic impact for our community and those most in need.

Through our products, practices and profits, we aspire to do no harm and benefit all. We believe in using our business as a vehicle for meaningful social change.

We are skilled and experienced technicians delivering best-in-class solar service, efficiency and reliability. We are focused on not only being the best in Sonoma County, but the best for Sonoma County.

We are a full-service, licensed solar contractor providing high quality residential and commercial PV solar systems. We offer best-in-class design, installation and customer service. We offer Sonoma County cause based organizations services to help fundraise, story tell and extend their support networks.

Taylor Energy co-founded WRONE in 2012. Wrone is a philanthropy companion company dedicated to solarizing facilities servicing those most in need. Please go to http://www.taylor-energy.com/#!partnerships/c5o5 to learn more

Construction/Development: 15 years in commercial construction. .
Solar Construction: 9+ years Solar PV Systems Installed: 600+
Founder/President: Sean Taylor CA
Construction License: C-46 Solar # 975545
Industry Certifications: NABCEP PV Professional, SMA, SLI, Grid Alternatives & PG&E

7171 Evan Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472

10 year on design and installation workmanship
10-20 year on inverters/optimizers, 20-25 year on PV panels

NABCEP PV Professional
CA State SASH Program Installer

32 reviews

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  • "Shout Out"

    Reviewed Mar 01, 2021
    "Shout Out"

    Reviewed Mar 01, 2021

    Hi Sean

    This is a shout-out to you and Taylor Energy. Debbie and I are very appreciative of how the installation of solar to our home was conducted, including:

    1. The thorough analysis of cost and benefit;
    2. The detailed documentation of the project;
    3. Prompt communication as to all scheduling matters; and
    4. The professionalism and courtesy of the employees who performed installation.

    We thank you!

    John & Debbie Munkacsy

  • "High Quality Service"

    Reviewed Feb 20, 2021

    I recommend Taylor Energy without reservation. All aspects of our business transaction were positive: planning, explanation, scheduling, permitting, installation and service. The staff were all knowledgeable and experienced. This was my first venture into solar and I chose Taylor Energy based on the recommendations of several neighbors. No complaints in our neighborhood.

  • "Fantastic Experience"

    Reviewed Feb 12, 2021

    We always dreamed of having solar power, but every company, except Taylor Energy said it wasn't possible. The incredible people at Taylor Energy worked with us to install solar on our barn and we couldn't be happier with the result. We don't pay anything for energy now and it is so exciting to think we are doing something positive about climate change. Best of all, everyone at Taylor Energy was knowledgeable, professional, and so kind. Working with the people at Taylor Energy was a great experience!

  • "Excellent Service!"

    Reviewed Feb 10, 2021

    Taylor Energy installed a solar panel system on my house, and everything went well, despite a slight delay in the shipment/delivery of the panels (Covid related). All of their staff were friendly, professional, communicative, and respectful of Covid safety. They helped me find a local contractor for a new roof that went well before installation, included work for my electric panel upgrade, and facilitated all paperwork to maximize my benefits. Highly recommend them for a residential solar project.

  • "Taylor Energy Systems"

    Reviewed Feb 02, 2021

    We recently completed a home solar project with Taylor Energy Systems, Inc. and were extremely happy with both the process and the final results. They were very thorough in helping us define our ultimate objective by guiding us through the pros and cons of various decisions that affected the final design. They were creative in solving some unique spatial constraints that gave us what we wanted and where we wanted it. They coordinated directly with PG&E and the City of Petaluma on all permits and approvals. Their courtesy, professionalism and attention to detail continued through the construction and commissioning phases as well. The resultant final workmanship is excellent. Sean, Sam, Kathy, Cody and Mark make a great team. I am happy to recommend that anyone contemplating a solar project consider Taylor Energy Systems, Inc.

  • "Right on the money!"

    Reviewed Feb 01, 2021

    Taylor Energy is a fabulous company to work with. They are professional and pay a great deal of attention to details. We have direct contact with Kathy in the office (she is great!) and both Sam and Sean. They are men of their word that have a sincere desire to get everything done right. Very humble guys.

    We had contacted a couple of companies that specialize in solar prior to working with Taylor. No one bothered to come out and they all told us that we were not candidates for solar based on aerial views. We are do-it-yourselfers and we wanted solar. My husband was searching for solar panels to ship direct from China, but all the producers said they wouldn’t ship to an individual and to shop locally.

    We found Taylor Energy from an internet search and were immediately attracted to their advertisement of free batteries due to a fire resiliency program. This was a new program and I know now that Taylor Energy is on the cutting edge and keeps on top of all the local programs, tax breaks, etc. We contracted with Taylor Energy to do our battery back-up. We told Sean that we would like solar too, but no one thought it made sense.

    Sean sent a team out to measure the solar possibility on our roof. They prepared a detailed proposal with dollar estimates based on their numbers and our historical PGE bills. The system is designed to last 30 years and will pay itself off in 10 according to the numbers. Our system went operational in October. It is now the first of February. Their monthly estimates for power generation have been dead right, or maybe a little low since it has been a fairly sunny winter. We are very happy with our solar results here in the redwoods of Occidental.

    All aspects of the work were handled with care, great communication and professionalism. We’ve had all our questions answered - before, during and after. And since my husband is an engineer, we have lots of questions. They have taken care of all the permit and extra paperwork required for the free battery program. Our solar system has been in operation for a few months. They continue to check to make sure it is working every once in the while via online remote monitoring. They contacted us once to ask if everything was okay since we were missing data, but it was due to a PGE power outage.

    Overall, we are very happy with the solar system. We are requesting an estimate for an additional free standing solar array on our other property. As knowledgeable people that do most of our home improvement work ourselves, it is a relief to find a company that we can trust totally to put the kind of care into the project that we would ourselves. We highly recommend Taylor Energy.


    Reviewed Jan 29, 2021

    We couldn't be happier with our decision to have Sean Taylor and his company to install a ground mount solar system. It was very clear that he has extensive knowledge and experience at the moment we met. Everyone on his team is courteous and professional, and their ability to follow through is exceptional! It was so refreshing to be able to count on a contractor to do what they promised to do while keeping us informed, and they completed earlier than originally expected. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • "Excellent Solar"

    Reviewed Mar 06, 2020

    Sean Taylor and his crew recently installed our home solar system and we feel safe in saying that you will not be able to find a more knowledgeable or competent installer of home solar systems in Sonoma County than Taylor Energy. Before we made our decision to go solar we spent a good hour with a Sonoma County’s Energy and Sustainability analyst. Then we pummeled Sean (sorry, Sean) with many questions and expressed our desires for our particular solar array layout. Every question, technical or otherwise, was answered thoroughly and his subsequent bid for the work was far better than another quote we received. Plus they provided, over a two to three day installation, an immaculate working site. We strongly recommend Taylor energy for your home solar installation.

    Bob & Nancy Giddings
    Santa Rosa

  • "Glad we went with Taylor Energy"

    Reviewed Jan 17, 2020
    "Glad we went with Taylor Energy"

    Reviewed Jan 17, 2020

    Better Late than never review. We chose Taylor Energy to do our Solar Install in 2019. We were very happy with the results! Highly recommend choosing Sean's company to do your solar install. He answered all of your questions, was understanding in our delays due to new roof install, and was just a very professional individual. Probably not the cheapest quote we got, but Taylor was semi local and a smaller company than some of the others that provided quotes. There were no surprises and install was very quick.

  • "Excellent Service in all ways..."

    Reviewed Jan 16, 2020
    "Excellent Service in all ways..."

    Reviewed Jan 16, 2020

    Sean Taylor helped in every step of the process; picking the appropriate hardware, laying out an attractive array of panels, fastediously attaching the framework to the roof (ours had no attic, so everything would have been exposed through the ceiling if bolted incorrectly), electrical, permits, etc..I highly recommend Taylor Energy to anyone who wishes to see a job performed well.

  • "Integrity and great communication"

    Reviewed May 23, 2019
    "Integrity and great communication"

    Reviewed May 23, 2019

    I was very highly motivated to install a solar array and backup battery for my home. After responding right away to my EnergySage inquiry, Sean Taylor made himself available for a phone conversation when I could work one in to my challenging schedule. He made a point to do a second pass investigation of my property before we talked so he would have more information.

    When we spoke he listened to my particular needs for backup power and my aspirations for a clean solution.

    He was immediately straight with me: because of significant shade and the location of my house on a portion of a hill without a lot of sun my house is not a good candidate for solar, and because of my significant and inflexible requirement for stable backup power he felt it made more economic and practical sense to forego solar for a more traditional backup system. I was worried this would be the case, and very much hoping for a different answer, but so very much appreciate his honesty.

    He spent a good amount of time with me explaining all of this, and even educated me about different avenues for back up power using non-solar methods. When I asked him for a recommendation for a local contractor to do this kind of work, he happily offered someone who he has worked with and went so far as to send me a follow up email with the contractor's contact information.

    I am so very impressed with his forthrightness, integrity, low key approach, generosity and straight up honesty. I wish I could have gone forward on this project with him just based on this conversation, but sadly cannot.

    What I can do is vouch for his integrity and how he clearly puts the customers needs first even when it means talking them out of a project.

    In my opinion, that may be as strong a recommendation as can be made by a satisfied customer.

  • "Excellent Service!"

    Reviewed Jan 05, 2019

    Sean & the Taylor Energy crew were great to work with. Sean was always quick to answer questions, and never gave the hard sell. The quote was good value for top tier equipment, and not way oversized like some quotes we got. Sean managed the process end to end, the planning, permits, installation, inspections, turn on, all i did was write the check!. Installation went very smoothly, and looked very neat when done. You could tell where they'd been working because it was cleaner than when they started. Overall a great stress free experience for us. I'd highly recommend Taylor Energy.

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  • "Fantastic Experience!!!"

    Reviewed Nov 10, 2018

    My wife and I couldn't be happier with our overall experience in the whole process, from the quote to the activation, of getting solar from Taylor Energy. Sean, the owner, was extremely patient and informative from beginning to end. He took care of everything from obtaining the permits to dealing with PG&E. He was flexible in his scheduling and made sure the work site was cleaned up. Sean and his assistant, Cody, made sure my wife and I understood each and every step of the process fully before proceeding.

  • "Friendly and Fast"

    Reviewed Sep 14, 2018

    Sean was very friendly and very fast with the install, once I decided to go with Taylor Energy, Sean had my system installed within two weeks, so not much waiting. Very good communication and had the info when I emailed him, he always got back to me within the hour. Excited to see our bill go down to hopefully $0. Highly recommend Taylor Energy for your Solar install.

  • "So Impressed! Top Tier."

    Reviewed Aug 23, 2018

    On top of being qualified and experienced in the solar business, Sean Taylor is a normal guy with whom I felt totally comfortable having in and around my house with my kids. It is one of my first criteria in choosing a contractor. Sean was efficient in all of his responses to requests for quotes as well as additional information about products and the process. The Taylor Energy proposal was easy to understand and his price to do the work was right in line with the others who supplied a quote. The reality, though, is that until a supplier comes out to the house and assesses all the factors and nails down the exact panels and inverter it is impossible to make an apples-to-apples comparison. Sean was able to schedule a site meeting that worked with my schedule and kept the process moving forward. His on site visit helped him develop a plan that makes the most sense for us and our home. I never got the sense he was just trying to sell me a system and certainly never trying to sell me on a specific product. He invested a great deal of additional time providing further information about numerous questions I had and was never impatient--and this was all before any commitment was made to work with him. Without question, I will share his name and company with friends and family who are looking at solar.

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  • "Quality Solar in Santa Rosa"

    Reviewed Aug 19, 2018

    Sean and his team installed a great solar panel system in minimum time. He and his teams relaxed approach made the entire project easy. They were professional at all times and checked back with us frequently for over a year. When I had any question before, during and most importantly after the install, Sean was quick to respond and provided a detailed response. I cannot say enough good things about Taylor Energy. Thanks for the great experience....the system provides more energy than initially estimated!!

  • "Completely satisfied"

    Reviewed Aug 17, 2018

    I have been completely satisfied with the work of Taylor Energy, from initial contact to post-install check-ups.
    I have hired Taylor Energy for one commercial and one residential installation, and they exceeded my expectations on both projects.
    I've found Taylor Energy to be the most professional contractor I've worked with; they take an intelligent and conscientious approach to their work.
    If only all contractors were like this!

  • "Great service, Great product, Great company!"

    Reviewed Aug 15, 2018
    "Great service, Great product, Great company!"

    Reviewed Aug 15, 2018

    Sean is a great honest guy and provides a lot of supporting data. All estimates, both cost of installation and energy savings were very accurate. Easy to get a hold of and easy to work with. Installation was fast and painless and the savings are piling up! Highly recommended!

  • "“Smart Choice”"

    Reviewed Aug 08, 2018

    From my first initial meeting with Taylor Energy representatives to the first day of my solar system in full operation, I have been impressed. They were professional, met every timeline, and did excellent work.
    I have recommended Taylor Energy to friends, who now are also pleased with their service.

    Satisfied customer,
    J. Andrus

  • "Excellent PV System"

    Reviewed Aug 07, 2018

    Sean Taylor and his crew did excellent work installing an in ground panel
    array and all the hardware that goes with a full system that supplies multiple buildings with electricity. The job also included replacing and upgrading the electrical service and main panel. His sub contractors were equally fast and efficient.

    With no referrals, I selected 3 West County contractors for bids on the project. Going with Taylor Energy was an easy choice. First, the bid was competitive. Second Sean was the estimator involved and took
    plenty of time to answer all my questions. I found him more knowledgeable and accessible than the other 2 local companies.

    I was not disappointed. He was a good communicator throughout the install and afterwards with follow up questions as well. His crew is professional and efficient; there were no surprises, delays, etc. Also he was willing to work with some of my materials (I had panels already).

    I can't think of a single negative to say about Sean Taylor and Taylor Energy. My system has had no problems for a few years now. Thanks, Sean!

  • "Very happy customer!!"

    Reviewed Aug 05, 2018

    Our experience with Taylor energy was superb from start to finish. All aspects of the solar installation were competent and professional, from answering all our questions about solar in general to technical details regarding the installation and connection to the grid. Since installing our system, we have watched our electrical bill decrease dramatically. We have zero complaints and can recommend Taylor Energy to anyone without hesitation.

  • "Taylor Energy...the very best!!!"

    Reviewed Aug 05, 2018

    Our experience with Taylor Energy exceeded all our expectations!! Sean explained the entire process to us start to finish, as well as checking in with us during the install to make sure all our concerns were taken care of. Sean and his crew were always prompt and left our home exactly as it was when they arrived. Our Five Star/Excellent rating isn't even enough!!

  • "Superior in all regards"

    Reviewed Aug 03, 2018

    Having reviewed a number of proposals for solar installation, I'm very happy to have chosen Taylor Energy. They were highly professional from the first meeting, through coordinating with my roofing contractor (who they had never met, but with whom they had to work in lock-step during the installation), to the installation and follow-up. They are of the highest skills, professionalism and integrity.

  • "Outstanding customer service!"

    Reviewed Aug 02, 2018

    Without a doubt, the best solar service available. We had Taylor Energy install three soler systems for us. Sean went above and beyond to explain the options available to us and allow us to make the best decision for our situation. I really like supporting local businesses especially when the customer service and quality of work is amazing. I recommend Taylor Energy to everyone considering solar! You won’t be disappointed!

  • "Residential Solar System Installation"

    Reviewed Aug 02, 2018
    "Residential Solar System Installation"

    Reviewed Aug 02, 2018

    I contacted Taylor Energy to explore the option of installing solar at my residence. Sean Taylor and the company were excellent to work with as Sean clearly explained the options, costs, and benefits. Sean walks you through the whole process such that it is easy and straightforward. Once I decided to move forward with the project, Sean was took care of everything else and had the system up and running very quickly. I am pleased with the installation and the performance of the system.

  • "Cloverdale Vista View Install"

    Reviewed Aug 01, 2018

    Taylor Energy Testimonial

    1. I feel that I can trust Sean Taylor
    2. Installation took about 2 days
    3. Sean explained everything to me
    4. We discussed the size of the project. I wanted a slightly larger system to accommodate an electric car charger
    5. Installer performed the job in a neat manner (routing the wires neatly and under the panels)
    6. Inverter install looked professional
    7. Any questions Sean was happy to answer
    8. My energy output was actually 12% greater than estimated for the year
    9. I’ve had the system for just over a year and I have had absolutely no problems
    10. In the course of the year, I estimate that my panels generated about 1,500 kw-hr in excess of the energy that I have used. I can now use my a/c more frequently and can charge my phev with the goal of 0 kw-hr net usage
    11. I am completely satisfied with the installation of the panels and how they are performing
    12. I feel that the cost of the solar panel installation was on par with other companies.
    Yours Truly,

    Norman On

  • "Taylor Energy deserves all 5 stars"

    Reviewed Aug 01, 2018
    "Taylor Energy deserves all 5 stars"

    Reviewed Aug 01, 2018

    My husband researched and sought out quotes from three energy companies. We knew right away by Sean Taylor's thorough inspection of our home that he was the person we wanted to install our solar panels. We weren't wrong. His estimate was comprehensive and lower than others. His recommendations were extremely helpful in arriving at the best plan for us. Every morning Sean would meet with his team and explain goals for the day. The crew was punctual, polite, professional and extremely efficient. We are so happy that we made the decision to install solar and we are even happier we had it done by Taylor Energy. Another bonus is that Sean is a life-long Sonoma County resident. I hope this information helps.

  • "Solar Installation"

    Reviewed Aug 01, 2018
    "Solar Installation"

    Reviewed Aug 01, 2018

    Sean is a meticulous perfectionist who takes a great deal of pride in the work he and his staff perform. He does an excellent job of explaining all of the different options and customer satisfaction is obviously his ultimate goal. He gladly went the extra mile in terms of followup after the job was completed and always got back to me in a timely manner whenever I needed advice or any general information. He is very upfront in terms of his cost estimates and there were never any unexpected surprises. In one case where the exact cost was uncertain he gave me a minimum/maximum estimate and although the top end was acceptable to me he was able to complete the job well below the maximum. My experience in dealing with Taylor Energy was absolutely outstanding and I have recommended him to several friends.

  • "Taylor Energy Shines Bright"

    Reviewed Jul 31, 2018

    Sean Taylor provided a very fair and complete estimate and delivered on time and at cost. More importantly, Sean really knew the industry and solar options that were unique to our home. Sean never tried to oversell, but provided reasoned comments, supported by data. Sean was on site, and managed his professional crew throughout the project. The crew were very knowleageble and experienced. They left our job site clean and tidy each day and respected our property. Following the installation, Sean called 2 years after the installation to indicate he was in the area and would like to stop by to inspect the system. We would highly recommend Taylor Energy and use their services again, should our need arise. Jim Sergi

  • "Absolutely the BEST!"

    Reviewed May 20, 2018

    Taylor Energy was one of the three (3) finalists for my business. Initially, they were my third choice based solely on the fact that they did not offer financing and their quoted panel manufacturer. However, after meeting with Sean, it became clear to me that Taylor Energy was the logical choice. Sean Taylor was the only installer who physically got up on my roof to take actual measurements of the intensity of the sunlight hitting the roof in various locations as well as inspect the potential panel locations for the optimal site. The other potential installers simply relied upon aerial photographs of the roof from Google Earth or from just looking at the roof from the ground. When I indicated my concern about Taylor Energy's proposed panel manufacturer Sean provided me with a revised quote based on the equipment I wanted. In my case it was Panasonic premium panels and SolarEdge inverter and optimizers. My selection was based on the extensive research I had done (Note: The Energy Sage website is veritable gold mine of information). Another item that set Taylor Energy apart from the other installers is that Sean took the very detailed energy usage information I downloaded from PG&E (usage by hour for the entire prior year) and produced a graph showing my usage over-layed on the energy production of the proposed system so I could visually "see" how the proposed system would meet my needs over the course of a year. I was very confident of the performance of Taylor Energy's proposal. After analyzing the cost of financing proposed by the other potential installers, I decided to pay cash for the system and thus Taylor Energy's lack of financing became moot. A very significant aspect of my decision to use Taylor Energy was Sean Taylor himself. He is extremely thorough, very detail oriented, willing to work with the client, timely and a very good communicator by whatever means the client prefers (in my case it was via e-mail). Sean is also a hands-on person. He and his crew showed up when they promised, the work was done with great attention to detail and professionalism. The installation was done in 2 1/2 days even with inclement (rainy) weather. The final inspection which was arranged and attended by Sean went without a problem. After the installation Sean provided me with a very comprehensive documentation package including a copy of the Field Inspection Record (permit) the detailed system design documentation required by the County to issue the permit, copies of the equipment manufacturers' warranties, serial numbers of all the system components (panels, inverter, optimizers) and notification of PG&E's authorization to operate the system ("Permission to Operate"). In subsequent communications Sean provided the necessary information to access the system's performance data via the SolarEdge Monitoring portal (web/mobile). I was impressed! I cannot sing Taylor Energy's praises enough. I was a General Contractor in San Jose for 20 years and Sean met or exceeded every one of my expectations. And the real icing on the cake? Taylor Energy's price for the system was significantly less than their competitors, even with the premium equipment I requested. Bottom line; you can pay more but you will not get better. I am confident of that. Thanks Sean!!!

  • "Excellent Experience"

    Reviewed Jul 29, 2017

    It is my very great pleasure to unreservedly recommend Taylor Energy as an excellent, very competitive designer and installer of solar power (PV) systems. They recently designed and installed a 7.4 kW peak-power system for the roof of my 1600 sq. ft. home in Sebastopol, and I could not be happier with the result. The materials chosen and their workmanship are both first-rate, and the system’s total cost per Watt was significantly less than any of the other bids I solicited. In addition, as part of the job they installed an electric subpanel and a dedicated 240 V, 50 amp circuit for the charger for my new electric vehicle. Sean Taylor, the company’s president and founder, spent a good deal of time with me making sure that he understood what I wanted and that I understood all that was involved. Sean and his crew showed up on time every time and kept me well informed as the project progressed. Altogether a great experience with an excellent outcome.

  • "Excellent Design, Installation and Service After the Sale"

    Reviewed Apr 11, 2017
    "Excellent Design, Installation and Service After the Sale"

    Reviewed Apr 11, 2017

    We interviewed all the solar companies recommended by Sage Energy and Sean Taylor of Taylor Engineering was the contractor we chose for our solar array.

    Sean Taylor was involved in all facets of our 23KW solar array from design, to installation, to seamlessly integrating the system online with PG&E.

    Without reservation we would highly recommend Sean and his team of professionals for any size solar installation. A real pleasure to work with and we couldn't be happier with the system Sean recommended.

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Taylor Energy Headquarters

7171 Evan Ave
Sebastopol, CA
95472 US

Workmanship Warranty

10 Years


NABCEP PV Professional installer


C-46, CSLB Lic. #: 975545


Fully Insured; workers comp, general liability, construction bonded, commercial auto liability, etc.

States served by Taylor Energy

  • California CA