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Solar Chief - Profile & Reviews

23 reviews

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  • "Beware of these folkd"

    Reviewed Feb 08, 2021

    Beware of these folks. They are overly priced and use every snake oil salesman trick that they can use to get you to buy from them. Don't ever deal with their sales guy named Ryan. He will curse you like hell if you don't end up going with them. Very unprofessional and shady people.

  • "Worst Experience Ever"

    Reviewed Sep 03, 2020

    This company was sub contracted through the solar company. They came out and began the installation on time and with a great pace...Until they started installing the panels for the front of the house. They were supposed to had contacted the HOA and verify that it would be ok to install on the front of the house. Long story short, they did not and the my HOA informed us that it was not allowed. We had to redo the layout for the panels and have them installed on the back of the home. Problem was Solar Chief had started installing on the front. They promised they would repair my roof and return it back to the condition in which they found it. They did not, as you guessed. They patched the roof and contacted roofing companies to get quotes to repair the roof correctly. The owner of Solar Chief explained that the estimates, from three different roofing companies, were too high. MONTHS later they sent two of their own guys out to repair the roof. They did a terrible job...maybe because they are not ROOFERS. The shingles were different colors and not laid correctly. Anyway...the own of the company stated that he should not have to pay for the roof because he thought it was ok to install on the front because there was another home in the subdivision that has them on the front. We contacted a lawyer, they contacted their lawyer. Bottom line they offered us $3000 towards the roof repairs that were estimated at $6000. We finally excepted the offer and never got the payment. A storm came through and damaged the roof severely and we were able to get it repaired properly a year and a half later. What ever you do, DO NOT use this company.

  • "Scam Artists who take your money and don't return calls"

    Reviewed Nov 14, 2019
    "Scam Artists who take your money and don't return calls"

    Reviewed Nov 14, 2019

    I gave these people $13,250 as 50% on a project. They've done nothing and won't return calls. Nobody in any department answers their phone or email. These people are awful. Run the other way if they approach you. I'd give them minus 5 stars if the rating existed.

  • "Do not hire this company!!"

    Reviewed Oct 29, 2019

    This company was subcontracted to install my solar. They started the project in October of 2018 and completely screwed it up. Thecompany I bought my solar from has finally found someone else to come and clean up their mess. $2500 he replace my siding and another $5000 to fix mistakes to installation. It has been over a year and my solar is still not running. Just an AWFUL experience. I wish zero stars was an option.

  • "Solar Chief is a Scam of a Company"

    Reviewed Aug 26, 2019
    "Solar Chief is a Scam of a Company"

    Reviewed Aug 26, 2019

    These guys quoted us on solar and in the contract said install would happen in 30 days. We were actually scheduled for day 100. The night before the installer showed up and no solar panels were present. Turns out Solar Chief had lied everyone we had ever met didn't actually work for them. The only people who actually do work for Solar Chief Karl Wiant and family wouldn't answer the phones. Even when we got our lender involved we still have never heard from Solar Chief. We are anticipating having to work with police and go after them for fraud at this point.

  • "Don't believe thier advertisements"

    Reviewed Aug 21, 2019
    "Don't believe thier advertisements"

    Reviewed Aug 21, 2019

    Solar Chief advertises online and on local radio that: “ALL THE PANELS WE INSTALL ARE AMERICAN-MADE.”
    The panels they have installed on my property are labeled: “MADE IN KOREA.”
    No notice of these panels being foreign made was given prior to installation.
    Radio commercials were running on WZMJ 93.1 FM the first quarter of 2019, during the time I was deciding on purchasing solar energy equipment, and was a factor in my decision.
    The contract was signed 03/18/2019, initial installation work started 05/01/2019. The system installation is not complete as of 09/17/2019.
    On first review, phraseology in the company’s contract leads consumers to expect the start of the installation to happen within a month, and the completion of the project 7 days after the initial start. Upon closer reexamination that is not true and extensive provisions allow for lengthy delays.
    The company rarely answers telephone calls to any of the listed telephone numbers. Numerous attempts to contact the company, by telephone and Email, receive no reply, nor do they provide any communication as to when their installers will arrive on the customer’s property.

    Solar Chief has received so many bad reviews that they have removed the REVIEW section from their Facebook page. Not wanting to allow future customer to read what previous customer think of their work.

    9/24/19 I got word they are declaring Bankruptcy, Good bye and Good Riddance, I'll file my claim with the bankruptcy court.

  • "Nice and Friendly"

    Reviewed Jul 26, 2019
    "Nice and Friendly"

    Reviewed Jul 26, 2019

    Mr. Matt Winter of Solar Chief looked very professional. Did walk through the process involved and shared is views on different panels. Solar Chief quote was straight to the point without any frills involved. Mr. Winter was knowledgeable on the subject and was very genuine in their approach with the customer like me. Quite impressed with their way of responding to the queries of the customer and I believe it is a great company to work with. Thanks a lot for your time and helping me to understand the solar panels.

  • "Solar Chief saved me money and my warranty"

    Reviewed Feb 19, 2019
    "Solar Chief saved me money and my warranty"

    Reviewed Feb 19, 2019

    We had a company come in and quote us for solar using Panasonic panels. We really liked what they had to say, but we wanted to get a second opinion. So we called Solar Chief. They came in and spoke with us about the Panasonic Panels. We were informed that we went with the other company who was not certified by Panasonic we would have only gotten a 10 year warranty instead of a 25 year warranty for having a Panasonic certified company install them for us. Not only did Solar Chief come in and save our warranty, they were cheaper on price then the other guys from the first time they walked in the door. The system was just turned on last week and looks great. I would highly recommend Solar Chief to anyone.

    3 people found this helpful
  • "Great Install Team"

    Reviewed Feb 04, 2019

    The team that installed my solar was very professional. Trip was the main guy that was in charge of my install. Him and his crew did an excellent job. I will definitely recommend Solar Chief to my neighbors.

    2 people found this helpful
  • "Looks Awesome"

    Reviewed Nov 08, 2018

    They came and installed my panels and batteries. Made my electric bill disappear. LOVE IT!

    4 people found this helpful
  • "Excellent Customer Service"

    Reviewed Nov 08, 2018

    Solar Chief installed my system in October. The install went very smoothly but a problem was encountered the very next day. The monitoring showed a problem with one of the panels. Solar Chief noticed it before me and called me to ask when they could meet me at my house to correct it. Their guys came out and fixed the connection problem behind the one panel and I was back online.
    The crew was very friendly and I would definitely recommend them to anybody looking to install solar.

    3 people found this helpful
  • "No Power Bill!!"

    Reviewed Nov 07, 2018

    Eric was GREAT!!! He was very informative and helped us get exactly what we needed. We just received our first power bill after going solar and it was $0.00!!!

    2 people found this helpful
  • "Thanks Ladies!"

    Reviewed Sep 27, 2018

    Called with a litany of questions and concerns about my house and dumping Duke Progress. Ladies in the office walked me through all the steps! They made me feel very comfortable and calmed my nerves. Will be referring the whole neighborhood.

    2 people found this helpful
  • "Lake House Install"

    Reviewed Sep 27, 2018

    Owner came out personally to see our lake property.

    They helped with our HOA requirements and talked us through all of the financing options.

    Installers we very polite and friendly. Finished attic insulation and roof in a day and a half. Very pleased — 5 stars!!

    2 people found this helpful
  • "Business and Home"

    Reviewed Sep 27, 2018

    Started with a ground mount at my home, now we’re looking to install at my business too! Very receptive and accommodating! Would definitely recommend to friends and family! No more power bills! Thanks SolarChief!

    2 people found this helpful
  • "Great guys!"

    Reviewed Sep 23, 2018

    Responded to my quote request quickly, called me the next day and finished my home inspection by the end of the week. They were straight forward with lots of equipments options. Panels look great. Can’t wait to soak up the Michigan sun!

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Excellent Service!"

    Reviewed Sep 10, 2018

    I had a wonderful experience with Solar Chief. Their staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. My system was installed and up and running in no time, and my energy bill is now practically nonexistent!

    2 people found this helpful
  • "Money Saving Experience"

    Reviewed Aug 14, 2018

    Karl and his team provided such great service with the best price and then fast installation. it helped lower my electricity costs and i couldn't be happier

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Run as fast as you can"

    Reviewed Aug 08, 2018

    This whole experience with the company has just been a nightmare, every step along the way dealing with Solar Chief has brought us only aggravation. My husband and I regret signing that contract.
    It has been almost 3 months since we had the solar panels installed (which took them about two weeks to do so and a month after the date they were supposed to be on our roof) we still don’t have a working system. First it was the system not having a working control panel, it took about a month to have that fixed. A long and painful “communication “, if I can call it like that.
    After a day of having a working solar panel system it was shut down by an unknown person. Solar chief said it was Santer Cooper... since that answer We have been trying to contact the technician, the representative and even the owner himself. No luck. No one has helped us for 10 days. I am desperate. We spent $50000 on this and we still have to pay electricity bill.
    One advice, stay away and run away from Solar chief company. I wish I can turn the time back!!!

    13 people found this helpful

    Reviewed Jul 18, 2018

    It is the most unorganized and unprofessional company I have ever seen. They will never return a phone call. I have personnally been lied to more than once. We have waited months for the system to be repaired when it’s not working properly. When they finally come out at least they correctly fix the issue. I love having solar, but should have never used Solar Chief.

    9 people found this helpful
  • "Great Company!!"

    Reviewed May 07, 2018

    I would recommend Solar Chief to anyone looking to go solar. They were able to get rid of my power bill. I pay $0.00 to SCE&G just like they promised. I am glad I made the right decision to go solar with Solar Chief.

    2 people found this helpful
  • "Crooks"

    Reviewed Feb 15, 2018

    poor crafstmanship,poor customer service,owners are sketchy,company works off cell phone&doesn't return calls,also company is more expensive than most

    6 people found this helpful
  • "I could not be any more happy"

    Reviewed Jul 07, 2016

    These guys really know their stuff! Easy to work with, install was done quickly, and I am already happy with the results. Not to mention, they are local if you are in South Carolina!

    5 people found this helpful
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Solar Chief Headquarters

1101 Ferguson Street
Columbia, SC
29201 United States

Local Offices (4)

  • 1101 Ferguson St
    Columbia, SC 29201
  • 2420 17th St
    Denver, CO 80202
  • 392 S. Sanford
    Pontiac, MI 48342
  • 2002 N. Tampa Street
    Tampa, FL 33602
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Workmanship Warranty

10 Years


South Carolina Solar Council




Mechanical- M-114209


Fully Insured

States served by Solar Chief

  • Colorado CO ,
  • Florida FL ,
  • Georgia GA ,
  • North Carolina NC ,
  • South Carolina SC