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Solar Optimum - Profile & Reviews

Named Panasonic's National Installer of the Year for two years in a row (2021 and 2020), Solar Optimum's energy experts never take the satisfaction of our customers for granted. That’s just one of the many reasons why we’re dedicated to an unwavering philosophy making our customers our top priority when it comes to solar, battery storage and roofing.

ENERGY EXPERTS. REAL RELATIONSHIPS. HONEST TALK.

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  • "***UPDATED REVIEW***"

    Reviewed Jun 22, 2022
    Updated Jul 08, 2022

    ***UPDATED FROM 4 STARS TO 5***
    Solar Optimum have gone so far above and beyond at this point it genuinely seems like what we experienced really was out of the norm. You can’t guarantee 0 problems every time and any company who does either wont admit they’ve made mistakes or is delusional. But when a company goes this far to ensure the customer is taken care of once it’s been brought to their attention, especially a construction company……that’s rare. In our opinion they have earned every one of those 5 stars at this point and if I could give them more I would. Overall we are really really satisfied with the work and how everything was handled in the end. Thank you SOLAR OPTIMUM. We really appreciate you!

    ***UPDATED FROM 1 STAR TO 4***
    After reaching out to many different people we got a call back. Solar Optimum was very kind and apologetic and finally resolved our issues.

    They also provided us with plausible explanations for the lack in communication which were caused by circumstances well outside of their control. The technical misunderstandings will likely be treated as a “Lessons Learned” and communicated to the rest of the tech team for future installs which means its unlikely that anyone after us will experience the same issues.

    We do have a larger than normal residential system so we expected to run in to some delays. I am confident however that after this experience it wont be an issue for any future customers.

    I do still think there is definitely room for improvement with the office staff. That being said, I still think they are worth giving a try because contact with the office staff was quite limited to just the beginning of the project.

    Solar Optimum also have a special arrangement just extended to their customers with a finance company that give by far the lowest rates on Solar Finance. I know because we called around first!

    We also just had a power outage and the entire system worked exactly like it should, exactly like they explained. So taking everything in to consideration……..I’d use them again. Price, quality of the system, ontime construction, material availability AND the best financing ………. they still win.

  • "System is good, working as expected"

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    "System is good, working as expected"

    Reviewed Jun 16, 2022
    Updated Jun 24, 2022

    I have a solar system with enphase panels and a Tesla powerwall, and to all indications it is working well. I found Solar Optimum to be reasonably communicative. The process was longer than I expected it would be when starting, but that's a combination of a lot of factors. Among other things, we needed a new roof, and it turns out that the house we bought had a main electric panel upgraded to 200A without a permit for the upgrade on file. After getting permission to operate, it took some back and forth and a couple of visits from a tech to get the system fully working. There was one current monitor that they didn't initially install, but that current monitor was necessary for the system to really make full use of the storage battery. This was complicated by the fact that the geometry of the situation made it difficult to install without having to involved PG&E, and apparently PG&E really drag their feet at helping with this sort of thing (if they ever do it at all). (I didn't even realize at first there was anything wrong, but I went to the PG&E site to see my usage, and it did not jibe with what the monitoring was telling me, and with how the system should have been behaving given my understanding of it. Now, everything is working just fine. With any system this complicated, you do need to collect all the data you can to make sure that everything is in place.)

  • "Price Not What Quoted, But They Were Nice"

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    "Price Not What Quoted, But They Were Nice"

    Reviewed Jun 09, 2022
    Updated Jun 20, 2022

    I selected Solar Optimum because they had a slightly lower price than the next quote, but once I spent my time scheduling a call and sending them documentation, the price went up 20 cents per watt, to where they weren't actually the lowest bidder, and they wouldn't honor their bid price. After I posted a bad review because of this, a very nice rep called and tried to be helpful and explain how he didn't recommend the cheaper panels in the original quote, but ultimately they didn't offer me the price that they had bid, which isn't cool. I then had to restart the process with the lowest price bidder.

    Honestly, I feel like their Panasonic panels might be higher quality and worth the extra money, but I still am going with the cheaper company because they also offered a way to apply my 26% federal tax credit up front instead of hassling with it in on my returns. Solar Optimum said they couldn't do that.

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Since 2008, Solar Optimum continues to be the leader in supplying solar energy systems, back-up battery storage and roofing for homeowners and businesses in California and Nevada. Our team is made up of professionals that aim to protect the environment with the latest technologies as well as offer immediate and long-term savings to the consumer.

* Two Time Winner: 2021 and 2020 Panasonic National Installer of the Year
* Since 2008, Solar Optimum has led the energy revolution across California and Nevada
* Our solar systems deliver at 108% over production
* Ranked as an elite installer in California and Nevada- and in the U.S. by Solar Power World
* Top rated 5-Star Consumer Reviews across multiple review sites
* Ranked in the top 3 in the U.S. by BestCompany.com
* 9-Time Winner Best Solar Company by the LA Daily News (2021 to 2013)
* 4-Time Angie's List Super Service Winner
* A+ Rating by the Better Business Bureau
* 95% First-Time Inspection Approval Rating

TOP INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS
* Panasonic Certified Elite Installer
* REC Solar Certified Installer
* Enphase Certified Platinum Installer
* Tesla Energy Powerwall Certified Installer
* Enphase Battery Storage Platinum Installer
* Unirac Certified Platinum Installer
* GAF Master Elite Roof Installer

* UNMATCHED 25-YEAR WARRANTY on Panels, Inverters, Workmanship, Roof, Racking and Performance Guarantee

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  • Energy Auditing
  • Construction
  • Roofing
  • Electrical Contracting
  • Community Solar
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Solar PV
  • Energy Storage
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Established

2008

Solar Optimum Headquarters

614 W. Colorado Street
Glendale, CA
91204 United States

Local Offices (9)

  • 1500 Palma Drive, 2nd Floor
    Ventura, CA 93003
  • 550 West B Street, 4th Floor
    San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4199 Flat Rock Drive, Bldg 100
    Riverside, CA 92505
  • 28202 Cabot Road, Suite 300
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
  • 1430 Truxton Ave, 5th Floor
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
  • 500 La Terraza Blvd, Suite 150
    Escondido, CA 92025
  • 77711 Flora Road, Suite 329
    Palm Desert, CA 92211
  • 473 E. Carnegie Drive, Suite 200
    San Bernardino, CA 92408
  • 6012 Egret Ct.
    Benicia, CA 94510
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Workmanship Warranty

Comprehensive, industry-leading warranties: 25-years on Solar Panels, 25-years on Inverters, 25-years on Workmanship, 25-years on Racking and Mounting, 25-years on Roofing and 25-years on Performance Guarantee. 10 Year Warranty on Battery Storage.

Certifications

* Two Time Winner: 2021 and 2020 Panasonic National Installer of the Year
* Panasonic Certified Elite Installer
* REC Solar Certified Installer
* Enphase Certified Platinum Installer
* Tesla Energy Powerwall Certified Installer
* Unirac Certified Platinum Installer
* GAF Master Elite Roof Installer

Licenses

CSLB Lic #972228
B
C10
C51

Insurance

$5,000,000 Aggregate

States served by Solar Optimum

  • California CA ,
  • Nevada NV

Languages spoken by Solar Optimum

Armenian, Chinese, English, Korean, Persian, Spanish, Vietnamese