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SolarMax Technology, Inc. - Profile & Reviews

Since its inception in 2008, SolarMax Technology has emerged as an industry leader, pioneering a succession of innovations to make solar energy more accessible and affordable for California homes and businesses. Our top-rated solar panels are designed and assembled in our 165,000 square foot facility in Riverside, California—the same base of operations from which we’ve planned and executed more than 12,000 custom installations.

One thing you should know about SolarMax is that we are committed to pushing the industry forward, consistently seeking innovations to help to make sure that clean, renewable energy is accessible to everyone. In particular, we’re exceptionally proud of our many industry firsts including:.

2016: SolarMax is now the first California solar installer to design, engineer and assemble our own premium brand of solar panels in our Riverside, CA corporate headquarters.

2016: Our proprietary FLEX Energy Storage System is launched—the industry’s first fully-integrated energy storage solution approved by LADWP.

2017/2018: SolarMax SMX Panels became one of only four US solar panel companies in the world to earn top-tier ranking in terms of reliability.

SolarMax may have gotten our start in California, but word of our reliable, cost-effective solutions is quickly spreading around the world. We have become the largest U.S.-based solar developer in China, providing end-to-end development solutions to the Chinese market that include: design, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, operations and maintenance (O&M), as well as project development.
SolarMax has secured the rights to develop and provide ongoing maintenance and operations support for several utility-scale projects in the inland province of Guizhou.

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  • "Super responsive"

    Reviewed Nov 06, 2020

    SolarMax was quick to provide answers to my questions. They have the best products (panels and inverters) and very competitive pricing on Tesla batteries. This solar installer is my first choice. B

  • "Excellent service"

    Reviewed Oct 01, 2020

    Very professional and high quality installation - they were quick to swap out an incorrectly installed EV charger outlet a few weeks later.

  • "Great Company"

    Reviewed Sep 24, 2020

    Very knowledgeable in the industry, did a great job installing my solar panel system.

  • "Excellent service at a great price!"

    Reviewed Jul 30, 2020
    "Excellent service at a great price!"

    Reviewed Jul 30, 2020

    I was so pleased with the flexibility of SolarMax and their great service. They were helpful along every step of the way. They also had a great price for us. Highly recommend them!

  • "Great price and fast response."

    Reviewed Jun 19, 2020
    "Great price and fast response."

    Reviewed Jun 19, 2020

    Great price and fast response. Answer is always pretty honest and straight forward. Really appreciated the patience from Darvin.

  • "Non Responsive -"

    Reviewed Jun 10, 2020
    "Non Responsive -"

    Reviewed Jun 10, 2020

    I got a quote in early May from them, but they haven't replied to my questions and notes in Energy Sage. Their quote came in lower than others so they made the short list, but pulled them off after 3 weeks and no response or engagement. Another user thinks they might be closed. Watch out!

    Being clear, I am not their customer.

    Jacob Richardson
    Response from SolarMax Technology, Inc.
    Responded Jun 10, 2020
    Response from SolarMax Technology, Inc.
    Responded Jun 10, 2020

    Good afternoon,
    Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. I’m very sorry we failed with following up and answering your questions. If it's not too late to assist, I would appreciate another chance to answer all your questions. I have listed my contact information below.

    Jacob Richardson
    Sales Manager

  • "Think they have closed down"

    Reviewed May 20, 2020

    I went with Solar Max in October because they said my system would be up before the end of 2019. This proved to be false and it was only up by March. After contract was signed it was like pulling teeth to get anything done. I basically was the project manager (I never heard from mine) and even had to call and fax forms to the city and electric company to get permission to operate because the never did. They still haven’t gotten me my rebate and have not answered numerous calls and emails since March.

    Have they gone out of business? Who knows.

  • "Had some rough areas, but they are making it right."

    Reviewed Mar 10, 2020
    "Had some rough areas, but they are making it right."

    Reviewed Mar 10, 2020

    UPDATE: I posted the review below on March 10, 2020. Since posting it, I have had a great response from SolarMax. Both Mario, and his manager Jacob have been super helpful. They have explained, in great detail, the delays with net metering and Jacob conference called me in with SCE, who explained the delays are due to some glitches with SCE software, and that the money I have paid since going solar will be either credited back to my account or refunded via check. They have also expedited my service appointment with SolarEdge. While it is true that it took this public review to really get answers, they appear to be making it right. From my experience this week, I would recommend SolarMax, but would advise future customers to escalate their concerns to management if they have any. Once the right people get contacted, you will get answers.

    ORIGINAL REVIEW from March 10:
    I started looking for solar in the fall of 2019. After speaking to numerous companies, I ultimately decided to go with SolarMax. I received a better quote from one of their competitors, and would have also received a referral bonus for my in laws. I however chose to go with SolarMax, a decision I now regret. I went with SolarMax for two primary reasons. One, they are a local company. I am from Riverside and like the idea of supporting local. Two, they claim to be a one-stop shop with everything under one roof. I was told that once I decided to go with them, I would only need to deal with them going forward for any issues that might arise. This has proven to be false.

    When I was shopping for quotes, my salesman Mario G was excellent, responsive, and very knowledgable. After signing the contract, there was a sudden lapse in all customer service. There was almost zero communication between myself and the company, and it seemed that I was the one having to drive the ship. I was assigned a project manager, Kyle Evans, who I spoke to once very briefly. On more than one occasion, workers showed up unannounced, which is particularly difficult for my family since I work overnights and sleep during the day.

    Despite a rough start, we received permission to operate in November of 2019. Great! System is up in time to receive 2019 government rebate. But that's about as good my experience has been so far. As of now (March 2020), have not noticed any change in my electric bill. I bring this up simply because the competitor my in-laws used that I mentioned above saw a change in their electric bill the following month. This is an important factor to consider when doing the math regarding the financial benefits of going solar. I have since made numerous attempts to reach out to SolarMax about this and have not had any meaningful response. Two emails went unanswered. Another email said to just wait longer. And finally after a phone call I was told to call SoCal Edison because it was not in their control. So much for being a one stop shop.

    I've also experienced another issue worth mentioning. I logged onto my SolarEdge app (which allows you to track energy production). I noticed that my system has not been producing energy for the last 10 days or so. I called SolarMax and they said that this would have to be discussed with SolarEdge. While I do understand that this might be because of warranties from the solar/inverter manufacturer, I bring it up because this is not what I was lead to believe when I signed my SolarMax contract. So much for being a one stop shop.

    Overall, I cannot recommend SolarMax. I will plan on updating this review in a few months once these issues resolve, but as of now, I really regret going with this company.

    Jacob Richardson
    Response from SolarMax Technology, Inc.
    Responded Mar 11, 2020
    Response from SolarMax Technology, Inc.
    Responded Mar 11, 2020

    Hello Daniel,
    We’re sorry to hear of your less than satisfactory experience with Solarmax and hope you will accept our sincerest apologies.

    Being known for our great customer service it came as a surprise, and we would like to make things right.

    I do see that you have been in contact with our customer service department, and an onsite appointment has been scheduled to troubleshoot the monitoring issue. I will also be in contact with you to discuss the concern regarding the solar production not reflecting on your SCE bill. We have noticed that SCE is taking anywhere from 4-6 billing cycle to reflect the new net metering rate plan on homeowners bills, leaving homeowners fearing their system isn't performing correctly. Solarmax does take pride in being a "1 stop shop" for consulting, engineering, roofing, electrical, and our utility relations department that submits all the net metering documentation with the utility company. Unfortunately, Solarmax doesn't have the ability to control how quickly SCE gets the new rate plan reflected on the bill. I would be more than happy to contact SCE with you to help get this this resolved.

    If you prefer, you can also contact me directly at (951) 300-0753.

    We value our customers opinions and would like to thank you for bringing this to our attention.


    Jacob Richardson
    Sales Manager

  • "Damaged my roof but eventually made it right"

    Reviewed Nov 02, 2019
    "Damaged my roof but eventually made it right"

    Reviewed Nov 02, 2019

    SolarMax installed solar panels on my house in summer 2019. The process took far too long - more than 3 months from when I paid my deposit until the system was powered on. One reason for this delay is that they damaged my roof and took several weeks to remove the panels so that the roof could be repaired.

    I signed a contract with SolarMax on June 4th and paid my deposit on June 5th. The system wasn’t installed until August 1st, partly due to permitting delays, which were probably outside of SolarMax’s control. When they installed the system, they put a 1-inch hole in my roof, and then filled it in with caulk. I have no idea why they did this, and they didn’t even mention it to me. They also tore a few shingles. My roofer found these issues when I had him inspect the roof a few days later.

    To maintain my roof warranty, I needed to have SolarMax come back to remove the panels so that the roofing company could repair the roof. I notified SolarMax about this issue on August 7th, and I requested that they come back to remove the panels. I called and emailed repeatedly after that to set up a date for the panel removal. SolarMax’s project manager, Noe, usually didn’t answer my calls or emails. On August 16th, Noe promised that he would call me back by August 19th with a date for the panel removal. However, on the 19th, he still didn’t have a date figured out! The crew finally came by on August 23rd. I had the roof repaired, and the solar crew came back on September 3rd to reinstall the panels. I paid my roofer and requested reimbursement from SolarMax (my roof warranty would have been void if SolarMax or another contractor did the roof repair).

    On August 5th, SolarMax’s inspection team came by to inspect the system. On August 15th, they called me to say that their photos didn’t come out, and they asked me to take the photos for them. I was happy to do this to save them a trip, but it was another example of their failure to manage the project well.

    Finally, on September 10th, I received Permission to Operate from the local utility. I called SolarMax to ask them to power up the system, and they said that the earliest they could be onsite was September 25th - two weeks later! They said that I couldn’t power up the system myself. This was really frustrating. I had paid for my system in full, and it was ready to operate, but they couldn’t come by my house to turn it on, so I still had to pay my utility bill!

    My system was finally operational on September 25th. It works well and looks great. I can monitor the system’s performance throughout the day with the SolarEdge app on my phone, or on the SolarEdge website. It's been a few months, and the system consistently produces more energy than I use, so my electric bill is negative.

    SolarMax finally reimbursed me for the roof repair on October 21st - two months after I paid my roofer, and about 1 month after the system was powered on.

    Overall, I was happy with the system, and I appreciate that SolarMax eventually reimbursed me for the roof repair, but it took far too long to get the job done.

    SolarMax's sales team contacted me on November 4th (about five weeks after my system was operational, and two days after I wrote my EnergySage review). They set up a call with me help make things right. During the call, SolarMax's Director of Sales and Marketing said that my experience was not typical, and that they care about their customers and their reputation. He assured me that SolarMax will respond promptly if I have any issues with my system. To compensate for the installation delays, they sent me a check to reimburse me for three months of utility bills that I paid over the summer. I received the check on December 28th. I appreciate the gesture, and I hope that my experience with this installation was not a typical customer experience.

    2 people found this helpful
  • "The Best Bang for Your Buck"

    Reviewed Oct 30, 2019

    I spent over a month on Energy Sage reviewing and talking to other contractors. They all offered good products but SolarMax always stood out above the rest. Their knowledge and customer service gave me a very good feeling. They had no high pressure sales tactics to get you to buy. Nothing but good information and answers to all my questions. Out of all the pricing quotes theirs was by far the best. They also do in house financing that offered me the best as well. I’ve recommended to all my close friends who are looking at solar to definitely choose SolarMax.

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Perfectly Presented"

    Reviewed Sep 25, 2019

    We were not familiar with solar and any of its benefits, so we were a little apprehensive buying into it. We met with Mario from Solar Max and he did a great job explaining the benefits and exactly how the programs worked. His estimates on what the system could generate were much more realistic than what the competitors claimed.
    Would definitely purchase through Mario again!

    1 person found this helpful
  • "SolarMax Delivered!"

    Reviewed Sep 20, 2019

    I definitely recommend SolarMax because I felt very comfortable with how the installation process was described to me and their pricing was very competitive and reasonable.
    Very satisfied with the communication and overall customer service I have received and highly recommend them for your solar needs.

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Awesome"

    Reviewed Sep 20, 2019

    Thank you Solarmax team for an awesome experience. Jacob with the inside sales department along with our assigned project manager Anthony always provided updates during the process. Our installation was finished faster than our estimated installation date when signing. Very impressed with Solarmax and strongly recommend to all new Energysage users.

  • "Wonderful"

    Reviewed May 05, 2019

    Thank you Solarmax for making our solar shopping experience a breeze. Everything from the start to finish was exactly what was explained by Jacob. Jacob was always there answering my calls, texts, and emails even on weekends. Strongly recommend Solarmax.

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Thank you Jacob"

    Reviewed Jan 21, 2019

    Jacob and his team did a wonderful job helping me get solar on my home. I almost proceeded with another company because cost was lower, but after Jacob itemized his quote and explained the difference in cost due the differnece in equipment I'm glad I chose Solarmax. Roofing techs and the electricians walked me through the installation showing me where the conduit runs would be installed so it was hidden. Great experience, great team Solarmax has strongly recommend contacting Jacob with Solarmax.

    4 people found this helpful
  • "Best Experience"

    Reviewed Jan 20, 2019

    Thank you to Jacob Richardson and Solarmax for making getting solar easy. Reached out to 3 companies for further information, and out of the 3 responses Jacob's knowledge and response time to all my questions lead me to select Solarmax. Throughout the 40 days from signing to being installed I was always notifed of every step by Jacob. I have already referred 2 neighbors and my brother to Jacob, I strongly recommend contacting Solarmax before making any decisions on an installer.

    2 people found this helpful
  • "Great experience, start to finish"

    Reviewed Jan 14, 2019
    "Great experience, start to finish"

    Reviewed Jan 14, 2019

    I am writing to enthusiastically recommend SolarMax for a residential solar project. I initially visited the Energy Sage website to collect bids for my solar installation back in September. It was about as easy and straightforward as I could imagine, and enabled me to compare quotes from different installers, all of whom proposed the same high quality Panasonic panels and SolarEdge inverters.
    I ended up choosing SolarMax for two primary reasons. Jacob Richardson, the Sales Manager, reached out to me right away through the Energy Sage website. He answered every question that I asked throughout the two and a half month project. He was extremely professional, always quick to respond, and thoroughly knowledgeable about the process.
    The other reason I went with SolarMax was the financing option they offered - a 60 month loan at 0%. My monthly payment will be about the same as I have been paying to PG&E, and after five years it will be paid off. Kind of a no-brainer.
    I signed the initial contract in mid-October, and was able to flip the switch on January 9 - all together a little bit less than three months. All documents were signed online via Docusign, which made things super easy. SolarMax took care of filing all applications for permits with the city, and submitted Permission to Operate applications to PG&E. Since SolarMax is located in Southern California, they hired local contractors to do the installation itself. Krista and Anthony from Elite Electric in Oakland came out to do the initial site inspection. Anthony led the installation itself, which took a day and a half. I thought that was impressive given the size of the system (26 panels). As far as I can tell, they did a great job. They hid the conduit as much as possible and painted roof sections black so that they don't stand out against the shingles.
    Since I just flipped the switch, I haven't seen any electric bills yet, but I am looking forward to it.

    5 people found this helpful
  • "Absolutely Fantastic"

    Reviewed Oct 30, 2018

    No hassle information and pricing. One of the lowest pricing we saw (without any hard sales or haggling). Installation was quick and problem-free; zero percent financing is awesome. System is working better than promised, no complaints whatsoever.

    Very happy with SolarMax

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Great overall experience"

    Reviewed Oct 07, 2018
    "Great overall experience"

    Reviewed Oct 07, 2018

    Jacob and his team did a flawless job in planning and executing our solar system project. It was absolutely the right decision to go with SolarMax.
    Besides the thorough follow up by all SolarMax employees we were in touch with we appreciated the unbeatable pricing and financing.
    We tell everyone to contact Jacob. Thank you SolarMax!
    Thomas & Tracy Carnevale

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Pretty poor."

    Reviewed Oct 05, 2018

    Thanks to EnergySage, I felt like I was a lot more informed when making my decision to go solar. I wanted to go with a company that is large enough to stay around after the solar tax-rebates go away and SolarMax fit that bill. I was going to go with LASolarGroup, but their representatives were way too aggressive in making me sign a contract. My SolarMax representative, Chris Adams, was not pushy and seemed to be knowledgeable. My first gripe is that we agreed on a certain plan on my roof and when I got my plans, it wasn't as discussed. I went with it anyway, and although the panels are not that aesthetically pleasing, they are fine. I also tried to reach out to Chris after the panels were installed and he never called me back. They also threw a bait-and-switch with their financing. I was told by Chris that I could pay the monthly bill with my credit card (which was a determining factor in me choosing SolarMax) and after my first year, they told me that they will no longer accept credit cards. When I tried talking to them about it they were extremely rude and wouldn't even respond to my questions. All and all, I think this company is trying to be a major installer, but they don't have the customer service or accountability of the major players.

    Update: I have had them out approximately four times to fix non-working panels. Sometimes, I have to call them multiple times in order to get someone out to my house.

    4 people found this helpful
  • "5.3 Kw Solar Panels"

    Reviewed Oct 02, 2018

    Less than 2 months from contract agreement to system up and running, thanks to Solarmax and its team of true professionals. The project was very well managed and installation was done without any issue. Solarmax took care of all the permits and inspections. Professionalism at its most.

  • "Great service"

    Reviewed Sep 27, 2018

    I received 5 quotas and decided to move forward with SolarMax. There are 2reasons. First, best value and the second is the salesperson Jacob is very representative. I have recommended SolarMax to a couple of my friends already. Very happy with their service. 5 stars.

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Professional and great value"

    Reviewed Aug 23, 2018

    Jacob is very professional and always available to answer questions. Solarmax with their great financing was the best value by far. I will be recommending solarmax to my neighbors.

  • "Professional, on time, good customer service"

    Reviewed Aug 08, 2018
    "Professional, on time, good customer service"

    Reviewed Aug 08, 2018

    The company is very well organized, people were always on time for appointments and schedules were met as promised. I just got PTO today, so now waiting to see the results of all the hard work and money! (30 days from my approval of plans and about 45 days from my initial contract. They even checked for broken tiles after they finished and are replacing the ones that were damaged. (This is common for any walking on my roof)

    I noticed on some review website that they didn't place as high as you would want and I almost didn't select them because of it. Then I read the rating criteria, and realized they were knocked down in the service area category because they had a smaller service area, basically SOCAL. The firms that went all over CA got ranked in that category higher. I felt this was an advantage for me since they would be very familiar with requirements in my county.

    Would recommend highly.

    2 people found this helpful
  • "Excellent Service"

    Reviewed Jun 21, 2018

    I received 5 total quotes when shopping solar. Solarmax was the best value when considering price & equipment. My salesperson, Jacob Richardson, provided exceptional service from start to finish. Panels were put in ahead of schedule and are working better than quoted.

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Solar installation"

    Reviewed May 19, 2018

    Outstanding experience from the sales pitch to system go live. Always on time and prompt reply to all my questions. I highly recommend SolarMax.

  • "SolarMax did an excellent job on my solar installation. Go SolarMax!"

    Reviewed May 10, 2018
    "SolarMax did an excellent job on my solar installation. Go SolarMax!"

    Reviewed May 10, 2018

    The staff at SolarMax is the best. Thank You Jacob, for explaining to me the process I was going to encounter. The installation was finished much faster than I thought it would be, and I was totally impressed. I thought the city permits and Edison Permission to Operate would take forever. I was wrong. I'm generating electricity much faster than I could have imagined. Thank You SolarMax, Jacob, and the SolarMax Team. Job well done!

  • "Great Buying Experience"

    Reviewed May 03, 2018
    "Great Buying Experience"

    Reviewed May 03, 2018

    They did a great job of keeping me informed of the entire process. They took care of everything which made the purchase stress free. I have already and will continue to recommend this company.

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Great to work with"

    Reviewed Jul 18, 2017
    "Great to work with"

    Reviewed Jul 18, 2017

    Solar Max was a great company to partner with for my solar installation! Very easy to work with, dependable and an smoothe and simple installation process.

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Stay away"

    Reviewed Jun 03, 2017

    Stay away... very unprofessional company.

    It seems the reviews are fake or paid!

    Solarmax installed a system for me in December. After 3 months half of my system stopped working. Fuses start blowing off. Online tracking showing me errors. This is a fire hazard and no one is taking care of it. There is NO customer service.

    SolarMax...Why nobody, despite many concerning emails and phone calls has not contacted me? You guaranteed my system, why are you not honoring it? It is 3 month now and no fix for a very hazardous situation.

    Marvin, the sales person, deserves a 5 star review! Yes... he could sell me a bad system! You know your job!

    I hired a lawyer and going to take legal actions. If anyone here has problems with this company please contact me so we can have stronger case.

    I do not recommend this company. Do not put your house and family at risk.


    29 people found this helpful
  • "Solarmax was a great choice "

    Reviewed Mar 10, 2017

    We are so happy with the install of our solar system that we purchased through Solarmax. Brandon Mezzanatto came over to the house and took about 45 minutes with us on what to expect, how fast it would be and our different options for pricing and payment. If he told us there would be an install in 2 weeks, there would be an install in 2 weeks. Everything that he said he stood by and made happen. He definitely was not a pushy sales guy like a lot of the Solar sales people are.

    We also financed our system through Solarmax and the finance department was fast and made the process painless.

    All in all we are very happy with our system and would highly recommend Brandon at Solarmax to anyone!

    4 people found this helpful
  • "Great job Solarmax"

    Reviewed Mar 09, 2017
    "Great job Solarmax"

    Reviewed Mar 09, 2017

    I interviewed quite a few companies before choosing Solarmax. Marvin, my salesperson, provided all the information in a clear and easy way that enabled me to make an informed decision on which company to go with. Marvin was there throughout the entire process to answer all my questions and concerns. Solarmax did an outstanding installation and I would recommend them to my friends and family.

  • "Exellent Company, Equipment, and Experience"

    Reviewed Nov 29, 2016
    "Exellent Company, Equipment, and Experience"

    Reviewed Nov 29, 2016

    We had a great experience with Brandon Mezzanato and SolarMax. Truly a 5-Star experience. SolarMax is well organized and kept us informed throughout the process. They provided top rated solar panels and microinverters and were thousands of dollars less than quotes we received from other vendors (and those other vendors were quoting lesser quality panels and inverters.) We highly recommend Brandon and SolarMax.

  • "Great Job completed faster than expected"

    Reviewed Oct 04, 2016
    "Great Job completed faster than expected"

    Reviewed Oct 04, 2016

    After shopping around, I decided to go with SolarMax due to their pricing, warranty, hardware and customer service. Other companies offered similar or lower pricing, but their systems did not use micro inverters and offered a shorter warranty on the hardware. Their customer service did a great job communicating with me from start to finish. Although I estimated about 3 - 4 months before I could flip the "ON" switch on my system, it was actually completed in less than 3 months. Workmanship is very good and the crew was friendly and accommodating. The only hiccup I had was with the credit application. Although they told me I was approved, I later had to complete a whole new application because I had accidentally reversed my wife's social security#. Odd that It was originally approved, with a bad social (maybe they just went by my credit).
    I would recommend SolarMax to anyone looking to go solar. No matter who you go with, do your research. I found that micro inverters are much better and last longer than systems that use one main inverter.

    2 people found this helpful
  • "Great Customer Service"

    Reviewed Sep 30, 2016

    I shopped around quite a bit and they were the cheapest for the equipment I wanted. Brandon was also awesome to work with and very responsive during the entire process. I always knew what the project status was and the next steps. Would not hesitate to recommend them and would use again if need arises.

  • "Solar Experience"

    Reviewed Sep 28, 2016

    The installation start up of solar power was much easier than I had originally expected. Brandon Mezzanatto was an excellent representative to work with in all phases of the experience.

  • "SolarMax For Rancho"

    Reviewed Sep 28, 2016
    "SolarMax For Rancho"

    Reviewed Sep 28, 2016

    Our choice to go solar was dropped, but it had nothing to with the great experience and service provided by energysage or SolarMax. They were one of my leading choices based upon their responsiveness, pricing, and quoted equipment and service.

  • "Couldn't have been easier!"

    Reviewed Jun 10, 2016

    The entire process with Solar Max and Brandon was so streamlined, efficient, smooth and easy! Technicians came and went, did the things they had to do, they were professional and prompt. Brandon was there to answer any questions every step of the way and still is! We have a busy life and the fact that we didn't have to put much thought or work into the process because people know what they are doing and get it done as promised was very refreshing! Would recommend them to anyone who needs solar!

  • "Solar Max"

    Reviewed May 25, 2016

    We are so happy that we chose Solar Max to install our system. The customer service has been outstanding from the beginning. After comparing several offers for leasing and purchasing we decided on Solar Max. Our sales rep Jacob Richardson spent a few hours on the phone with me explaining the process and our options. I appreciated that we were never pressured at all just given lots of information. Leasing ended up being our best option. Solar Max was able to schedule our appointments around our busy work schedules. From the installation teams to the final inspection Solar Max was early for appointments, professional, informative and customer service oriented. I highly recommend Solar Max and Jacob Richardson as a company to do business with. We look forward to
    many years of saving on electricity. Thank you.

  • "SolarMAX Complete Satisfaction"

    Reviewed May 04, 2016
    "SolarMAX Complete Satisfaction"

    Reviewed May 04, 2016

    So satisfied with SolarMax. We are now able to look forward to summers. The timely manner, workmanship, and attention we received was heaven. All our questions were answered and the process was a breeze. We thank you so much and continuously recommend your company to friends and family.
    Thank you,
    Leticia and Gary

  • "Extraordinary service overall"

    Reviewed May 03, 2016
    "Extraordinary service overall"

    Reviewed May 03, 2016

    The educational background given at the presentation was eye opening. It helped me understand why solar makes sense for me and everyone has different solar needs. Brandon, from Solar Max, gave a detailed presentation focusing on my understanding of solar before he even tried to sell me anything. He wasn't pushy or made me feel uncomfortable like a car sales man does... He was helpful and guiding me through my decision. Months after I bought solar he is still there if needed with a smile to help me in anyway possible. Solar Max has saved me hundreds of dollars already and I just bought solar two years ago. Thank you Brandon from Solar Max for your dedication to your customers!

  • "Why didn't I do this sooner?"

    Reviewed Apr 20, 2016

    2014 - Solar businesses had been irritating me with cold calls and in your face solicitations at Home Depot for quite some time. But when I noticed a whole tract of homes being built nearby, all with new solar panels on their roofs, I was intrigued. By September 2014, I had 5 months of bills ranging between $400 to mid $500 each month. Add to that, bloodsucking Edison had just raised their rates (yet again), my usually high threshold for anger finally peaked and I started shopping.

    That's when I heard about Dan C, solar sales rep and possibly skilled vampire killer.

    He came to our house in September bringing with him his finest professionalism, a brain full of knowledge, an easy manner, and thankfully, no garlic essence or wooden stakes. I tried to stump him with my myriad of questions, but he charmed me like a champ. He unraveled the 4-tiered highway robbery techniques of Edison, and explained the many hurdles we would have to jump before getting our system completed. And once I saw the light, he worked with me to get some necessary work done before the installation (i.e. tree trimming/removal to minimize shade on my south facing roof, an upgraded electrical box, and some roof repair). Once I said "Let's do it", I heard from him at least once a week, sometimes more. And I could call him anytime and he ***jaw dropping*** returns my calls immediately.

    The actual work involved several different crews, each with their own expertise. They were polite, prompt and hard working, especially cleaning up after themselves. The entire process from start to finish was about 4 months, not bad.

    My roof was not big enough to hold enough panels to completely wipe out my total usage, and the real results came as the daylight hours got longer, but I am looking forward to framing for posterity my new, considerably lower electric bills. Right next to the old, obscene SCE ones. I might also find myself hanging an 8x10 framed, autographed picture of smiling Dan in his company t-shirt.

    It is now better than a year since installation, and the latest news about Edison is, they are figuring out new ways to punish us, raising rates again for those without solar, cleverly changing the tier pricing, and surcharging those of us that do have solar who have a monthly bill less than $10. So if your bill is in negative territory, meaning you are actually generating more than you use, you will be whipped appropriately. Don't let that stop you.

    Also, you should know that since the number of panels generated less than our usage this year (Solar Max warned us ahead of time), at the end of the first 12 months Edison billed us an additional $800 (half of that caused by a rogue air conditioning unit that malfunctioned while we were on a week's summer vacation). My investment still helped me save at least $3000 in 2015 (i.e. it will pay for itself in ~5-6 years). I can assure you it will be greater savings next year due to more changes in our overall usage and lifestyle. I am happy.

    Tip: Keep those solar panels clean!

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Our Inside Sales Department makes it easy for homeowners to obtain a quote without any pressure, avoiding those face to face meetings when you are asked to sign on the spot. The company’s unique ability to quote, design, install, and finance all under one roof – have helped the renewable energy leader achieve more than 11,000 installations since opening its doors in 2008.

Our simple process

Take advantage of a free consultation with our solar experts. We begin our project with an initial phone call to discuss your basic energy needs. Understanding your goals allow our team to determine which solar path is best for you and to provide you with the most cost-conscious solution for turning your home solar.

You will receive your tailor made solar proposal on a system designed to eliminate your energy consumption with your utility company. This proposal will provide you a visual solar panel layout on your home, equipment & material information, savings over your current utility bill, and your return on the investment of solar.

Once you realize Solarmax is the right installer for your solar project, you will select Solarmax as your installer on your Energysage portal. We will then send you the agreement for review and signature. Our agreement includes a (25) year installation warranty on parts and labor, (10) year warranty against roof leaks, and (10) year financial reimbursement for any lost production under 95% of the systems targeted annual production. We handle all administrative tasks, including engineering design, permits, and submitting the inner-connection documents with the utility company.

From signing the agreement until being installed can range from 45-60 days depending on the size of the system, city approval timeline, and approval timeline for homeowners with an HOA. Within 5 business days after signing the agreement we will schedule the site evaluation appointment. Our technicians will take measurements of the roof lines, check existing roofing shingles and attic rafters, calculate shading percentages, and evaluate the existing electrical panel. This information is then assigned to one of our engineers who will then design your system.

The installation of the project is normally 1-2 business days. Once the installation is complete, your assigned project manager will schedule the city inspection which typically 1-3 days post installation. Once the city inspector signs off your project, our utility relations department will submit the inner-connection application and most utility companies can take 7-14 business days to approve.

As soon as you have received Permission to Operate (PTO) from your utility company, our customer service department will contact you to set up the monitoring account so you are able to monitor your solar system production via phone, tablet, or computer.

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  • Financing
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy Auditing
  • Roofing
  • Solar Repair & Maintenance
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Solar PV
  • Energy Storage

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SolarMax Technology, Inc. Headquarters

3080 12th St.
Riverside, CA
92507 United States

Local Offices (3)

  • 3080 12th St
    Riverside, CA 92507
  • 3230 Fallow Field Dr.
    Diamond Bar, CA 91765
  • 8825 Production Ave
    San Diego, CA 92121

Workmanship Warranty

SolarMax offers a 25 year workmanship warranty on parts & labor.


University of Southern California
University of Riverside


C-46 Solar
C-10 Electrical
C-39 Roofing


CSLB #: 972048

States served by SolarMax Technology, Inc.

  • California CA