SolarMax Technology, Inc. - Profile & Reviews

Primary Lines of Business

  • Installer

  • Financing Company

  • Product Manufacturer

SolarMax Technology, Inc. - Profile & Reviews

Primary Lines of Business

  • Installer

  • Financing Company

  • Product Manufacturer

Additional Services Offered

Additional Services Offered
  • Installation
  • Financing
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy Auditing
  • Roofing
  • Solar Repair & Maintenance

Why Work With Us

Why Work With Us

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 10,000 installations since opening its doors in 2008.

Our simple process

YOUR FREE CONSULTATION:
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.

REVIEWING YOUR PROPOSAL:
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.

SIGN YOUR SOLAR AGREEMENT
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.

SITE EVALUATION & PROJECT TIMELINE
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.

GET YOUR SOLAR INSTALLATION
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.

PERMISSION TO OPERATE & TURNING ON YOUR SYSTEM!
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.

More About Us

More About Us

SolarMax Technology Inc., is dedicated to being active in the communities we service. SolarMax donated and installed a 500kW solar array valued at $1 Million to UC Riverside as part of the CECERT Smart Integrated Grid Initiative. We founded SolarMax University at a San Bernardino High School, to help at risk students in their senior year of High School prepare to become certified solar installers. SolarMax partnered with Altura Credit Union and Cal State San Bernardino, to host a "Book Drive" to distribute 50,000 free books to teachers to get kids excited about reading. SolarMax also sponsors dozens of community events year round.

Technology Offered

Technology Offered
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Solar PV
  • Energy Storage

Associated Suppliers

Associated Suppliers

Financing Companies

Sunrun

HERO Program

Energy Loan Network

SolarMax Financial

Altura Credit Union

Renew Financial

Installers

In house

Case Studies

Case Studies

Reviews from Our Community

Reviews from Our Community
28 Reviews
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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

"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

"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!
Sincerely,
Thomas & Tracy Carnevale

"Pretty good."
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 extremely knowledgeable. My only 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. However, the staff at their headquarters have been more than helpful. So, overall they are a good value and I think they are producing what they promised. I got my panels in late spring and had them through this summer and I still have a surplus. Oh, and right after I had my panels installed, they started offering zero-percent financing! This is definitely a good deal that I wish I had.

"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.

"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

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.

"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.

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"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

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

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.

"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.

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"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.

Mohammad 

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"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!

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"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

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

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.

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"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

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

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

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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