Bevan has a great attitude about his work and takes responsibility for doing the job right. They’re a small local installer so you deal directly with the people doing the work. They were one of the most competitive bids offering some of the most advanced equipment (SolarEdge optimizer, 14 Panasonic 330W panels on two sides of the roof). They handled all permits and interaction with PG&E as the contractor is supposed to. They also installed a NEMA 14-50 for car charging as well. I’d say this is one of the best experiences I’ve had working with a contractor who just gets the job done and didn’t complain when I pointed out things that could be done better.
Initially I didn’t think I would go with them because the initial design had the panels on the wrong side of the roof (same as Tesla because it was easier that way from sat photos) but after showing them a different design from SunPower to maximize placement on the south facing roof, they sent Bevan out to look and measure and confirmed that they could get pretty close to what SunPower had proposed. Obviously SunPower panels are more efficient but much more expensive. Tesla doesn’t provide any transparency into what panels or inverters they would use. Perrybuilt’s system was exactly what I wanted and I had the confidence that the contractor himself was the one physically installing the panels.
They used a black racking on my project and other projects I had asked to see before deciding to go with them, which looked better than the unpainted racks some other contractors use. I was concerned in the middle of the install that the racks would not be flush and would look ungainly but that was just because they’re weren’t done yet. The final product looks as it should.
The only thing is they don’t always communicate when they’ll be coming to do stuff and they just show up. Because of the unusually frequent rain this year the project was pretty delayed, but they get the job done during the dry days and they have my trust.
It’s important to trust the solar installer because they handle your PG&E application for you as well as set up solar monitoring under their account with SolarEdge. So it’s a little different from finding say a plumber to install a water heater.
I had a great experience having Perrybuilt do my solar installation.