HESOLAR - Profile & Reviews

Primary Line of Business

  • Installer

HESOLAR - Profile & Reviews

Primary Line of Business

  • Installer

Additional Services Offered

Additional Services Offered
  • Electrical Contracting
  • Solar Repair & Maintenance

Why Work With Us

Why Work With Us

HESOLAR is owned and operated by, twin brothers, Eric & Derrick Hoffman. Both are Licensed Master Electricians, NABCEP Certified Solar Professionals and LEED AP's.

The Hoffman Brothers work direct with every customer! Our quality control leads the industry and GUARANTEES a Master Electrician and NABCEP Certified Installer will be on-site during your installation.

More About Us

More About Us

HESOLAR is unique because of our workforce knowledge and experience. Your project will be designed and installed by the Hoffman Brothers. This means you will have a Master Electrician w/ a NABCEP Certification installing your project.

Owner Direct Service: deal directly w/ owners Eric & Derrick Hoffman. We work directly with our customers from Sales to Installation to Warranty.

Module Level Monitoring: Solar Edge DC Optimizers allow you to see the production of every solar panel!

Enhanced Aesthetics: HESOLAR arrays stand apart with their Hidden Conduit, and Leveled Array. Plus the switchgear is installed by a team of Master Electrician's that know how to make electrical equipment look good!

Technology Offered

Technology Offered
  • Solar PV
  • Energy Storage

Reviews from Our Community

Reviews from Our Community
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"Satisfied Customer"
Reviewed Mar 01, 2019

I interviewed four companies. HESolar was the only company that did not send a salesperson. Derrick and Eric are the owners and master electricians of HESolar. You deal with them directly. Their sales approach is low key. In other words, they wish to provide their customers a quality, cost effective installation. They do not attempt to sell solar power to folks who have not yet decided that solar is for them.

There are many solar power providers in the Austin area. I suspect many will fold once the Federal Government rebate goes away. HESolar's two owners are master electricians and will continue to be master electricians irrespective of the solar market. Thus, they will be there to support their customers long after many of their competitors have closed their doors.

HESolar’s web site was the most informative of the solar web sites I reviewed. It is focused on educating the consumer rather than on selling a product. Would I use them again? You bet I would.

"Great Company to work with"
Reviewed Feb 04, 2019

HE Solar installed our system in early 2018 after we spent many months investigating local solar companies. Derrick was very patient in answering our numerous questions over the course of that time and was very open to listen to our concerns and changes that we wanted to make to his initial design. Their quote was competitive, their references were strong, they offer options for US made equipment, as well as offered a small incentive discount. They set a date for the install and met it, completed in a timely manner and left the outside of our property as well as our attic in great shape. They have also been very good about follow up with us. A very good local company you can trust!

"Going Solar"
Reviewed Feb 01, 2019

I decided to go solar a year ago, partly to take advantage of the tax credit, partly to increase my property value and lower my monthly stultifies costs. Mete with Derrick found him to be very professional and thorough. They designed a system to fit my needs. Through the whole process no sales talk just straight talk. Since installing the system I have reduced my summer month electric bill from a maximum of $80.00 per month.

"Happy customer!!!"
Reviewed Dec 12, 2018

They did a fantastic job! We love our solar!!! It looks nice and is saving us money!!

"Excellent attention to detail"
Reviewed Oct 23, 2018

I solicited several quotes for a ~6kW system and HESolar offered the best equipment and the best system layout. HESolar put as many panels as possible in a place to collect as much sunlight rather than what was the easiest to install. This type of attention to detail from the start pays off in the long term.

Work started on-time and the crew arrived right at 8am. The inverter and associated electrical panels were installed first with the racking and panels installed several days later. The delay was largely due to weather.

The completed install is very tidy. They didn't leave any materials or trash behind. All the wiring is run through metal conduit the entire length with warning labels indicating the danger of the wiring within. The racking under the panels are barely visible and no wiring is visible. Overall, a clean, tidy install both inside and out.

"Great experience/service"
Reviewed Sep 11, 2018

Highly recommended! Very knowledgeable and informative during the initial consultation. Derrick (owner) was able to give me a quote for multiple configurations the same day. The process is tricky with HOA rules but Derrick filled out and sent over all the required paper work for us. The whole process was painless, quick, and the panels work and look great!

"Quality products and exceptional service"
Reviewed Sep 11, 2018

HEsolar is a locally owned company based out of Buda TX. Their knowledge and experience surpasses most of the individuals pitching solar in the greater Austin area. Believe me, I met with over seven sales reps. In many cases, I knew more than they did. Unlike most solar companies, the brothers do all of their own work and one of them is always on the job site. You have a master electrician and solar expert installing your solar panels not some general labor crew off the street. Their pricing is very competitive - well below most for Panasonic panels. You can't go wrong using the brothers!

"A Pleasant Experience and a First Class Solar System"
Reviewed Aug 22, 2018

My wife and I recently made the decision that we wanted to contribute our share to keeping our environment cleaner while reducing our monthly bill. After an investigation on the internet, we settled on HESolar based on the exceptional reviews that we read.

I am here to tell you that those exceptional reviews are NOT exaggerated. I dealt with Derrick Hoffman from my original request for proposal to completion of the installation of our Solar PV System. Derrick was nothing but professional in his dealings with me and I never felt pressure to make a purchase. He simply explained what his proposed system could do for us and provided a cost quote to install the system that I had asked for.

Derrick directed and participated in the system installation. He and his crew were so unobtrusive while working at our home we almost didn't realize they were here. The work was done within the time frame promised and there were no surprises. The utility company inspector that performed the system installation inspection said that HESolar had done a "first class installation".

If you are considering installing solar at your home or business I highly recommend that you talk with HESolar before you make your decision.

"Excellent service!"
Reviewed Aug 22, 2018

HEsolar installed a 5.5 kW at my house in October 2015. I contacted many different solar contractors, but my decision ultimately came down to two, HEsolar and Freedom Solar. Both companies came to my house within 24 hours to provide an estimate, and both companies offered the newest technology on the market. I chose HEsolar because they were $1,800 cheaper than Freedom Solar for the exact same system (and yes I compared apples to apples). Additionally, I preferred the small business approach of HEsolar, knowing that the business owner himself, Derrick Hoffman, was going to be the individual physically installing the solar panels on my roof.

As for the installation process, HEsolar was always punctual with their arrival times and transparent with every step of the process. Derrick and his crew were extremely respectful of my property and my house, never leaving any trash behind and taking their shoes off when entering my house. Within two weeks of the installation, my house experienced 20 inches of rain, and I'm happy to report that I've had no roof leaks as a result of my solar panels.

HEsolar also did all of the permitting, loan, and rebate paperwork for me as well, making the process all the easier. Between rebates and tax incentives, I only ended up paying $9,000 out-of-pocket for a $24,000 system. I highly recommend HEsolar to anyone interested in going solar!

"Solar for Future Energy Consumption"
Reviewed Aug 19, 2018

I was interested in solar power as the world goes more and more electronic, our consumption will only increase. HESolar was hands down the best in the greater Austin area for me. They were incredibly responsive, professional, patient, and experts in their field. Their passion for what they do carried over into their work and I felt incredibly comfortable the entire process.

"Very Professional Experience!"
Reviewed Aug 15, 2018

Eric was very professional and helpful from the quote to installation and follow up afterward. We had a great experience with HE Solar!

"Very good experience"
Reviewed Aug 15, 2018

My wife and I had been interested in investing in a solar system for our home for several years. After seeing steady improvements and progress in technology, we decided to do some inquiries on the installer level. After visiting with four company reps at a “solar fair”, we felt really comfortable moving forward with HE Solar. Eric Hoffman is very well informed at all levels of the solar residential application. He custom designed a system for us within our budget. The installation was quick, well organized and attractive. After our electric provider inspected and approved the interconnection, we were in business. Using the SMA Sunny Boy inverter technology, we can monitor generation over the Internet. Our 5+ Kw system has usually cut our billing usage at least in half during peak months and even more in milder months. With an estimated payback of twelve years, I am optimistically hoping we can beat that. Overall, my wife and I feel that our investment in our solar system is a great choice. Our experience with Eric Hoffman at HE Solar was a memorable experience. Eric and his brother Derrick are enthusiastic, young people that represent advocates of the role that solar energy plays in today’s electrical grid system. Now is certainly the time to consider getting on board.

"Couldn't be happier!"
Reviewed Aug 12, 2018

Couldin't be happier with our rooftop installation from HE Solar. From start to finish, everything was great! They handled all of the rebate paperwork for the Austin Energy rebate, and when our HOA initially rejected our proposal, they provided all of the documentation and calculations to demonstrate that the HOA had to approve in compliance with State regulations.

I really appreciate their concern for aesthetics are as strong as for performance of the system. I don't have to look far to see other solar PV installations in my neighborhood with tacky silver galvanized conduit running across rooftops and down sidewalls. I don't see any of that with my installation... all of the conduit for the panels run invisibly through the attic and the single line of conduit running from the eave to the meter was painted two-tone to match my 2nd story siding and 1st story brick. Everything looks great!

I was so happy with the service and installation of my PV system, that when it came time to install a plug-in electric vehicle charging station in my garage a year an a half later, HE Solar were the first guys I called on, when I saw that they also participated in the Austin Energy rebate program for electric vehicle charging station installations.

"Do it....You won't regret it!"
Reviewed Aug 02, 2018

HEsolar was recommended to me by a friend so I included them in the handful of companies that I researched. The Sales Director John was very patient and responsive with my barrage of questions.

Two main reasons I ultimately chose HEsolar:
1. Their background as master electricians and knowing that the Hoffman family has been providing electrical services in the Central Texas area for over 35 years. That means if the the federal tax incentives for installing solar panels goes away and the installations of and demand for solar panel systems drops, Derrick and Eric will still be around, even if HEsolar isn't.
2. They use SunPower solar panels which is a more efficient panel. That means less panels on the roof which leaves more roof space for expansion in the future.

I signed the sales bid in early January. HEsolar made it very easy and took care all of the paper work with Oncor, who delivers the electricity in my area. I just had to digitally sign the various pieces of paperwork as they became available. Installation started 5 weeks later and took two days. And then more waiting on Oncor. The panels were turned on 3.5 weeks later. YAY!

The panels have been up and running for 2.5 years now. There was one small issue with a bad fuse within the first month that Derrick promptly responded to. I also had some monitoring issues in the first couple of months because of the distance of the SolarEdge gateway from the inverter. They really couldn't be any further apart. HEsolar installed a signal repeater and that completely resolved the issue. I've had no issues since then.

In this modern day, I'm not a phone person and one of the things I really like about HEsolar is they are very responsive through email. I would have hard time doing business with someone who isn't. They always showed up on time and were very professional. I would absolutely recommend HEsolar to anyone wanting to install solar panels.

After my panels were turned on in March 2016, I only paid the electric company $62 for the remaining 10 months of 2016. I ended 2017 with a credit and will likely end 2018 with a credit. It's definitely been worth it!

"HESOLAR is the way to go"
Reviewed Jul 31, 2018

HESOLAR installed a 10.5 kWh 32 panel ground system at our home in November, 2015, with amazing results. We normally do not have electrical bills to pay except in the January - February timeframe. HESOLAR was one of 5 companies interviewed, but the installation was faultless. Great company after the sale, too.

"3 yr old SUNPOWER system still rocking"
Reviewed Jul 30, 2018

September, 2018 marks the 3-year anniversary for our 7.8kW SUNPOWER PV system that Eric, Derrick and crew installed on our barn roof in 2015. This system included (26) tilt-leg panels. Production to date exceeds 33 MWh. Our PEC monthly electricity bill continues to be 50% or more lower than the months preceding the install by HESolar. We are still very pleased with the equipment and the installation. As a retired electrician with 37 years of commercial experience and a critical eye, I continue to highly recommend this family owned, hands-on business. Professional, knowledgeable and skilled at their trade. These guys will do right by you as they did for us.

"HE Solar installed Ground Mount System in 2014 - Works Great"
Reviewed Jul 25, 2018

HE Solar installed a ground Mount 14.5kw Solar Panel System in October 2014. It consistes of 43 panels. The installation was flawless.

I have only had to call them back one time when a cable connector came loose. They detected the fault and called me to set up a time to check it out.

The system is working as promised and has been providing about 95-98% of my electrical needs during the past 4 years. I have kept accurate records to see how much I am saving. It has lived up to my expectations. It will still take 10+ years to recover the cost of the installation, but the monthly cash flow improvement has been much appreciated and is instant!

Derrick has done a great job for us. I like working with a local company that is very responsive to any issues that arise.

"Perfect"
Reviewed Jul 24, 2018

HEsolar is one of those service providers that immediately give you the sense that you're in good hands. They're experienced as well as knowledgeable about all the latest and greatest stuff. Also, they're so diligent and responsive. I’ve reached out to them multiple times in the past and always know I can count on them to help & follow through.

"Great experience, can’t go wrong with these guys"
Reviewed Jul 23, 2018

Competitively priced
Made in USA options
Timely and reliable
Great communication
Provided all needed paperwork and coordination with power company
Estimated production was accurate and holding over time, slightly better
Only company that actually came out and got on my roof to take measurements as part of the bidding process
Eric and Derrick did the actual installation
In and out in two days
Left worksite clean
Installation is very well done
Not a single complaint
Can’t go wrong with these guys.
Highly recommended, why mess with success

"HESolar Installation Review"
Reviewed Jul 20, 2018

Was very pleased with HESolar, both their installation and the results were as promised. The guys were very professional and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Would highly recommend.

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