We are a locally owned and operated energy company in Vermont. We have been installing Solar PV for 10 years and counting and have an excellent service record.
Building Energy is a comprehensive energy services company serving Vermont. We possess both the vision and expertise to deliver green products and services that range from energy audits and insulation to the installation of solar electric and cold climate heat pumps. We are focused on reducing the carbon footprint of buildings through a "whole systems approach" that incorporates conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.
I had Building Energy put a solar array on my roof with a battery backup when I built my house in 2013. Five years out and I still love my system. I would love to add to it and if I can, I WILL be using Building Energy again. The service has been top notch. Thanks!!
I discovered Building Energy through Energy Sage's site, and worked with Nik Ponzio on my house's needs for both a new roof and 5-6kW sized solar PV array.
Overall, Building Energy was very professional, knowledgeable, patient and understanding of my needs. They don't use pushy sales tactics, and they took the time to truly understand my current and future electrical needs in order to tailor a practical solution that fit my budget. I was impressed right away by Nik's knowledge of the process, and the fact that he first spoke with me on a Saturday. He came out for a site visit quickly afterwards, and consistently followed my MANY emailed questions. The pricing for the solar install was very competitive and had I been able to afford an all cash transaction, BE would have been my first choice.
In the end, ironically, I actually chose a different competitor, and did not use Building Energy. My choice came down to the financing terms that the competitor had that was exclusive to my particular lender. This is something that is obviously to no fault to BE.
Then why still write a review? Because I was so impressed with BE and with the help I received from Nik, I feel compelled to write something positive about my experience. Based on their work in the Burlington, VT area, I have no doubt that BE is a quality contractor with true professionals of the green building craft.
I'd recommend to anyone to work with Nik Ponzio and his colleagues if you're seriously considering solar and other green building initiatives. As you can see from other reviews, their clients speak highly of them and for good reason. I will keep them in the front of my mind for my future needs.
We chose Building Energy to install solar panels at our home in Burlington, VT in 2016. Having received an estimate the previous year from another company, we were pleased that the proposal from BE was approximately 50% less. Our contact with BE was Nic Ponzio. He came to our house to gather information on our needs then returned with a detailed proposal and answered all the questions we had. The installation was done by a local electrical contractor, Cummings Electric, and supervised every step of the way by Nic. We were up and running immediately, with access to a monitoring portal from SolarEdge.
We have not had any technical problems with the equipment in the last year. However, the meter had to be reconfigured since we wanted the solar credits to go directly to our daughter and son-in-law in the house next door. Building Energy took the lead on making this happen and helped with our negotiations with Burlington Electric, the local utility. Though it took a while to get this straightened out, we were pleased that BE stuck with us and again supervised the work.
We have been extremely please with the work of BE and impressed with their level of technical expertise and the transparency of their communication. Highly recommended.
The solar install was excellent and has worked well, exceeding or meeting projections. Building Energy (Nik) has been responsive when there has been a problem he was "auto-notified" of such as the internet getting disconnected. There has only been one legitimate problem, one of the inverters I think, in the 7 years this has been operational.
Building Energy was very professional in the entire process from initial visit to proposals/changes and then scheduling the final installation and an excellent job of the actual installation