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Live Wire Solar & Electrical - Profile & Reviews

Live Wire Solar is a division of Live Wire Electrical Services LLC, a family-owned and operated solar PV (photovoltaic) installer and electrical contractor based out of the Twin Cities, MN.

We bring years of electrical experience in the residential and commercial fields, along with NABCEP-certified solar PV experience in system design and installation.

Live Wire is excited to be part of the new energy economy, and has the mission to contribute to all sectors: residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial.

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  • "Experienced, knowledgeable, and reliable!"

    Reviewed Jul 20, 2020
    "Experienced, knowledgeable, and reliable!"

    Reviewed Jul 20, 2020

    Investing in solar panels felt big and a little scary. But green energy is important to me and a friend with solar panels recommended Live Wire. Live Wire, Ben Maki and crew were SO easy to work with. After seeing my energy usage, Ben estimated the number of panels I’d need. He’s clearly knowledgeable, experienced and had the stats of what I could expect from my panels. He not only knew the equipment, but understands tax credits, incentive money from the electric company and had info on solar loans. He showed up on time and responded promptly to emails. I got a bid that clearly detailed the costs and when I’d need to pay them. When the panels came in, Ben and his crew had them up on my roof when they said they would. Not only that, but when I had a small glitch with my system a year later, Ben contacted me while I was on vacation and told me my panels weren’t producing that day, (which is easy to follow with an ap on my phone, but I hadn’t checked it). As soon as I got back Live Wire was there again working out the issue and I haven’t had a problem since. I would definitely recommend this company.

  • "Solaria 7.6kw - Job well done!"

    Reviewed Feb 01, 2020
    "Solaria 7.6kw - Job well done!"

    Reviewed Feb 01, 2020

    Mark, Ben and the team at Live Wire were great to work with. We needed a clean look to satisfy our homeowners association. Mark patiently worked with us and found the all black Solaria PowerXT panel. Another larger company was not interested in tailoring their offerings to meet our needs. Live Wire completed a professional install in a timely manner. We are 6 months in and have had no issues, other than a record cloudy January. We are happy to be making power from the sun, trouble free.

  • "Live Wire did an excellent job on my solar project."

    Reviewed Dec 05, 2019
    "Live Wire did an excellent job on my solar project."

    Reviewed Dec 05, 2019

    The experience I had with Live Wire was great from the get go. Mark came out to my house and gave me a thorough explanation of what was going to happen and what to expect from my system. Mark had all the information with him as far as tax credits, rebates and the money I could expect to save on electricity. The installers and project manager were efficient and pleasant.

    Mark Brinkman
    Installer
    Response from Live Wire Solar & Electrical
    Responded Dec 26, 2019
    Response from Live Wire Solar & Electrical
    Responded Dec 26, 2019

    Thank you Tom. It was a pleasure getting to know you and working with you on your project. We meet the nicest people in this industry! Please stay in touch.

  • "Solar Proud"

    Reviewed Nov 25, 2019

    From my first contact from Mark, thru the final completion of the project, I received professional service and excellent communication! My solar panels are ground mounted and were challenging in my location. All working on my project were patient and helpful with my questions and decisions and I could not be happier with the outcome. Thanks to Ben and Tim and all who make me solar proud!

    Mark Brinkman
    Installer
    Response from Live Wire Solar & Electrical
    Responded Nov 26, 2019
    Response from Live Wire Solar & Electrical
    Responded Nov 26, 2019

    Thanks Cher! It was truly a pleasure working with you. I'm glad we could all be there for the first site visit, considering the challenges. It's particularly rewarding when someone has a vision, and we can make it happen for them.
    Thanks Again.

  • "Experts in solar installation, highly recommend!"

    Reviewed Nov 18, 2019
    "Experts in solar installation, highly recommend!"

    Reviewed Nov 18, 2019

    My project was a bit complex but they handled all of the obstacles with ease. They also were able to do some extra electrical work to my garage so I could charge my car faster. Great service and have recommended them to my family and friends.

    Mark Brinkman
    Installer
    Response from Live Wire Solar & Electrical
    Responded Nov 26, 2019
    Response from Live Wire Solar & Electrical
    Responded Nov 26, 2019

    Thanks Rich, And thanks for your patience throughout the process, not to mention the kind referrals. It was our pleasure.
    All the Best, Mark

  • "Fast service and excellent answers, even though I didn't end up installing this year"

    Reviewed Aug 19, 2019
    "Fast service and excellent answers, even though I didn't end up installing this year"

    Reviewed Aug 19, 2019

    Live Wire came out to my place (it was Nick, in particular) and spent time with me discussing options, looking at various possibilities, taking measurements. They provided insight on some of the options that other companies had given me, rightly pointing out there were significant issues with those options which the other companies chose not to mention to me.

    And they went the extra mile, answering lots of questions after the in-person visit, helping to clarify what my options were, and showing that they were willing to go the extra mile to make sure I was satisfied. A class act and an honest business, to be sure!

  • "Prompt response, knowledgable, good clean work."

    Reviewed Mar 13, 2019
    "Prompt response, knowledgable, good clean work."

    Reviewed Mar 13, 2019

    8.5 kW residential install in Mendota Heights, MN. One of the cheaper quotes I got, and Ben offered plenty of options to customize the install if desired. Knew his stuff and did a neat and tidy job. Was the only one of three quotes that I got where he actually climbed up on the roof and took solar coverage measurements at different points. Made the process smooth and easy. When one of the optimizers was bad, promptly came out and replaced it with no fuss.

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  • "Successful Solar Installation"

    Reviewed Nov 25, 2017
    "Successful Solar Installation"

    Reviewed Nov 25, 2017

    This past summer Live Wire completed our solar installation. The process started last year and they walked us through the entire process, including helping us apply for the "Made in Minnesota" program.

    Our first utility bill after the installation was completed was $11.23 when normally it would have been well over $150.

    The system has been operational since mid September with no issues.

    I would recommend Live Wire for anyone considering a Solar installation.

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Wonderful Experience, Terrific Team"

    Reviewed Nov 22, 2017
    "Wonderful Experience, Terrific Team"

    Reviewed Nov 22, 2017

    Before choosing a company to Solarize our house, we reviewed many on line and then requested 3 appraisals and estimates. Live Wire was the most professional, knowledgeable and impressed us from the first time we met with them. Not only did they climb up on the roof to take accurate measurements and angles, the shared with us all of their computer calculations and reasoning behind estimate. Another company just guessed, and the third company, which seems to advertise the most had responses that were too good to be true. We were impressed throughout the entire process with Live Wire's personal assistance every step of the process. We certainly feel that we made the right decision and continue to recommend Live Wire to everyone who see our solar panels, or ask us about our recommendation. Great people, great company, great experience.

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Excellent work!"

    Reviewed Nov 21, 2017

    Great work on our solar installation! They really scoped it out carefully and did a thorough and careful job on the roof and an amazing job running the wires from the roof down through two stories to the basement. Also great work with the inverter and meter box installations. These folks really care.

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Established

2000

Live Wire Solar & Electrical Headquarters

9133 Davenport St NE
Blaine, MN
55449 United States

Local Offices (1)

  • P.O. Box 16071
    St. Paul, MN, MN 55116

Workmanship Warranty

10 year labor and workmanship warranty.

Affiliations

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES)
Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association (MNSEIA)

Certifications

NABCEP PV Installation Professional, Class A Electrical Contractor, General Contractor

Licenses

Business Incorporation: 3494256-2
NABCEP: 032611-197
Class A Electrical Contractor: EA006172
Residential Bldg Contractor: BC727227
WI DSP #1473500

Insurance

Licensed, bonded, and insured.

States served by Live Wire Solar & Electrical

  • Minnesota MN ,
  • Wisconsin WI