Nova Solar - Profile & Reviews

Primary Line of Business

  • Installer

Nova Solar - Profile & Reviews

Primary Line of Business

  • Installer

Additional Services Offered

Additional Services Offered
  • Installation
  • Financing
  • Roofing
  • Solar Repair & Maintenance

Why Work With Us

Why Work With Us

Nova Solar has become the most trusted name in solar for DC, Maryland, and Virginia because of our commitment to quality, honesty and value. As a referral-based business, we believe educating customers about the benefits of solar and helping them weigh all their options is best way to produce happy customer and grow the industry as a whole.

A top-quality solar system necessitates expert design, top-of-the-line products, and superb workmanship. Our design professionals create custom solutions for homeowners, making use of all their best available roof space as well as sheds, barns, carports, and anything else that can produce the best outcome for each project. We use the highest-quality equipment money can buy and encourage our customers to research our solar modules, inverters, and racking equipment. We take great pride in the craftsmanship of our systems and believe that a beautiful solar array with no rooftop conduit, visible junction boxes, or noticeable attachments is the best advertisement of all.

Of all the factors contributing to Nova Solar’s success, we believe trustworthiness is the most important. We get it- researching solar systems is complicated and customers want honest, expert information and opinions without being upsold. A lot of times that means telling a client they have too much shade to make solar a viable option, that an energy audit may provide a better value than a solar system, or that a competing technology might be a better answer for a particular situation- and we are okay with that.

Nova Solar often gets asked how it’s possible for us to achieve the prices we do given the high-quality of the equipment we use. The answer is a fanatical dedication to operational efficiency. We have no dedicated sales staff and our advertising expenses are virtually nonexistent. The efforts we take to scrutinize our overhead cost enables us to provide systems to customers that are a great value and helps grow the word of mouth on which our company thrives.

More About Us

More About Us

Nova Solar installs solar systems of all varieties- pitched roof, flat roof, ground mount, grid-tied, battery-backup, and off-grid. Through our partners we also offer roofing and tree removal services. Other services we offer include generator installations, system servicing, and solar system takedown/reinstalls.

We are licensed in DC, MD, and VA. For commercial and large residential solar systems, we cover the entirety of all three states. For smaller residential system we serve the entire District; MD, except for the following counties: Garrett, Allegany, Harford, Cecil, Kent, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester; and Virginia except for the 276 and 757 area code regions.

Technology Offered

Technology Offered
  • Solar PV
  • Energy Storage

Reviews from Our Community

Reviews from Our Community
23 Reviews
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"Excellent - Wish every company was like this"
Reviewed Sep 10, 2019

Nova Solar recently installed a 46 PV panel system at our home. From the design to the proposal to permitting, installation, and interconnection, every step was handled professionally with a high level of customer service. Nova Solar patiently answered all our questions along the way, making us feel confident in our decisions. Our system has been live for 2 weeks and has exceeded the power output estimated in the proposal. We couldn't be more pleased.

"Great Service"
Reviewed Sep 06, 2019

Great Partnership. Good People. I highly recommend. The communication & attention to detail is amazing

"What a great company!"
Reviewed Aug 14, 2019

NoVa Solar offered the cheapest install price of anyone in the area, their entire crew is very friendly and helpful, and their work is meticulous (they even went out of the way to conceal all wiring to make it look better!). They even pre-filled out all the forms and got me a county tax rebate that other companies didn't even know about in their price estimates. I just wish they did more than solar so I could hire them for other jobs too! Response time was typically 24 hours, so I dinged them one star, but, to be fair, they were probably up on a roof doing another install job.

Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Aug 28, 2019

David,

Thank you so much for the kind words! Incentives change from state to state and even county to county so it can be difficult to keep track of. We believe every little bit counts so we make sure to apply for them on our customers behalf. When we open a mechanic shop division- we’ll let you know :)

Barklie Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Nova Solar, a partner you can trust."
Reviewed Jun 08, 2019

When you start investigating solar, it can be a daunting task. We all want an honest company, that does quality work for a fair price. Nova Solar accomplishes all of those wishes by becoming a partner that works with you and not against you. We cannot recommend them enough and enjoyed the entire process of getting solar installed. When looking for a contractor, make sure price is only one variable in your decision-making process. Hurry up and call Nova Solar; you won't be disappointed.

3 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Jun 18, 2019

Evan,

Wow, what an awesome review! Thank you so much for posting this! It’s so great to hear “enjoyed the entire process” from a customer talking about going solar. We love what we do and it’s great to have customers enjoying making the switch alongside us.

Meghan Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Excellent experience with NOVA Solar"
Reviewed Jun 07, 2019

Following a fairly extensive amount of research and negotiation with several companies, the installation of our 14.6 KW residential solar system was handled through NOVA Solar. NOVA Solar was very efficient in their communications, without any semblance of a hard sell. They were straightforward to deal with, provided excellent customer service, supplied a cost effective system, and maintained close follow-up throughout the process. I recommend NOVA Solar to anyone considering a solar installation.

3 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Jun 18, 2019

John,

Thank you so much for leaving us this awesome review! I am so happy you chose us to install your solar panel system. We love focusing on what we do best- installing solar panels, and we feel very fortunate our reputation allows us to do so without being aggressive or pushy. We believe providing customers with clear information from start to finish is key to jobs running smoothly and expectations being met.

Thanks again,

Meghan Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"You can't beat Nova Solar"
Reviewed Jun 06, 2019

I found Nova Solar through EnergySage and am I glad I did. Customer engagement was first rate from initial contact through contracts and financing and after installation. Trip, Barklie, and the entire crew were the absolute best to work with. They tag teamed and handed things off to each other seamlessly and always kept me in the know about what was happening. They hooked me up with a solid, 5 star roofer to replace my shingles and left my yard cleaner after the installation than they found it that morning. My solar system has attracted a lot of attention with my neighbors and sparked quite a few conversations. During every one, I recommend Nova Solar because you can't beat them.

2 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Jun 18, 2019

John,

Thank you so much for your review! Did I tell you seamless is our middle name? Seriously though, I am grateful to have amassed such an awesome crew who work so smoothly together. Also, we are very fortunate to have found such great roofers to work with. Thank you so much for spreading the word about Nova Solar. I truly appreciate it!

Barklie Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Seamless job done!"
Reviewed Jun 06, 2019

We had an exceptional experience with Nova Solar. If you’re going solar, these are the guys to go with. They made the process seamless from start to finish, beginning with the proposal through installation to the paperwork for tax credits and other requirements. They were always accessible to answer our questions, and unlike the major solar competitors, we were able to work directly with the company’s leadership (Trip and Barklie) throughout the whole process. Trip and his crew provided a very thorough and experienced installation, with personalized attention. Further, they were able to complete the installation within a reasonable time period from when we signed the contract. Going solar was a significant undertaking, and we couldnt imagine being in better hands. We would highly recommend Nova Solar without reservation.

1 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Jun 18, 2019

Shanna,

We are so grateful for your kind words! We strive to hit all the marks you listed so it’s nice to hear we met those standards. You and Jon were a pleasure to work with.

Thank you again for this awesome review!

Trip Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Awesome Company"
Reviewed May 22, 2019

We had our solar system installed several months ago and are ENTIRELY satisfied. We couldn't be happier. Barklie and Trip and their staff members are true professionals. Not only do they know what they are doing, but they go down to whatever level of detail you want to discuss to explain exactly what is going on. They are polite and knowledgeable; they definitely keep the information loop “topped up” at all times, which was very important to us. We have seen our electricity bill go down rather dramatically. Top shelf company!

2 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded May 28, 2019

Jon,

I greatly appreciate you taking the time to leave us this wonderful review! Solar can seem complicated so we feel it’s so important to break down whatever our customers would like to know about with solid details. I’m glad you decided to make the switch!

Barklie Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Solar Install"
Reviewed May 05, 2019

Just had some Solar panels installed by Nova Solar and i couldnt be more satisfied! This group of professionals are as down to earth as you could have but really know what they are doing. You cant go wrong with with this group!

1 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded May 20, 2019

Gary,

Thank you so much! We aim for professionalism without being too stodgy. I’m happy you are so satisfied!

Meghan Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Nova solar is my top pick"
Reviewed May 03, 2019

Found Nova Solar through energy sage, they gave me a quote within 2 days of running a search for installers. Great investment for a lifestyle change. Installed by a great team, thank you to Trip, Barklie, Flemming and Jake. I couldn’t be happier with the install. It took 6 hours from start to finish with 33 panels. Highly courteous, friendly and professional would recommend this company and team to all.

1 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded May 04, 2019

Chris,

Thank you so much for your gracious review! We have worked hard to streamline the process of installation, starting with job prep. I believe this helps us execute jobs swiftly, so we don’t have to couch surf in customers living rooms. I hope you and your wife enjoy the new system!

Barklie Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Nova Solar is the best in the business"
Reviewed Mar 13, 2019

This is the company to install your solar power...give Nova Solar a call! They are the most professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and great team around. Nova installed our home system that provides 107% of our electricity. They explain all their work in easy to understand terms. Nova will work with you throughout the process and answer all your questions. Why not have your home solar cover your electric bills? THE SYSTEM PAYS FOR ITSELF AND IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. We have an electric car and wanted solar to provide the juice for it and our home. The panels look amazing on the house and we couldn't be more pleased.

4 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 20, 2019

Adam,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We’ve gone to great efforts to assemble such an experienced, expert team and it’s very rewarding to hear praise like yours. We’re also excited to help you help the earth with your stylish all-black panels!

Barklie Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Highly recommend"
Reviewed Mar 04, 2019

I couldn't be happier with Barklie, Trip and the whole Nova Solar crew! I am a very particular, discriminating, and knowledgeable customer in terms of contractors working on my home. For example, before we went to contract I made them show me how they were going to run the electrical to make sure it was not going to look terrible like some solar you see.
These guys are true pros! They have an impressive knowledge of solar, they supply top equipment which they buy in bulk to keep quality high and prices low, they are fanatics about running an efficient business so they can keep their prices low, and they perform their own installs so they can ensure top quality on each job. What more can you ask for?? They had my system up and running within weeks of going to contract, and it has been outperforming my expectations since then. I couldn't be happier with Nova Solar!

3 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 20, 2019

dcollins,

Thank you so much for your terrific review! We’re so happy you were pleased with your entire experience with Nova Solar. We pride ourselves with having systems that not only perform great, but also look great as well so we appreciate the concern with aesthetics. I also feel there is something to be said about local companies small enough to be able to have an owner on each job site. It really ensures quality control.

Thank you again for the thoughtful review!
Trip Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Great Experience!"
Reviewed Mar 02, 2019

It's been a few months since we had our system installed and we couldn't be happier. The process was very easy and Nova Solar took care of everything, giving us updates throughout the process and following up once the system was installed. Despite getting the install done during the late fall (short days), we've seen our electric bill dramatically decrease (it's now early March). We'll be in the black with the long days of summer approaching. Highly recommend!

1 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 20, 2019

Scott,

We truly appreciate your positive review! We strive to make our customers experience as easy and straightforward as possible, so I’m glad to hear you felt we accomplished that.
Thanks again for taking the time to leave us a review.

Barklie Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Highly recommend"
Reviewed Jan 29, 2019

Excellent service, prompt and courteous communication from start to finish; the price was competitive, the presentation was straightforward. Unlike some of the other companies I interviewed, I did not feel that I was being pressured to make an immediate decision or commit to an expensive purchase without having time to consider the alternatives and to fact-check the information that I was given. I definitely recommend this company - they are professional, honest and very easy to work with.

2 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 20, 2019

Sheryl,

Thank you for taking the time to leave this excellent review! We strive to understand the magnitude of making a decision like going solar and respect the time one needs to choose to make the switch.

Jake Kramer
Nova Solar, Inc

"Superior people; Superior service"
Reviewed Jan 18, 2019

We switched point person in the middle of the project but both point people (Trip and Barklie) were incredibly good at making sure we got everything we needed. They stayed on top of all of the paperwork and inspections, contacting county and utility when they were taking too long. They even did extra help while they were at our house. A truly customer oriented company.

1 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 21, 2019

Rgolland,

Thank you for leaving us a review! We’re glad we were able to help you transition smoothly to solar. We’re happy your experience was such a positive one.

Trip Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Exceeded my expectations!"
Reviewed Nov 04, 2018

I found Nova Solar through Energy Sage and they installed solar at our home in Maryland in July 2018. From start to finish, they were responsive, organized, communicative and did an excellent job, delivering on everything they promised. Only slow part, which was not their fault, was getting the utility to install the net meter so we could turn the system on., Having now received my first utility bill post-solar installation, and seeing it was only $2.45 (compared with $349 the prior month), I couldn't be more thrilled with the results. I highly recommend Nova Solar - also loved that it's a company owned and run by three siblings. Terrific company!

1 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 21, 2019

We greatly appreciate you leaving this detailed review! It is still so exciting for us to see utility numbers jump like that from one month to the next. My brothers and I consider ourselves extremely fortunate to all be able to work together, along with the rest of the Nova Solar team, who now also feel like family. Thank you so much for choosing Nova Solar to do your installation!

Meghan Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Excellent work and experiences"
Reviewed Aug 23, 2018

One of the main reasons my wife and I picked Nova Solar was the fact they use top of the line materials. The solar panels alone have a 30 year warranty. The mounting brackets are made and installed very sturdy as well. We live in Martinsville, VA and Nova Solar traveled in the night before and the ladder hit the roof at the exact time they said they were going to begin working.

We talked with other companies. A couple of the companies told us things that were too good to be true. These companies were less expensive, because they were selling us less panels and trying to tell us that the output was going to be higher than Nova's estimate. To me this goes back to the quality of work that Nova does. Even their estimates are done with great professionalism.

Second thing that told me Nova was a great company was the fact that they had competitors suggesting that I call them. I called a company in northern VA (I don't remember who), this company told me that they did not do work in my area, but they would high recommend Nova. Nova was on my list of companies to call but when their competitor told me to call them I knew they did amazing work.

I would highly recommend Nova Solar to anyone and everyone.

1 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 20, 2019

CD,

Thank you for taking the time to write this review! We know the amazing value solar provides and that there is no need to exaggerate the production or savings of a system as they are phenomenal already. We love when customers dig into their proposals like you did. We believe that realistic estimates, great communication, top-of-the-line materials, and expert installs are the best way to spread the adoption of solar. This is especially true for areas like Martinsville where you and Angela are real pioneers. Trip and I could not have been more appreciative of all hospitality you provided while we were down there! We really enjoyed working with you and thanks again.

Barklie Estes,
Nova Solar, Inc

"Fanstatic Process start to finish"
Reviewed Jul 30, 2018

Nova Solar did a fantastic job from contract signing to installation and follow-up. They were very responsive to questions and answered very promptly. Installation was done in one day and their cleanup was the best of any company i have used the past. in fact, they cleaned up some of the things missed by the roofing company who installed a new roof the day before their installation. If you are thinking of going solar, I hightly recommend this company.

Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 20, 2019

Thanks for the kind words! Our project work plan includes lots of details like quality-control, double-checking, and cleanup that we are adamant about abiding to. It makes the effort feel very worthwhile when we get comments like yours!

Trip Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Hire Nova Solar - Excellent Results, Smooth Process for an 8.235kW System"
Reviewed Jun 27, 2018

Nova Solar did an excellent and very high quality installation of my 8.235kW (potential) solar panel system (27 panels at 305W each). What was nice is that they are a local company based in Falls Church, VA, (not hundreds of miles away) and that they did a high quality job, from the way they hid the power cabling inside the attic and not over the top of the roof like cheaper installers would do, to getting all permits and the Dominion interconnection agreement. They also provided the tax forms filled out so I can easily apply for my federal tax credit next year. They also had the Fairfax County property tax exemption forms filled out. Barklie patiently answered my questions about the difference between real world and Standard Test Conditions output and quickly got my system registered so I could monitor my system on the Solar Edge app. They were not the cheapest, but their price was fair and they delivered with excellent project cleanup on completion. Highly recommend them! ***** - five stars!

Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 20, 2019

John,

Thank you so much for your wonderful, detailed review! We work to be as clear as possible with communication since there is so much to understand. We also try to make the whole process from start to finish as easy as possible for our customers by shouldering as much of the paperwork as possible. I would also like to note that we take great pride in our clean wiring, which really adds to an attractive system in the end.

Thanks again,

Meghan Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"You won't find a better solar company!!!"
Reviewed Apr 16, 2018

NOVA Solar is a rare find; truly honest, responsible, and reasonable. We had a 30-panel system installed by a now defunct company; due to a botched installation (eight of the panels were installed on a nearly flat roof, with L-Feet screwed directly into the shingles, rather than using flash feet), the roof started leaking. We contacted three companies to move those panels to a better place, and so the porch could be re-roofed; of the three companies we contacted, NOVA Solar was the clear choice from the beginning. Both Barklie and Trip impressed us through all five phases (pre-contract communication, on-site survey, cost estimate, actual work, and follow-up). In the end, they did a superb job, at a very reasonable cost, and gave us a lot more than we paid for; for example, while we expected them to fill/cover the holes left by moving the panels, they also comprehensively flashed those parts of the roof, and actually fixed the leak (as evidenced by no leaking after the 2" of heavy rain we got the very next day), saving us thousands of re-roofing dollars. There were other unforeseen issues related to the original installation that required additional work and materials that Barklie and Trip could have just ignored or charge extra for, but they fixed it properly, and didn't bill us. Honestly, contractors normally disappoint, either because they are unreliable, skimp on materials, try to upsell, claim to find problems that really aren't, or just plain do a bad job, and we've been told we're impossible to please, but NOVA Solar is now my go-to solar company for any future solar work. They get our highest recommendation for everyone wanting a new installation or maintenance on an existing system; whether you're impossible to please or not, you won't find a better solar company.

2 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 20, 2019

BJ,

We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave us this detailed review! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. I find it very rewarding turning peoples solar experiences around, solar is and should be such a positive thing after all!

Thank you again,

Barklie Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Solar at the Bay"
Reviewed Mar 19, 2018

Nova Solar was competitive, thorough, responsive and professional. Barklie provided a good explanation of both the technology and the process and also we able to get it done in under 90 days from quote to having the system fully deployed, and getting through the power company paper work. Greatly appreciated.

1 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 21, 2019

Jim,

Thank you for leaving us this review! We truly appreciate the hospitality you and Maura showed our crew. We may be biased in thinking all our systems turn out looking top notch, however yours in particular is a team favorite. It’s hard to beat those beautiful aerial shots with the bay in the background! I hope you enjoy your panels for years to come.

Barklie Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"A Top Notch Solar Company"
Reviewed Mar 19, 2018

When I moved into a new house in Maryland I was set on getting a solar system installed. After reviewing several proposals from competing companies I signed on with Nova Solar. From the proposal to the installation to the start-up of the system Nova Solar’s attention to detail was none I have ever experienced working with subcontractors on my house. Their attention to detail was extraordinary. All of my inquiries and questions on the system were answered thoroughly and in a timely manner. There were several tax credits, renewable energy credits and grants that were available for my solar system and in my jurisdiction. Nova Solar made sure that each of the applications were completed and received for their system. When completed Nova Solar sent links to each of my electronic devices so I could have access to the system on line to track the daily energy production and to see any trouble with the system (which there have been none to date) at any time during the day.

I have been in the subcontracting business for over 30 years and know a good subcontractor when I see one. I have had an excellent experience with Nova Solar and would highly recommend their services to anyone who is interested in solar energy.

2 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 20, 2019

Bill,

Thank you so much for your kind review! Coming from a contractor, it really means a lot. Anne Arundel is a particularly good county for solar, so it was a great time for you to make the switch. We also truly appreciate your continued referrals.

Meghan Estes
Nova Solar, Inc

"Extremely Professional"
Reviewed Mar 13, 2018

My husband and I are very happy with the solar panels installed by Nova Solar. We had panels installed on our boathouse roof to provide power to our home, something we should have done way sooner as our bill has been significantly reduced. They were professional, informative, timely, and communicated clearly throughout the process. We highly recommend Nova Solar without hesitation.

2 people found this helpful
Verified Installer
Response from Nova Solar
Responded Mar 20, 2019

braswellestes,

Thank you for this review! It’s always fun to get unique jobs, and this was no exception. The panels look awesome on the metal boathouse roof. We’re so glad to find a way to make solar work for you and your husband, even though the roof of your home is fully shaded!

Jake Kramer
Nova Solar, Inc