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Smith & McClain - Profile & Reviews

Based in Bristol, and serving central Vermont, Smith and McClain offers high-quality construction and solar energy services. We are a general contractor that specializes in residential construction, solar power systems, electrical services, and energy efficiency. At Smith & McClain, our goal is to provide customers with the highest quality construction while employing responsible building practices with a focus on energy efficient design and the appropriate use of renewable energy technologies. We design projects to fit the needs and goals of our clients. Whether a client wants to reduce their fossil fuel reliance by transition to solar energy or design for reduced energy demands overall (or both), our goal is to listen. Our experience, integrity, service and unparalleled craftsmanship allow us to meet our client's expectations.

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  • "Excellent customer servvice & reliable results."

    Reviewed Jul 18, 2018
    "Excellent customer servvice & reliable results."

    Reviewed Jul 18, 2018

    My wife and I hired Smith & McClain to install a solar tracker. Their electrician team ran all the wiring precisely where we requested. The installers did not mind that we periodically interrupted them with questions. "Oh you're fine, we want our customers to be involved in our projects." This indicated that we had hired a company that places high value on customer service. Another confidence-inspiring example was when the head electrician said to his helper, “Now remember, it doesn't cost us any more money to just get it right the first time!"


    So how is the tracker running? We are producing power pretty much spot on with the quoted production estimate numbers. Production was consistent from year one to year two, and we have had zero issues with the tracker.

    Smith & McClain provide excellent service after the sale. Any time we call or e mail with questions, we are met with polite, clear explanations that provide a better understanding of our solar setup.

    We recommend Smith & McClain to people on a regular basis.

    Thanks again for a job well done.

  • "23 Panel array"

    Reviewed May 31, 2018

    Fabulous service from Smith & McClain. Very professional. Highly recommend!

  • "Great to work with"

    Reviewed May 22, 2018

    Smith & McClain installed a tracker for us and we had a great experience working with them. No issues, surprises, or concerns, they were efficient, polite and knowledgeable from initial consultation through installation and long-term followup. Our utility doesnt pay back for annual generation beyond what's used, so it was important we spec'd the system to fit our needs. Their analysis was spot-on and 5 years later we've had no concerns or issues. Smith & McClain responds quickly to any inquiry or problem and has been very responsive when maintenance or service issues have come up. Highly recommended, you won't find a better group to work with.

  • "30 Panel Solar Array"

    Reviewed May 03, 2018

    Smith and McClain were very easy to work with, really listened to what we were looking for, and designed a system that works. Our system is surpassing our expectations, and was a much better deal in the end than what we could have gotten elsewhere, thanks to their advice on financing options. They are nice people, know their stuff, and are easy to have around--though that wasn't for long as they are efficient and stay on the job til done.

    Though launched later in the summer than expected due to a supply chain change which wasn't SM's fault--they worked to get a comparable replacement almost immediately in peak season and have us online by August 1--we've been happily surprised with the amount of electricity produced. Smith & McClain also immediately ironed out an electrical issue in our old barn (that was due to be tended to b/c of age) when the activation blew out the system, and got us online within days.

    We opened a group account with the solar going to two homes, and our barn-roof 30-panel array has provided not one, but two places with electricity--and also our Chevy Volt. We partially payed for electric two or three months in mid winter when the panels were covered in snow. By March we were back to banking credit, and next year should be able to draw on credit banked through the summer with no winter payments at all besides our loan. The deals offered by larger corporations were much more costly than working with Smith and McClain. Pays to do the math! Our monthly loan payment (interest is cheaper from the bank than one of those companies) is about what we paid for electricity at one place, and the interest rate is a lot lower so we'll be done paying sooner--thanks to Smith & McClain's financing advice.

    We are totally happy with our experience with Smith & McClain, and our new system.

  • "Great choice"

    Reviewed May 02, 2018

    I installed a solar tracker on my farm 3 years ago. Caleb Elder was most responsive to survey the property first to determine enough sunlight, best placement, and appropriate size tracker for my history of electrical usage. The installation was done in 2-3 days. Given the distance from the house and a large barn in between the house router and tracker, obtaining accurate radio data on generation has been spotty, but Caleb has tried to solve as has All Earth , the manufacturer. No maintenance issues to date. No electrical bill for 3 years. Because I have GMP, they allow you to identify neighbors to freely give a % of your excess power to before it goes to the grid. Federal solar tax credit was also a plus. Very pleased with purchase.

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Smith & McClain is a solar and design-build company based out of Bristol, Vermont. Deeply rooted Vermonters make up our team of energy experts, installers, and master electricians. Our full-service approach allows you to enjoy access to high quality products, and a seamless and straightforward experience at a very competitive price. We also offer excavation services at affordable rates on residential jobs. We install helical piers from Goliathtech VT instead of concrete piers, giving a cleaner installed look and a lower cost of embedded energy for our clients, compared to concrete.

  • Installation
  • Energy Auditing
  • Construction
  • Electrical Contracting
  • General Contracting
  • Solar Repair & Maintenance
  • Community Solar
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Solar PV
  • Energy Storage
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Associated product manufacturers

  • CED Greentech
  • Green Mountain Electric Supply

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Smith & McClain Headquarters

5 Main Street, Suite A
Bristol, VT
05443 United States

Workmanship Warranty

5 years for parts and labor.


OSHA 30, Master Electrician, Journeyman Electrician, CDL drivers.


We carry insurance for electrical contracting, general labor as well as excavation.

States served by Smith & McClain

  • Vermont VT