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Lumina Solar - Profile & Reviews

We believe there is an opportunity to build a new kind of solar company from the ground up by utilizing the lessons of the previous decade with the tools of today that will propel into the 2020’s and beyond.

Our team of industry veterans is looking to create a new and better customer experience that fully integrates technology to achieve your energy reducing lifestyle. Lumina believes that solar is always the better choice, and we have the expertise and tools to help get you there.

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  • "Excellent end-to-end service"

    Reviewed Mar 20, 2021

    Lumina Solar did an excellent job--not only with customizing a solution that addressed unusual challenges posed by our roof, but also by seamlessly managing the many actors involved with a solar panel installation, including the historic review board, county permitting authorities, state energy agency, SREC broker, and power utility.

  • "Lumina Solar is the best"

    Reviewed Feb 25, 2021

    Alex T & Lumina were awesome. Very patient & knowledgeable, chose them over several others considered. Best value, top quality products & warranty. Delivered on time, very professional. Have been their after install to answer all my questions. Definitely the A team for solar in the area.

  • "An honest company!!"

    Reviewed Feb 04, 2021

    Alex was the person helping me. During my appointment he told me he had gone over my electric bill. He said he had not seen one with such a low cost per hour before. He also told me he had to be honest, for me going solar would end up costing me alot and it wouldn't save me any money. His honesty meant alot to me he could easily have went ahead with the appointment, sold me the panels and never said a word. He said thats not how they do business. If I was getting solar Alex's honesty eould have decided for me what company I'd call.

  • "Great company! Easy to work with!"

    Reviewed Dec 31, 2020
    "Great company! Easy to work with!"

    Reviewed Dec 31, 2020

    Lumina Solar is awesome!!! They went above and beyond with their level of service, professionalism, quality, and dedication to their craft!! A special shoutout to Garette, Chris, and the install team for their work!!

  • "Highly recommend Lumina"

    Reviewed Dec 30, 2020

    It is rare to come across a contractor who is organized, proactive and responsive. Lumina is all this and so much more. Their presentation was informative and they do not use high pressure sales tactics. They clearly lay out expectations for what you will receive and set reasonable expectations on the economics of the system. Ryan was always available to answer questions no matter how insignificant. Contractors were polite and very COVID aware. Post installation service (getting set up for SRECs, state and city credits and investment tax credits) was superb. If you are looking for solar in the mid Atlantic region, I would highly recommend Lumina as they provide first class service.

  • "Lumina Solar is a great company with wonderful people!"

    Reviewed Dec 26, 2020
    "Lumina Solar is a great company with wonderful people!"

    Reviewed Dec 26, 2020

    In my quest to reduce my energy bills, I did lots of research on various methods and options that were available and I decided to investigate residential solar energy. As part of this research, I obtained quotes from nine different installation and service companies and investigated the various products and technologies available. With so much to learn and so many companies to work with, it took me about a month to make my decision.

    I selected Lumina Solar to work with for my solar project mainly because I felt most comfortable with their representative, Zac Hare, and it was clear that he had my best interest in mind. This was evident based on his quick and through responses to my many questions in areas like the company itself, panels, inverters, install, attachments/racking, system monitoring, warranties/service, cost, and install schedule. Also, even before selecting them as my contractor, Zac worked with me more than any other company on the design of my system such as planned panel placement on my roof to achieve my objectives of energy production and aesthetics, and to make sure we were selecting the best equipment and quantities for this purpose. Lumina Solar was also reasonable went it came to negotiating the contract.

    The total time from signing the contract to being fully operational with a 15.12 kW system exceeded my expectations at about 2 months. Lumina Solar took care of just about everything, including working with my HOA, all the permits and inspections, applications for use, and getting me setup for SREC credits. Everyone from Lumina Solar that came to my house for measurements, installation, and pictures was respectful, considerate, and great to work with even during this pandemic.

    My solar system has been operating for 5 months now and it is working great. During this time, I was fortunate enough to have a small glitch in the status monitoring of a few of the panels, so I had the opportunity to test Lumina Solar’s responsiveness to a potential service call. I am happy to report Lumina Solar passed with excellence as they responded to my concern immediately and the problem was resolved shortly thereafter without anyone even needing to come to my house.

    Overall, I am very happy with Lumina Solar and I highly recommend this company.

  • "Excellent experience"

    Reviewed Dec 24, 2020

    I had a virtually flawless contractor experience with Lumina, from initial consultation to turning the panels on, and am happy to recommend them wherever possible.

    Tim Cooke's initial consultation/pitch, all over Zoom, was by far the best of the four competitive quotes I received. They obtained the LIDAR data of my roof and used software to show not only their proposal of roof positioning, but also how the sun would impact the panels throughout the day and throughout the year, simulating how shadows from our neighbor's roof would come into play in the late afternoon. This was part of the initial pitch, rather than just having printouts or promising that such information regarding panel placement would be part of a separate design stage. Tim was also very receptive to my concerns about aesthetics, and presented several options from the design team that I was able to consider and choose from, rerunning the simulations on the fly to show how different tweaks of panel placement would likely impact production. He was part of the process throughout.

    Beyond all this, the products that Lumina utilize (Rec Alpha panels, Enphase inverters/control system, and Unirac Flashloc panel mounts) were superior to those pitched by their competition, and I appreciated that Tim had all the sales sheets and technical information at the ready as part of the proposal, rather than my having to ask for them. In comparing the technical details, the panels warranted performance were markedly better even at a similar price point.

    The build itself was very smooth, and both the electricians and the panel installers were professional and knowledgeable with regard to any questions I had during the process. Furthermore, Erika Murray and Brooke Adolfo also stood out as being particularly helpful and communicative, coordinating the various county permits, BGE permission to operate, applying for state and county grants/incentives, and interfacing with a SREC broker.

    I honestly don't have a negative thing I can say. I see no reason why future interactions, if any, would be any different from the exemplary experience thus far.

  • "High Integrity"

    Reviewed Dec 11, 2020

    Demonstrating a deep level of experience, Zac Hare provided a thoughtful and clearly communicated assessment of the solar panel opportunity for my home. Using advanced technology to understand my unique roof, Zach outlined several options with a very honest opinion of the benefits of each option. His presentation was conscientious, high quality, customized to my roof and without pressure. Zac helped me determine the best solar panel approach for my roof. The process was seamless and I felt very supported throughout the entire process.

  • "Solar Project - Home"

    Reviewed Nov 27, 2020

    Lumina Solar was extremely professional and flexible from first contact. No pressures to buy from the Lumina team. Entire process went extremely smooth from system design, inspections, and installation. I am very happy with the services and solar system received and I highly recommend Lumia Solar!

  • "Great People and Service"

    Reviewed Nov 25, 2020

    I chose to work with Zach Hare and his team at Lumina Solar. Very responsive to my communications and provided outstanding service. I live in a townhome with a HOA and everything needed to look low profile - and it does! I asked for a couple of special accommodations outside of the normal install for my own aesthetic requirements and the team at Lumina delivered. The installers did a fantastic job and knocked it out in a day. Before, during and after the execution, the admins behind the scenes did all the paperwork required to get me permits, tax benefits and SREC account set up. There was a plan and it was carried out flawlessly. I'm very grateful for all they did and delighted with the results. Thanks Lumina!

  • "Nothing short of awesome"

    Reviewed Nov 24, 2020

    Out of the 3/4 companies that responded to me in regards to my solar inquiry, Lumina Solar has been the ONLY company to actually come to my property and physically determine if solar would be beneficial. Other companies looked up my address using Google (which DOES NOT do my property justice at all) and determined that solar "wouldn't work" for me based off of pictures that Google/Google Earth provided. Even with me telling them that the pics were outdated and I insisted that a rep come out to actually look. They all turned me down. When I gave up on solar at the time, Lumina contacted me and I told them the whole ordeal and how I really didnt care at that point if I could get them or not, BUT they have a particular system that allows them to really get a in-depth analysis of my property and determined that solar would, in fact, be beneficial. From there, SHANE WILLIAMS, Lumina rep, shows up for our appointment and the level of customer service was very refreshing. He was awesome to say the least from beginning to end. Knowledgeable, answered any every question I had etc etc...HE has all the qualities of customer service. I'd call him a friend at this point. Within 3 weeks or so, I had solar panels on my roof even faster than he predicted. So far so good! In my opinion, anyone interested in solar, I'd insist you at least contact them for a consultation and see for yourself!

  • "Easy peezy, Lemon Squeezy"

    Reviewed Nov 20, 2020
    "Easy peezy, Lemon Squeezy"

    Reviewed Nov 20, 2020

    I trust this review isn't posted prematurely but, up to this point, I have had an incredible experience with Lumina. I worked with Catie Meck during project initiation; wonderful personality, incredibly informed, an all-around joy. She was very responsive, answered all of my questions, and addressed all of my concerns. Installation and inspection was a smooth process and went off without a hitch. I was admittedly scared to turn on the system (mostly because the switch looked like one of those crazy detonators for exploding large buildings) but, it was as easy as each representative assured me it would be.

  • "An honest, efficient business"

    Reviewed Nov 01, 2020
    "An honest, efficient business"

    Reviewed Nov 01, 2020

    I wanted to install solar in 2020 to take advantage of the 26% federal tax credit. To have an idea about the size of the system I used https://www.solarreviews.com/solar-calculator, and talked to 3 installers. The quotes were close, however Alex from Lumina stood out in his honest approach. In our zoom meeting, he showed me the expected annual solar output of different systems, using the software they use. He sent me brochures of the different system components Lumina will install and welcomed me to independently verify that these are the state of the art panels and microinverters. Alex never tried to push me in one direction or other, explained each step of the process and the time scales clearly. He also explained what Lumina will do and won't do- in a direct and honest fashion, which ultimately convinced me to go along with Lumina, and I am glad that I did. The financing offered by Lumina's partner was straight forwarward without any hidden costs, and was the best among the options I had, therefore I took their financing option as well. I am quite happy with that part as well. Solar installation, connection to grid, SREC registration and MD grant application are multistep process involving the utility and the state. During each step Lumina worked efficiently and kept me informed. For example due to the pandemic the grant application process moved from mailing in to online and after the solar installation, BGE was unable to change the meter in my house as the meter was inside my house. During both the incidents I was kept informed about the delay, and no false promise about when BGE will allow me to switch on the system, as Lumina was not in a position to predict that. Ultimetely BGE gave permission to switch on the system. My system is on for 2 months now and I have closely monitored my daily solar production using the Sense enegy monitor (not provided by Lumina, I bought it from https://sense.com/). I am happy to say the enery production is as promised and on track to reduce my annual electricity bill to $0. Overall, Lumina has kept all the promises at their end and earned my respect- this is a honest business and you will not be dissapointed if you use their service.

  • "Perfect In Every Way"

    Reviewed Aug 31, 2020

    We chose Lumina after extensive research because of their stellar reputation and their installation proposal, which offered the best combo of quality, price, and service before and after the sale. Unlike some other sales reps, they did not underestimate how long the entire project would take nor the time it would take to recoup our upfront cost. They answered all questions quickly and took care of all the paperwork, including HOA approval and getting us connected to an SREC seller. They lived up to their reputation. I can't think of a single thing they could have done better. They cannot be beaten for value, quality, service, and responsiveness. Do your research, but if you go with Lumina you won't regret it.

  • "Excellent Company!"

    Reviewed Jul 14, 2020

    I had a stellar experience with Lumina!

    Zac called me prior to our meeting to confirm my address and request the segment of the bill displaying historic energy usage. When he arrived, he already had an efficient preliminary design set up in a robust program that theoretically would cover 100% of my energy usage when up and running. This program pulls historical light data for the area as well, and is quickly configurable to allow for modifications based on positioning or panel type used and how that affects production (we had to do a bit of tweaking as I have the perfect roof tanning spot that I needed to keep open haha). The entire meeting, Zac was clear and concise, extremely knowledgeable on their product, the entire process from start to finish, and all the variables involved concerning production, degradation, warranties, SRECs, tax incentives and grants, and working with the energy company. He alleviated any concerns I had, and was very personable/comfortable to work with.

    On installation day, the crew arrived early. They were quick, professional, respectful, friendly, and safe (COVID times). Installation went very smoothly and the finished product looks fantastic. I've been up in the attic during a couple storm since and have seen zero issues. I spoke with Alex and Ryan a fair amount while Alex was in my home working on the breaker panel, when they set up the bridge for network accessibility for panel monitoring, and afterwards while they verified all panels were correctly installed and reporting. They walked me through how the whole system works, reports, and what I need to know as the homeowner for managing it (resetting the connection, turning it on/off, etc). They were great to talk to, and even mentioned their notes said the homeowner might be tanning on the roof when they pulled up haha.

    The county had canceled home inspections temporarily due to COVID, so the necessary inspections after installation and swapping out the meter for a smart meter took some time, but Zac kept me updated and informed the entire time. Lumina handled all the paperwork with the energy company, most of the paperwork for an energy Grant, assisted in getting me set up with the loan company, and helped me get set up with Enphase so I could personally monitor my panels and energy production with ease. The entire process was seamless.

    Post installation, with everything up and running, Zac has been readily available for any questions. He periodically checks in on the system remotely to verify all panels are in working order and production is as anticipated. I really enjoyed working with the company throughout the process, and would recommend them 10/10. Can't say enough good things about them.

  • "The Perfect Experience"

    Reviewed Jul 14, 2020

    Lumina Solar was easy to work with from day one. They listened to what we wanted, gave us detailed plans and options, with very competitive prices. We went with a 11.88 kW system and they started the work quickly after we signed the contract, on the day and time they said they would. Every single employee we dealt with at Lumina Solar was knowledgeable and helpful. As an example everyone stepped around our growing flowers without squashing any of them!

    The system has been up for a few months and is delivering the rated power and we are also very satisfied with the reporting system.

    I don't think I've ever had as good an experience with a contractor. I could not recommend Lumina Solar more.

  • "Very pleased with our Lumina Solar project!"

    Reviewed Jul 09, 2020
    "Very pleased with our Lumina Solar project!"

    Reviewed Jul 09, 2020

    We are very pleased with our new solar panels, recently installed by Lumina Solar. Lumina did an outstanding job, from our initial exploratory meeting with them all the way through the solar panel delivery and installation effort. We felt supported through the entire project and our Lumina rep, Ryan Farrell, was very responsive whenever we had questions. Lumina excels at the upfront sales process with potential solar customers, providing great background education about solar energy, stepping customers through various design considerations, explaining their installation and quality assurance expertise and never making one feel pressured to make a hasty decision. They worked one-on-one with us on the design aesthetics of our home’s system so that we ended up with exactly what we wanted. If you are thinking about switching to solar, you need to contact Lumina Solar.Very

  • "Excellent Customer Service!"

    Reviewed May 23, 2020

    The customer service at Lumina is unbeatable. Ryan is genuinely passionate about solar energy. I got a great education on solar and the return on investment we can expect to see. Lumina managed every step of the process for us, including state rebate and establishing our SREC account and stayed in constant communication with us. They were able to quickly get us installed and inspected virtually during COVID. Their price was also lower than other companies we consulted with. We are thrilled with our new solar energy home!

  • "Top technology and professional"

    Reviewed May 10, 2020
    "Top technology and professional"

    Reviewed May 10, 2020

    All of the people at Lumina Solar were very friendly and helpful. They answered all my questions with patience. The solar panels went up in one day as scheduled, and they followed up with me to make sure everything worked and I was satisfied. They have the best technology to determine placement and sizing of a system, and they were the only company I found who figured out that the back part of my roof would be a perfect place for the panels, which they have turned out to be.

  • "Couldn't be Better"

    Reviewed Feb 28, 2020

    Lumina Solar has been professional and thorough from the first sales call with Zachary Hare through the installation and followup. Zach is extremely responsive to inquiries and follow through. All installation work was done with care and consideration for me, the homeowner. I cannot recommend highly enough.

  • "Thanks Lumina"

    Reviewed Feb 17, 2020

    Big thanks to Ryan and the team at Lumina Solar for their work on our home! They carefully walked us through every step of the process from when we were just considering solar panels to getting them energized and producing power. Lumina handled all of the permitting and paperwork from start to finish, including the rebates, making it a very hassle free experience. Quick and thorough responses to all of our (many) questions. They made sure we were getting the right amount of production based on our desires to maximize our investment, which was very important to us. We would highly recommend Lumina Solar!

  • "Outstanding and Professional Every Step of the Way"

    Reviewed Feb 11, 2020
    "Outstanding and Professional Every Step of the Way"

    Reviewed Feb 11, 2020

    Professional every step of the way from their initial in-home meeting to the follow-up package proposal explaining in detail what the cost breakdown would look like and the coverages associated with the product, to the paperwork, to the workers installing the panels. This compared to hearing a sales pitch from Trinity Solar with NO package proposal document sent to us after multiple times asking for follow-up information and hearing about how outdated their product was compared to Lumina. Happy on the choice we made and happy to have had the opportunity to work with Zac!

  • "25KW System with 4 Powerwalls Installed On time and as Planned"

    Reviewed Feb 09, 2020
    "25KW System with 4 Powerwalls Installed On time and as Planned"

    Reviewed Feb 09, 2020

    Lumina installed a very large solar system and 4 Tesla Powerwalls for me. Ryan Farrell and his team kept me up to date every stage of a very long and complex design and permitting process. We had signed our contract late in the year with hoping to get it finished before year end. Lumina worked hard when our permits where approved to keep us on schedule despite generally uncooperative weather including coming out to finish things up Christmas Eve. They have continued to go above and beyond making sure all the monitoring utilities are working correctly post completion. Very pleased with Lumina and would recommend it without reservation.

  • "Solar for you and them"

    Reviewed Feb 05, 2020

    Great company, first I have had that does a me first with solar and net metering. Yes they did the video but it wouldn't be here if I didn't like it. This company works with you through the whole process and mine was not simple. It involved a heavy up 350A service upgrade, dual Tesla power walls and solar panels. I had coincident remodels during installation and they worked directly with my other contractors and kept me in loop. The process was very smooth on their side of the project. Their people stayed onsite until all issues were resolved for each stage of project. They worked with my electric coop to bring them up to speed with new products. Most importantly they listen and comply, if possible, to your requests onsite. I didn't want punctures in walls and roof, they asked where to run conduit and didn't just put it were it was convenient. One issue I have had is not being able to get a lawn sign from them. They are also very current on all the tax benefits federal and state or other programs for their installation areas.
    Ok, product, I have had the system for over a month now and am very pleased with performance. i have been using 25% of stored power walls and solar, my grid use has dropped by 2/3. This is during Jan 2020 in Md. The Tesla app for the power walls is great. It allows for adjusting power wall usage and storm monitors, tops off the units and keeps it for outage. I had a six minute outage during the month and didn't even know until i saw the report in the app for loss of grid. The Enphase app is where your system is monitored and reports are generated, I'm still getting comfortable with that but any questions I've had Lumina has answered.
    Great company with great products and skilled personnel.

  • "For Solar Panels, Lumina Solar is the only way to go!!"

    Reviewed Dec 30, 2019
    "For Solar Panels, Lumina Solar is the only way to go!!"

    Reviewed Dec 30, 2019

    Lumina Solar installed a seventy (70) panel solar system on my house. From the initial contact through the final hook-up and beyond, their service and professionalism was of the highest level. Perhaps the best contractor I had the pleasure of working with!

    My point of contact at Lumina Solar was Zachary Hare. Zac provided a detailed quote, and answered all of my questions very clearly. He presented several customized proposals with different options. He is very easy to work with and did not use “hard sell” tactics at all. He went out of his way to make sure that I got the best price while still maximizing the system wattage. He is very communicative; calls and/or e-mails were promptly answered. He sent regular updates on progress of various aspects of the project.

    Lumina Solar quality of the work is outstanding also; down to the level of aesthetic placement of wiring inside the attic. All work was performed as scheduled without delays. Their workers were on time, courteous, trustworthy and left the house clean and tidy once they had finished. Following the installation, Lumina Solar also helped me with the paperwork for MD grant and SREC setup. My system is online and live now. I am very happy with the output so far! I would most definitely recommend Lumina Solar to anyone who is considering installation of solar panels.

  • "Lumina Solar"

    Reviewed Dec 26, 2019

    Ryan and his team did a great job. Good all around experience with a team that knows the Solar business. Thanks

  • "System is up and running as of today and at a great price!"

    Reviewed Dec 18, 2019
    "System is up and running as of today and at a great price!"

    Reviewed Dec 18, 2019

    Everyone at Lumina Solar was great to work with! From Ryan on the initial sale through getting everything scheduled for installation, corrdinating the electrical inspection, and providing timely updates on the status of everything along the way. It was and easy process from start to finish. We can't wait to see big reductions in our utility bills moving forward!

  • "Excellent Solar Installation Company"

    Reviewed Dec 16, 2019
    "Excellent Solar Installation Company"

    Reviewed Dec 16, 2019

    After a 6-month long search and review process I settled on Lumina as my solar panel installation company. I have a pretty complicated hip roof and the Lumina team skillfully negotiated a few challenges and produced an esthetically pleasing 44-panel array on my roof.

    Zac was my initial salesman and point person who educated me quite a bit about the nuances of the solar conversion process. Zac was always available for my questions and he proactively kept me up-to-date and was always in touch even during my 6-month review period. Santos, Josh and Kyle (the tech that did a lot of the tortuous work in my hot attic space) were the primary folks conducting the installation and I was very pleased with their professionalism and knowledge of their craft.

    The installation part took 1.5 days at the beginning of October 2019 and my PEPCO bill was dramatically reduced for the October 2019 billing cycle and for my November 2019 billing cycle, my system produced an excess amount of energy and my bill was only $8.95 for PEPCO administrative fees. My PEPCO bill can be as high as $500 in the summer and averages about $290 per month when I add in the low bills over the winter. Thanks to the Lumina team I can look forward to helping the planet and my bank account!!!

  • "Great service!"

    Reviewed Dec 14, 2019

    The folks at Lumina solar were wonderful to work with! The staff was patient and comprehensive during the sales process. The installers were polite and efficient. Our panels are up and running! We are very pleased.

  • "43 new solar panels on a flat roof"

    Reviewed Dec 10, 2019
    "43 new solar panels on a flat roof"

    Reviewed Dec 10, 2019

    I've rarely had such a great experience working with any company, in any field. Zac was very knowledgeable, patient, and good at explaining things in layman's terms. The planning was thorough but efficient, and everything happened within the promised timeframe. The installers were on time and stayed past dark to finish on schedule, leaving no mess or damage to the surrounding areas. The work passed city inspection with no issue. I can't say one bad thing; would recommend without hesitation!

  • "Wonderful experience"

    Reviewed Dec 09, 2019

    I decided to get solar panels after deciding that I was going to buy an EV car. After scouring the internet for local solar installers I grew disappointed in seeing the negative reviews on a bunch of installers here in MD. However not giving up I found Lumina Solar. WOW was I amazed at all the positive things said of them on Google so I decided to give them a call. From start to finish I worked with Alex. Alex was a genuine caring guy who I really enjoyed having as my sales rep. He was great at explaining things clearly so I could manage my expectations and was there to answer all of my questions through the process. Installation day came without any issues, all the workers were super nice and were able to get everything up and installed in one day. Lumina was great at handling all of the back and forth paper work needed to be handled with my electric company so the process to get the system turned on went by real quick which I was really pleased with, for I wanted to be eligible for the 30% tax credit! All in all, I am very pleased with Lumina solar, and if you're looking for a solar company like I was, you can't go wrong with them!

  • "Good solar installation from Lumina Solar"

    Reviewed Dec 08, 2019
    "Good solar installation from Lumina Solar"

    Reviewed Dec 08, 2019

    Overall, we have been very pleased with our solar panel installation (5.58 kW) from Lumina Solar. We received five quotes and presentations from reputable installers before selecting Lumina. While they were not the lowest price, they gave use the greatest confidence they would do the job right. From start to finish the installation went smoothly.

  • "Awesome company!"

    Reviewed Dec 01, 2019

    Lumina was very communicative throughout the entire process from the in house home analysis to the install and even afterwards. From the very start they were very knowledgeable and explained everything to me in detail and answered all my questions. I had multiple quotes for a solar system and Lumina matched another companies quote. Lumina installed ~11kw system on my current house and if I'm not using my HVAC I am net negative over a month. I am very pleased with the install and the power output of the system. I was even able to have other electrical work done with the panels at cost which was very convenient. This is my second solar system install an while my first install was fine working with Lumina was much more informative and they were on top of everything from the very beginning. I highly recommend working with Lumnia.

  • "The best experience and service I could hope for"

    Reviewed Nov 19, 2019
    "The best experience and service I could hope for"

    Reviewed Nov 19, 2019

    Everyone, from my first contact with the company until the inspections were completed, was incredibly helpful. They were more than happy to work through a number of different options, figure out a very complicated electrical and roof system, and quickly come up with a solution when it turned out part of my roof couldn't hold panels. Everyone came on time when they were supposed to, answered all my questions no matter how ignorant they sounded, and most importantly, were very friendly and pleasant, in addition to doing top quality work. All told, installation took less than a day, soup to nuts. This company is clearly customer focused, values its clientele and being as thorough and professional as possible.

  • "Best Experience"

    Reviewed Nov 12, 2019

    best experience start to finish. Excellent presentation about why solar and variables involved and designed a system that fits my need. System is up and running in 45 days, well ahead of the schedule. Professional work. Kudos to Ryan and his team.

  • "Very Satisfied"

    Reviewed Nov 04, 2019

    I am very satisfied with Zac Hare and Lumina Solar. I met with Zac when I was considering quotes from several companies. He provided a detailed quote, and answered all of my questions very clearly. While some other companies provided unrealistic quotes that ignored DC regulations, Zac made sure that the quotes he provided were consistent with the relevant regulations regarding solar set backs. He even followed up with DC's head of permitting.

    Zac presented several customized proposals with different wattage panels. He did not use "hard sell" tactics at all, and he went out of his way to make sure that I got the best price while still maximizing the system wattage.

    The install process overall went very smoothly. Zac sent regular updates on how the permitting process was going. Shortly before the install, Lumina discovered that I would need a sub-panel installed (which they missed during the initial inspection), but they offered to split that extra cost, which I felt was more than fair. They also sent out a contractor free of charge to patch up some drywall and repaint where they installed the sub-panel.

    The overall install process -- from signing the contract to getting the system turned on -- took approximately 3 months, which was shorter than the estimate they provided. The system was turned on in June, and the actual production has very closely matched the estimates that Zac provided in his proposal.

    I would definitely recommend Lumina to anyone who wants to install solar panels.

  • "Excellent Choice for Solar"

    Reviewed Oct 31, 2019

    From the outset, we had a feeling that we'd be happy with Lumina Solar. I'm pleased to say that our instincts were correct - Ryan and the team were communicative throughout, explaining just what we'd be getting for our investment, and laying out a realistic timeline (given the permitting system in DC, that's not always easy!). Every team member we spoke to was incredibly helpful and informative, and we continue to be impressed by the level of service.

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  • "Well planned and executed solar install"

    Reviewed Sep 23, 2019
    "Well planned and executed solar install"

    Reviewed Sep 23, 2019

    Ryan met with us after another company giving us an offer and 30 days to find a better deal, but also giving us a uneasy feeling about dealing with this other company. The experience was different from the start with Ryan. No hard sales pitch; Answered all questions without giving off a sense we were wasting his time, or asking silly questions. And they undercut our other offer by a noticeable amount.

    The experience didn't change throughout install. All questions were answered, and issues addressed throughout. Install date came before we knew it and was knocked out in 2 days for a 57 panel install. The process to get approved by our electricity supply company was also super quick. Less than 2 weeks until our meter was switched out and we were generating clean energy and offsetting a significant portion of our usage ($270 bill down to $33 coming into Fall, which would have been more substantial had we started the process earlier in the year to make use of more of summer - read towards start of spring) which was significantly shorter than friends who have also got solar.

    Would highly recommend Ryan and the Lumina team.

  • "Lumina Solar"

    Reviewed Aug 30, 2019

    Lumina Solar recently completed installation of their solar system on my home in Perry Hall. I had quotes from several other installers when I met Ryan Farrell of Lumina. From the start, Ryan was a different kind of salesman. He took the time to educate us about the benefits of solar without any pressure. He explained the differences between the different types of inverters and why he was proposing a Solar Edge system with optimizers for my location. When he showed our house, complete with surrounding trees, on his PC program simulating daily and annual power generation I was duly impressed. He then showed us an Excel spreadsheet showing the expected annual power generation based on our locale, our electricity needs and our expected savings over the lifetime of the system. We then negotiated a price which was in line with one of the best quotes I had received. In addition, Ryan provided us a very favorable financing option. As my roof was over 20 years old, I asked Ryan for a recommended roof installer, and he recommended Fichtner Services.

    Fichtner's quote was in line with my two other quotes. They did an excellent, on-time job, and their personnel were helpful and professional.

    Throughout the process Lumina Solar kept me informed of the status of the approval process with BGE and Baltimore County inspection. Shortly after BGE approved the interconnection Lumina contacted me to schedule the installation.

    The Lumina crew arrived on the promised day and completed the installation in short order. Ryan of Fusion Solar and his crew did a great job. I was especially impressed with the neat routing and installation of the electrical system. There was minimal disruption to my house power as they connected the system to my electrical panel.

    After the installation, Lumina Solar contacted Baltimore County to perform the final inspection and BGE to approve the installation and install the Net Meter. Just two weeks after the installation my solar system is online, and I am generating power. The SolarEdge app enables me to see power generation throughout the day.

    This entire process could not have gone any better. Lumina Solar took care of everything. Everyone with whom I had the pleasure of dealing with was completely professional and on time.

    In short, I highly recommend Lumina Solar to anyone who is considering solar panels.

  • "Highly Recommended"

    Reviewed Jul 31, 2019

    TL;DR Version: From start to finish, excellent company to work with, great quality, and very competitive pricing. We would select Lumina again should the opportunity arise.

    System Specs: 6.71 kW residential installation. 22 panels (305 W each).

    Full Review:

    We considered 5 different solar companies in our search for getting a solar panel array installed on our home. We received quotes from 3 and contracts from 2. Lumina was prompt to respond when we reached out for an estimate. In fact, I received a call from 2 different Lumina representatives to make sure they contacted me back.

    Ryan F. was our sales representative. He also helped us throughout the entire process from start to finish. My wife and I are very particular, and so we had a lot of questions. Ryan was always reachable and very communicative whenever we needed questions answered. His response time was always less than 1 day (including weekends) and often within a few hours. We were initially hesitant to go with a smaller company, but the outstanding customer service that Ryan and Lumina provided assuaged our concerns.

    Ryan came to our home and discussed our needs and wants for the system. The appointment was supposed to last 1 hour, but we pestered him for over 4 hours with questions ranging in scope from overall system size to low-level details about solar panel manufacturing techniques. Ryan was very knowledgeable and was able to answer almost any question we threw at him. If he didn’t know an answer, he was honest and said so rather than making something up to make a sale. During the consultation, Ryan was also equipped with great visualization and modeling software to give us a realistic view of what the solar panels would look like on our house. In addition to the visualization, he also had pricing and budgeting tools that explicitly broke down all aspects of the system costs. After he left, we knew we would be going with Lumina.

    After we signed the initial contract, we decided to add more panels, which changed the design. This change was not a problem at all, and Lumina was very flexible and prompt in re-designing the system.

    Installation took less than 1 day, and the county inspection took place the next day. Justin led the installation and mounting of the panels, Joe was the electrician to connect them to my inverter (and ultimately my home’s power), and Aaron handled the county inspection. Throughout the installation day, I was taking pictures of the process and asking them questions about how everything fits together for my own edification. I’m sure my interference annoyed them, but they didn’t let me know it. They were very professional, and they politely answered all my questions.

    Overall, we are completely satisfied with Lumina in providing our home with a solar panel array. We highly recommend them if you are considering “going solar”.

  • "Install Solar Panels For Electric System"

    Reviewed Jul 04, 2019
    "Install Solar Panels For Electric System"

    Reviewed Jul 04, 2019

    Lumina Solar provided a one stop shop for us to go solar. They surveyed our property, designed the solution, dealt with the permit applications, installed the system, coordinated the inspections. We were introduced to Lumina Solar (https://www.luminasolar.com) by Retrofit Baltimore (http://retrofitbaltimore.civicworks.com).

    We had a large solar system installed on the house and garage. The team installed the equipment very well. They were on time, courteous, and left the house clean and tidy once they had finished. The project was on budget.

  • "Excellent solar installers"

    Reviewed May 17, 2019

    Lumina did a great job planning and installing our system in D.C. -- communication was good, they waited patiently for us to do some minor roof repairs, they planned a big system for a good price, and they stayed on top of Pepco to make sure our meter got switched out and we got permission to turn things on. In the three weeks since we flipped the switch, we've generated a surplus every day but two cloudy ones.

    We'd previously worked with a big national company on a pre-paid lease on another house, but purchasing this system with Lumina was an even better experience.

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  • "Solar Energy Installation"

    Reviewed Mar 13, 2019

    Solar Energy Installation

    We just got solar panels installed by Lumina Solar on our home. In my sincerest expression Lumina has provided exceptional services. They immediately began the permit process and have the master electricians and carpenters on staff to service your home. Whether you are purchasing the panels or doing an agreement for solar power - Lumina Solar is the best choice in solar power. I had experiences with two other companies that failed to deliver services. Where they said no Lumina said yes. The person to contact is Colin Gload. He will ensure that you get the best possible customer service in a timely manner. I highly recommend this company to anyone interested in investing or having solar installed in their home. Colins contact information is below.

    Colin Gload
    Co-Founder, Director of Sales
    (c) 443-824-3130

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  • "MD Solar Install with Lumina Solar"

    Reviewed Feb 27, 2019
    "MD Solar Install with Lumina Solar"

    Reviewed Feb 27, 2019

    Short Version:
    My experience with Lumina Solar was a very positive. I was blown away by the team’s experience within the Solar industry and willingness to communicate with me every step along the way. From my sales manager and main POC Ryan Farrell, who answered a large quantity of my questions on the spot unhinged too many times to list and provided routine check ins as we waited for permits and paperwork of that nature to get approved by the various government groups, to the site surveyer Mark (I can’t remember his last name) who took the extra time to identify and capture pictures of a few shingle nail pops and shingle nail holes on my roof that I was able to get repaired through my builder prior to panel install, to the install team and extreme professionalism & attention to detail of lead electrician Joe (I can’t remember his last name) who explained the physical install process with me during day of execution and even provided me with some welcomed insight into how Lumina was formed. Lumina was also more than willing to install a Solar Edge HD Wave EV Charger Inverter w/ the charging cable and holder since my electrical panel is located in my garage. So I got solar panels (wanted solar ever since I was a teenager), A Solar Edge inverter with Power Optimizers, and an up to 40A @ 240 VAC Level 2 EV Charger wrapped into one project. Icing on the cake: Lumina conducted the research to confirm my eligibility for MD’s EV Charger Rebate (In addition to the State solar grant and county property tax credit) , making this entire project that much more financially sweet. It’s February, my system’s been running for a few days, and I got over 70% of my electricity provided by solar on the extremely sunny and clear skies Monday we had.Very much so looking forward to summertime production because this is greater than expected already.

    Deeper Dive:
    My journey for solar pv started on EnergySage. I followed EnergySage’s advice and attempted to receive quotes from several companies: Maryland Solar Solutions Inc, Tesla, Lumina Solar, Celestial Solar, and Solar SME. While I had mostly good interactions with the sales personnel from all 5 companies, my conversations with Ryan from Lumina Solar and Jim from Celestial Solar were the most reassuring by far. So I scheduled site assessments with both. Unfortunately Jim from Celestial was unable to make our scheduled assessment due to having a tech that called out sick as he had to fill in for said tech for an inspection. I sent him a follow up email to inquire on if an alternate date a week away would work, but I never got a response. So I proceeded in kind with Ryan from Lumina. The assessment with Ryan went extremely well as he developed the system in real time with solar estimating software on his laptop. The software seemed to be significantly more user friendly and visually appealing than what I encountered at the Tesla store when looking for a quote from Tesla/Solar City. We worked together and designed a couple of options.I compared pricing and such with the other quotes received. With the exception of Tesla, which was priced considerably low, all other prices between the companies I received quotes from were fairly in line. I decided to make my decision off of reassured quality as opposed to rock bottom lowest price (Tesla in this case) and ended up proceeding forward with Lumina because I was more than reassured in their capabilities along with their professionalism. The efficient all black panels, the experienced team, the experienced installers, the experienced electrician, and their competitive price in comparison to the pack. As a bundle it was the right call. If you’re planning to go solar definitely consider Lumina. Happy to recommend and write an overly long review for a local company that is putting quality first and foremost.

  • "Satisfied Customers"

    Reviewed Feb 22, 2019

    Ryan Farrell approached us last year to discuss the possibility of a solar system. He was very professional and his presentation was very clear – we contracted Lumina to install a 12.6 kW system and Lumina took care of everything necessary to complete the process – including working with our power company who did not seem as enthusiastic as we were. The system went up in two days (we have a very challenging pitch as well as large roof) without a hitch. Once the power company approved the interconnection, we were off and running.

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  • "Great quality, great service, great communication.... just really great!"

    Reviewed Dec 30, 2018
    "Great quality, great service, great communication.... just really great!"

    Reviewed Dec 30, 2018

    After so many difficult experiences with home improvement contractors over the years - I had low expectations for whomever installed solar on my house.

    From the very start - Lumina Solar, and their rep Zac Hare, exceeded in all ways.

    They were flexible with schedule, maintained great communication, worked closely with me and Pepco to get all the legal agreements worked out.

    When they came for the install and found out that part of my roof profile had changed (I had a new roof put on and several attic fans removed) - they were able to do a quick redesign that made the overall more visually pleasing AND produced more energy.

    In all ways I whole heartedly recommend Lumina Solar.

  • "Personal and Professional"

    Reviewed Oct 13, 2018

    Working with Colin Golad and his team of installers was such a pleasant experience. They were polite, hardworking, and professional. Colin promptly answered all my questions and made me feel comfortable in making the decision to go solar. I absolutely recommend Lumina for their professional yet personal service.

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3600 Commerce Drive Suite 601
Baltimore, MD
21227 United States

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