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Planet Solar Inc - Profile & Reviews

Planet Solar is truly a very different kind of solar company - we put our customer's best interests first! Our entire staff is made up of friendly, knowledgeable career solar professionals who can answer ALL your solar questions.

There really is a huge difference between solar installations. Take a look at solar systems in your neighborhood. You'll see pipes running all over the roof, crooked panels, and more. We NEVER allow that, unless there simply is no other way (which is rare). Your home is your castle, so we install the most attractive solar installations in the industry. And this attention to detail results in the best installations possible.

Only one chance to get solar right - make sure you get multiple quotes and pick the best! Call Planet Solar today!

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  • "Solar the Right way!!"

    Reviewed Sep 29, 2020

    Can’t say enough good things about Planet Solar! Everyone from start to finish made the process smooth and efficient! Marilyn’s knowledge about the system options and her guidance to plan our build out, the install team’s professional and quick work, all the way to the very end with getting PGE onsite to get us checked and making energy. Thanks Planet Solar! Jeremy.

    Ben Siebert
    Installer
    Response from Planet Solar Inc
    Responded Sep 29, 2020
    Response from Planet Solar Inc
    Responded Sep 29, 2020

    WOW! Thank you for the kind words and 5star review. I am humbled and honored to work with everyone here at Planet Solar, because we all share the same goal - to DAZZLE every customers, in every way, every time. I am so happy to hear that we achieved that goal. If there is any way that we can serve you in the fututer, do not hesitate to give us a call. - Ben

  • "Planet Solar Review"

    Reviewed Jul 28, 2020
    "Planet Solar Review"

    Reviewed Jul 28, 2020

    For a few years I have been thinking about going to a residential solar system given that my local energy provider’s electricity costs continued to rise, and the federal solar system rebate may be discontinued. In 2019 I decided it was time to act. I began seriously researching residential solar system information. I found Planet Solar, a locally owned and operated company, through Energy Sage. Energy Sage allows those interested in going solar the opportunity to thoroughly research all aspects of solar energy and also prepare a bid request that is then sent to interested solar companies to make bids. All of this is done in the comfort of your home without having to interact with high pressured sales tactics. Energy Sage allows prospective solar system buyers to ask questions of the companies providing quotes without revealing your identity. When you are ready to disclose your identity you may reach out and talk with the company(s) you wish to communicate with.

    Given the information that Energy Sage provided, and looking back through my electrical bills for the last 10 years, I had a good idea of the type of system I wanted (i.e. production level and type of solar panels to be used etc.). Because of the information Energy Sage provided I felt like I was sufficiently informed so as to not be taken advantage of by an unscrupulous salesperson etc. Since this was going to be a major purchase for me (~$30,000), it was imperative I get it right the first time. I received several bids for my solar system request and Energy Sage afforded me the opportunity to thoroughly look through the details of each bid quote.

    I ended up selecting a local company called Planet Solar. I ultimately chose Planet Solar because of Ben Siebert, their lead salesperson. Ben responded timely to my questions, of which I had many, in a timely and patient manner. When I was ready, under no pressure from him, he came to my house, we met in my garage, and he gave me a formal bid, and all the details that go with it like number and type of panels, panel location, construction costs, timing of construction etc. Ben was low pressure and left a trustworthy impression. I also went with Planet Solar because they offered a very good competitive price for the system I wanted to have installed. Also, Ben would interact with me in the manner I wished to communicate with him and that was via email. Another local company would not do this (Solar Negotiators) and as a result of this, and their insistence on not giving me a quote for what I believe was a superior solar panel, I stopped pursuing business with this solar company. Additionally my solar project required that I trim and/or remove several trees next to my house so that the solar system could work properly (i.e. not be hindered by shading). This was a big ordeal for me because my wife and I needed to come to agreement on which trees would remain and for those that remain how much trimming would be done. Ben was patient with me as I went through this decision making process, he found a very good and affordable tree trimmer, and my wife and I made the decision to move forward and get the solar system installed.

    My solar system goal was to have 100% percent of my overall electrical energy provided by solar. This effectively meant that I wanted a zero true up annual electricity bill with my local energy provider. This past June (2020), I received the first annual electricity true-up bill and it was for $0 (actually got a small credit for a bit of excess energy production). Planet Solar did what they promised to do and as such I am extremely happy and pleased with their performance. And to top it off, given I live in an area where dust can settle on the solar panels, Ben also showed me how to clean my new solar panels and gave me the materials to do it! By the way, cleaning solar panels is really easy and can be done with a hose and a spraying attachment (i.e. Fuller Brush Window Cleaner).

    Throughout the residential solar system purchase process I found Planet Solar, and all of its employees whether they be in administration, financing, billing, and/or construction, to be reliable, trustworthy, responsive, and a very friendly solar construction business that provides high quality affordable solar systems. I really enjoyed working with Planet Solar, am very pleased with their service and finalized product, and as such I highly recommend them.

  • "Thank you Planet Solar"

    Reviewed Jul 21, 2020
    "Thank you Planet Solar"

    Reviewed Jul 21, 2020

    Thank you Planet Solar for making our experience a positive one . Sales was no pressure , finance was simple, and installation crew were professional and efficient . The system looks fantastic !

    Ben Siebert
    Installer
    Response from Planet Solar Inc
    Responded Jul 21, 2020
    Response from Planet Solar Inc
    Responded Jul 21, 2020

    Hello Mrs. Bernabe,

    And thank you for the kind words. We strive every day to dazzle our customers with the best that the solar industry has to offer, and we love it when a customer takes the time to let us know we did a good job. We are your solar company for life, so if you ever have any questions, are interested in a home battery, or just for any reason, feel free to give us a call. Thanks again!

    Ben Siebert - CEO

  • "Very Impressed with Planet Solar"

    Reviewed May 21, 2020

    I got many quotes from EnergySage, then narrowed it down to three. Planet Solar gave me straight answers to all my questions. Their price was great and they were super friendly. They showed up on time, and finished ahead of schedule, and got my system turned on in under a week. I highly recommend them.

  • "Professional Company, Excellent Service."

    Reviewed May 20, 2020
    "Professional Company, Excellent Service."

    Reviewed May 20, 2020

    From the first contact through the design/quotation phase and the contract, installation and start up, Planet Solar exceeded my expectations. They helped with getting the approval from my HOA and did an excellent job making every aspect of the installation neat and clean. We had thought about adding solar for several years but never felt like the time was right. Going with Planet Solar was definitely the right choice. We are very happy with the results.

  • "Planet Solar – Our choice above all others"

    Reviewed Apr 16, 2020
    "Planet Solar – Our choice above all others"

    Reviewed Apr 16, 2020

    Planet Solar – Our choice above all others

    OUR STORY - Adding solar to our house was not as easy as one would think. We started with the “big” guys out of Home Depot / Costco. They came out and looked at our project and all said “no problem” but when I started to ask the important questions, they all failed the test. What is funny is the first question I asked, being a technical person, was what solar panels are you putting on our house. The response would amaze you. They all said “SOLAR PANELS, no brand name, no specifications, no idea if they were current technology or old, just “SOLAR PANELS”. The other deciding factor was when we found out that what they were going to use was 1-2 model year old components. This is when we quickly realized that we needed to find someone else, but where to go?

    A friend recommended Planet Solar, a local company here in Santa Barbara. At first we were very skeptical thinking many questions like, how can a local company support us long term? Are they going to price gouge us being smaller than others? Do we have to go with someone big to be safe?

    Since we found few other options and the big guys were out we gave them a shot and we are so happy we did. First of all, there was no pressure to buy which was vastly different from the other guys. Next, they made the whole process painless from the initial dialogs, planning, permitting to the installation. And last, the price was fair and competitive with the “big guys” except we were able to pick our equipment down to the make and model. Which for me, as a techy person, was great. Everything was all current model year, no old stuff which I appreciated. When I posed the question of “what are your putting on our house” to Planet Solar their response was “what do you want?” I had options. The right answer for me.

    So, we pulled the trigger and off we went. Interesting thing is the “big” guys said they would have it all installed in a day or two which we thought was quick. But after watching what was required to install them right there was no way we would have had a high-quality job in a day or so (be very cautious here, especially if the job is bigger like ours). Planet Solar did a great job with the installation and that is a lot coming from me as I am very, very picky. What made the job great was it was clean; I mean all you see is the panels on the roof and inverter on the wall. No random conduit, no messy exposed wires, clean. Very happy.

    Coming into this project we did not know what to expect and we had a lot of concerns and uncertainty. Fortunately, we found Planet Solar to help us navigate the process. If you are considering solar and are looking for a Solar company to do the job right for a fair price then strongly recommend these guys. We did and we would do it again.

    CP family in Santa Barbara

  • "Excellent & Quick Installation"

    Reviewed Jul 26, 2019

    After meeting with and discussing solar options with a number of companies, I ended up going with Planet Solar as they were local and had a good track record. From the time I signed the contract to when I turned on the inverter was less than a month. These guys are fast. The installation took place over 3 1/2 days because it got so hot inside my attic that the guys had to call it by around 1 or 2 each day. I honestly couldn't blame them and was fine taking an extra day, as they run the piping inside the attic and not on the roof so it's a nice clean look. The finished install looks great and I'm looking forward to years of "free" power.

    The one thing I would say they could improve on is to have one point person for everything, a customer service position if you will. I met with the sales person, who handed me off to someone who was going to come by to do measurements for optimal placement and then he handed me off to the foreman overseeing the crew who would do the actual installation. I then got e-mails from the accounting department asking for me to give checks to the crew that was coming that day. After the installation, it was hard to get information on the warranties from my original sales person and I think a customer service person would have been able to handle everything.

    I would still recommend Planet Solar for installation as they did a beautiful job. The system has been operating as expected and there are some days in the 110 heat that we only need to tap into PG&E for 10 kwH as opposed to the 50 before.

    Ben Siebert
    Installer
    Response from Planet Solar Inc
    Responded Apr 16, 2020
    Response from Planet Solar Inc
    Responded Apr 16, 2020

    Hello Mr. Valente, and thank you for your kind review. But we aim for 5 stars every job, and we are sorry we let you down to not earn that 5 star rating. Your suggestions of having one point person, a customer service specialist, is one that I have been considering for some time, so we will do that shortly. As far as getting the information after the installation, we build a custom 'Owners Manual' which has your plans, permit, warranty cards, FAQs, and general operation instructions in a booklet - custom made for every installation. I'm sure you received it, but if its been misplaced just give us a call and I will have another one created for you. Thanks again for the review, we greatly appreciate it. - Ben Siebert CEO

  • "Solar = Peace of Mind"

    Reviewed May 09, 2019

    Planet Solar was easy to initiate and follow-thru with the installation. The team was courteous, quick and cleaned up after themselves. Critter Guard was an added bonus.
    The four stars out of five evaluation for service is the result of a lack of follow-up post installation. Planet Solar expected I would receive a link that would allow me to track the production of our panels. After about 90 days, I inquired at Planet Solar and all my questions were answered as well as being able to get the link to follow the production of the panels.
    Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Planet Solar and if I had to do it again, I would use Planet Solar.

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    Ben Siebert
    Installer
    Response from Planet Solar Inc
    Responded Apr 16, 2020
    Response from Planet Solar Inc
    Responded Apr 16, 2020

    Hello Mr. Beggs, and thank you so much for the 45 stars, and thank you for the review. But for us, anything less than 5 stars is a failure, so I want to address this. The inverter manufacturer SolarEdge is the most efficient inverter system in the world (99% efficient) and they back their products with a no hassle exchange policy - they even pay us reasonable amount to roll the truck to exchange it (unlike all other inverter manufacturers). SolarEdge sends the 'Welcome to SolarEdge' email with the link to your monitoring. We have about 25% of our customers not receive this email, about another 30% who find it in the spam filter. But thank you so much for posting this issue in your review. I am forwarding it to SolarEdge, and going to complain bitterly that when THEIR poor processes start affecting my 5 star rating, I draw the line. Hopefully together we can make them an even better company. Thanks again for your kind review. - Ben Siebert CEO

  • "Why choose Planet Solar?"

    Reviewed May 08, 2019

    Prior to choosing Planet Solar, I received another bid for solar for my roof. That company bid $6,000 more than Planet Solar. When Marilyn came to my home to bid for Planet Solar, she was so friendly and put me totally at ease as she answered all my questions regarding solar systems and usage. When I agreed to have Planet Solar install my units, she gave me a projected completion time of mid June. Within three days, a team member came and measured my roof and then submitted the information to the city of Fresno for approval. To my surprise, May 2nd the team was already at my home to install the panels. The entire staff has been so pleasant and has completed installation so promptly. I would highly recommend them to you. Thanks to their speed in installation my units will be ready to use well before the hot summer months which will save me $$$$

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Great experience"

    Reviewed Feb 02, 2019
    "Great experience"

    Reviewed Feb 02, 2019

    Clean prompt honest did exactly what they said

  • "Excellent Solar Company"

    Reviewed Jan 29, 2019

    One of the best companies by far that I've had the pleasure to work with. Marilyn has been very helpful and very friendly. I highly recommend Planet Solar for all your electrical savings!!!

    1 person found this helpful
  • "Perfect Experience"

    Reviewed Dec 19, 2018

    I chose Planet Solar for my installation. I was referred by a friend, and I chose them because I didn't want any pipes running on my roof. Their price was all-inclusive unlike others that had all kinds of added costs. My salesperson answered all my questions and was very friendly, and even though I took 2 months to make my decision, never bothered me but just checked in about weekly. Their crews were very clean and professional, and had the panels installed in two days. It's a very attractive system, and so far is making more power than promised. I highly recommend Planet Solar.

    2 people found this helpful
  • "Skeptic"

    Reviewed Dec 13, 2018

    I was very skeptical of solar until I met with Marilyn, she was very professional and honest. The only salesperson that told me I couldn’t have 100% coverage because of all the redwoods surrounding my house. I appreciated her honesty and that’s why I chose her company. We’ve had no pg&e bill since the switch was turned on

    2 people found this helpful
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You only Go Solar once, make sure you get the best installation and value by calling Planet Solar. We are one of the oldest and largest solar installers in the US, having installed our first system in 1983. From our offices in Fresno, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, and Puerto Rico, we can offer the best of the large company programs, but still give you the local attention you deserve. And We Install Home Battery Backup Systems - and have since 2007!

We use only the best panels and equipment from names you trust like Panasonic, LG, and Hyundai, so you'll know your warranty is backed by one of the largest corporations on Earth. And our installations are the most attractive and long-lasting in the industry.

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Established

2007

Planet Solar Inc Headquarters

117 N Sunnyside Ave
Clovis, CA
93611 United States

Local Offices (3)

  • 73820 Dinah Shore Drive
    Palm Desert, CA 92211
  • 300 E. Canon Perdido
    Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • 592 Ave. Aldeberon, URB. Altamira
    San Juan, PR 00920

Workmanship Warranty

25 year workmanship warranty on LG Solar and Panasonic Solar panels.
25yr Labor and Workmanship warranty on the solar panels - 30 years on Hyundai.

Affiliations

CALSEA

Certifications

Licensed Solar Contractor in 3 states, General Contractor in CA. Authorized dealer for Panasonic Solar, Gold dealer for LG Solar. Tesla Powerwall Authorized Dealer, LG Chem Authorized Dealer, Generac Authorize Dealer for Batteries and generators. Numerous awards including INC 500 winner, Silicon Review companies to watch, Solar Power World, etc.

Licenses

Business Incorporation: C3208351
CSLB B-1 General, C46 Solar: 938313
Florida Lic # CVC56890
PR Lic # SJ-15805-CN

Insurance

$2Million of General Liability Insurance.
$1Million of Fleet Auto Insurance.
Unlimited bonding potential.

States served by Planet Solar Inc

  • California CA