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Semper Solaris

“As a Captain in the US Marine Corps, trust means everything. Trust to be there for my Marines. Trust to be the expert. Trust to get the job done right. That same philosophy stayed with me for the past 20 years as a contractor and a solar specialist. Solar can be complicated, but at Semper Solaris we pride ourselves on taking the time to help you understand how solar works and how to choose the right system. Find out why homeowners all over San Diego trust Semper Solaris.”

Semper Solaris is inspired by the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, which means always faithful. As a former Marine, Kelly wants his entire solar company to reflect this excellence, inside the company and in customer’s homes. Semper Solaris was built on the military values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

Kelly has taken the values and skills he learned from his service years and applied them to Semper Solaris. For Kelly, military values have been a way of life. Not only is Kelly a veteran Marine, but so is his brother and father. Likewise, John’s father spent his whole career in the military. Even as a civilian, John gets it. He understands the value of former service members’ skills. Kelly and John hire as many veterans as possible. They strongly believe in the work ethic the military instills in its service members and in helping out fellow service men and women.
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Deceptive practices, dishonest and manipulative

Thinking about supporting a veterans owned business, think again. I had my solar panels installed through Semper Solaris in late 2020 and it took them 5 months to activate my service and I had to complain about beer bottles thrown into my trash by their workers. Drinking at work is OK at Semper, I guess. That should have been a sign for me to prepare for things to come. At that time, I was told that I would have to pay $35 per panel to uninstall and reinstall panels if I get roof work done down the line. They did not say anything about getting it done only thru them for this price or that they would not do uninstall and reinstall work if I get roof repaired thru someone else. Fast forward to February 2024 with the rains we have been having, my roof started to leak. I contacted Semper to do the roof work and they quoted me an astronomical price. I guess they were holding me hostage. I explained to them my budget limitations and finally agreed upon a price for uninstall and reinstall if I get the roof work done thru another company. I researched and finally found a company that offered me the same product, same warranty as Semper at 35% lower cost. Therefore, I contacted Semper to send me a contract for uninstall & reinstall and that is when they showed their true colors. They flat-out refused to do the work unless I get the roof work done thru them. What a breach of trust and professionalism. I tried to get answers from them as to how they could do this and zip, zero, nothing as a response back from them. They went completely stealth. They are so unprofessional. Eric does not know what Ameet is telling me. Ameet does not know what Eric said and Jennifer has no idea what either of them was communicating. It is utter chaos. Very poorly trained staff, they lack any empathy for their customers, and when you try to contact them, they keep bouncing you off from one person to another. Purely malicious intent and deceptive practices. Please avoid Semper Solaris like a Plague. Worst company that you do not want to throw your hard earned money away at them.

Posted by usethis1 on Feb 28, 2024
Semper Solaris Helped Us End to End

Working with Semper Solaris was a pleasure. Dennis walked us through all our options for the system. He made everything very understandable and let us know what to expect every step of the way. The rest of the Semper Solaris team also communicated very well and kept us updated on the project. They handled all the paperwork and made the entire process very simple.

Thank you Dennis and the Semper Solaris team!

Posted by griffin.schwab on Apr 20, 2023
Horrible Communication

This will be a bit of a story but I feel it needs to be told to ensure nobody else goes through it. The schedule that Semper Solaris sends out is a follows: 1. Site Assessment - 1-3 Weeks 2. Design and Review - 1-3 Weeks 3. Submit for Permits - 2 - 10 Weeks 4. Installation - 1 - 2 Weeks 5. Inspection - 1 - 2 Weeks I bought an Enphase battery system from Semper Solaris. The sales person I worked with sold them as the best installers and gave me what I considered to be a good deal. I finished signing contracts on June 6th and design began on June 14th. On June 22nd, the design was completed and I approved it. Permits were submitted on July 10th. This is where everything goes wrong. When I began this install, I already had an existing solar system that offset my monthly electrical costs by around $300. Install began on September 21st and most everything was put on the wall but the installers were unable to onboard it. A week later, I noticed my Solar System was no longer producing and tried calling support. Support was unable to tell me anything and I was left in the dark for a few weeks. Finally after sending an angry email on October 17th, I was contacted by a VP at Semper Solaris who promised to keep me updated with what was going on. Turns out that Enphase had been sending out bad hardware and a large number of customers were affected. Since this was supposedly out of their control, I asked multiple times to have my old controller back in since I was now incurring a large amount of costs with my Solar System being offline. I was told this was not possible and I'd have to wait it out. I looked at my original contract and they explicitly state that they are not responsible for outages related to hardware(this must have happened before). On November, the repaired part was finally installed and my Solar System was finally brought back online. At this point, I had incurred around $600 of additional costs on my electric bill(there goes my good deal). An inspection was scheduled and I was relieved that I was no longer racking up additional energy charges. A week later the inspection occurred and failed. I tried contacting the VP who had promised to keep me updated and still never heard back. On December 28th, I finally get a call that I could be `squeezed in` today to make the fixes for the inspection. I asked if I could schedule a more convenient time since I work from home and need power to work but was told that they didn't know when they could schedule a return. I reluctantly said yes because I'm sick of working with this company to try get what I paid for. It's fair that the issues with parts could be out of their control but the lack of communication is inexcusable. The company is happy to deduct money out of my account but I don't seem to be a priority after they have it. Having my system offline for 2 months gave them plenty of opportunity to restore it to working order before they repaired the battery. If I hadn't had an existing solar system, these timeline may not have mattered and I probably would have at least given 3 stars. Given that I still can't get a status update to this day and I'm getting squeezed in rather than scheduled to wrap up the project makes me feel like I don't matter as a customer. I hope this review helps you avoid the same problems I had.

Posted by christopher.woolum on Dec 28, 2022

They can sell product alright, but their customer service, communication and follow up is an insult. They should sub out their solar to someone who gets relationships and the SDGE maze.

Posted by kirtlandsmith on Dec 12, 2022
Great work!

Two techs from Semper, Sam and John, were awesome! They removed our old heater and installed our new one up in the attic. They installed new air ducts, registers, and whatever else was needed. They did such a great job and put a lot of effort and work into getting the system going! They were still here til after 6pm: so I ordered enough pizza for my family and them! Great job guys!!!

Posted by spiderap on Dec 03, 2022

Work with literally anyone else. I engaged Semper to install batteries and hook up existing solar panels I already had on my roof. This took them 2.5 years. I spoke to literally 30+ people over the course of the project, none of whom had any idea what was going on at any point. They failed inspection 3x. They installed a safety bollard in the middle of my garage turning it into a 1-car garage which obviously doesn't work. The cherry on top was that they reviewed my account and attributed this disaster to regulatory complications, when for instance my project languished in their design review for 6-wks while we underwent utility black outs during fire season and my children took freezing cold showers. These guys are clowns and one of the biggest time sucks of my adult experience. Use their competitors.

Posted by adamr80 on Mar 08, 2022



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