Solar in the Golden State is heating up. Prices are falling, and solar panels make more sense than ever for CA homeowners. Choosing the right installer for your solar project is one of the most important steps in the solar shopping process, but it can be difficult to know which installers are the best. Check out our updated ranking of the best solar companies in CA, based on factors like consumer satisfaction and total number of completed installations.
California is the largest state for solar in the U.S. by a longshot. Whether you’re looking at cumulative solar installations, total number of solar jobs or total number of solar installation companies, California takes the cake no matter what. Thus, when shopping for a solar panel system in CA, it’s vital that you spend some time comparing your options since there is such a breadth of quality contractors to choose from who can offer top of the line prices and equipment. We looked at EnergySage Solar Marketplace customer feedback to develop our list of best solar companies in California for 2019.
Best solar companies in California (2019)
|Rank||Company||Headquarters||In Business Since|
|1||Solar Optimum, Inc.||Glendale, CA||2008|
|2||SolarUnion||San Francisco, CA||2011|
|3||NRG Clean Power||Canoga Park, CA||1987|
|4||SolarMax Technology, Inc.||Diamond Bar, CA||2008|
|5||Ra Solar||San Francisco, CA||2011|
|7||Gold Coast Solar||Temecula, CA||2006|
|8||Evergreen Solar||Citrus Heights, CA||2004|
|9||AWS Solar||Los Angeles, CA||2007|
|10||G C Electric Solar||San Diego, CA||2008|
Check out our complete list of top solar companies in California to learn about more installers ready to put solar on California properties.
Best solar companies in top California cities
Many solar installers only operate within certain cities. Here are the top solar installers in some of California’s major cities:
Best solar companies in San Diego
San Diego is one of the hottest cities for solar. Check out some of the best companies to work with for your solar installation:
Top solar installers in San Diego in 2019
|1||Solar Optimum, Inc.||Glendale, CA|
|2||G C Electric Solar||San Diego, CA|
|3||SolarMax Technology, Inc.||Riverside, CA|
|4||SolarUnion||San Francisco, CA|
|5||NRG Clean Power||Canoga Park, CA|
|6||Gold Coast Solar||Temecula, CA|
|7||Alltech Solar||San Diego, CA|
|8||Clayco Electric||Alpine, CA|
|9||EZ Solar & Electric||Chula Vista, CA|
|10||Sungenia Solar Solutions||Poway, CA|
To learn more, check out our complete list of the best solar companies in San Diego.
Best solar companies in Los Angeles
With plenty of people to service, there are plenty of quality solar companies in the Los Angeles area. Here are a few of the best:
Top solar installers in Los Angeles in 2019
|1||Solar Optimum, Inc.||Glendale, CA|
|2||AWS Solar||Los Angeles, CA|
|3||NRG Clean Power||Canoga Park, CA|
|4||Treepublic Solar||Bel Air, CA|
|5||Gold Coast Solar||Temecula, CA|
|6||ArtGreen Solar||Los Angeles, CA|
|7||PacificSky Solar||Chatsworth, CA|
|8||Plug It In Solar||Van Nuys, CA|
|9||United Express Construction & Solar Inc.||Van Nuys, CA|
|10||Wise Solar, Inc.||Long Beach, CA|
To learn more, check out our complete list of the best solar companies in Los Angeles.
Best solar companies in San Francisco
Like most cities in California, the bay area has plenty of support for solar. Below are some of the top companies to work with to install solar panels on your property:
Top solar installers in San Francisco in 2019
|1||SolarUnion||San Francisco, CA|
|3||Ra Solar||San Francisco, CA|
|4||NRG Clean Power||Canoga Park, CA|
|5||Solar Optimum, Inc.||Glendale, CA|
|6||LuxLight Solar Energy||Lockeford, CA|
|8||Next Solar Inc.||South San Francisco, CA|
|9||Clean Solar||San Jose, CA|
|10||Your Energy Solutions||Dublin, CA|
To learn more, check out our complete list of the best solar companies in San Francisco.
Why should you go solar in California?
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), there are over 2,500 solar companies in California in 2019 (including manufacturers, installers and developers). Prices have fallen by 55% over a recent 5-year span across the state with even bigger drops in price on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace. Strong competition typically means better deals and better service for consumers and nowhere is that more clear than in California’s solar market.
A number of strong solar policies, such as California’s net metering policy (NEM 2.0) in addition to the bountiful sunlight totals of one of the sunniest states in the United States have created a perfect environment for strong solar growth. Today, about 16% of all electricity used in California comes from solar power.
In addition to going solar due to the strong growth of the California market, installing solar for any new constructed property is required due to a mandate that passed in early May of 2018. This latest legislative victory for the solar industry demonstrates even further the momentum of solar in the Golden State and the reason so many homeowners are starting to look into solar in 2019.
Tips for picking the right solar company in California
The best way to choose an installer for your solar project is to solicit multiple quotes from local California solar installers on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace and compare your options side by side. By receiving several solar quotes, you can see exactly where each company differs in their offers.
For example, if you want the best solar equipment available, one solar contractor may rise to the top of your preference list if they offer premium panels. If price is the most important factor in your solar decision, EnergySage allows you to compare total price, price per watt, and long-term savings between each offer.
All installers that submit quotes on EnergySage are certified and pre-vetted to ensure you are only getting quotes from high-quality companies. Try out our Solar Calculator today to see how much you could save by going solar with one of our high-quality local installers.
***NOTE: This piece was last updated in July 2019, and is updated every 6 months