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Able Energy Co.

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LAST UPDATED: April 29th, 2021

Founded in 2010, Able Energy Co. is based out of River Falls, Wisconsin, and offers services in four states: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. In its six years in business, Able has helped hundreds of people switch to solar. The company is very dedicated to its community and donates 10 percent of all profits to help less fortunate families and retired military personnel install solar on their homes.

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The Good

  • Solar Estimator Tool
  • WattScanner Monitoring System
  • Warranty
  • Qualified Team

Solar Estimator Tool

The Solar Estimator on Able Energy's website allows potential customers to get an instant quote simply by entering their home address. This means that potential customers don't even have to schedule a consultation or have a technician come out to their house in order to get solar pricing information. This is very convenient and a huge time-saver.

WattScanner Monitoring System

Able Energy Co. has developed its own custom monitoring system called WattScanner, which helps customers track how much power they are currently using, as well as how much energy their solar system is generating. With WattScanner, there is a one-time purchase and no annual fees. Additionally, WattScanner is protected under warranty.


All Able Energy Co. solar systems come with a 25-year manufacturer's warranty on the panels, as well as a 10-year workmanship warranty that covers labor and materials.

Qualified Team

All of Able Energy Co.'s installers are PV-licensed, EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) contractors, which means that Able customers can rest assured that they will receive a high-quality system design and installation.


The Bad

  • Lack of Payment Options

Lack of Payment Options

Able Energy Co. currently does not offer leases or power purchase agreements (PPAs), which are both popular options within the solar industry.


The Bottom Line

Able Energy Co. has been in business since 2010 and operates in four states. The company has a qualified team and offers free price quotes on its website. However, the payment methods available to customers are limited.

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Theresa Hornstein Duluth, MN

I would prefer to give them no stars, but the system won't let me. I met with their sales people, did all the paperwork, and was told it would be installed in 3 month. I had a contract with them, paid my down payment immediately, and they disappeared. After 3 months I started asking questions and was put off again and again. At 6 months I asked for a refund since no work had been done and I couldn't find anything having been purchased for the project based on the Basecamp updates. I have asked again and again; they won't even return phone calls. And now they have declared bankruptcy. I doubt if I will ever get my money back. I would consider them criminals.

5 years ago

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Dana Linscott Hudson, WI

Over two years ago I contracted with Able energy for 4kW solar installation. It still has not passed the required inspection mainly because Able Energy ignored the safety warnings regarding fire danger that the inverter manufacturer provides. And the "Wattscanner" they claim to have developed turned out to be a tool developed without their input at all. In fact..they were unable to get mine to accurately reflect what the panels were actually producing. Finally..most of their positive reviews were faked before I forced them to remove them and provided enough information for services like Google and Yelp to determine that employees..and the owner..had posted them. There are plenty of honest solar installers out there. If I had known that Able Energy was faking the vast majority of their positive reviews I would have kept looking and not wasted my time and money on Able.

7 years ago

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James Redmond Saint Paul, MN

Awful. Like others posting reviews online, they have stolen a $12,000 deposit and are completely unresponsive. It's clear they have no intention of returning the money or doing the work, nor can they as their license has expired. If the number Mike Harvey provided of 40 Made in Minnesota customers is accurate, and $12,000 the standard deposit, they have $480,000 from Made in Minnesota customers alone.

6 years ago

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Betty Lotterman Saint Paul, MN

I signed a contract with Able Energy to install solar panels on my home in December of 2016. I still have no sign of any panels being installed on my roof despite the fact that I have made regular payments. My last payment was in January of last year and they still have made no progress on my installation. Broken promises, lack of communication, total incompetence as far as I'm concerned. Of all the businesses I have dealt with in 30 years as a homeowner, this is the worst.

6 years ago

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Judy Gibbs Duluth, MN

Run from this company which also operates as Sun Badger Solar. New address: 3756 Dunlap Street N., Arden Hills, MN 55112. We are out $7K as of last April, 2017. Haven't seen anything! There are about 14 customers in the Duluth, MN area, and none of us have seen anything of our collective $200K!!!

6 years ago

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mark wood Menasha, WI

run run they stole 14 thousand from me in 2017 in december and then declared bankruptcy and did do a thing or say anything ,menasha wi

4 years ago

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Mary Mishefske Racine, WI

They talk a good line, but don't deliver. I paid July 2017 and still don't have any word on my install and it's 9 months later

6 years ago

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Jeff Hall Carlton, MN

Signed agreement with them in March 2017. Paid over 13 thousand then as well. They never delivered, just took my money. Run from this company.

6 years ago