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All Bay Solar

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All Bay Solar Construction is a full-service roofing, solar, and home improvement company serving home and business owners throughout the San Francisco Bay Area of California. With an accreditation from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and Diamond Certified status through the American Ratings Corporation, All Bay Solar has demonstrated its commitment to best industry practices and customer satisfaction.

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The Good

  • State-Licensed, Full-Service Provider
  • Quality Equipment and Warranty

State-Licensed, Full-Service Provider

As a full-service solar power provider, All Bay Solar works directly with customers at every step of the solar panel installation process — no third-party subcontractors. Not only does the company provide a free initial consultation and property inspection, it will also develop a customized solar power system that conforms to the requirements unique to every project. After installation, All Bay Solar provides ongoing customer service and technical support to make sure systems are running smoothly.

All Bay Solar is a licensed General Contractor in the State of California and an NABCEP-certified photovoltaic system installer, meaning customers can trust the quality of All Bay Solar’s work. Each solar installation comes with a 10-year workmanship warranty.

Quality Equipment and Warranty

One area in which All Bay Solar stands out from other solar energy providers is its partnership with solar company SunPower. SunPower builds some of the best, most energy-efficient solar panels on the market, with some models reaching as high as 22.8 percent efficiency (average solar panel efficiency ranges between 15 and 24 percent).

The company also installs panels from SolarWorld (a SunPower subsidiary) and Canadian Solar. While these options may not rival the efficiency of SunPower’s panels, they are 20 to 30 percent less expensive than SunPower, an on-brand alternative for a company that champions access to a quality solar energy system (as well as available solar credits and state and federal tax incentives) for lower-income households.

In addition to rooftop solar energy systems, the company also installs backup generators and solar-powered battery storage like the Tesla Powerwall to deliver clean energy to its customers.

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The Bad

  • Limited Reach
  • Purchase Only

Limited Reach

All Bay Solar serves a local clientele specific to the San Francisco Bay Area of California. While its narrow service area is in no way unique to All Bay Solar — many solar companies through the United States share this quality — California, specifically the Bay Area, represents a market saturated with solar power providers. All things being equal, the biggest difference maker for solar companies in California is the presence of verified reviews from real customers.

Purchase Only

All Bay Solar markets itself as a solar purchasing company, as opposed to a leasing company, and information on the availability of solar loans could not be found. While direct purchase is the fastest way to own a solar system outright (and take advantage of tax incentives), not everyone has access to the funds necessary to finance the system themselves.

While the company appears to have taken a stance against solar leases and power purchase agreements (PPAs), which both mitigate significant upfront costs while also foregoing tax credit eligibility, the company could seek to broaden its client base by providing additional financing options like solar loans that do set a path toward ownership and energy independence.

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The Bottom Line

All Bay Solar Construction bears all the hallmarks of a bona fide, full-service solar provider. It has partnered with an industry-leading solar modular manufacturer in SunPower, has received important industry-recognized accreditations, as well as local recognitions, and provides direct assistance to customers throughout the entire installation process. The only known drawbacks are the company’s limited service area and payment options. Potential All Bay Solar customers should investigate verified customer reviews and compare financing options from other solar companies prior to signing a contract with All Bay Solar.

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