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Big Dog Solar

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LAST UPDATED: May 24th, 2024

Since 2008, Big Dog Solar Energy has been designing and installing quality solar panel systems in residential, commercial, and industrial markets across the country. Big Dog Solar is currently licensed and insured in 13 states, employs NABCEP-certified installers, and offers a suite of high-quality solar power products designed to reduce homeowners’ utility bill and carbon footprint.

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The Good

  • Broad Service Area
  • High-Efficiency Solar Panels
  • NABCEP Certification
  • Grid-Tied and Off-Grid Systems

Broad Service Area

For a solar company that’s only been in business since 2008, Big Dog Solar has rapidly expanded its service area from local jobs in and around its Pocatello, Idaho headquarters to 13 states across the country:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Considering the majority of the nation’s solar providers only conduct solar installation services in one, possibly two states, Big Dog Solar Energy’s expansive coverage is certainly impressive. And while the company may be behind some industry leaders in terms of state coverage, the fact that Big Dog has been in business for well over a decade and has maintained operations across such a broad service area indicates that customer satisfaction is generally good.

High-Efficiency Solar Panels

In addition to solar inverters from SolarEdge, which are considered industry-leading, Big Dog Solar Energy also installs solar panels from REC Solar into its solar system. REC Solar panels are widely regarded as a top five solar module in terms of energy efficiency (up to 21.7 percent), temperature coefficient (-0.37 to -0.26), and equipment warranty (20 years).

The company installs two main types of systems for its residential solar customers: grid-tied and off-grid. These systems can be installed via ground mount or roof mount depending on available space. Big Dog Solar has chosen SnapNRack Solar Mounting Solutions as its partner for both roof- and ground-mounted systems.

Big Dog Solar Energy doesn’t just install solar panels; the company also installs the LG Chem backup battery, which allows homeowners to store excess solar energy harnessed during the day, and apply it — rather than switch back to a traditional utility supplier — at night. The LG Chem battery also provides emergency power in the event of a grid outage. This addition allows homeowners to save even more on their electricity bill.

NABCEP Certification

Installers employed by Big Dog Solar Energy have been certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), a solar industry–recognized organization that sponsors some of the more rigorous certification programs in solar. This certification sets companies like Big Dog Solar Energy apart from the competition because it tells customers that technicians are installing their photovoltaic systems according to top standards and best industry practices.

Grid-Tied and Off-Grid Systems

The solar installer offers customers two types of solar energy systems: grid-tied, and off-grid. Grid-tied solar systems are connected to the city's utility grid and allow system owners to benefit from net metering (if their state allows it) with the power company.

Off-grid systems, meanwhile, do not depend on the utility grid and utilize the solar energy storage devices mentioned above. Off-grid systems not only have the potential to reduce the home's electric bill, but also to establish true energy independence, and could be a great solution for homes located in rural areas.

If purchased for financed through a third-party solar loan, both types of systems qualify for the Federal Solar Tax Credit as well as other available rebates and incentives.


The Bad

  • Undisclosed Financing Options
  • Undisclosed Workmanship Warranty
  • Few Verified Big Dog Solar Reviews

Undisclosed Financing Options

While the company website does mention that Big Dog Solar Energy has partnered with certain third parties to provide affordable financing solutions to its customers, the company does not appear to disclose either the identity of these partners or the various financing options and terms they might provide. For a company with such an expansive service area, the partnerships could be many, each coming with its own terms for solar loans, solar leases, or power purchase agreements (PPAs).

Potential customers interested in learning what financing options are available to them will need to fill out a contact form to obtain a free quote first.

Undisclosed Workmanship Warranty

Big Dog Solar also mentions that certain components of its solar energy systems come with a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty; however, this does not account for the workmanship warranty (if any exists) from Big Dog itself. Unlike the equipment warranty, which covers defective parts, the workmanship warranty protects the homeowner from costs associated with labor and installation errors. Often, companies will attach a workmanship warranty between 10 and 25 years, or the life of the system; but whether Big Dog Solar Energy offers either of these terms (or none of them) is unknown.

Few Verified Big Dog Solar Reviews

Although the solar company has earned a number of reviews on Google, few verified Big Dog Solar Reviews have been posted to Best Company. Verified reviews guarantee the authenticity of the reviewer and provide potential customers with important, unfiltered information regarding the solar provider's customer service, solar installation quality, and other factors to help determine whether it's the best solar company for the customer.

If you are a current or former Big Dog Solar customer, please consider leaving a review of your experience below.


The Bottom Line

Big Dog Solar Energy brings much to the table for customers looking for a competent, experienced solar energy provider. The company builds solar arrays that meet industry standards and state permitting requirements. However, more information, specifically concerning its financing options and partnerships, as well as the terms of its workmanship warranty, needs to come to light before we can recommend this company fully to potential customers. 

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Big Dog Solar installed 12 solar panels on our roof in Sep 2023. We were told that they will take them down one time at no cost if we need to replace our roof. We paid 13.9k for 12 panels and we are quite happy with them. We are considering getting a battery backup since Idaho Power recently changed its policy of giving you a kWh of energy for every kWh you sent back to the grid, no matter when the excess energy was produced.

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Carrie C.

Big Dog Solar installed in 15.6K system in February 2022. Their service from start to finish was superior, I could not be any happier with the results, our consultant Sean C told the TRUTH. We have zeroed out my bill with Holy Cross Energy other than the $12 connection fee. Also we also took it advantage of HCE Power+ Tesla’s Powerwall 2 program and added five Tesla Powerwall 2 to complement our solar system which gives us 67.5 kWh of of stored power which is able run all our power needs at night including HVAC and drying the clothes, which give us so much peace of mind regarding any possible future problems as a result we are completely ready for the zombie apocalypse LOL. I’ll kidding aside completely happy with Big Dog Solar and with Holy Cross Energy for their Renewable energy friendliness being one of the best power companies to work with solar and battery solutions.

1 year ago

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Brandie Alloway_Blanton Denver, CO

If I could give zero stars I would. This company caused many leaks in our roof dur to the poor workmanship and not mounting them to the rafters. We have 39 panels has they are not the brand listed here. On 7/12/2023 a letter outlining the leak in our roof was sent via ups and signature required.  When tracked later in that week it was stated that the recipient had opted to pick up the letter at the ups store.  Then on 7/21/2023 got email notification that the letter had been return to the ups store it was shipped from dye ro Bigdog not picking up the letter in a reasonable amount of time, On 7/ 21/2023  Obtained  second address and what was listed  to be the current address and  resent letter  UPS. The following afternoon that UPS was unable to deliver the letter and asked that the correct addess be  obtained.  I double checked my info a verified  that  the  package had the same new address and called the UPS store for help. Christina at the ups store called the Pueblo west  ups store and at that time was  told that it was not an address Problem .  The letter couldn't be delivered because it required a recievers signature as proof of delivery. UPS delivery driver stated that there is no such company at either address therefore none could sign for it. Started doing a little research and called Big Dogz other corporate branches and locations in colorado and Idahoe only to get the same "no answer "  and automated message system that let's you leave a message that no one returned. We remembered that we had the phone number of the guy that oversaw the solar project and called him. Mike W answered the phone and we explained who we were and what our problem was and he informed us he No longer worked for Big Dog. Be then told us that he would reach out to some people from big dog he still had contact with and have them call us. Well we never got a callback from anyone at big dog. We sent Mike a text asking him if he could provide us with a good address for big dog and never revieved a reply. I reached out to the company that sold us the system at sun nerds and left a message with chase F and recieved no call back. is a rippoff, and a sham!!!

11 months ago

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David Yager Kuna, ID

I requested Big Dog to install 12.5KW of solar on our house. It has worked flawlessly. It has reduced my power to the meter charge only.

3 years ago

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ThisGuy InDenver Denver, CO

Very poor communication with company and was given wrong information. Not professional.

1 year ago