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Bright Planet Solar

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LAST UPDATED: May 17th, 2022

Bright Planet Solar provides complete installation services to residential, commercial, and agricultural properties. The company teams up with solar sales operations to assist clients throughout the entire solar process. Bright Planet Solar has high level relationships with a number of manufacturers and solar financing companies within the industry and connects clients through these partnerships. 

Clients will not have to deal with a pushy project lead when it comes to Bright Planet Solar because the company does not sell anything. Bright Planet Solar simply operates to provide high level and quality installation services provided by NABCEP-certified professionals. 

Due to the structure of Bright Planet Solar, the company has been able to expand and serve varying states across the United States and even internationally. Bright Planet Solar is also prepared to grow and move into more service areas as its business model allows for this type of consistent growth. 

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The Good

  • Equipment Partners
  • In-House Installation Team
  • Financing Partnerships
  • Expanded Service Area

Equipment Partners

What is unique about the Bright Planet Solar operation is the fact that the company has so many equipment partners. Generally, the installation contractor would depend on the sales team to provide solar equipment direction, but Bright Planet Solar has done its own work in building strategic partnerships. This allows Bright Planet Solar clients to access a number of solar equipment options, zeroing in on the best option for the specific property. Equipment partnerships include:

  • SunRun
  • SolarEdge
  • SunPower
  • LG Solar

These tier-1 solar manufacturers have built a repertoire with Bright Planet Solar and clients will have their pick when it comes to panels, inverters, and batteries which is not the case with all solar installation providers. 

In-House Installation Team

Most solar installation companies that have expanded into multiple states typically utilize a dealer approach having general contractors or electricians in the area do the actual installations. The most unique aspect of the Bright Planet Solar operation is the fact that all installations are done by trained and certified in-house members of the team. There are no subcontractors or other moving parts to deal with during the installation.

The Bright Planet Solar team also provides proprietary survey services to allow for a complete customized design for each and every client. This service is also provided by trained, in-house employees. 

Financing Partnerships 

Solar is an investment for each and every client. Whether a property owner purchases the system in cash or utilizes a financing option, the lifetime of the solar system will end up being a long-term investment. However, the number of clients that can purchase a solar system in cash is significantly less than those who need or want to utilize a financing option. Bright Planet Solar understands this and so the company has partnered with financial institutions to provide a number of financing options. Most solar installation companies will partner with a single credit union or offer a PPA style of financing, but Bright Planet Solar has partnered with a number of solar financing organizations including:

  • LoanPal
  • Sunlight Financial
  • Dividend
  • Mosaic
  • California First

Expanded Service Area

Generally, solar installation services are a local offering. More often than not, solar installation companies will service one state or a select few cities or counties that are highly populated or have a higher concentration of potential clients. There are not many companies that expand and offer services across state lines.

A few have found alternative ways to service multiple states, and Bright Planet Solar is one of these companies. To date, Bright Planet Solar offers installation services in the following states:

  • California
  • Utah
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts 
  • New Hampshire 

In addition to offering services in eight different states, Bright Planet Solar recently expanded its service offerings in Puerto Rico. 

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The Bad

  • Offers Installation Services Only
  • Undisclosed Warranty Information

Offers Installation Services Only

Most solar installation companies are an all-in-one service, meaning from start to finish the same company handles all processes. This includes the initial sale, evaluation, design, permits, installation, and getting the system operational.

Bright Planet Solar has taken a different approach to the solar industry solely focusing on the installation process. That means that clients will have to go through a solar sales force prior to reaching the Bright Planet Solar service. For clients, this means the involvement of multiple companies instead of just using one for the entire solar process.

Undisclosed Warranty Information

Warranties are commonplace with the solar industry. Because of the high costs required to install a solar system, most solar companies offer warranties to provide clients with peace of mind. Equipment warranties are typically provided through the manufacturer of the product. These warranties usually last 25 years and provide replacement parts and repairs when necessary. The installation company then generally offers a workmanship warranty protecting against any issues associated with installation. The industry average workmanship warranty length is 10 years.

These warranties are generally made public as it plays a role in many prospective clients’ decisions. However, Bright Planet Solar has not disclosed any warranty information or if the company even offers a workmanship warranty to its clients. 

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The Bottom Line

Bright Planet Solar is strictly a solar installation company helping property owners gain access to solar energy. The company has numerous tier-1 equipment partners allowing Bright Planet Solar to provide clients with completely customized solutions. All installation projects are conducted by Bright Planet Solar installation teams and the work is never subcontracted out. To help clients invest in solar power, Bright Planet Solar has a number of financing partners to provide financial services to clients looking to have a system installed. Lastly, Bright Planet Solar offers services in an impressive service area covering eight states and expanding in Puerto Rico.

While there are a number of reasons clients may want to use Bright Planet Solar for installation services, there are limitations to be aware of. First and foremost, Bright Planet Solar is not a sales company which means the initial point of contact will be a third player in the solar process. Clients will have to go through a solar sales team to get to Bright Planet Solar. Also, there is no warranty information disclosed publicly by Bright Planet Solar. 

Considering all qualifying characteristics, clients would likely find the Bright Planet Solar installation service to be a high-caliber service. However, it's not like a client can go directly to Bright Planet Solar to get the solar process started. Clients will need to get in contact with one of the sales companies that partner with Bright Planet Solar, adding another step and work to the prospective client’s plate. 

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