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LAST UPDATED: April 29th, 2021

Founded in 2009, CAM Solar offers homeowners premier solar PV systems in major cities across Texas and Colorado. As a three-time “Angie’s List Super Service Award” and two-time “Top 500 Solar Contractor” (2016–2018, and 2018–2019 respectively), CAM Solar has a proven track record of quality customer service and solar installation expertise.

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The Good

  • Instant Solar Estimate
  • High-Quality Solar Equipment
  • Awards and Certifications

Instant Solar Estimate

Homeowners can receive a free and instant solar estimate through CAM Solar's satellite imaging feature, which evaluates the roof's candidacy for a solar powered system as well as the potential solar output.

High-Quality Solar Equipment

CAM Solar builds its solar energy systems with some of the best solar equipment available today. From high-efficiency solar panels and solar inverters to backup battery and energy storage solutions, the company is well equipped to help homeowners harness and store solar energy and save money:

Solar Panels

  • Panasonic — CAM Solar recently became an authorized Panasonic dealer for residents in Texas and Colorado. Widely considered to be one of the top solar panel brands in the solar industry, Panasonic solar cells are up to 20.3% energy efficient and come with a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Mission Solar — Panels from Mission Solar are not far behind Panasonic and also come with a 25-year warranty plus up to 19.35% energy efficiency. And because Mission Solar panels are manufactured in Texas, Texas utility companies will offer special rebates to homeowners who use Mission Solar panels in their solar PV systems.
  • Hanwha Q CELLS — CAM Solar also implements solar modules from Hanwha Q CELLS into its solar installation projects in Colorado. Hanwha Q CELLS achieve up to 20.1% efficiency and come with a 12-year warranty.

SolarEdge Inverters

CAM Solar uses industry leading string and micro inverters by SolarEdge. In addition to converting solar energy into usable electricity for the home, SolarEdge inverters also provide system monitoring, consumption, and output through its helpful mobile app.

Tesla Powerwall

In addition to its solar array offering, CAM Solar has also partnered with Tesla to install the Tesla Powerwall, a leading solar battery designed to store solar energy to be used even when the sun goes down. In addition to 24/7 access to solar power, the Tesla Powerwall also acts as a backup generator in the event of a power outage.

Awards and Certifications

CAM Solar has been the recipient of numerous awards and certifications that set it apart from several competing solar providers in its service area:

  • Angie’s List Super Service Award — From 2016 to 2018, Angie’s List has recognized CAM Solar’s exemplary customer service at the local level.
  • “Top 500 Solar Contractor” — From 2018 to 2019, CAM Solar has been identified as a leading solar energy installer by Solar Power World Magazine.
  • NABCEP Certified — Installers and electricians from CAM Solar have also passed a rigorous certification exam sponsored by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.
  • Certified Tesla Powerwall Installer — As mentioned above, CAM Solar is now authorized to install the Tesla Powerwall.
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The Bad

  • Limited Workmanship Warranty
  • No Solar Lease or PPA
  • Limited Availability

Limited Workmanship Warranty

In addition to the manufacturers’ warranties attached to the solar panels and inverters installed in each system, CAM Solar provides customers with its own 10-year workmanship warranty, which protects the systems against problems caused by installation errors during the first 10 years of operation.

While 10 years is certainly a generous warranty length, leading solar companies attach workmanship warranties up to 25 years or more to their solar PV systems. Twenty five years is widely considered to be the average lifespan of a solar system, so these are, in essence, lifetime warranties. CAM Solar could improve in this area by matching its workmanship warranty terms with top companies.

No Solar Lease or PPA

CAM Solar does not appear to offer PPA or Solar Lease options. The company does offer competitive loan financing options with either a 10-year or 20-year repayment plan, zero money down, and a fixed 2.99 or 3.99 APR respectively; however, for customers who lack the funds to finance their system upfront or who may not qualify for a loan, lease, and PPA options are often viable and affordable alternatives to going solar. 

Limited Availability

CAM Solar is limited to the following metro areas:

Colorado

  • Aurora
  • Colorado Springs
  • Denver
  • Pueblo

Texas

  • Austin
  • Laredo
  • Rio Grande Valley
  • San Antonio

Although this service area represents a fairly broad swath of people, CAM Solar may find itself at a disadvantage when compared to larger solar companies with a more national presence. Leveraging verified CAM Solar reviews can be an effective way for the company to further distinguish itself from the rest of the field.

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The Bottom Line

CAM Solar has been around for more than 10 years, and has covered a lot of ground in that time. Its partnerships with top manufacturers in the solar industry, certifications from leading industry watchdogs, and accolades from reputable publications demonstrate its integrity as a reliable solar installer, and should embolden customers to obtain a free quote. That said, its below average workmanship warranty and limited financing options and service area may be a deterrent for some customers. Customers are nevertheless encouraged to investigate the company further, and read reviews to determine if CAM Solar is right for them.

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