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If you live in the Bay Area in Northern California, we recommend looking at Clean Solar for your solar options. As it says in the name, this company wants to bring clean, solar energy to your residence or even your commercial buildings. They offer a 15-year production warranty, which is an industry standard, and 15-years on labor. They do offer monitoring services for consumers, but they have been vague on their contract lengths. One thing can't lie, though, they have some of the best reps we've spoken to and if anyone is looking for answers to their solar questions, look no further than Clean Solar.

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The Good

  • Warranties
  • Monitoring
  • Financing

Warranties

As with any solid solar company, Clean Solar brings their consumers a 25-year warranty on their panels. That means that the panels themselves will be covered if anything goes wrong. While 25 years is the industry standard, there are a few solar companies that are working to catch up to this, so it's nice to see a smaller company offer this to its customers. One thing to consider is the 15-year labor warranty. When speaking to a representative, they informed us the warranty is exactly what it sounded like: you will not have to pay for the labor to fix any parts should anything go wrong. Many companies do not offer this.

Monitoring

Clean Solar also offers monitoring so that customers can check how their solar system is performing and ensure that everything is up to par.

Financing

Solar power has been around for over 50 years, but there aren't many people who own a system. This is due mainly to it being too expensive. Well, Clean Solar offers its patrons several options to make it easier to put the panels on the rooftops. First you can buy them outright. This gives you ownership over the panels, which makes you eligible for those fantastic federal tax benefits. If you lease the panels there is no cost up front but there is a fixed payment for hardware and you have a reoccurring payment over the life of your contract. Power Purchasing Agreements (PPA) also require no upfront cost, give you fixed payments and payment is determined by kWh consumed. This last one does not entitle you to any tax benefits. Instead, that goes to Clean Solar's third-party financiers.

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The Bad

  • Availability

Availability

Clean Solar is only services customers who live in California.  While being a local provider has its advantages, it greatly restricts the number of customers who have the ability to go solar with Clean Solar.

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The Bottom Line

The bottom line is you will be hard pressed to find a more capable solar company in the Bay Area than Clean Solar. They offer monitoring, their warranty is on par with the rest of the industry, and they give customers plenty of options to finance the panels. So go ahead, give them a call and see what they can do for you.

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Al Miller San Jose, CA

My tax consultant recommended Clean Solar when I was shopping around 4 years ago. They were competing with two other top name installers at that time. They were the hands down favorite and their sales lady was honest, made all information and options available and stayed with us through the entire process including installation. There after for the few times I needed assistance they were there to provide it. They had the best option and the best pricing for our needs. This March will make the 5th year our system is in operation. When that arrives, our up front costs for our lease will be completely paid back. For the next 15 years we will be saving an average of $ 2200.00 including the operation of newly installed central A/C in our home. Try and beat that! Are we satisfied? You bet. We strongly urge those who are interested in putting in solar to give them the opportunity to serve you. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

4 years ago

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A Rodrigues San Jose, CA

I talked with several Solar Companies before making my purchase with Clean Solar. I did have a micro-inverter on one of the 25 panels and they actually told me about the issue and replaced the inverter. I did not have to be home when they did the repair. I have been very happy with the whole Team in San Jose. I always recommend them to friends that are thinking of Solar,

3 years ago

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Kai Wessels San Jose, CA

This is the second time I have used them. Each time I watched them install the panels in a very professional way and on time at the price they quoted. They also provided the right the amount of panels for the power I wanted. Also extremely responsive to any questions and concerns.

3 years ago

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Stanley Shatsky Los Altos, CA

First class work, excellent sales and installation work crew. Spoke with multiple companies before choosing Clean Solar for Bay area home. Have had system in place for six months and trouble free with system monitoring internet. Recommend highly.

3 years ago

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Laurie DeWitt San Jose, CA

I had 2 homes within 2 years with Clean Solar and recommended them to several families. From start to end they were always pleasant and answered ALL my questions. I live in the mountains and they even made several trips up there to make sure solar was the right choice for this house. Would use them again if we move. Laurie D. Los Gatos

3 years ago

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MN Morgan Hill, CA

Had them install a roof array 2+ years ago. The process was quick and professional. Installed the panels and micro inverters that I wanted. A++

3 years ago

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