Empire Solar Group is Out of Business
Empire Solar Group has declared bankruptcy and is no longer in business.
Empire Solar Group was founded in 2017 and provides both commercial and residential solar installation services across 14 U.S. states. The solar company was awarded “Top 500 Solar Contractors” status in 2019 and has installed tens of thousands of kilowatts of clean energy throughout the country.
One quality that sets Empire Solar Group apart from most solar companies is its full-service solar installation process. Every solar panel installation from Empire is conducted completely in-house, meaning no third-party contractors or multiple points of contact. At every step of the process, Empire Solar Group seeks to provide consistent high-quality service:
*The permitting process can take anywhere from two weeks to several months, depending on the responsiveness of the city, power company, and HOA.
Every Empire solar project is protected by two warranties, both lasting 25 years. The first is the equipment warranty, supplied by the manufacturer, which covers defective system components (solar panels, solar inverters, solar battery, etc.) that may be affecting system performance.
The second is the labor or workmanship warranty, which covers the solar installation process and associated maintenance. In short, any problem that may be affecting the system, all repairs, maintenance, replacement, etc., are covered by warranty and will be delivered at no cost to the homeowner.
Though Empire Solar Group has only been around since 2017, the solar company boasts a broad service area:
Empire Solar Group provides homeowners with numerous financing options, many of which come with zero out-of-pocket expenses. Third-party solar loans like these can be a great way to finance a solar energy system as they reduce upfront investment, while still qualifying solar users for incentives like state rebates and the Federal Solar Tax Credit.
Empire Solar Group does not explicitly mention its preferred solar partners on its site or social media, though the 25-year product warranty does suggest the company installs high-quality solar products. That said, specific solar panel, solar inverter, and solar energy storage brands can significantly inform the overall price, energy efficiency, and durability of the system. Providing this information upfront can give homeowners a better idea of what kind of system they’ll be receiving.
Empire Solar Group does not appear to be certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). The NABCEP provides the most advanced solar technician training programs in the country. Companies with the NABCEP stamp of approval have demonstrated excellence in solar installation as well as overall business practices.
The lack of a certification is no judgement against Empire; however, its presence can influence homeowners comparing multiple companies.
Empire Solar Group doesn’t appear to offer solar leases or power purchase agreements (PPA) to customers interested in switching to renewable energy. These options can be cost-effective for homeowners on limited budgets as they place the cost of ownership on the installer rather than the homeowner.