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LAST UPDATED: March 16th, 2022

Empowered Energy Systems is a local, family-owned solar company in Western Colorado. Its mission is to help communities become more self-reliant using solar energy.

Empowered Energy Systems is committed to designing and installing high quality solar solutions.  It has been in business since 2004 and has a reputation for excellent customer service. The staff at Empowered Energy Systems is NABCEP certified. 

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The Good

  • Financing Available
  • Community Engagement
  • Reviews
  • No Subcontracting

Financing Available

As utility rates continue to rise, solar systems are becoming more popular for homeowners to take control of energy production and cost. Solar adds value to homes, with homeowners enjoying low and stable bills. Colorado residents have the option of using a RENU Loan, which is a product offered through the Colorado Energy Office and Colorado-based credit unions. Empowered Energy Systems' website provides the following details about its services:

  • Loans up to $50,000
  • Up to 100% of the project cost
  • Competitive, fixed interest rates starting at 2.75%
  • No-money down financing for up to 20 years
  • No pre-payment penalties

Community Engagement

Empowered Energy Systems is very involved in the local community. It invests in community organizations including KVNF Radio; Delta County Libraries Summer Reading Program; The Mountain Harvest Festival; The Western Slope Conservation Center; The Paradise Theater; Western Colorado Alliance; Friends of Youth and Nature; Solar Energy International; and the Delta Area, Hotchkiss, and Paonia Chambers of Commerce. Its commitment to these programs show its investment and commitment to the Western Colorado area.

Reviews

Empowered Energy Systems has good reviews to be found online. Prior customers report that the staff is very knowledgeable, highly trained, honest, professional, and friendly. Many customers use EES for home and business properties and give glowing opinions of how well the crew works together. 

No Subcontracting

Empowered Energy Systems does not outsource any of its installations, meaning the company installs every solar panel and inverter itself. Working with a full-service provider like Empowered Energy Systems is good for homeowners, as the company will have full control over who is in and around your home.

If you ever come across a company that does use subcontractors for any part of the project, we would suggest finding another solar company to do business with — it's just too risky. While the solar company itself might be licensed, the subcontractors might not be. Additionally, the more people who are involved in the project, the bigger chance there is for miscommunication and lack of quality.

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The Bad

  • Limited Service Area
  • No Product Information

Limited Service Area

Empowered Energy Systems is located in and serves these communities in Western Colorado:

  • Delta
  • Montrose
  • Paonia
  • Cedaredge
  • Grand Junction
  • Olathe
  • Hotchkiss
  • Crawford

No Product Information

Empowered Energy Systems doesn’t provide any information on its website about the products it uses. It has general animated pictures of how solar works, but any specifics like brands, pricing, and warranties are left out. As a customer, you want to know what products you should expect. Knowledge is power in the world of consumerism, and not offering a lot of information does not build confidence. 

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The Bottom Line

Empowered Energy does not subcontract any of its work, offers financing, has been around for a long time, and is very involved in the local communities it services. However, the solar installer's availability is limited to Western Colorado, and its lack of information available to potential customers leaves us wanting a lot more information before suggesting its services.

From what we see, it’s a local company and chooses not to invest heavily in an online presence. Empowered Energy Systems may still be a good choice to go with as a solar contractor; we just would recommend a phone call to investigate some more details about products and warranties. 

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