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Founded in 2016, Gold Rush Energy Solutions (Gold Rush Energy) began as an installation exclusive company but since has evolved into a full-blown solar operation. The company’s mission is quite simple — provide homeowners with quality experiences and products. 

Gold Rush Energy Solutions' goal is to provide an optimal installation and personal customer service by certified professionals who care about their customers. The company aims to provide the highest quality of product and workmanship while still maintaining competitive pricing in the market. Its primary purpose is to empower people with the latest renewable technology so that they may live more abundant lives.

In 2018, Gold Rush Energy joined the California Solar and Storage Association and expanded its service area to cover all of Northern California. However, the company has plans to offer its services statewide). Additionally, in 2019 Gold Rush Energy was awarded the Start-Up of the Year Award from El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce.

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The Good

  • Whole Home Solar
  • Custom Ground Mounted Solar Solutions
  • Home Resiliency Packages
  • Do-It-Yourself Solar
  • Commerical Solar
  • Additional Services

Whole Home Solar

To ensure that its solar solutions are the perfect fit for every household, Gold Rush Energy offers a number of creative solutions for those seeking to make a positive impact on the environment. 
 
Creative financing — With low interest rates and zero upfront costs, switching to solar can be next to effortless. (This applies for those with bad credit. If you find yourself in this situation, reach out to a representative and they will work on finding an appropriate solution.)
Tax incentives — Gold Rush Energy offers a variety of Power Purchase Agreements (PPA's) unique to each customer's needs. One option can even transfer to full ownership after just 6 years. 
Other — Further options are available depending on your circumstance. If your home is in the shade more than others or if your roof surface area is lacking, micro-inverters can help with efficiency and performance. For those who may need to replace their roof, solar tax incentives can at times help you pay for this service. If the roof on your home is made of a unique material or is a unique design, Gold Rush Energy will work to find a way to make solar work for your home.

Custom Ground Mounted Solar Solutions

Gold Rush Energy Solutions is an excellent choice for homeowners who want their solar panels mounted somewhere other than their rooftop. It is aware that not every individual will have the same wants and needs when switching to solar. 
 
Gold Rush Energy Solutions boasts that a number of other solar companies in California who sell ground-mounted solar installation will outsource the work to Gold Rush Energy. 

Customers can also purchase pre-built packages for their RVs or boats from Gold Rush Energy’s Amazon storefront. 
 
Additionally, Gold Rush Energy offers elevated ground-mount solar installations. This installation allows homeowners to park cars or store items under the ground-mount.

Home Resiliency Packages

Gold Rush Energy wants to ensure that you are able to store the energy that your home solar solution generates safely to ensure that you are never left in the dark. With rolling blackouts common throughout the state of California (where services are currently available) Gold Rush Energy suggests that you invest in a battery or a generator. 

Battery — If you decide to use a battery as your solution, you will want to meet with a staff member so they can help you find the perfect battery for your system. Gold Rush Energy offers a wide variety of batteries including Lithium Iron, NMC, and Partially Charged Carbon for both off-grid and grid-tied installations. 
Generator — If you plan on using a generator, Gold Rush Energy suggests that you find one that can tap into your gas line. This variety is usually the most affordable. They are also a safe option as they turn off automatically when needed and require very little maintenance.

Do-It-Yourself Solar

Unlike other solar companies, Gold Rush Energy Solutions encourages and applauds those who choose to attempt to install their own solar power systems. However, the company is willing to help customers in whatever capacity they need. 

If homeowners want to put solar panels on their homes without paying an installer, customers can buy a variety of necessary equipment and hardware from Gold Rush Energy’s Amazon storefront. Or if a customer has already purchased the equipment and hardware needed, they can hire Gold Rush Energy to take over the remainder of their project.

Commercial Solar

Many business owners worry that only larger commercial properties can afford solar. That being said, the advent of a number of new financial vehicles has made solar affordable to most companies. 
 
Some of the ways that small businesses are able to save when using solar include: 

  • Reduced utility costs
  • No demand charges
  • Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
  • Federal advanced depreciation
  • State straight line depreciation (10 years)
  • Short-term conventional loans with 0% interest
  • Long-term PACE loans with 30-year terms and low monthly payments
  • Operating leases and/or Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)

Additional Services

Switching to solar does not only provide you with clean energy in your home, but can also impact other parts of your life. Gold Rush Energy helps solar users to install electric vehicle charging stations. This service can be included in your solar installation. Some of the chargers that Gold Rush Energy installs include: JuiceBox EV Charger and SolarEdge Solar/EV Charger.

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The Bad

  • Limited Service Area

Limited Service Area

As mentioned before, Gold Rush Energy is available to residents of Northern California. While the company has plans to expand and offer the services statewide, there is no timeframe as to when that will happen. Although there are some advantages to a smaller service area, it also limits the number of customers for the company.

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The Bottom Line

Gold Rush Energy is known for providing an array of energy solutions for commercial and residential properties. Whether homeowners are looking to lower their energy costs, reduce their impact on the environment, or for financial benefits, Gold Rush Energy offers several creative solutions.

The solar company offers interest rates as low as 1.99 percent and no money down, or they have several leases and PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements). Currently, Gold Rush Energy has a limited service area and is only available to residents located in Northern California; however, the company does have plans to offer its services statewide.

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Jay Johnson

I went with Gold Rush because they offered the lowest cost and our consultant Bob Straight was honest and very knowledgeable. The reason why we give them 5 stars is they offered a 25 year warranty on parts, labor and shipping. They also installed our system quickly and they paid attention to detail. They ran the conduit through the attic and painted it to match the house. If you are considering solar I would highly recommend Bob and Gold Rush.

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F. Tang El Dorado Hills, CA

5 STARS - EXCELLENT Solar company!!! - Gold Rush Energy installed my solar system last year and they exceeded all my expectations from my initial call requesting information to turning the system on with PGE grid. Ben H (sales representative) is very knowledgeable about the various products, warranties and installation process. I am one of those customers that over analyzes everything and ask a million questions (especially for such a major investment as this) and Ben/Gold Rush Energy was always responsive and I never felt “sales pressure”. I compared various vendors and, based on all my research/vetting, I did not hesitate to use Gold Rush Energy to install my solar. It was a textbook “turnkey” operation where they took care of all the paperwork, scheduling and coordination with my HOA, PGE and inspectors. I highly recommend anyone who is thinking of installing solar to contact Ben H/Gold Rush Energy for a competitive quote and/or a proposal for your specific home/needs – you will be happy you did.

1 year ago

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We are thrilled that you are happy with your solar installation. Please reach out with any questions that you have in the future. We are here to help.

Mar. 6th, 2020

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Miraflores Winery Castro Valley, CA

We truly cannot say enough about the wonderful service we received from Victor F (our Gold Rush Energy solar rep) and the entire Gold Rush Energy team. We had a very large solar project as we are a commercial winery out in the Pleasant Valley area of Placerville and Gold Rush Energy stood up to the task and handled the entire process smoothly and with zero complications-from mapping out the best spot on our property to place the panels, to being there during the final PG&E inspection. We are so excited and proud to now be a solar operated winery! I highly recommend them for any kind of solar project, whether it's for a business or a residence. You won't be disappointed!

1 year ago

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Reply from Gold Rush Energy Solutions

It was an honor contributing to your to the serene landscape at Miraflores Winery. Such a peaceful and even therapeutic place to install a 300-panel ground-mount. I hope we made going solar feel easy and look good. It was a pleasure working with you and your staff throughout the process. We look forward to visiting you guys and checking in on your commercial solar system throughout its lifespan. Thank you for the opportunity!

Mar. 6th, 2020

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mark funston Shingle Springs, CA

gold rush installed my solar system and generator. It has been working flawlessly and we have been generating power with no electrical bill.this team is professional. They delivered on their promises. I wouldnt look any further. this is my go to company. very happy with the install and time frame of delivery. great company

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Sarah Destefano El Dorado Hills, CA

We chose Gold Rush Energy Solutions because they were extremely professional and Victor F answered all our questions and provided a solution to our energy needs. The installation team was on point. The job was completed as scheduled.

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Reply from Gold Rush Energy Solutions

Thank You Sarah! We appreciate the opportunity to work for you. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We are right around the corner.

Mar. 6th, 2020

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Kim Mattox El Dorado Hills, CA

Gold Rush came highly recommended and they did not disappoint. They were quick and responsive. Cost were very affordable and competitive. Very easy to work with and handled all necessary paperwork with our HOA.

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Reply from Gold Rush Energy Solutions

Thank you for your review! It was a pleasure to go to work for you. If you ever have any questions feel free to reach out to Ben & don't forget about our referral program if you have any friends or family who is thinking of going solar.

Mar. 6th, 2020

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Ricky Caires Napa, CA

Great service ,they did exactly how I wanted will definitely reccomend them to friends and family

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Ken Pauley

Great customer service, very responsive to my demands/ questions

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Carmen Navarro Concord, CA

Excellent work, very courteous and professional staff. Very good price too!

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Vandana Thirumale

All of their work and customer service has been excellent

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Malay Vaghela Tracy, CA

Good Service and good competitive prices

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