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LAST UPDATED: September 24th, 2022

Meraki Solar provides comprehensive solar services to residential property owners in several states across the country. Since 2017, Meraki Solar has worked to provide clients with custom solar systems specifically designed to the property and the overall energy needs. Rather than involve multiple moving pieces, Meraki Solar will assist clients throughout the entire solar process.

The professionals at Meraki Solar will provide a free initial consultation to each property owner interested in having a solar system installed. Following this consultation, the Meraki Solar design team gets to work quickly identifying potential equipment options and mocking up what the system would look like aesthetically speaking. Once all parties come to an agreement on a design, the installation process moves forward and the actual system is installed. Finally, Meraki Solar will ensure that the system is successfully activated and clients are ready to utilize clean, renewable energy. 

Since its founding, Meraki Solar has quickly expanded its operations, allowing more residential property owners the ability to be energy independent. Prospective customers can request a free quote any time and get the solar process started. 

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The Good

  • Compare and Contrast Shopping Service
  • Broad Service Area
  • Payment Structure
  • Start to Finish Involvement

Compare and Contrast Shopping Service

The most unique service that Meraki Solar provides to its clients is the compare and contrast shopping service. Most solar companies will simply inform clients of what equipment can be installed or what equipment is accessible. Meraki Solar takes it a step further by shopping around on behalf of its clients.

After the initial home evaluation, a Meraki Solar professional will design the best solution for the home. After preparing, designing, and ultimately presenting the solar options, the Meraki Solar professional will go over these solutions with the client and compare and contrast the possibilities. This process ideally saves money and provides a completely customized experience that not all solar companies can provide. 

Broad Service Area

One of the most impressive aspects of the Meraki Solar operation is the fact that the company has rapidly expanded, servicing seven states with plans to reach even more. This is particularly impressive as Meraki Solar manages every aspect of the solar process for each client.

By offering services in multiple states, Meraki Solar is able to reach more prospective solar clients looking to become energy independent. To date, Meraki Solar offers services in the following states:

  • California — Laguna Beach
  • Florida — Clearwater, Destin, Ft. Lauderdale, Melbourne, Rockets, Orlando 300’s, Orlando Elit, Orlando Magic, Panama City, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Treasure Coast, and Empire
  • Texas — Brownsville, El Paso East, El Paso Elite, El Paso Strong, El Paso West, Horizon Strong, Rio Grande, and Valley
  • Colorado — Colorado Springs, Denver East and West
  • New Mexico — Albuquerque East and West, Santa Fe, Las Cruces East and West, Roswell, and Rio Rancho Ease and West
  • Utah — Provo
  • Arizona — Phoenix

Most solar installation companies only service one state or a select few of the more populated cities within a state. Meraki Solar has expanded to service multiple states and cities. 

Payment Structure

Most clients cannot pay for a solar system upfront and outright as the national average cost to have a solar system installed on a residential property ranges from $15,000 to $25,000. To combat this expense, many solar companies will offer some type of financing. Most commonly, solar installation companies will partner with a local credit union or bank to offer solar loans to clients.

Meraki Solar offers financing independent of these third-party sources. Clients will not have to put any money down initially for install. Clients will then pay for solar power by the month, just like a utility bill, but at a reduced flat rate. Over time, the panels themselves will be paid off and then the client owns them outright. 

Start to Finish Involvement

Typically, when a solar company expands into multiple states or covers a region of the country, there is some sort of outsourced work involved. Whether the installation process is outsourced to a local contractor or the sales process is handled by an entirely different company, that seems to be the most commonly seen makeup of expanded solar operations.

Meraki Solar has managed to keep all oversight and operations in-house, meaning the team handles all solar services from start to finish. There will not be middle man or outsourced work when clients decide to go with Meraki. 

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The Bad

  • No Solar Lease or PPA Options
  • Undisclosed Workmanship Warranty

No Solar Lease or PPA Options

Meraki Solar only provides customers with two financing options: direct purchase and solar loan. While both options grant homeowners to fantastic federal tax credit incentives, direct purchase can require tens of thousands of dollars upfront, while the solar loan can require even more money over time.

Solar lease and power purchase agreement (PPA) options are incredibly cost effective in that they place the financial burden of installation and maintenance on the company; the customer meanwhile only pays a flat monthly rate for either the system or the solar power — and often at a lower rate than the electric bill.

Undisclosed Workmanship Warranty

Although Meraki Solar provides customers with robust product warranties through their manufacturing partners, the solar company has not disclosed the terms of its own workmanship warranty, which provides additional protection for the system against installation errors and necessary maintenance. Leading solar panel installation companies provide workmanship or labor warranties of up to 25 years — the lifespan of the system.

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The Bottom Line

Meraki Solar provides a complete solar service to clients all across the country. With the company’s professional compare and contrast shopping service, clients can pick and choose equipment before it is drafted up or installed. Despite only having been in operation since 2017, Meraki Solar has found a way to expand into seven states and is looking to continue that trend.

To combat potential financial constraints, Meraki Solar offers a $0 down plan for anyone wanting to install solar sooner rather than laters. Lastly, Meraki Solar does not outsource any of their work. The company manages the entire solar process from start to finish. 

Even though Meraki Solar has been able to quickly expand, there are potential concerns prospective customers should be aware of. For starters, Meraki Solar does not have equipment partnerships and instead shops around for equipment. There is no way to disclose the equipment used because each case may be different. Also, Meraki Solar only does residential solar systems, so any other solar project will need to look elsewhere for services.

Considering all of the contributing factors, clients looking to use Meraki Solar should do thorough research and seek out experiences by former or current clients. There are some concerns mentioned, but there are also some proprietary services that can save clients money and allow for a better customized system.

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Mike H. Crestview, FL

Maraki Solar representatives have visited my home in Crestview at least 8 times in the past year, despite my requests that they cease. They ignore my "No Soliciting" sign posted within an inch of my doorbell, and claim that "they are just providing information, and not soliciting". I opened a case with Better Business Bureau 1 month ago (Case #19062862). Meraki responded that they would "inform their 1099 contractors that this customer's address should not be canvassed." This apparently had no effect, as I was just visited again (less than 4 weeks after my BBB complaint).

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maggie wilson Crestview, FL

Two salesman came to our front door with their sales pitch for the solar installation. I asked them directly how they get financed for this. They told me that they do a soft pull on my credit and it will not affect my credit at all. I told them go ahead and within 5 minutes my phone lit up from TransUnion Equifax Experian and my identity.com telling me they had pulled a hard pull and it would stay on my credit report for 2 years. Don't believe anything they say if they come in the door with a lie right off the bat they're going to lie to you the whole rest of the way. Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me.

4 months ago

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Jim Schultheis Fort Walton Beach, FL

I was sold the system in Feb 2020, but installation didn't start until May and it wasn't turned on until Oct 2020. The installation crew cause tens-of-thousands of dollars in damage to my roof. After dozens of phone calls and emails to the company, NOBODY from Meraki has called me back. Each of the 5-6 people who answer their support number promised a supervisor would call, but nobody did. In Dec 2020, I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. They have not responded to the BBB. In my last email to Meraki, I told them they have until Jan 7th to resolve the issue of I'll hire a lawyer to sue them. Do NOT do business with Miraki!!!

1 year ago

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Toni Hudson Cantonment, FL

Meraki, hires the right people to take care of their investment. Their teams that serve and come out to do the Energy efficiency are top notch.

1 year ago