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POWERHOME Solar

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LAST UPDATED: October 8th, 2021

POWERHOME Solar is one of the fastest-growing solar companies in the United States. It is headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, and specializes in solar energy and roofing services. 

Initially, the company was founded in 2006 as Rescomm. However, in 2014 the company rebranded and became POWERHOME Solar and Roofing. 

In 2020, POWERHOME Solar was ranked number 255 on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. POWERHOME Solar also boasts that it was ranked seventh nationally among residential solar installers by Solar Power World — making it the number one residential solar company in the Southeast and Midwest. 

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The Good

  • Cost Information
  • $0 Down, 100% Financing
  • Lengthy Warranties
  • No Subcontractors

Cost Information

POWERHOME Solar doesn't provide any exact pricing information on its website. This is completely expected within the industry as the cost of each solar system will vary from property to property.

POWERHOME explains that solar panel prices depend on your current energy consumption, the direction your home faces, the amount of sunlight your roof receives, and more. 

However, we applaud POWERHOME Solar for including all the components that will affect your solar system's final price.

The company states that you will be given an all-inclusive price for your system and the final price will be based on the following factors:

  • Installation Equipment — This includes solar panels, inverter(s), wiring, conduit, mounting racks, and mounting hardware
  • Custom Designed Solar System — Once you sign a contract, you will work with the POWERHOME team to start designing the system, filing permits, and getting set up for installation
  • Time and Date for Installation — On the agreed-upon date, a POWERHOME team will carefully inspect and install the solar panels, ensure they're functioning properly, and clean up afterward. 

For many homeowners, trying to figure out the total cost of their new solar system can be like pulling teeth. We appreciate POWERHOME Solar's transparency and providing consumers with at least some general information on exactly what will affect the total cost. 

$0 Down, 100% Financing

POWERHOME Solar offers $0 down, 100 percent financing to qualified homeowners. 

The website doesn't exactly say the qualifications, so you will need to contact the company directly for more information. 

Lengthy Warranties

POWERHOME Solar boasts that it has some of the highest-quality solar panels that come with superior reliability and performance. Because the company fully believes that its solar panels are superior, all panels come with a 30-year linear power performance guarantee and a 25-year product workmanship guarantee. 

Additionally, the panels that POWERHOME Solar uses guarantee that your panels will operate at 80 percent of their original capacity after 30 years.

POWERHOME Solar also offers a 12-year warranty on solar inverters (don't worry, you can purchase an additional 13 years of coverage to match your solar system's 25-year warranty). 

No Subcontractors

POWERHOME Solar doesn't hire subcontractors. Instead, the company's team consists of fully licensed electricians, with unlimited general contractors license and unlimited electrical contractors license. 

POWERHOME Solar is also a GAF Master Elite roofer. In addition, the company has multiple employees who have completed either OSHA 10 or OSHA 30 training, and the project engineer/design manager is NABCEP-certified.

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The Bad

  • No Option to Lease
  • Not Available Nationwide

No Option to Lease

Homeowners looking to get a solar lease or PPA for their new system will have to look elsewhere.

While a solar lease or PPA can be a great solution for many homeowners, POWERHOME Solar has several reasons for not offering these financing solutions.

The first and foremost reason POWERHOME doesn't provide solar leases is that it believes that everyone should own their power. When leasing, a third party essentially owns your solar system.

While there are some positives to a lease (the fact that you can get a solar system for little or no money down, you avoid the responsibility of repairs and maintenance, etc.), there are also a few negatives — the main one being that you lose control of your roof.

As leasing companies aim to maximize their profit, you could end up with a lot more panels than you wanted, the panels will be placed where the company wants, and you have to worry about selling the lease to another person should you move before the lease is up.  

The second reason POWERHOME Solar doesn't offer solar leases is, so you (the homeowner) get the maximum return on your investment. 

Not Available Nationwide

POWERHOME Solar is only available in 15 of the 50 states. 

  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

The company is still young and growing, so it may be available to residents of other states soon, but there is no timeframe for when that will happen. 

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The Bottom Line

If you've been thinking about renewable energy and reducing your carbon footprint, we recommend looking into a company like POWERHOME Solar. The company specializes in solar systems and has even received a few awards praising its customer service and business model.

With this solar company, you only have two financing options to choose from (buy or loan), but the company gives a clear explanation of why that is.

In addition, we admire POWERHOME Solar's transparency when it comes to pricing. Although the company doesn't give any exact pricing information (since every system will vary depending on the house, location, panel placement, and more), we appreciate the fact that POWERHOME Solar goes into some detail about what will be included in the final cost — giving you an idea of what to expect. 

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Jeff in MI Saginaw, MI

Overall, very satisfied with whole system. Everyone was a professional, and took their job very seriously. The project planning, and execution was not without glitches, but every issue got addressed quickly, and to my satisfaction. I am an engineer and have managed many projects myself, and I give these guys high marks for the coordination of the whole project, from beginning to end. Inspections went very well - it is clear the installation crew did a high-quality job. I agree with other reviews that these guys are not the lowest priced option, but I have always believed that you get what you pay for. I watched these guys like a hawk during installation, and they did very good work. I did catch one rather significant error, and they corrected it immediately. Bottom Line: we installed a 7.4 kW system and the system has been producing anywhere from 10 kWH to almost 40 kWH each day for the first month of full operation, with a peak generating capacity of 6.7 kW. I will be anxious to see the impact on the first full billing cycle, which will be next month’s bill. So far - very satisfied.

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Reef Morse Westland, MI

Cost was a bit high but the installers were excellent. Got approval to turn on the unit in a week. Only difficulty was that the array was located under a big tree that had to be cut down. I bought a 4.3 kW array and have been getting 20-25 kWH on sunny days. I want to expand the system as I have an electric car. All in all a pleasant experience with few glitches.

3 months ago

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