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Simms Solar Electric

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LAST UPDATED: October 24th, 2022

Simms Solar is a professional solar panel installation company based in Ramona, California. The company boasts over ten years of experience in the industry and has been awarded the "#1 Solar Company" from Ramona’s Sentinel Readers Poll from 2017 to 2021.

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The Good

  • Free Quote and Financing
  • Active on Social Media

Free Quote and Financing

Consumers interested in working with Simms Solar can call the company and request a free estimate.

Alongside the free estimate, Simms Solar offers financing. The company boasts that its customers save, on average, about $100 on their monthly SDG&E bills. Simms Solar states that some customers may even pay $0 down. 

Active on Social Media

Simms Solar is pretty good at keeping consumers up-to-date on what it has been doing via social media. The company’s Facebook account includes posts on what recent projects the company has been undertaking and any awards the company has received. 

Although the company’s activity on social media has little to do with how well the company installs solar panels, it is a good indicator that the company takes pride in its work. By posting its recent installations, Simms Solar proves that it is continually working and gaining experience with each project. It also gives consumers a chance to see what the company can do. 

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The Bad

  • Vague Website 

Vague Website 

Overall, Simms Solar’s website lacks details. The company fails to disclose important information such as what panels/brands it prefers to use, what types of financing it offers, or if the company is NABCEP certified. 

As far as financing goes, we know the company offers solar loans. We also believe that Simms Solar allows consumers to purchase their solar system upfront (if they have the cash). However, it is unclear whether Simms Solar offers a lease option or a PPA. If these options are something you’re interested in, you’ll need to contact the company directly and ask. 

Not everyone is worried about what brand of panels are being installed, but it can make a difference. Some panels are made to withstand harsher weather conditions, others are made specifically for efficiency, and some are more of a combination. Depending on which brand you get, the workmanship or equipment warranty will vary. Some companies offer a 20-year warranty, others only 10 or 5 years. Since this information is not disclosed on the website, it might be best to contact the company and ask before signing a contract. 

Being NABCEP certified is not required of solar companies, but it does add credibility. The NABCEP certification ensures that a company (and its employees) have the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of just about every renewable energy project they come across. 

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The Bottom Line

Simms Solar appears to be a trustworthy and reliable solar company. The Ramona Sentinel Readers Poll has awarded the solar installation company the #1 solar company, and customer reviews praise the company’s honesty and integrity.

However, we urge consumers to do their research and ensure they get the best deal. Simms Solar’s website is pretty vague, so you’ll need to contact the company directly for specific information. We highly recommend asking about the company’s financing options, which brand it uses and the warranty coverage, and whether or not the company has any NABCEP-certified staff. 

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