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Founded in 2008, Solar Alternatives is a solar installation and energy services provider based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company has a fleet of thousands of commercial and residential solar systems across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

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The Good

  • Comprehensive Services 
  • Ongoing Maintenance 
  • Experience and Innovation 

Comprehensive Services 

Residential 

Solar Alternatives is aptly named because it offers traditional solar systems but also a number of alternative energy solutions. 

Residential services include the following: 

  • Rooftop solar
  • Ground mounted solar 
  • Solar shingles and canopies 
  • Electric vehicle (EV) charger 
  • Solar pool heating system 
  • Solar attic fan
  • Solar hot water 
  • Powerwall 
  • Home battery 

In addition, solar technicians are also available to perform the following analyses and upgrades for improved energy efficiency: 

  • Smart thermostat installation 
  • LED lighting retrofits
  • A/C duct sealing 
  • Blower door test to identify leaks and gaps 
  • Caulking around windows and doors
  • Attic foam insulation 
  • HVAC coil and condenser cleaning and tuneup 

New Orleans residents can also purchase Kohler generators for full-home standby power. 

Commercial 

For businesses, Solar Alternatives can provide consultation services on a basic or comprehensive level. Businesses can request a simple initial energy usage report up to a comprehensive sustainability and strategy report for a group of facilities. A site analysis includes commercial solar feasibility, facility and energy analysis, and a customized design. 

In addition, the company provides corporate policy regulation and environmental and sustainability consulting. 

Ongoing Maintenance 

As part of its consultations, Solar Alternatives performs a full systems analysis aimed to reduce initial expenditures and lifelong operating costs. To supplement these measures, the company provides ongoing operations maintenance to ensure peak performance throughout the lifetime of the solar system. 

The commercial case studies listed on the company website describe a 2–10 year workmanship warranty range and 10–25 year manufacturer warranty range. 

Experience and Innovation 

The Solar Alternatives staff brings decades of combined experience amongst professional in-house electrical engineers, project managers, and procurement experts. The company performs all the conceptual engineering and estimating tasks as well as full-service installation. 

Solar Alternatives utilizes industry best practices and incorporates the latest solar and energy storage technologies tailored to each project.

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The Bad

  • Undisclosed Price and Warranty Details 
  • Louisiana Residents Only 

Undisclosed Price and Warranty Details 

There are other solar companies that are more forthcoming with warranty and pricing details. 

The company claims it has competitive rates, but offers no baseline, average, or sample prices for either commercial or residential solar systems. You’ll need to contact the company and likely complete a full consultation in order to estimate your solar costs. 

Similarly, Solar Alternatives offers a number of financing options but does not describe details as to what these financing programs are like. Again, you’ll need to call for a consultation for more information. 

And while case studies for commercial projects list sample warranties for materials and workmanship, there is no information regarding residential solar warranties available with Solar Alternatives. 

Louisiana Residents Only 

Though Solar Alternatives has solar systems in operation across the Gulf Coast, it is currently providing services in Louisiana only. 

While this limits the clientele that can employ Solar Alternatives, it’s possible that the company’s highly localized service means that it has a better pulse on local trends and regulations than a larger solar franchise would.

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The Bottom Line

Offering both commercial and residential solar solutions, Solar Alternatives stands out from the competition in its variety of services offered. The company’s goal is to be a trusted leader in renewable energy systems, and it seems to be accomplishing that goal through rooftop solar, ground-mounted solar, and solar shingles and canopies, as well as solar solutions for electric vehicles, pools, and attics.

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