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.
Solar Alternatives is aptly named because it offers traditional solar systems but also a number of alternative energy solutions.
Residential services include the following:
In addition, solar technicians are also available to perform the following analyses and upgrades for improved energy efficiency:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.