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Windfree Solar

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LAST UPDATED: June 21st, 2022

Windfree Wind and Solar Energy Company provides its solar services to homeowners and businesses in Illinois. The company was founded in 2009 and, according to the website, founded by a "team of creative energy visionaries and early adopters of sustainable technologies." 

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The Good

  • Certifications
  • Recognized Solar Company
  • Design Services

Certifications

Windfree Solar's installers are North American Board Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). 

NABCEP Board Certified technicians have proven to have the knowledge and skills required to meet the demands of renewable energy projects. With its technicians holding these certifications, Windfree ensures that your solar project will be installed correctly and in compliance with all regulations. 

Windfree is also a certified Tesla Powerwall dealer and installer. This means you can store your solar energy (that's generated throughout the day) to use at any time. If you are interested in this service, we recommend speaking with a Windfree representative for more information. 

Recognized Solar Company

Windfree Solar was rated one of the top Illinois Solar Contractors by Solar Power Magazine (2019). 

Design Services

Windfree Solar has an in-house CAD engineer and several premier architect partners on staff. This ensures that all projects are built to client satisfaction while meeting all building regulations. 

Additionally, the company partners with component manufacturers whose job is to coordinate system designs and architectural drawings. All of this is to make sure the system is appropriately sized and layed out to accomplish the client's renewable energy goals.

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The Bad

  • Undisclosed Information

Undisclosed Information

Windfree Solar's website lacks important information that potential clients rely on when deciding on which solar company to work with. 

Windfree Solar does not disclose a lot of information about its equipment and warranty lengths. The company gives a general statement that says, "Our equipment comes from tier-one manufacturers with full-performance warranties and product guarantees." While this is good to know, it would be even better if Windfree said which brand of solar panels they prefer to use and how long the warranties last. 

Windfree Solar also doesn't mention anything about financing on its website. I's unclear if the solar company works with third-party banks to offer solar-specific funding to its clients or if there is a leasing or PPA option. 

There's also no mention of how long clients can expect the entire process to take, how long installation time is estimated to be, or other similar information. 

These vague statements leave consumers with a lot of unanswered questions. It would be nice if Windfree would disclose this information upfront on the website. Not disclosing this information is frustrating for consumers as they have to contact the company directly (calling or emailing) and speak with a company representative for specific details.

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The Bottom Line

Like many solar companies, Windfree Solar is passionate about renewable energy and reducing our carbon footprint for a better future. The company is young, but that didn't stop it from being rated as one of the top solar contractors in Illinois. 

We'd like to see more information onWindfree Solar's website. The website is a bit vague and doesn't give consumers a good idea of what they can expect when working with Windfree Solar. We'd also like to see the company disclose more details regarding its products, product warranties, financing options, and other relevant information. 

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Ben Tolsky Middleton, WI

I tried working with them and they simply wouldn’t give me the time of day. One sales rep who I met at a fair never replied to any of my emails. I tried contacting them online and they insisted that to give me a quote I first had to pay $250 for an outside party to assess my house using Google Earth. Needle to say I choose to go with a company that was happy to work with me.

3 months ago