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LAST UPDATED: June 21st, 2022

YellowLite was founded in 2008 by top executives from The Wireless Center, which was a cell phone distributor with hundreds of stores throughout the Midwest and the Eastern United States. This team of entrepreneurs was passionate about preserving our environment, eliminating our dependence on foreign oil and promoting a renewable energy source here at home, thus, YellowLite was born.

YellowLite strives to provide the highest quality design and installation of solar systems. They are a Certified SunPower Authorized Dealer and are SunPower Advanced Certified, NABCEP Certified and more. They specialize in providing solar systems for residential, commercial and non-profit customers alike.

In this YellowLite review, we have gathered an extensive amount of information regarding what this company has to offer, including any details we feel you need to be aware of. You can then use this review to make an educated decision about whether or not they are the right fit for you and your particular solar situation.

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The Good

  • Payment Options
  • Financing Options
  • SREC Financing Options
  • Warranty Information
  • Equipment
  • Online Monitoring

Payment Options

YellowLite only offers two types of payment options, which are financing and offering the SREC program.  Unlike most of their competitors, they don't appear to offer any type of leasing programs.  However, they do provide some attractive financing options and therefore, if you qualify for one of their preferred payment options, this might be the perfect solar company for your needs.

Financing Options

YellowLite's website provides their customers with three different financing options.  There is a great infographic that shows you all the terms and requirements side by side for traditional bank financing, using Green Sky Credit or through Admirals Bank.

  • Traditional Banks - with this option, you can select the bank of your choice and opt for either secured or unsecured financing. Additionally, you can use the Ecolink Rate Reduction, which is 3%.  This type of financing offers you a range of loan terms, which are generally, 5, 7, 10 or 12-year options.
  • Green Sky Credit - with this option you can place the federal tax credit on a same-as-cash 12 months, no interest, no payment plan, which will allow you to take advantage of the 30% federal tax credit now. This will help if you want to pay off your solar system quickly.  There are no equity or mortgage requirements.  This is 100% unsecured financing, up to $50,000, the application process is easy and secure, with no paperwork required.  You will receive a fast approval, usually within minutes.  There are no application fees, no closing costs, and no pre-payment penalties.  Your payments will begin five months after you sign.
  • Admirals Bank - with this option, you might be eligible if you are making any of these home improvements: residential solar panels, re-roofing, solar water heating, installing energy efficient windows and doors, residential geothermal heating and cooling, insulation or metal roofing.  You also might be able to apply for a Solar Stepdown Loan independently, or apply to the SolarPlus Loan as a supplementary option.  If you are unfamiliar with how the Solar Stepdown Loan and the SolarPlus Loans work, these are explained in detail on the YellowLite website.  Or you can contact them for more information and a more detailed explanation.

SREC Financing Options

The solar renewable energy credits (SREC's) are tradable credits that when each time your system generates 1,000 kWh of electricity, you will receive an SREC that can then be sold or traded independently from the power. The value of SRECs in any given state is measured by three different factors.  RPS compliance fee schedules, SREC supply, and SREC demand, which are all explained in detail on the YellowLite website.

You can easily monetize your SRECs by using an SREC aggregator, which YellowLite has already partnered with - Sol Systems.  Sol Systems is the largest SREC aggregator in the country and can provide you with reliable financing options customized to fit your needs.  They also offer utility-backed contracts, competitive pricing, quarterly payments, a streamlined registration process and they provide top-notch customer service as well.

Sol Systems has three different offerings that can help reduce your solar project costs anywhere from 20-40%.

  • Sol Annuity - this is a long-term solution that provides you with guaranteed prices for your SRECs even when the spot market prices fall. You get fixed quarterly payments for every SREC you produce over a three or five-year term.
  • Sol Upfront - this option helps you reduce your out-of-pocket expenses by providing you a lump-sum payment based on the size (kW) of your solar system. After you sign-up, Sol Systems will lock the amount of your upfront payment.  Then after your system has been properly registered, you will get a check sometime within 10 business days.
  • Sol Brokerage - this option is a flexible SREC solution that will let you benefit from the risk-reward of spot-market rates with no effort on your part. Sol Systems will monitor the SREC trading platforms and any legislative changes and will then use their market experience to establish a target price for your particular SRECs.  Every quarter you will receive a payment for every SREC that was produced by your solar system.  This payment will reflect the weighted average of SREC sales for the quarter minus the higher of $5 or a 5% brokerage fee.

Warranty Information

YellowLite installations are guaranteed for five to ten years; however, the solar equipment that was installed on your home carries its own product warranty as well and will be backed by the manufacturing company.  However, most solar manufacturer warranties are usually around 25 years.  You will need to confirm the warranty period for your chosen system with YellowLite and make sure that the information is duly noted in your contract.

Equipment

YellowLite does not offer a one-size-fits-all equipment solution, which is great because every home and roof is different.  However, they only use NABCEP certified installers, who will, at no charge, come out and look at your roof while taking into account your personal solar goals then will customize a system specifically to meet your particular needs.

They offer a variety of different solar modules, which are SunPower, MAGE, LG, SolarWorld and Canadian Solar, as well as a variety of different inverters, which are SMA, Fronius, and Enphase.  Installing a solar system on your home will help protect you from rising electricity rates while increasing your property value.

When using YellowLite, you will get the benefit of SunPower's patented Maxeon solar cell technology that has 21% module efficiency and are the most efficient panels that are commercially available to help you save on your electric bills. Additionally, they will do the same for commercial businesses and non-profit organizations as well.  Just contact them for your free evaluation.

Online Monitoring

According to YellowLite, they provide an online monitoring system to all their solar PV systems.  This is a great feature as it will help them determine when your system requires any maintenance or repairs, such as when any of the panels or the inverter is producing less than they should.  YellowLite would be notified immediately and schedule the necessary repairs with as little downtime as possible.

Additionally, an online monitoring system will allow you to view your system's performance and view any of the many reports remotely.  This will tell you exactly how much power you are producing every day, month and year throughout the life of the system.  YellowLite's engineering staff continually analyzes these reports and troubleshoots any issues to make sure you are getting the production that's expected.  However, problems are rare and the systems usually perform better than expected.  But if something should happen, YellowLite will contact you immediately and schedule a time to resolve the issue.

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The Bad

  • Moving Options
  • Availability
  • Contract Details

Moving Options

Unfortunately, we were not able to find any information regarding how YellowLite handles moving issues.  Therefore, you will need to contact them to find out who is responsible for the moving and the cost of moving your solar system should you need to replace your roof.  Additionally, you will also need to inquire as to whether or not your solar contract is transferrable to the new owner should you decide to sell your home.  Most solar contracts are transferrable to the new owner, although the new owner might have to qualify to take over your contract.  Additionally, you need to make sure all of this is thoroughly documented in your contract.

Availability

YellowLite only offers solar services in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, West Virginia, and Missouri. 

Contract Details

YellowLite does not offer any of the details about their contracts.  However, most solar contracts are based on the individual needs of your particular location and the equipment you've chosen.  Therefore, this is not unusual.

However, to get started, all you have to do is contact YellowLite and request a free quote.  They will then schedule your free site evaluation and will deliver your proposal to you via email or in person.  Your proposal will include the initial system design, any green energy rebates, and tax credits, as well as the total cost of your new system and more.  After you've signed the contract YellowLite will take care of everything from there, including the photovoltaic design, permitting, system construction, all inspections, the utility interconnection and the green energy rebate collection.

The installation process will vary depending on the size and complexity of your install.  However, a typical residential solar install should take approximately three to four business days.  Then, once the installation is complete, your PV system will be inspected by the governing municipality and your utility company, in which YellowLite will schedule and attend personally so you will not have to be present.

After the inspections have been completed, YellowLite will give you all the electrical and structural drawings of your new system, along with all owner's manuals, warranties, and instructions on how to monitor your solar system's performance.

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The Bottom Line

YellowLite's availability is limited to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, West Virginia, and Missouri. With that being said, if you live in those states, you can consider YellowLite as your solar provider but we don't necessarily recommend them at this time. However, you will be limited with your payment options as they only offer loan and cash payments. The nice thing about YellowLite is its 25-year manufacturer warranty and having that kind of protection for the panels could give you what you need to take the leap for going solar.

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Henry V Brook Park, OH

I followed Yellowlite from when it was first created and did not sign a contract until December 2016 at which point the Federal Tax Credit was renewed until the end of 2019, the price of solar came down and the technology advanced and am very satisfied with what I got. There was typical construction problems with mounting 16 panels on my garage, trenching the power lines 60 feet from the back of the garage to the house power lines and retro fitting the electrical utility panels but found the Yellowlite sales, installation crews and technical support staff very professional through the out the whole process. I highly recommend Yellowlite and the Solar Edge systems they sell. Henry V Brook Park Ohio

5 years ago

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Ben Tolsky Middleton, WI

They provided me with an online quote that came in much higher than quotes I got from local installers who came from my house. But the worst part is that they mentioned the quite ignored shade, they expected me to remove the trees in my yard! Removing green is not how you go green!

1 month ago

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Edward Yates Columbus, OH

After deciding to add a solar array to our house, we started looking at companies in our area (Cincinnati, Ohio) that seemed to have some sort of reasonable track record. Yellowlite didn't come up initially, but I found them thanks to a query for information from a solar information clearinghouse. Yellowlite is out of Cleveland, but has done work here, and has a reap that lives in Cincinnati. I had three companies submit bids, and the rep from Yellowlite was by far the most technically savvy. He didn't just rely on google maps for information on my roof, he spent about a half hour on my roof, measuring angles, sitelines for trees, etc. (He was the only one of the three that actually got up on my roof. In the end, Yellowlite won for a couple of reasons: 1. The sales process. Ezequiel came in and did the above, but was also straightforward and not pushy. He was extremely knowledgeable about the technology and the installation process. I told him that he was was a great salesperson because he was anything but the stereotypical home improvement salesperson. No pressure, just presenting his product and answering questions. 2. Price. Yellowlite came in about 10% lower than the other bidders. One of the other bidders came back and offered to lower their price, but I'm of the opinion that if you didn't make your best offer up front, you don't deserve another shot. 3. Reputation. Once Yellowlite got on my radar, I looked into the company pretty deeply, and found little reason to want to make a different choice. The installation was completed at the end of the year, and there were a few problems with it, but they all got worked out. I've never been through a home project that didn't have a few headaches. We also has a communications problem between the system and monitoring portal that lasted a few weeks, but it really only lasted that long due to my travel schedule. And it was Ezequiel the came back to help resolve it. (He's apparently also a tech.) You can do worse with a solar contractor than Yellowlite, but I'm relatively certain you can't do better. I am happy to tell people about my solar experience and Yellowlite, and have already recommended them to a couple of people. The installation experience is the only reason they didn't get a perfect 10, but I've shared my thoughts with them regarding it, and I believe it will make them even better on future jobs.

5 years ago

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Wilfrid W Csaplar Jr Weirton, WV

They were very professional. Reimbursed me for my expenses involving the inspection, and even moved the installation day earlier when it was discovered that the day they were going to install it was predicted to have snow.

5 years ago

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john Plymouth, IN

Did not do a satisfactory job! My rep. changed many times. They seem to not to care about customers. Took YELLOWLITE 3 months to reveal that their insurance doesn't qualify for electric providers requirements. Charged me for engineering on system that I didn't receive an invoice still after 5 months. Stopped payment on company issued refund check. Took 3 months to receive refund on contract that they didn't deliver on. Beware ! Still trying to get copy of invoice and engineering facts Don't deal with this company!!!!

11 months ago

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Sukumar Cranberry Twp, PA

The process was smooth and they explained the solar project clearly in a way that I could understand. It's up and running and no issues so far :)

5 years ago

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Larry Ricketts Long Beach, CA

Tech and install were very good. No problems whatsoever. System looks great and works as promoted. We are very satisfied.

5 years ago

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Dan Lilly Painesville, OH

I reached out to the company because a neighbor had used them . No response . I then called again and was assured that someone would talk to me about a proposed system . Still waiting . That was at least 4 months ago . I ' m guessing they are not to interested in doing this . I can only presume their follow through would be the same .

2 years ago

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Tom Echemann Sidney, OH

Terrific company to do business with. Great customer service.

5 years ago