Best Solar Companies in Arkansas

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    • SunPower
      3.5(2,281)
    • Green Home Systems
      3.2(51)
    • ShopSolar
      4.7(149)

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      Best Solar Companies in Arkansas

      If you've been thinking about going solar in Arkansas but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help you compare your options and get the best deal.

      We compared popular solar companies on ratings and reviews, equipment options, warranties, availability and other factors to choose our top picks for Arkansas. Read our full methodology for all the details. Our picks may be Authorized Partners who compensate us — this does not affect our recommendations or evaluations but may impact the order in which companies appear.

      Our top solar company picks for Arkansas

      1. SunPower
      2. Green Home Systems
      3. ShopSolar
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      Arkansas’ top 3 solar companies reviewed

      SunPower

      Buyer's Choice Award Winner
      Max. panel efficiency
      22.8%
      Payment options
      Cash, loan, lease
      Warranty
      25 years
      Year founded
      1985
      2x Award Winner
      Selected for having one of the highest satisfaction rates for Best Customer Service and Best for Installation

      SunPower is a national solar company with high-efficiency panels and comprehensive warranties. We like that SunPower’s low-profile mounting techniques result in minimal roof impact, and the SunVault storage battery is great for maximizing energy savings during peak rate times.

      What really sets SunPower apart is its seamless solar process. Local reps evaluate your home, design a custom system, secure any necessary permits and help work out financing if needed. After your installation is complete, the monitoring app lets you track the system’s performance after installation is complete.

      Happy SunPower customers often tell us about helpful reps, fast installations and long-term savings.

      SunPower benefits

      • 25-year warranty
      • Good monitoring app
      • Battery storage options
      • Ongoing support

      SunPower is a huge company. If direct, in-person communication is important to you, you might consider hiring a smaller, local operation.

      SunPower’s “Complete Confidence Warranty” covers your entire solar energy system for 25 years, including the panels, inverter, racking and monitoring. The company repairs or replaces equipment at no cost to you (including labor and shipping). It also covers rust damage for seaside installations.

      Financing options

      • Loans: Qualified customers can find reasonable rates with no money down. All financing approvals and processing happen through the mySunPower online portal.
      • Leases: Customers pay a monthly fee to use solar panels that SunPower owns. SunPower reimburses you if your solar system doesn’t perform as guaranteed, and the agreement can be transferred to a new buyer if you sell your home.
      Our pick for easy process
      Max. panel efficiency
      20%
      Payment options
      Cash, loan
      Warranty
      25 years
      Year founded
      2017

      Green Home Systems offers a wide range of solar energy solutions, including panels, inverters, batteries and additional accessories, from brands we trust, such as Panasonic, Qcells and Enphase. All installations in Arkansas are performed by a state-licensed electrical contractor.

      One customer we talked to, Donald in Gassville, went solar to save money in the future. “I'm happy with Green Home Systems,” he said. “They had a crew from Arkansas, and one guy knew exactly what he was doing and explained to me all he was doing. They were in and out fairly quick.”

      Donald said the installation took two days. “Also, the system looks good in the house. I'm well pleased with them,” he said.

      Green Home Systems benefits

      • PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) technology
      • Financing available
      • Energy storage options
      • 25-year guarantee

      Green Home Systems might not be the best fit if you’re on a tight deadline. Some customers in other states have told us about installation delays.

      Green Home Systems provides a 25-year warranty on solar panels and inverters. Batteries come with a 10-year warranty.

      Payment options

      • Cash: You can pay for your solar power system upfront, which gives you immediate ownership and potentially better long-term savings on electricity costs.
      • Loan: You can finance through a solar loan with annual percentage rate (APR) starting as low as 0.99% (on approved credit).

      ShopSolar

      Buyer's Choice Award Winner
      Max. panel efficiency
      Varies
      Payment options
      Cash, loan
      Warranty
      Varies
      Year founded
      2018
      1x Award Winner
      Selected for having one of the highest satisfaction rates for Best Customer Service

      ShopSolar is a great option if you’re buying solar equipment for DIY projects. You can find new and used solar panels, solar storage batteries, inverters, charge controllers, cabling, hardware, mounts and racks — everything needed for an off-grid or hybrid setup.

      The online company stocks brands like Panasonic, REC, Renogy, Canadian Solar and EcoFlow, plus it sells custom solar kits. Orders typically arrive within 10 business days. Overall, ShopSolar has a nice selection of equipment, fast deliveries and good communication.

      Alan in Murfreesboro got solar panels and a solar generator for his off-grid cabin. ”It was a great purchase,” he told us. “I'd also suggest ShopSolar above other companies. I've done a lot of research, looked at a lot of companies and was very pleased with what I found.”

      Another customer, Joe in Mountain View, easily installed his ShopSolar equipment. “It's in a cabin that is rarely used, and I put it there for cost savings,” he said. “There's no electricity down there, and this is the sole electrical source. There's no telling what it would have cost me to get electricity there.”

      ShopSolar benefits

      • Complete solar packages
      • Free shipping
      • Lifetime customer support
      • Price-match guarantee
      • 30-day return policy

      You’ll get detailed instructions, but ShopSolar doesn’t provide professional installation services. Some might find this process difficult, especially those without solar or electrical experience.

      “We did the DIY, and it wasn't too terribly hard after we did some research on it,” Rebekah in Havana told us.

      Another customer, William in Fairfield Bay, said, “The only problem I have with ShopSolarKits is the fact that it is a little bit of a premium on most of the items due to the fact that they do have support.”

      But it’s likely worth it if you have any power-related questions. “It's kind of technical on some of this stuff, and if you don't know, you're going to end up spending 1,000 bucks and blowing something up,” William added.

      ShopSolar is an authorized distributor of all the brands it sells, so all solar equipment is covered by the individual manufacturers’ warranties. If you run into a warranty issue, reps can help you contact the equipment manufacturer.

      Payment options

      • Online payments: ShopSolar accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo, Shop Pay and Diners Club International.
      • Financing: ShopSolar partners with Affirm on financing. Customers can make payments every two weeks or once a month for up to 36 months. Rates range from 0% to 36% APR.

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        Arkansas solar panel buyers guide

        If you've been thinking about switching to solar power but feel overwhelmed by the options, you're not alone. As residential solar panel systems gain popularity, it’s hard to know which solution is best for your energy needs. Our team has talked to solar customers all over Arkansas — here’s what to expect and what to look out for.

        Key insights

        • Residential solar panel installations cost anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 or more. The size of your solar panel system is the biggest factor in total costs.
        • The federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is the most significant way to lower the cost of installing solar panels. Arkansas has few additional financial incentives to make going solar more affordable.
        • Leasing your solar equipment can minimize the initial cost. But you won’t be eligible for the federal solar ITC because you won’t own the system.

        How much does it cost to install solar panels in Arkansas?

        A typical residential solar panel installation costs $27,940 in Arkansas. That price drops to $19,558 after the full federal solar investment tax credit (ITC).

        The size of your system plays a big factor in how much it costs overall. The average solar panel system in Arkansas is 11 kilowatts (kW). Depending on your household energy usage, you might need a smaller or larger system.

        Average solar panel cost by system size in Arkansas

        Source: EcoWatch

        This price doesn’t include the cost of a solar storage battery — sometimes these cost almost as much as the panels. Solar batteries are a must if you want real energy independence and essential if you go off-grid. Permitting, utility fees and maintenance also add to the cost of going solar.

        How can I pay for solar panels?

        There are a few ways to pay for a residential solar energy system in Arkansas. You have the option to pay the full cost upfront, but many people choose to finance their system through a solar loan. You can also lease solar equipment to minimize your initial cost. However, you won’t be eligible for the federal solar ITC if you don’t pay for or own the equipment.

        If you’re considering a solar loan or lease, always ask:

        • Is there a down payment?
        • How much will I pay per month?
        • Will my monthly payments increase, and if so, by how much?
        • Do you put a lien on my house?

        » COMPARE: Solar costs in other states

        What solar incentives are available in Arkansas?

        There are no state-level solar tax breaks, rebates or loan programs in Arkansas. The federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is the biggest factor in reducing the cost of going solar in Arkansas.

        If you install a residential solar panel system by the end of 2032, you will receive a federal income tax credit equal to 30% of the system's total cost — including equipment, labor and permits. For example, an average system in Arkansas costs around $27,940. At that price, you can get a $8,382 credit when you file your taxes.

        » EXPLORE: Arkansas solar incentives

        Net metering in Arkansas

        When your home's solar system produces more energy than you need, you can store it in batteries or sell it back to the power company through net metering.

        In Arkansas, systems that are 25 kW or smaller are eligible to participate in net metering. Once enrolled, you get credits on your electric bill for any excess energy sent onto the grid. These credits can roll over, and any unused credits will be paid out by the electric company after two years.

        Arkansas made changes to its net metering program in 2023. New net metering rules change utility companies’ rate structures and capacity limits. Now, you can’t roll credits over to use in another billing cycle; you can only use what you generate or sell the surplus back at a reduced rate. The new policy also lowers compensation rates for many Alabamans. Check with your utility provider for the most accurate information on your local net metering rates.

        How to choose a solar company in Arkansas

        Finding the right solar company to install your system is key to maximizing the benefits. These hiring best practices will help you choose an installer that delivers top-quality system performance. With the right solar partner, you’ll be on your way to reaping the many short- and long-term rewards of switching to solar energy.

        What to look for in a solar installation company

        We’ve talked to thousands of solar customers across the country. The best solar energy companies have a few things in common: experience, licensing and certifications, detailed project quotes and warranties. Here are a few more things to look for.

        • Long time in business: Choose a company with plenty of experience installing solar panels in Arkansas. Local knowledge is valuable in navigating state-specific regulations and incentives.
        • Good local reviews: Research the company's track record and reputation. Look for positive customer reviews, ratings and testimonials.
        • Licensed, insured and certified: Ensure the company is appropriately licensed, insured and has NABCEP-certified installers. This protects you and shows the employees take their business seriously.
        • Free consultations: Get multiple quotes from different solar companies to compare prices and services. Be cautious of companies that provide significantly lower quotes than others — this may indicate lower quality.
        • Comprehensive service: Choose a company that provides the services and products you want, like battery storage or EV chargers.
        • Solid warranty: A reputable company should offer comprehensive warranties to protect your investment. Look for warranties that last at least 10 to 25 years.
        • Transparent terms: Carefully review all the fine print before signing a contract with any solar company. If you don’t understand something about the payment terms, warranty or ongoing services, ask. Good communication is essential before, during and after the installation process.
        • Ongoing support: Quality solar panels last at least 25 years, so you want a company that’s still around if your system needs service after installation. Some of these newer, less reputable solar companies might not even exist next year.

        » MORE: Tips for getting the best solar quotes

        Solar brokers vs. solar installers

        A solar broker is a middleman or intermediary who helps connect homeowners with solar installation companies. A solar installer specializes in designing, procuring and installing solar panels and related components.

        Ultimately, deciding between a broker and an installer comes down to how much you want to be involved. A broker is helpful if you value convenience. If you want more control and potentially lower costs, working directly with a solar installer is best.

        Are solar panels worth it in Arkansas?

        Solar panels are worth it in Arkansas for the savings on future electricity bills and for reducing your carbon footprint. Solar panels are also great for energy independence. Consider a solar battery for even more independence, but remember that they can be pricey.

        It’s a common misconception that solar panels always eliminate your monthly power bill — this is not always the case. On the bright side, people who still have a bill after going solar typically pay significantly less than before. Arkansans with solar panels can expect to offset their electricity bill by 74% to 101%, according to EnergySage.

        On average, Arkansas homeowners with solar panels save an estimated $15,567 over 25 years. You get the most savings from going solar if you purchase your system upfront, but the significant initial investment leads many people to finance their equipment through a solar loan. If you finance, it’s worth it if your loan payment is cheaper than your current utility bill.

        However, be cautious with solar deals. We’ve talked to some residents who don’t get the deal they expected. With the right company and equipment, though, solar panels are beneficial for many Arkansas homes.

        » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

        FAQ

        Can I get free solar panels in Arkansas?

        We’re not aware of a totally free solar option in Arkansas, and scams that promise free solar panels can end up costing you quite a bit of money.

        However, you can lease solar equipment to reduce your upfront cost. You won’t own your panels with these options, though, so you won’t be eligible for the federal solar investment tax credit.

        » SOLAR PANELS: Lease vs. buy

        Is my HOA allowed to restrict solar panels?

        Possibly. There are no state laws stopping homeowners associations (HOAs) from restricting solar panels in Arkansas.

        Should I replace my roof before installing solar panels?

        High-quality solar panels last decades, which means that your roof should last just as long. You don’t want the expense of taking off your solar panels and then having them reinstalled to fix your roof. So, have your roof inspected before you install solar panels.

        » SHOULD YOU: Replace your roof before going solar?

        How does solar energy work?

        Solar energy utilizes photovoltaic cell technology to convert sunlight into electricity. Solar panels power homes and businesses during the day, and most solar power systems can access supplemental power from the grid as needed. Systems contain solar panels, mounting equipment, wiring, one or more inverters and sometimes batteries.

        Methodology: How we picked the best solar companies in Arkansas

        The ConsumerAffairs Research Team objectively evaluates solar providers to highlight those best equipped to meet most homeowners' needs. To choose our top picks for this guide, we started with 31 popular providers. First, we narrowed it down to the ones available in Arkansas. We then weighted several key features to get our final rankings:

        Reviews, ratings and testimonials: 40%
        We analyzed thousands of verified customer reviews and ratings to gauge real-world satisfaction.

        Overall reputation: 20%
        We considered each company's history, mission and value. Companies with generally positive feedback on our site and elsewhere on the internet scored highest in this aspect.

        Warranties: 20%
        A good warranty is important. We compared both product and craftsmanship warranties available from our top picks. All of our top picks have warranties of at least 25 years.

        Equipment selection: 10%
        We evaluated companies on their selection of solar panels, storage batteries and inverters. Those with proprietary technology or a wide equipment selection from trusted brands ranked highest.

        Monitoring and maintenance: 10%
        We gave preference to companies that offer real-time monitoring, regular maintenance services and solid after-sales support.

        To recap, our top picks for the best solar companies:

        • Our pick for ongoing support: SunPower
        • Our pick for easy process: Green Home Systems
        • Our pick for DIY projects: ShopSolar

        Guide sources

        ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:

        1. EcoWatch, “How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in Arkansas?” Accessed Jan. 8, 2024.
        2. EnergySage, “The cost of solar panels in Arkansas.” Accessed Jan. 8. 2024.
        3. DSIRE, “Arkansas Programs.” Accessed Jan. 8, 2024.
        4. Solar Energy Industries Association, “Arkansas Solar.” Accessed Jan. 8, 2024.
        5. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed Jan. 8, 2024.
        6. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, “Net Metering Policies.” Accessed Jan. 8, 2024.

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