Best Solar Companies in Idaho

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    • SunPower
      3.6(2,279)
    • Blue Raven Solar
      4.8(229)
    • ShopSolar
      4.7(149)

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      Best Solar Companies in Idaho

      If you've been thinking about going solar in Idaho 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 Idaho. 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

      1. SunPower
      2. Blue Raven Solar
      3. ShopSolar
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      The 3 best 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 provider of high-efficiency solar panels and has lots of experience with professional residential installations. Across the United States, happy customers often tell us about helpful reps, fast installations and long-term savings.

      We also like that the SunVault storage battery is great for maximizing energy savings during peak rate times. Its control system gives you the most up-to-date information on your system’s status and energy usage.

      But what really sets SunPower apart is its solar installation process. They design a custom solar array, help get any necessary permits and work out financing if needed.

      SunPower benefits

      • Comprehensive warranty
      • Good monitoring app
      • Battery storage options
      • Ongoing support

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

      The SunPower warranty covers your entire solar energy system for 25 years, including the panels, inverter, racking and monitoring. The company repairs or replaces defective equipment at no cost to you (including labor and shipping).

      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.

      Blue Raven Solar

      Buyer's Choice Award Winner
      Max. panel efficiency
      Varies
      Payment options
      Cash, loan, lease, PPA
      Warranty
      25 years
      Year founded
      2014
      1x Award Winner
      Selected for having one of the highest satisfaction rates for Best for Installation

      Blue Raven Solar reps use proprietary software to design custom systems that maximize annual energy output, and its installers employ low-profile panel mounting and sleek cabling for visual appeal.

      Idaho customers say they are friendly, professional and fast. “From (the) point of sales to install Blue Raven has been wonderful to work with,” Robin in Idaho Falls told us. “Their communication was good and they answered my questions and took care of everything. The installation crew was wonderful. They worked fast, explained things and left the work area spotless,” Robin said.

      Another verified customer, Ben in Rexburg, said the installation crew completed his custom system within five hours. Ben told us he was “blown away by how well Levi led his crew, and how Kyle and Andy worked quickly and professionally to get it done quickly and get it done right.”

      Cody in Meridian has a similar experience with Blue Raven. “From beginning to end, they were super friendly, easy to work with and worked efficiently throughout the process to get our panels up and going way sooner than we thought we’d get them,” Cody told us.

      Blue Raven Solar benefits

      • Quality solar equipment
      • No upfront cost options
      • Energy storage solutions
      • Locations in Idaho Falls and Boise

      Some customers have told us about customer service issues after their solar panel system was installed.

      Blue Raven Solar has a standard 25-year warranty. Storage battery warranties vary by manufacturer. It offers the FranklinWH aPower Battery (12-year warranty), SunPower SunVault (10-year warranty), Enphase IQ Battery 5P (15-year warranty) and Tesla Powerwall 2 (10-year warranty).

      Payment options

      • Cash: You can pay Blue Raven upfront, which gives you immediate ownership of the solar panel system.
      • BluePower: This option lets you go solar without a significant upfront cost. You make fixed, low monthly payments after installation. There’s no prepayment penalty, and the plan is transferable to a new homeowner if you ever sell your house.
      • BluePower Plus+: This unique financing option combines aspects of a solar lease (or PPA) with the flexibility of ownership. Eligible customers pay $0 upfront, get 18 months of free solar power and then make fixed monthly payments. You own the system and are responsible for maintenance.

      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 an awesome place to buy solar equipment for DIY projects. The online company stocks brands like Panasonic, REC, Renogy, Canadian Solar and EcoFlow. It also sells custom solar kits.

      You can find new and used solar panels, solar storage batteries, inverters, charge controllers, cabling and hardware, mounts and racks — everything needed for an off-grid or hybrid setup. It’s great if you need solar equipment for homes, RVs and outbuildings. Orders typically arrive within 10 business days.

      Overall, ShopSolar gets great reviews on ConsumerAffairs. People like that ShopSolar has a nice selection of equipment, fast deliveries and good communication. It’s best if you already know a bit about solar panels and electrical work, however.

      ShopSolar benefits

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

      ShopSolar doesn’t offer professional installation services, and the DIY approach doesn’t work out for everyone. For instance, Teresa in Mullan told us how she really feels about ShopSolar.

      “I hate it, ShopSolarKits. It doesn't work in the snow and there are eight months of snow up here,” she said. “It doesn't run my electric heater for eight hours, but it is charged up. It's a waste of my money. I'm very disappointed. I'm gonna sell it, and I'm never doing solar again.”

      Unfortunately, we don’t know what equipment Teresa ordered or what she was trying to accomplish. Other reviews say that ShopSolar reps are incredibly helpful. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you run into a technical problem.

      ShopSolar is an authorized distributor of 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. Annual percentage rates (APRs) range from 0% to 36%.

      Idaho solar panel buyers guide

      Residential solar panel systems are gaining popularity in Idaho and everywhere else. Our team has talked to thousands of solar customers all over the country — 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. Idaho also has local 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 Idaho?

      A typical residential solar panel installation costs $26,000 in Idaho. That price drops to $18,200 after using 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 Idaho is 10 kilowatts (kW). Depending on your household energy usage, you might need a smaller or larger system.

      Average solar panel cost by system size in Idaho

      Source: EcoWatch

      This doesn’t include the cost of a solar storage battery — sometimes those are 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 Idaho. You could pay cash upfront, but many people finance 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 since you won’t be purchasing the equipment to own.

      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 Idaho?

      Idaho has solar tax breaks, rebates and low-interest loan programs that you may be eligible for. But the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is still the most significant factor in reducing the cost of going solar in Idaho.

      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 your solar system’s cost. For example, an average system in Idaho costs around $26,000. With a system of that price, you can get a $7,800 credit when you file your taxes.

      » EXPLORE: Idaho solar incentives

      Net metering in Idaho

      Net metering is the process of sending excess energy your system produces back to the grid for compensation. There’s no statewide net-metering policy in Idaho, but Avista Utilities, Idaho Power, Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Falls Power offer net metering for residential customers with systems up to 25 kilowatts (kW).

      The alternative to net metering is getting a solar battery to store excess energy that your system produces during the day.

      How to choose a solar company in Idaho

      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. Consider the ConsumerAffairs research team’s best practices before you hire any solar installation company.

      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 other things to look for.

      • Long time in business: Choose a company with plenty of experience installing solar panels in Idaho. 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 properly licensed and insured and has NABCEP-certified installers. This protects you and shows they 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, electric vehicle chargers or a monitoring system to ensure optimal output.
      • 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 going to be around just as long. In a booming solar industry, some newer, less reputable solar companies might not 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 depends on 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 Idaho?

      For many, going solar in Idaho is worth it for reducing energy bills and reliance on local power companies.

      One solar customer we talked to, Rae in Boise City, looked into solar after considering the installation costs versus the difference it would make in their electricity bill. Rae went for it. Enrollment was easy, and, “so far, we're well satisfied with our decision to go solar,” they said.

      Over 25 years, Idaho homeowners with solar panels average net savings of $11,478

      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.

      » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

      FAQ

      Can I get free solar panels in Idaho?

      We’re not aware of a totally free solar option in Idaho, 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

      How many solar panels do I need for my house?

      How many solar panels you need depends on how much energy your house typically uses and the power output of each panel. In general, a typical 2,000-square-foot home would need approximately 19 solar panels to power it fully.

      How does solar energy work?

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

      Should I replace my roof before installing solar panels?

      High-quality solar panels last decades, which means that your roof needs to 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 it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected before you install solar panels.

      » SHOULD YOU: Replace your roof before going solar?

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        Methodology: How we picked the best solar companies in Idaho

        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 Idaho. 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 solar 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 low upfront cost: Blue Raven Solar
        • 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 Idaho?” Accessed Jan. 12, 2024.
        2. EnergySage, “Idaho solar panels: local pricing and installation data.” Accessed Jan. 12, 2024.
        3. DSIRE, “Idaho Programs.” Accessed Jan. 12, 2024.
        4. Solar Energy Industries Association, “Idaho Solar.” Accessed Jan. 12, 2024.
        5. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed Jan. 12, 2024.

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