Best solar companies in Kansas

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    • SunPower
      3.5(2,281)
    • Blue Raven Solar
      4.8(229)
    • ShopSolar
      4.7(149)

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      Best solar companies in Kansas

      The best solar company for you comes down to your budget and preferences around equipment, financing and installer experience.

      To choose our top solar picks in Kansas, we compared popular solar energy companies on ratings and reviews, warranties and other factors. 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 Kansas

      1. SunPower
      2. Blue Raven Solar
      3. ShopSolar
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      SunPower shines with top-tier solar equipment (but carries a premium price tag). Blue Raven also has positive customer feedback and uses high-quality materials that should last 25 years or more. If you’ve got a small solar project in mind, ShopSolar is the best value (if you don’t mind putting everything together yourself).

      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 one of the most established solar companies operating in Kansas. The company has more than 35 years of experience and uses proprietary high-efficiency panel technology. Its premium black panels are made to withstand extreme weather conditions, and signature low-profile mounting techniques result in minimal roof impact.

      SunPower is a “reliable, solid company” with “very friendly customer service,” according to one customer, Brenda in Wichita. “I was skeptical about solar companies, but the company answered all my questions to my satisfaction,” she said. “The installation was quick and painless.”

      Another customer, Karen in Pomona, told us, “The performance of the panels have far exceeded my expectations! I can't believe how much power they generate, even during the winter, I am still generating sufficient energy to provide for all of my electricity needs.”

      SunPower benefits

      • 38 years in business
      • Comprehensive 25-year warranty
      • Good monitoring app
      • Battery storage options
      • Ongoing support

      Consider SunPower if you prioritize advanced equipment and end-to-end guidance installing solar in Kansas. Just be aware that these premium products come at a cost.

      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

      • Loan: Qualified customers can get reasonable rates with no money down. All financing approvals and processing are handled through the mySunPower portal.
      • Lease: You pay a monthly fee to use solar panels 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 takes a technology-focused approach tailored to the Kansas climate. The company’s solar advisors use proprietary software to design systems that maximize your annual energy output based on your roof specifics and local weather patterns.

      Installers employ low-profile panel mounting and sleek cabling for visual appeal. Blue Raven also stands out for affordable financing programs that can minimize your out-of-pocket costs. The 25-year warranties provide peace of mind once your system is up and running.

      “The electrician on the team was especially helpful and friendly,” one local customer, Brent in Basehor, told us. “The results look great and they were all very friendly and professional.”

      Blue Raven Solar benefits

      • Quality solar equipment
      • Flexible payment options
      • No upfront cost options
      • Energy storage options
      • 25-year warranty and productivity guarantee

      For a tech-savvy solar solution from a company familiar with Kansas, Blue Raven is worth considering. Be sure to ask about the latest financing offers.

      Solar panel installations come with a standard 25-year warranty. Storage battery warranties vary by manufacturer. Blue Raven offers the FranklinWH aPower Battery (12-year warranty), SunPower SunVault (10-year warranty), Enphase IQ5P Battery (15-year warranty) and the Tesla Powerwall 2 (10-year warranty).

      Financing

      • BluePower: This option lets you go solar without a significant upfront cost. There’s a fixed, low monthly payment and no prepayment penalty. The plan is transferable to a new homeowner if you ever sell your house.
      • BluePower Plus+: This financing product combines the aspects of a solar lease (or PPA) with the flexibility of solar panel ownership. Eligible customers can pay $0 upfront, get 18 months of free solar power and make fixed monthly payments after that. 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 specializes in DIY-friendly solar solutions, including custom solar kits with all the equipment you need for self-installation.

      The do-it-yourself approach can cost thousands less than typical solar installs, and you can still get quality gear. The online store stocks top brands like REC, Renogy, Panasonic, Canadian Solar, EcoFlow and more.

      “My first purchase with them was an open box item, and I’ve been really happy with the products,” Rodney in Tonganoxie told us. “They offered video support for beginners. With the big ticket items that I bought from them, I used their customer service, and it was very, very good.”

      However, Rodney had some issues with a second order; he said ShopSolar sent the wrong package, and it took a long time to get it resolved.

      ShopSolar benefits

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

      If you don't mind getting hands-on, premium equipment at great prices. Just know this DIY model requires more effort than turnkey installation services.

      ShopSolar equipment is covered by individual manufacturers’ warranties. You get the full manufacturer warranty since the company is an authorized distributor of all the brands it sells. If you run into a warranty issue, ShopSolar reps can help you get in touch with your equipment manufacturer.

      Payment options

      • Online payments: ShopSolar accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club International, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Shop Pay and Venmo.
      • Financing: ShopSolar partners with Affirm to offer financing. You 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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        Kansas solar panel buyers guide

        If you've been thinking about switching to solar power but feel overwhelmed by the options, you're not alone. We’re here to help you compare all your choices and get the best deal. Our team has talked to several solar customers in Kansas — 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. Kansas also has statewide incentives to help make going solar more affordable.
        • If you want to minimize your initial cost, you can typically lease your equipment. However, you won’t be eligible for the federal solar ITC if you lease or enter a PPA because you won’t own the equipment.

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

        The ConsumerAffairs Research Team conducted an in-depth analysis to determine how much it costs to go solar in Kansas and the average solar costs in other states.

        The average cost to install a residential solar panel system in Kansas is $23,310 before considering the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC). That price drops to $18,130 after using the full ITC.

        The size of your solar panel system is the biggest factor in total costs. Not surprisingly, bigger systems that produce more power are more expensive.

        Other cost factors include the types of panels you choose and if you need a battery for storage. Solar batteries are a must if you want real energy independence, and they sometimes cost as much as the panels. Permitting, utility fees and maintenance also add to the cost of going solar.

        Average cost by system size in Kansas

        Source: EcoWatch

        How can I pay for solar panels?

        There are a few ways to pay for a residential solar energy system in Kansas. You have the option to pay the full cost upfront, but many people choose to finance their system through a solar loan.

        You can lease your equipment to minimize your initial cost. However, you won’t be eligible for the federal solar ITC if you lease solar panels because you won’t own the equipment.

        If you are 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?
        • Will there be a lien put on my house?

        » SOLAR PANELS: Lease vs. buy

        What solar incentives are available in Kansas?

        The federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is the biggest factor in reducing the cost of going solar in Kansas. 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 Kansas costs around $23,310. At that price, you can get a $6,993 credit when you file your taxes.

        Other than the federal tax credit, Kansas homeowners who go solar can take advantage of a property tax exemption. This is great, considering that one study estimates that, on average, houses with solar panels sell for 4.1% more than those without. The solar property tax exemption applies to residential, commercial and industrial solar investments.

        Unless you install a battery to store excess energy your system produces during the day, you should enroll in net metering if possible. Kansas has a statewide net metering program.

        » EXPLORE: Kansas solar incentives

        Net metering in Kansas

        If you have extra solar power and don't store it in batteries, you can sell it to your utility company through a program called net metering. In Kansas, Evergy and Empire District are required to offer net metering.

        This can result in significant savings on your electricity bills, as Paul in Topeka explained to us.

        “We were on equal pay with Westar Energy here in Topeka. So, we were still paying for our winter usage,” Paul said. “Under equal pay, we were paying about $175 a month. Then, our system here, altogether installed, is running us about $133 a month.

        “So when we got our first real bill from Westar Energy, we had gone from $175 to $29. The second month, it was $130 because of the clear days and the sunshine. We’re saving probably $145, and it’s costing $133, so we’re doing better. And the system is basically paying for itself.”

        To participate in net metering, your solar setup must be 15 kilowatts or smaller. Instead of giving you cash, your electric company gives you credits on your electric bill. But, remember, these credits expire if you don't use them by the end of March each year.

        How to choose a solar company in Kansas

        Choosing a solar company in Kansas requires careful consideration if you want the best value for your investment. Here’s what to keep in mind when hiring a solar company.

        What to look for in a solar installation company

        The best solar energy companies in Kansas perform a site inspection to collect all necessary information before providing a detailed estimate. Other factors to look for include:

        • Long time in business: Look for companies with five or more years of experience. This signals they are established and reputable and will likely have good warranty and customer service.
        • 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.
        • Licensed, insured and certified: Ensure the company is properly licensed and insured and that it has NABCEP-certified installers. This protects you and shows you the company takes its business seriously.
        • Comprehensive service: Consider financing options like solar loans or leases if you can't pay cash upfront. Find a company with terms that fit your budget and provides the services and products you want, such as battery storage or electric vehicle chargers. Don't settle for less.
        • Good local reviews: Read customer reviews carefully to gauge the quality of installations, sales practices and service, but note some reviews may be biased.
        • Solid warranty: Opt for a company with at least a 10- to 25-year labor warranty to cover any installation damages. Added protection like a performance guarantee is even better.
        • 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 exist next year.

        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 solar broker and a solar installer depends on how much you want to be involved in the process.

        A broker can be helpful if you value convenience. If you want more control and potentially lower costs, it’s best to work directly with a solar installer.

        Are solar panels worth it in Kansas?

        As energy costs continue rising in Kansas, more homeowners are considering solar panels. Solar power provides clean, renewable energy while locking in consistent electric rates for years.

        For many Kansas homeowners, going solar is worth it for the reduction in energy bills and reliance on local power companies.

        “I have a goal of having my house be zero net energy,” Dick in Olathe told us after going solar in 2020. “I also want to minimize the amount of carbon dioxide I put into the atmosphere.”

        On average, Kansas homeowners with solar panels save an estimated $21,455 over 25 years.

        Solar energy has numerous advantages, including a smaller carbon footprint and reduced energy bills. It’s also important to consider the drawbacks. The biggest one is that solar equipment is expensive. And not all solar companies have your best interests in mind. “They promise you the world,” one dissatisfied solar customer, David in Spring Hill, said, “and once they have your money it's downhill fast.”

        Often, the viability of solar in Kansas often comes down to picking the right installation company. For homeowners who choose one of the highest-rated solar partners, the outcome is usually positive.

        » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

        FAQ

        Can I get free solar panels in Kansas?

        There’s no totally free option to get solar panels in Kansas that we’re aware of. Unfortunately, scams that promise free solar panels can cost consumers a lot 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.

        » FREE SOLAR PANELS: Are they really free?

        Is my HOA allowed to restrict solar panels?

        It’s possible your homeowners association (HOA) can pass rules restricting installation of solar panels. Kansas has no laws that prevent HOAs from restricting solar panels.

        Do I really need a solar storage battery?

        A solar battery helps you increase your energy independence and is essential if you want to go off-grid. Solar batteries let you store the solar energy you produce to use when your system is not generating power.

        Methodology: How we picked the best solar companies in Kansas

        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 Kansas. 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 10 to 25 years.

        Equipment selection: 10%
        Companies were evaluated 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, these are our top picks for the best solar companies:

        • Our pick for ongoing support: SunPower
        • Our pick for friendly installers: 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 Kansas?” Accessed Dec. 12, 2023.
        2. DSIRE, “Kansas Solar Programs.” Accessed Dec. 12, 2023.
        3. Solar Energy Industries Association, “Kansas Solar.” Accessed Dec. 12, 2023.
        4. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed Dec. 12, 2023.

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