Best Solar Companies in Louisiana

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      4.7(149)

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      Best Solar Companies in Louisiana

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

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

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      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 top national company with high-efficiency solar panel technology. We like that its SunVault storage battery is excellent for maximizing energy savings during peak rate times. But what really sets SunPower apart is its seamless solar panel installation process.

      Local representatives evaluate your home energy needs, design a custom system, help secure any necessary permits and work out financing options. The company typically works with local installers, and SunPower’s monitoring app lets you track the system’s performance once the project is complete.

      One verified customer, Elizabeth in New Orleans, told us SunPower had a good offer and was the only company ready to work with her.

      “To get the panels up, it was very quick,” she said. “We had to get the Historic District to allow them, and SunPower was helpful in that regard, as well as dealing with (the) city council to get them allowed. … Their customer service has always been responsive, timely and pleasant.”

      SunPower benefits

      • 35+ years of experience
      • Comprehensive 25-year warranty
      • Battery storage options
      • Energy monitoring services
      • Ongoing customer support

      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).

      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. You can transfer the agreement to a new buyer if you sell your home.

      SunPower is a reliable solar company with comprehensive services, but it’s not the cheapest option. Your upfront costs tend to be a little higher than other companies. After all, you get what you pay for. We’ve also heard some grumblings about installation delays and contractors who come in from other states.

      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 do-it-yourself projects. It has a nice selection of equipment and fast deliveries. ShopSolar customers tell us that setting up an account takes about two minutes, and you get extra discounts for doing so.

      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 store sells custom solar kits and stocks equipment from brands like Panasonic, REC, Renogy, Canadian Solar and EcoFlow. Orders typically arrive within 10 business days.

      ShopSolar benefits

      • Great for homes, RVs and outbuildings
      • Free shipping
      • Price-match guarantee
      • 30-day return policy
      • Lifetime customer support

      ShopSolar doesn’t offer professional installation services. It’s best to know a little about solar panels and electrical work, or you might get frustrated with the process or install something incorrectly.

      Another thing to keep in mind is that you might get multiple packages from the same order. One customer, Renato in Slidell, suspects it’s part of how the company keeps costs down. For Renato, this led to some tracking-number confusion that ShopSolar was able to quickly and efficiently resolve:

      “I said, ‘Hey, I'm missing half of my packages.’ And they responded within 15 minutes, saying, ‘This is the other tracking number right here. For some reason, you didn't get them.’ But I did. ... They answered immediately and solved my issue. They were very easy to work with and very responsive, which is not common anymore,” Renato told us.

      » DIY SOLAR PANELS: Pros, cons and installation guide

      ShopSolar is an authorized distributor of all the brands it sells, so all solar equipment is covered by individual manufacturer 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%.

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        Louisiana solar panel buyers guide

        Going solar in the Pelican State might be easier than you think. Our team has talked to thousands of solar customers across the country. Here’s what to expect and what to look out for.

        Key insights

        • A professional solar panel installation can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 or more.
        • The federal solar tax credit is the most significant way to lower the cost of buying solar panels. You won’t be eligible if you lease the equipment.
        • The best solar energy companies have a few things in common: fantastic reviews, transparent pricing, reliable equipment and comprehensive warranties.

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

        Solar panel costs in Louisiana are comparable to the national average of around $18,000 for a 6-kilowatt (kW) system (that price drops to $12,600 after factoring in the full federal solar investment tax credit).

        The cost to go solar in Louisiana has fallen 42% over the last 10 years.

        The size of your system plays a big role in how much it costs overall. The price also varies depending on which installer you hire and if you need a solar storage battery. Solar storage battery costs are sometimes almost as much as the panels. Storage batteries are a must if you want real energy independence and essential if you go off-grid.

        » COMPARE: Solar costs in other states

        How can I pay for solar panels?

        You could pay the full cost upfront, but many finance their system through a solar loan. It works like most other types of loans — there is an application process, and you pay the loan back over time with interest.

        Alternatively, you can lease solar panels. There are pros and cons to leasing. It’s sometimes cheaper in the short term, but you’ll be disqualified from some of the best financial incentives, including the federal solar investment tax credit.

        » SOLAR PANELS: Lease vs. buy

        What solar incentives are available in Louisiana?

        The federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is the most significant way to make installing panels more affordable. The ITC is a federal income tax credit equal to 30% of your solar power system’s total cost, including equipment, labor and permits. The ITC is not a rebate or refund, and any unused portion rolls over into the next tax year.

        Homeowners may also take advantage of solar tax breaks and loan programs in Louisiana.

        » EXPLORE: Louisiana solar incentives, tax credits and rebates

        Net metering in Louisiana

        Net metering lets homeowners get credits for extra electricity their solar panels generate. The goal of net metering is to let you produce enough renewable electricity for your own home's needs, but not drastically more than what you use.

        Louisiana models its net metering policy after Arkansas. This means that utility companies must offer net metering to residents who generate electricity with solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies. Residential systems up to 25 kW in capacity can qualify.

        How do I choose a solar company in Louisiana?

        The best solar companies have a few things in common: high-efficiency equipment, transparent contract terms and long warranties (at least 10 to 25 years). Here’s what else to look for.

        • Long time in business: Look for companies with plenty of experience installing solar panels in Louisiana. It makes it easier to navigate regulations, permits and available financial incentives.
        • Good reputation: Research the company's track record and read reviews. Look out for red flags — complaints about misleading sales tactics, equipment failures, billing issues and lack of communication are common themes in negative solar company reviews.
        • Comprehensive service: Consider if you want a solar storage battery, electric vehicle (EV) charger or a monitoring system to ensure optimal output. It’s also smart to ask about critter guards in Louisiana.
        • 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 appropriately licensed and insured and has NABCEP-certified installers. This protects you and shows the employees take their business seriously.
        • Transparent terms: Carefully review proposals and financials, understand legal considerations, and ask about maintenance before signing an agreement with any solar company. If you don’t understand something about the payment terms, warranty or ongoing services, ask.

        » TIPS: Getting the best solar quotes

        Are solar panels worth it in Louisiana?

        With rising electricity costs, more Louisiana homeowners find that solar panels are worth it in the long run. In the best-case scenario, your monthly energy costs are predictably low. Your monthly costs also won’t go up when utility companies raise their rates.

        Louisiana receives an average of 4 to 4.5 peak sun hours a day.

        However, If you live in a more remote or shaded area — or if your energy consumption is really low — the upfront costs might not outweigh your savings over time.

        Louisiana's electricity costs are below average, but typical household energy consumption is also above average. The higher energy consumption means you need larger solar installations, which increases your overall costs.

        On the bright side, Louisiana generally has good solar potential due to its relatively high amount of sunshine. This makes it a promising location for solar energy generation.

        » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

        FAQ

        Can I get free solar panels in Louisiana?

        We are not aware of any legitimate programs offering totally free solar panels in Louisiana. However, you can lease a solar energy system with little to no upfront costs. Just look out for scams that promise free solar panels — they can end up costing you quite a bit of money.

        » FREE SOLAR PANELS: Are they really free?

        What’s the difference between a solar broker and a solar installer?

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

        The decision on whether to use a solar broker or a solar installer comes down to 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.

        Should I replace my roof before installing solar panels?

        As a rule of thumb, consider fixing or replacing your roof before going solar if it’s more than 10 years old. If you do replace your roof, expect removing and reinstalling the panels to cost around $5,000 for a 19-panel setup.

        » SHOULD YOU: Replace your roof before going solar?

        Methodology: How we picked the best solar companies in Louisiana

        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 Louisiana. We then weighted several key features to get our final rankings:

        Reviews, ratings and testimonials: 40%
        We analyzed 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 scored highest in this aspect.

        Warranties: 20%
        A long 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 each company’s 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 in Louisiana are:

        • Our pick for professional installation: SunPower
        • Our pick for DIY solar 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. DSIRE, “Louisiana Solar Programs.” Accessed Jan. 30, 2024.
        2. EnergySage, “The cost of solar panels in Louisiana.” Accessed Jan. 30, 2024.
        3. Solar Energy Industries Association, “Louisiana Solar.” Accessed Jan. 30, 2024. 
        4. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed Jan. 30, 2024.

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