Best Solar Companies in Michigan

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      3.6(2,279)
    • Blue Raven Solar
      4.8(229)
    • Complete Solaria
      5.0(194)

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      Best Solar Companies in Michigan

      To choose our top solar panel installers in Michigan, we compared popular solar energy companies on ratings and reviews, equipment options, 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 Michigan

      1. Our pick for ongoing support: SunPower
      2. Our pick for easy process: Blue Raven Solar
      3. Our pick for good value: Complete Solaria
      4. Our pick for DIY solar projects: ShopSolar
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      SunPower is great if you want savings but don’t know much about solar. If you already know what you need for a do-it-yourself project, start with ShopSolar.

      Blue Raven and Complete Solaria are both worth considering for residential installations — we suggest comparing quotes to see who has the best deal for you.

      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 leading solar panel company that offers high-quality systems to homeowners in Michigan. Panels are made by Maxeon — one of the top black roof panel manufacturers — right here in the United States. These durable black panels are built to withstand Michigan weather and keep producing clean energy for decades.

      The wonderful thing about SunPower is that it handles the whole solar process for you. Its local team assesses your home, designs a customized system to offset your electricity usage, helps you find financing options, secures permits and oversees installation.

      After installation, SunPower keeps your system running at peak efficiency through remote monitoring and maintenance. It also provides battery storage and energy audit services to help maximize your solar savings over time.

      SunPower benefits

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

      With an established local presence and American-made equipment, SunPower is a solar provider Michigan homeowners can trust for a smooth transition to clean, renewable power.

      Overall, the SunPower reviews from Michigan customers are positive. Many appreciate the reliability and efficiency of the systems and ongoing support.

      “The customer service is very helpful. If you have a problem they resolve it quite quickly. They are very friendly,” according to Brooke in Grand Rapids.

      Another verified customer, Jeff in St. Joseph, said the “experience has been very positive, very rewarding and pretty much what we expected to get from a solar power installation.”

      “The value of the product when compared to what we spent on it was great,” Ashley in Mount Pleasant told us. “The product that was sold to us is in great shape and has continued to be efficient since day one. The setup and installation of the products were very easy and hassle-free.”

      “Customer service was great, installation was smooth, and my financing options were reasonable,” Addie in Utica said.

      SunPower’s product warranty covers all components — including the panels, inverter, racking and monitoring — and performance for 25 years. It will repair or replace equipment at no cost to you (including labor and shipping).

      Payment options

      • Cash: You can pay SunPower upfront, giving you immediate ownership of the system.
      • 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 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.

      SunPower might not be the best fit if you’re on a tight deadline. Some customers have experienced issues with installation delays. SunPower is also a huge company — if direct, in-person communication is important to you, consider working with a smaller operation or hiring locally.

      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 specializes in installing solar panels with a low-profile racking system. Installers typically run the conduit on the interior of the house, which gives your home a sleek, modern look. The company also has an affordable financing option that combines aspects of a solar lease with solar panel ownership.

      We like that Blue Raven installers use tier-1 monocrystalline solar panels and Enphase microinverters. As for storage batteries, it offers lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) batteries from Enphase, Tesla, FranklinWH and SunPower.

      Blue Raven benefits

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

      With customizable solar suited for Michigan homes and hassle-free financing, Blue Raven makes the switch to solar a sunny experience.

      Blue Raven customers in Michigan are impressed by the company’s installation crews and customer service.

      Blue Raven’s “process is extremely painless” and it handles all phases of the project (sales, permits, install, financing and inspections), according to Jahred in Ann Arbor.

      “All the crew was great,” Terence in Novi told us. “They worked hard, they were competent, friendly and very professional. I believe that the attitude of the workers is a reflection of management and I conclude that things are running well up top. The product is excellent and I am very pleased.”

      “The Blue Raven crew was super nice to work with, from sales personnel to installation crew,” Kathy in Livonia said. “The installers were so personable, knowledgeable, considerate and neat! It was encouraging to me that the guys I talked to the most also used solar panels on their homes.”

      Similarly, Eric in Belmont said the installation crew was “speedy and professional. The entire process has been very smooth and efficient,” he said. “Definitely glad I chose Blue Raven for my solar energy system and I would recommend them to anyone interested in setting up solar for their home.”

      Blue Raven Solar provides 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 IQ5P Battery (15-year warranty) and Tesla Powerwall 2 (10-year warranty).

      Payment options

      • Cash: You can pay Blue Raven upfront, giving you immediate ownership of the solar equipment.
      • BluePower: This fixed, low monthly payment option lets you go solar without a significant upfront cost. 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 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.

      You won’t find as wide of a range of brand partners as you would with some of our other picks. Blue Raven also has relatively few locations, and some customers have issues getting help with problems after installation.

      Our pick for good value
      Max. panel efficiency
      20.5%
      Payment options
      Cash, loan
      Warranty
      25 to 30 years
      Year founded
      2022

      Complete Solaria was formed when two companies that have been in the solar industry for quite some time — Complete Solar and Solaria — merged in 2022. Its solar panels are known for their high power output and efficiency, making them suitable for both residential and commercial installations.

      The company is a leader in shingled solar panel design technology that allows for improved performance and increased energy production. Instead of using the usual metal steps, the company cuts and connects solar cells so they overlap like roof shingles.

      Complete Solaria benefits

      • Custom solar services
      • Proprietary software platform
      • Quick online quotes
      • Fast installations

      Complete Solaria solar panels are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions and have great shading tolerance, which is ideal for many Michigan homes.

      Overall, customers have had positive experiences with Complete Solaria. People like the friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives and the quick installation process.

      “They were kind. They helped me find my best solution for the issue I had and I didn't have to pay a ton of money for the product,” one customer, Amanda in Detroit, told us. “I love that the customer service agent was able to offer me several discounts and other things on the product I wanted.”

      Others highlight the cost savings on their utility bills. “It helps save my home electricity,” Mia in Onsted said. “I've been using it just six months and [it saves] me a lot. People who want to save, just try using solar. The company that I bought from my solar energy was great and affordable prices.”

      Complete Solaria offers comprehensive warranties covering power, parts and labor for up to 30 years. PowerXT 400 Series panels have a “bumper-to-bumper” linear power, labor and workmanship warranty for 30 years; the PowerXT 300 and PowerX Advantage series are covered for 25 years.

      Payment options

      • Cash: You can pay for a solar system upfront, which gives you immediate ownership and more potential long-term savings on electricity costs.
      • Loan: Financing and lending partners include Sunnova, Dividend, Sungage Financial, Sunlight Financial and Mosaic.

      Most customers seem happy with their decision to go with Complete Solar, but we’ve heard some complaints about subcontracted installers and delays in installation.

      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 best for DIYers who want solar equipment for homes, RVs and outbuildings. You can buy new and used solar panels, solar storage batteries, inverters, charge controllers, cabling and hardware, mounts and racks — everything you need for an off-grid or hybrid setup.

      The online store sells brands like Panasonic, REC, Renogy, Canadian Solar and EcoFlow and also sells custom solar kits. Orders typically arrive within five to 10 business days.

      ShopSolar benefits

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

      ShopSolar has plenty of equipment for off-grid, hybrid and mobile lifestyles. It’s also a solid option for Michiganders looking for a reliable emergency backup power source.

      Happy customers often tell us about ShopSolar’s product quality, reasonable pricing, fast shipping and helpful customer service reps.

      “Everything was pretty straightforward. I bought them, and everything arrived sooner than they thought it was going to,” Steve in Shelby Township said. Steve said he had some problems with the installation, but “they worked me through it.”

      “ShopSolarKits made everything so nice when I enrolled with them and it was all laid out perfectly. It was amazing,” another satisfied customer in Michigan, Jeff in Ludington, told us.

      Jeff can’t afford to go totally solar right now. “But without a doubt, if I had the money, I would always go to ShopSolarKits because I've bought panels there,” he said. “I've used them maybe three times. They're awesome,” he said.

      Individual manufacturers’ warranties cover all solar equipment. You’ll get the full manufacturer warranty since ShopSolar is an authorized distributor of all the brands it sells. If you run into a warranty issue, reps can help you contact the equipment manufacturer.

      Payment options

      • 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.
      • Online payments: ShopSolar accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo, Shop Pay and Diners Club International.

      ShopSolar sends detailed installation instructions, but it doesn’t provide professional installation services. Some customers have difficulties with the process, especially if they have little experience with solar or electrical systems.

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        Michigan 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 research team has talked to dozens of solar customers in Michigan — here’s what to expect and 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. Michigan also has solar loan and rebate programs to help make going solar more affordable.
        • If you want to minimize your initial cost, you can typically lease your equipment or enter a power purchase agreement. 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 Michigan?

        The average cost to install solar panels starts at $19,670 in Michigan. That price drops to $13,769 after the full federal solar investment tax credit (ITC). The out-of-pocket investment is lower than in some other states.

        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 solar panel cost by system size in Michigan

        Source: EcoWatch

        How can I pay for solar panels?

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

        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.

        You can lease your equipment or enter a power purchase agreement to minimize your initial cost. 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.

        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 Michigan?

        The federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is the biggest factor in reducing the cost of going solar in Michigan. If you install a residential solar panel system by the end of 2032, you will receive a federal tax credit worth 30% of the system's total cost, which includes equipment, labor and permits.

        For example, an average system in Michigan costs around $19,670. At that price, you can get a $5,901 credit when you file your taxes.

        » EXPLORE: Michigan solar incentives

        Net metering in Michigan

        Unless you install a battery to store extra energy your system produces during the day, you should enroll in net metering. Net metering is the process of sending excess energy your system produces back to the grid for compensation.

        Compensation is in the form of credits toward your next utility bill for the following month. Residential solar systems up to 20 kW are eligible to participate in Michigan’s net metering program.

        How to choose a solar company in Michigan

        Choosing a solar company in Michigan 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 Michigan perform a site inspection to collect all necessary information before providing a detailed estimate. In addition, some other things to look for include:

        • Long time in business: Choose a company with plenty of experience installing solar panels in Michigan. Local knowledge is valuable in navigating local regulations and incentives.
        • Good local reviews: Research the company's track record and reputation. Look for positive customer reviews, ratings and testimonials.
        • 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 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.

        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 Michigan?

        Installing solar panels is a good investment for most Michigan homeowners. For many, going solar is worth it for the reduction in energy bills and reliance on local power companies.

        We’ve talked to many solar customers in Michigan, and most seem happy with their decision to go solar.

        “I first went with solar to have a back-up, as my power source is quite unreliable. I was also eager to support renewable energy efforts as a conservation effort,” Carol in Ann Arbor told us. “The system works beautifully. I've had one short power outage since it was installed, and everything operated just as I had hoped.”

        You can expect solar panels to offset your electric bill by 70% to 95%

        Another resident, Joy in Plymouth, likes solar because she loves “doing something great for the environment and my pocketbook!”

        Michigan’s net metering policy gives homeowners credits for any extra energy produced by their solar panels. The state also has a property tax exemption for solar installations, so you don’t have to pay higher taxes if solar panels increase your property value.

        It’s a common misconception that solar panels always completely eliminate your monthly power bill — this is not always the case. Michigan only gets 2.5 to 3.5 average peak sun hours each day. This means that you may be unable to replace all your energy needs with solar.

        On the bright side, people who still have a bill after going solar pay significantly less than before. You can expect solar panels to offset your electricity bill by 70% to 95%, according to EnergySage. On average, Michigan homeowners with solar panels save an estimated $23,652 over 25 years.

        » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

        FAQ

        Can I get free solar panels in Michigan?

        There’s no completely free option to get solar panels in Michigan 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?

        There are no laws that prohibit HOAs from restricting solar panels in Michigan.

        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 Michigan

        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 Michigan. 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%
        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%
        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: Blue Raven Solar
        • Our pick for good value: Complete Solaria
        • 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. DSIRE, “Michigan Programs.” Accessed Dec. 13, 2023.
        2. EcoWatch, “How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in Michigan?” Accessed Dec. 13, 2023.
        3. EnergySage, “Michigan solar panels: local pricing and installation data.” Accessed Dec. 13, 2023.
        4. Solar Energy Industries Association, “Michigan Solar.” Accessed Dec. 13, 2023.
        5. 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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