Best Solar Companies in Minnesota

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    • SunPower
      3.5(2,281)
    • Blue Raven Solar
      4.8(229)
    • Green Home Systems
      3.2(51)

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      Best Solar Companies in Minnesota

      We compared popular solar companies on ratings and reviews, equipment options, warranties, availability and other factors to choose our top picks for Minnesota. 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 Minnesota

      1. SunPower
      2. Blue Raven Solar
      3. Green Home Systems
      4. ShopSolar
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      If you’re ready to go solar but don’t know where to start, SunPower figures it all out for you. Blue Raven and Green Home Systems are also great options for professional solar panel installations — we suggest comparing a few quotes to see who has the best deal in your area. Start with ShopSolar if you already know what you need for a DIY project.

      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 installs high-efficiency Maxeon panels built to withstand tough Minnesota weather for decades. If you want to maximize your energy savings during power outages and peak rate times, check out the SunVault storage battery. It’s designed to seamlessly integrate with any SunPower solar panel system.

      But what really sets SunPower apart is that its team manages the whole solar process for you. Local representatives assess your home, design a customized system, secure the necessary permits and help arrange financing if needed. After installation is complete, SunPower's monitoring app lets you track system performance.

      “Everyone was very friendly, informative and helpful,” according to Nicole in Farmington. “They helped me decide on the right product for me and obtain reasonable financing. Installation was easy, as there were capable people sent to do the job.”

      Bob in Minneapolis also rated SunPower highly based on “financing, customer service and the overall feel” of the company.

      SunPower benefits

      • Over 38 years of experience
      • 25-year comprehensive warranty
      • Advanced monitoring app
      • Battery backup options

      SunPower’s product warranty covers all components — including the panels, inverter, racking and monitoring — and performance for 25 years. There’s a 10-year warranty for the SunVault storage battery. During this time, the company will repair or replace equipment at no cost to you (including labor and shipping).

      Payment 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 that SunPower owns. If you sell your home, the agreement can be transferred to a new buyer.
      • Cash: You can pay SunPower upfront, giving you immediate ownership of the system.

      SunPower customers in Minnesota have overall positive feedback, but we’ve heard a few complaints about inverter failures in other states. Additionally, SunPower is a large national company — you might prefer hiring a smaller operation if direct, in-person communication is important to you.

      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 installs top-tier panels and microinverters to maximize energy production. We also like that the sleek, low-profile solar systems are designed to withstand Minnesota's variable climate.

      The company also has a unique financing option. BluePower Plus+ combines aspects of a solar lease (or PPA) with the flexibility of solar panel ownership. This lets you go solar with no upfront costs and 18 free months before starting fixed monthly payments. It’s a great deal to power your home with clean energy while saving on utility costs. Plus, you aren’t affected when electricity rates increase over time.

      Customer service is responsive and helpful, according to Kevin in Cottage Grove: “They took the time to explain the options and requirements and worked with the finance company to get things rolling.”

      Blue Raven benefits

      • Sleek, durable systems made for Minnesota
      • $0 down financing options
      • Tier 1 solar equipment
      • 25-year warranty on all installations

      Blue Raven Solar provides a standard 25-year warranty. Storage battery warranties vary by manufacturer. The company 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).

      • Cash: You can pay upfront and get immediate ownership of the solar panel system.
      • BluePower: This fixed 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+: 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.

      Blue Raven has received good reviews from customers in Minnesota, though some people noted there were some communication issues.

      “My only issue was that once the panels were installed, there was not a clear timeline from install to turn on,” Kevin in Cottage Grove told us. “The process took several months, and I had to make several calls to make sure things were still progressing. Also, there was no communication on the ‘consumption meter.’ which tells you on the app how much power your household is consuming versus how much the solar panels are generating.”

      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, from panels and inverters to batteries and additional accessories, from brands we trust, including Panasonic, Qcells and Enphase. You can also get Generac backup generators, IronRidge racking systems and Span Smart electrical panels. All solar installations are performed by a Minnesota-licensed electrical contractor.

      “I got a clear-cut quote,” Andrew in Harris told us. “They explained the process of what goes in and out, got it set up with the installers, got the system installed and up and running.”

      Andrew said the installation took longer than expected, but he had a good experience overall.

      “The web-based interface is really nice. You can look on your phone what's going on and if it's charging or not,” he added. “All the inverters are good quality. The panels all seem to be high-quality components too.”

      Green Home Systems benefits

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

      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 an 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 rates (APRs) starting at 0.99% (on approved credit).

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

      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 their 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.

      One local customer we walked to, Arthur in Silver City, said he likes that ShopSolar has “a complete array of products, from batteries to solar panels.” Arthur also said the installation was straightforward and reps were helpful when he had a technical question.

      ShopSolar benefits

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

      All solar equipment sold by ShopSolar is covered by the individual manufacturers’ warranties. You 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 for 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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        Minnesota 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 your options and get the best deal. Our team has talked to dozens of solar customers in Minnesota — 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. Minnesota also has many 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 Minnesota?

        A typical residential solar panel installation costs $22,720 in Minnesota. That price drops to $15,904 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 Minnesota is 8 kilowatts (kW). Depending on your household energy usage, you might need a smaller or larger system.

        Other cost factors include the types of your panels and if you want a battery for storage. Solar batteries are a must if you want real energy independence and essential if you want to go off-grid. Permitting, utility fees and maintenance also add to the cost of going solar.

        Average solar cost by system size in Minnesota

        Source: EcoWatch

        How can I pay for solar panels?

        There are a few ways to pay for a residential solar energy system in Minnesota. 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 to minimize your initial cost. However, you won’t be eligible for the federal solar ITC if you lease since you don’t own the solar energy system.

        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 Minnesota?

        The federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is the biggest factor in reducing the cost of going solar in Minnesota. 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, from your federal taxes.

        For example, an average system in Minnesota costs around $22,720. At that price, you can get a $6,816 credit when you file your taxes.

        Minnesota also has state and local solar incentives to help make going solar more affordable for homeowners. You can take advantage of tax exemptions, rebates and low-interest loans.

        » EXPLORE: Minnesota solar incentives

        Net metering in Minnesota

        Net metering is the process of sending excess energy your system produces back to the grid for compensation. In Minnesota, residents can get paid with a check or credits on their electricity bill. For example, when a customer of Xcel Energy gets a credit of more than $25 in one month for net metering, the company will send them a check.

        By participating in net metering, you can save on electricity bills, reduce your carbon footprint and increase your energy independence. The alternative to net metering is investing in a solar storage battery. That way, when your solar system makes more electricity than your home can use, the excess power doesn’t go to waste.

        How to choose a solar company in Minnesota

        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 when comparing solar panel installers.

        • Long time in business: Choose a company with plenty of experience installing solar panels in Minnesota. 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 and insured and has NABCEP-certified installers. This protects you and shows the company takes its 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 electric vehicle chargers. Don't settle for less.
        • 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 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 Minnesota?

        Solar panels can be a worthwhile investment for homeowners in Minnesota. For some, it’s worth it for the environmental benefits. For others, it’s more about saving money in the long term.

        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.

        Minnesota homeowners with solar panels get estimated net savings of $17,546 over 25 years.

        Minnesota gets an average of 3.5 to 4.5 peak sun hours each day, so you may be unable to replace 100% of your energy needs with solar panels. On the bright side, even if you don’t generate 100% of your energy needs, you can still save a lot of money versus paying traditional utility bills.

        The financial benefits of solar panels in Minnesota may not be as significant as in states with more sunshine or higher electricity costs, but there are still advantages. There are also excellent utility incentives, and net metering is mandated by law. These benefits help offset the upfront costs of installing solar panels and provide long-term savings on electricity bills.

        » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

        FAQ

        Can I get free solar panels in Minnesota?

        We’re not aware of a totally free solar option in Minnesota. Unfortunately, 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?

        Your homeowners association (HOA) may be able to enforce rules that affect solar panel installation. At the moment, there are no state laws that prohibit homeowners associations (HOAs) from restricting solar panels in Minnesota.

        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 so you can use it when your system is not generating power.

        Methodology: How we picked the best solar companies in Minnesota

        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 solar energy companies. First, we narrowed it down to the ones available in Minnesota. 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%
        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 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, “Solar Panel Cost in Minnesota.” Accessed Dec. 22, 2023.
        2. Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), “Minnesota Programs.” Accessed Dec. 22, 2023.
        3. Solar Energy Industries Association, “Minnesota Solar.” Accessed Dec. 22, 2023.
        4. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed Dec. 12, 2023.
        5. Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, “Residential Solar Systems.” Accessed Dec. 22, 2023.

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