Best Solar Companies in Missouri

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    • SunPower
      3.5(2,282)
    • Blue Raven Solar
      4.8(232)
    • Green Home Systems
      3.2(51)

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      Best Solar Companies in Missouri

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

      Our top solar company picks

      1. SunPower
      2. Blue Raven Solar
      3. Green Home Systems
      4. ShopSolar
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      The 4 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 top national company with high-efficiency solar panel technology. We like that the 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 can 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 then SunPower’s monitoring app lets you track the system’s performance once the project is complete.

      SunPower benefits

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

      Happy SunPower customers in Missouri often tell us the installation process is smooth and efficient.

      One customer, Jeffrey in Hermann, highlighted how helpful the customer service rep was: “He helped me to get my password working for access to my SunPower and he checked (the) system for any problems. He was courteous and very professional. He was also easy to understand.”

      “Enrolling with SunPower was one of the easiest things I've done. They were very helpful all the way and the install was amazing,” another customer, Malcolm in Lake Ozark, told us. “Once they put the bidirectional meter in, I got home and I turned the meter on myself. I flipped the switch and went online and started collecting power. Also, I got an app on my phone, and I can check in anywhere I'm at.”

      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.

      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 variable climates. It currently services Kansas City and surrounding areas.

      The company also has a unique financing option: BluePower Plus+ combines aspects of a solar lease 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.

      This is potentially a smart deal for Missouri homeowners who want to switch to clean energy while still saving on overall monthly expenses. Plus, you aren’t affected when electricity rates increase over time.

      Blue Raven benefits

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

      Missouri customers appreciate that Blue Raven’s installation crews are just as respectful as they are knowledgeable about how different components of a solar system are supposed to all work together.

      One verified customer, Helen in Independence, liked that Blue Raven crews were courteous, friendly and respectful of her property. “They were on time and everything went smoothly from beginning to completion of installation,” Helen told us.

      “The workers were very friendly and it took no time to install,” Phyllis in Independence told us. “They explained what to expect since the install was completed on a Saturday.”

      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).

      Financing options

      • 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 gets positive feedback from customers in Missouri, but some reviewers in other states have reported communication issues. Additionally, it might not have as wide of a selection of equipment brand partners as some of our other top picks.

      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. We like that it sources equipment from trusted brands, including Panasonic, Qcells and Enphase. You can also get Generac backup generators, IronRidge racking systems and Span Smart electrical panels.

      The company has a location in Jefferson and services customers in surrounding areas.

      Green Home Systems benefits

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

      Happy customers often tell us about simple sign-ups and smooth installations. Many are satisfied with the performance of their solar panel systems overall.

      The installation process was “quick and easy,” according to Matthew in Dixon, who got 78 solar panels through Green Home Systems. “We didn't have to do anything other than make sure we had a good location for them to be dropped off (and) that they weren't affected by weather where they were going to end up in place.”

      Matthew said he pays nothing for electricity during the summer now. During the winter, it’s about half what he was paying before.

      Another verified customer, Brenda in Beaufort, told us: “I'm well satisfied with Green Home. They're very knowledgeable in what they do, and they keep in contact with you if something goes awry or they're not gonna be here on a particular day. I appreciated (that) they had to get the permits and make sure everything was right.”

      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 your solar power system 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).

      It might be a bit of a hassle if you decide you want to add to your system once installation is complete.

      For example, one customer, Joseph in Festus, told us: “The price was competitive and the installers were good. But I could have gotten a few more panels up there. And when I asked for a price afterwards, it was crazy high. If I took the number of panels I had, which was 40 something, the cost of the four extra panels was 25% of the cost of the 45 panels.”

      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. We like that ShopSolar has a nice selection of equipment, fast deliveries and good communication.

      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 for homes, RVs and outbuildings.

      The online company stocks brands like Panasonic, REC, Renogy, Canadian Solar and EcoFlow, plus it sells custom solar kits. Orders typically arrive within 10 business days.

      ShopSolar benefits

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

      We hear a lot of positive feedback about ShopSolar, especially for off-grid projects and self-sufficient camping setups. For example, Frank in Neosho wanted “something that if I was out boondocking, I could run an air conditioner without any power for five or six hours, and that was the only kit that I found.”

      Another customer, Kevin in Richwoods, wanted an off-grid solar kit and found ShopSolar had the most reasonable price of the sellers he looked at. “I put up everything myself. It was super easy,” he said. “They've been extremely helpful and nice to work with.”

      Kevin mostly worked with the same rep. When he had a problem with one of the inverters, ShopSolar got him a new one within a few days, plus it covered the cost to ship the old one back. Now, Kevin uses solar to run everything. “This winter, when everybody's losing power because of the storms, we didn't have that issue,” he said.

      ShopSolar is an authorized distributor of all 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. APRs range from 0% to 36%.

      Some customers experienced problems with their purchases, such as damaged or faulty equipment, but ShopSolarKits generally resolved these issues with refunds or replacements.

      The important thing to keep in mind is that 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.

      » DIY SOLAR PANELS: Pros, cons and installation guide

      Missouri solar panel buyers guide

      If you've been thinking about going solar in Missouri but aren’t sure where to start, you’re not alone. ConsumerAffairs is here to help you compare your options and get the best deal. 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: excellent reviews, transparent pricing and contracts, reliable equipment and comprehensive warranties.

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

      For a professional residential installation, the average solar panel costs in Missouri are a little cheaper than the national average (around $20,000 for a 6-kilowatt system). The size of your system plays a big role in how much it costs overall. It also depends on what kind of equipment you purchase, how you pay, whether or not you have to replace your roof first and other factors.

      Keep in mind that solar quotes don’t always 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 energy?

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

      Leasing is cheaper upfront, but you’ll be disqualified from some of the best financial incentives, like the federal solar investment tax credit. There’s also a potential the lease could make it more difficult to sell your house.

      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 Missouri?

      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 worth 30% of the total cost of your system, including equipment, labor and permits. The credit is nonrefundable, so any unused amount rolls over into the next tax year.

      The ITC is not a rebate or a refund.

      Missouri utility companies also offer rebates for homeowners who invest in solar panels and other renewable energy systems, and you can get low-interest loans to pay for a new solar panel system over time.

      » EXPLORE: Missouri solar incentives

      Net metering in Missouri

      Net metering lets you receive compensation for extra power your solar panels generate and send to the transmission grid. All Missouri utilities are required to offer net metering for solar setups that are 100 kilowatts (kW) or smaller.

      Here’s how it works: If your solar panels generate more electricity than needed, the extra energy is fed to the local grid. Your utility company then credits your account for that electricity at the retail rate. This credit will offset future electricity consumption during times your panels don’t generate enough electricity to meet your household energy needs.

      Overall, net metering provides Missouri homeowners with solar panels the opportunity to reduce their electricity bills and contribute to the generation of clean energy.

      How do I choose a solar company in Missouri?

      The best solar energy companies have a few things in common. When hiring a solar installer in Missouri, you'll want to look for:

      • Experience: Extensive experience installing solar in Missouri specifically, since local building codes and incentives matter
      • Reputation: Positive reviews from past Missouri customers
      • Estimates: Free consultations to compare multiple quotes
      • Equipment: Options like battery storage or electric vehicle (EV) chargers if desired
      • Warranty: At least 10- to 25-year workmanship warranties and performance guarantees
      • Credentials: Proper licensing, insurance and NABCEP certification for installers
      • Transparency: Clear explanations of all proposals, costs, legal terms and maintenance needs
      • History: An established company that will be around long-term to service your system

      Questions to ask 

      Vetting solar providers thoroughly upfront is important since solar panels are supposed to last 25 to 30 years. Make sure to understand all terms and get any concerns addressed before signing an installation agreement. It's also wise to ask potential solar companies about:

      • Are you familiar with Missouri net metering policies and solar incentives?
      • Do you have experience securing local utility permits?
      • What common critter guard additions can prevent squirrel and raccoon damage?

      » MORE: Tips for getting the best solar quotes

      Are solar panels worth it in Missouri?

      Going solar is worth it for a lot of people in Missouri. Many residents we’ve talked to shared positive experiences after switching to solar power, highlighting the financial savings and environmental benefits.

      Christopher in Alton is happy about going solar: “I'm producing more electricity than I'm using. So it's working out well. I even got an electric bill for $0 this month."

      Some homeowners start saving money almost immediately after installing panels. For others, the long-term protection against rising energy costs makes solar panels a worthwhile investment.

      It pays for itself, helps us improve the quality of air we breathe and increases the value of our home.”
      — Donald in Sikeston

      Even if solar panels don’t immediately eliminate your electric bill, you should pay less each month than you would with traditional utilities. For others, like Xander in Columbia, it’s more about the ecological benefits: “I appreciate the lack of guilt I now experience when I flip on the light or use the microwave. The sun is creating this electricity, not some coal burning somewhere.”

      For residents like Donald from Sikeston, there’s virtually no downside. “It pays for itself, helps us improve the quality of air we breathe and increases the value of our home,” he said. “We're very fortunate to have our solar power, and the savings it provides us.”

      » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

      FAQ

      Can I get free solar panels in Missouri?

      We’re not aware of a totally free solar option in Missouri. Unfortunately, scams that promise free solar panels can end up costing people quite a bit of money.

      On the bright side, 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 are solar costs trending?

      In Missouri, solar panel costs have gone down 42% over the last 10 years, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

      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.

      » MORE: Should I replace my roof before going solar?

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        Methodology: How we picked the best solar companies in Missouri

        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 Missouri. 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 Missouri:

        • Our pick for customer support: SunPower
        • Our pick for low upfront costs: Blue Raven Solar
        • Our pick for an 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. DSIRE, “Missouri Solar Programs.” Accessed Jan. 17, 2024.
        2. EnergySage,”The cost of solar panels in Missouri.” Accessed Jan. 17, 2024.
        3. Missouri Department of Natural Resources, “Net Metering and the Easy Connection Act - PUB2238.” Accessed Jan. 17, 2024.
        4. Missouri Senate, “SB 820 — Modifies provisions relating to utilities.” Accessed Jan. 17, 2024.
        5. Solar Energy Industries Association, “Missouri Solar.” Accessed Jan. 17, 2024.

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