Best Solar Companies in Nebraska

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    • Professional installation
      SunPower
      3.5(2,282)
    • DIY projects
      ShopSolar
      4.6(149)

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      Best Solar Companies in Nebraska

      If you've been thinking about going solar in Nebraska 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 the 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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      The 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 its SunVault storage battery is excellent for maximizing energy savings during peak rate times.

      What really sets SunPower apart, though, is its seamless solar panel installation process. Local reps evaluate your home energy needs, design a custom system, help secure any necessary permits and work out financing options.

      SunPower benefits

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

      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 complaints from customers about the contract terms. This is a common theme in reviews across the solar industry. That’s why it’s so important to understand the terms of whatever agreement you’re signing.

      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.

      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 a great option if you need 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

      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. Otherwise, you might get frustrated with the process or install something incorrectly.

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

      » 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 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. Annual percentage rates (APRs) range from 0% to 36%.

      Nebraska solar panel buyers guide

      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 size of your system and whether or not you need a storage battery are the biggest cost factors.
      • The federal solar tax credit is the most significant way to lower the cost of buying solar panels. You can also lease equipment with little upfront costs, but you won’t be eligible for this tax credit.
      • It is important to choose a reputable company. Many Nebraska residents have had positive experiences going solar, but some told us about issues with installation, communication and unresolved problems.

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

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

      The cost to go solar in Nebraska has fallen 47% 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 choose to 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 Nebraska?

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

      Homeowners may also take advantage of low-interest loan programs and a sales tax exemption in Nebraska.

      » EXPLORE: Nebraska solar incentives

      How do I choose a solar company in Nebraska?

      The best solar energy companies have a few things in common: fantastic reviews, transparent pricing, reliable equipment and comprehensive warranties. When hiring a solar installer in Nebraska, here is what you'll want to look for:

      • Long time in business: Look for companies with plenty of experience installing solar panels in Nebraska. 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 Nebraska.
      • 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, insured and has NABCEP-certified installers. This protects you and shows the employees take their business seriously.
      • Transparent terms: Carefully review proposals and financials carefully, 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: Get the best solar quotes

      Are solar panels worth it in Nebraska?

      Installing solar panels is worth it for a lot of homeowners in Nebraska. The state tends to get a fair amount of sunlight, especially during the summertime. This sunlight can be converted into solar power, essentially generating “free” electricity.

      But you still have to pay for the panels themselves. It’s the high upfront costs that keep many people from making the switch to solar. When deciding if it makes financial sense for you, think about three main things:

      1. How much electricity do you use every month? If you use a lot of electricity, solar panels may save you more money on your bills.
      2. How much are your current electric bills? If your bills are high now, solar panels may cut these costs substantially.
      3. Where do you live in Nebraska? Cities like Omaha and Lincoln have higher electric rates, which increases your potential savings from solar panels over time. Additionally, more remote and shaded areas may not produce enough solar savings to be worth the upfront installation cost.

      » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

      FAQ

      Can I get free solar panels in Nebraska?

      We are not aware of any legitimate programs for free solar panels in Nebraska. 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?

      How does net metering work in Nebraska?

      Net metering lets homeowners get credits for extra electricity their solar panels generate. In Nebraska, electric companies must get at least 1% of their electricity from residents. The payment for this electricity builds up as credits that homeowners can cash out at the end of the year. To qualify, you must have a system of 25 kilowatts (kW) or less.

      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 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.

      Should I replace my roof before installing solar panels?

      As a rule of thumb, if your roof is more than 10 years old, consider fixing it before going solar. Installing solar panels on an old roof might mean you have to remove the panels, replace your roof and then reinstall the panels again. This will cost around $5,000 for a 19-panel setup.

      » SHOULD YOU: Replace your roof before going solar?

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        Methodology: How we picked the best solar companies in Nebraska

        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 Nebraska. 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 Nebraska are:

        • Our pick for professional installation: SunPower
        • 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, “Nebraska Solar Programs.” Accessed Feb. 1, 2024.
        2. SolarReviews, “How much do solar panels cost in Nebraska, 2024?.” Accessed Feb. 1, 2024.
        3. Solar Energy Industries Association, “Nebraska Solar.” Accessed Feb. 1, 2024.
        4. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed Feb. 1, 2024.

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