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      Best Solar Companies in New Jersey

      If you've been thinking about switching to solar power but feel overwhelmed by the options, you're not alone. Solar energy is a bright idea for saving money and the environment, but with so many companies in New Jersey, it’s hard to know where to start.

      We compared popular solar energy companies on ratings and reviews, equipment options and other factors. Read our full methodology for all the details.

      Based on that analysis, we recommend Momentum Solar, SunPower and Sunrun for residential solar installations in New Jersey. 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 New Jersey

      1. SunPower
      2. Sunrun
      3. Momentum Solar
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      Buyer's Choice Award Winner
      Max. panel efficiency
      Payment options
      Cash, loan, lease
      25 years
      Year founded
      2x Award Winner
      Selected for having one of the highest satisfaction rates for Best Customer Service and Best for Installation

      SunPower — one of the most recognized names in solar — offers New Jersey homeowners premium equipment and full-service installation. Its MAXEON panels boast industry-leading efficiency ratings to maximize solar production even in the Garden State's variable climate.

      SunPower is an ideal choice for New Jerseyans going solar. Local service teams handle permitting, and we like that the warranty covers rust damage for seaside installations.

      SunPower benefits

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

      Happy SunPower customers appreciate the easy enrollment process and helpful reps. Many tell us that their solar panels perform well and they are saving money on electric bills.

      “I have only good things to say about SunPower,” Antonio in Lyndhurst told us. “Everybody was so good to work with. The work was done beautifully.”

      Another local customer, William in Swedesboro, said SunPower is great to deal with if your goal is saving money.

      “The team did an awesome job,” Zhe in Oradell said. “They were very transparent about each step. They made the whole process so smooth.” Other residents describe the installation process as seamless and praise the panels’ sleek and clean appearance.

      Mehmet in Garfield considered six different solar companies before choosing SunPower. “The panels have been there three years, and there have been no problems so far,” Mehmet said.

      SunPower covers your entire solar energy system — panels, inverter, racking and monitoring — for 25 years. The company will repair or replace equipment at no cost (including labor and shipping) while under warranty within that time.

      Financing options

      • Loan: All financing approvals and processing are handled through the mySunPower portal. Qualified customers can find reasonable rates with no money down.
      • Lease: You pay a monthly fee to use solar panels that SunPower owns. The company reimburses you if the system doesn’t perform as guaranteed. Agreements are transferable if you sell your home.

      Considering how many SunPower customers have told us about installation delays, it might not be the best choice if you’re on a tight deadline. We appreciate that reps are good about setting realistic expectations, though.

      “The process took three to four months,” according to Delores in Stony Brook. “SunPower told us that from the outset, so we weren't surprised. We're very satisfied,” she said.

      Our pick for solar leases


      Max. panel efficiency
      Payment options
      Cash, loan, lease
      25 years
      Year founded

      Sunrun’s leasing program is great for New Jersey homeowners who want to go solar without the expensive upfront investment. You don’t have to pay for the equipment, installation, permitting or financing. You just pay Sunrun a fixed monthly fee to use the system. Lease agreements typically last 25 years.

      We also like that Sunrun uses an automated site modeling tool to customize your system based on your energy usage, design preferences and unique roof characteristics, like shading and pitch.

      Sunrun benefits

      • Flexible payment options
      • Custom solar designs
      • Comprehensive warranty coverage
      • Solar storage battery options
      • EV charging solutions
      • 15-plus years of experience

      » LEARN MORE: How solar leases work

      Many locals are happy with Sunrrun’s service and the savings they see on their electric bills.

      “The enrollment process was straightforward,” according to Daniel in Lafayette. After a little back-and-forth with Sunrun’s design team, installers completed Daniel’s solar project in less than a day.

      “The system has been nice to have. It helped with the impact of my electric bill, and I would certainly recommend Sunrun as an option to consider for people's solar needs,” Daniel told us. “It's a very professional company, and they delivered on what they said they would.”

      Another customer, Pamela in Camden, told us about her experience leasing solar panels from Sunrun: “It's been a win-win for us. Our bills are $5 or $6 a month and there have been months where we had credits, so we had no bills.”

      For those who purchase their systems, Sunrun’s warranty covers you for repairs, including parts and labor, for 25 years. Lease agreements come with free maintenance and repairs.

      Financing options

      • Leases: You can lease solar equipment for a minimal upfront payment.
      • Loans: As of publishing, the available deals include $0 down for some financing plans.

      Some customers have had issues with billing. Others have told us about miscommunications or delays in the installation process. Sunrun's customer service team usually resolves these problems quickly, though some reviewers mention long wait times when trying to talk to someone.

      Our pick for efficient installations

      Momentum Solar

      Max. panel efficiency
      Payment options
      Cash, loan, lease, PPA
      10 to 25 years
      Year founded

      Momentum Solar differentiates itself by taking a more personalized approach to solar energy solutions. We like that it specializes in custom solar panel systems and battery storage options with a focus on lowering energy bills and increasing self-sufficiency during power outages.

      The company provides clean energy solutions for residential properties in New Jersey and a few other states. As part of the service, local reps help you navigate government solar incentives and rebates.

      Momentum Solar receives mostly positive reviews from customers in New Jersey. However, it’s worth noting that other locations have worse reviews, which is why the overall star rating might be lower than you expect.

      Momentum Solar benefits

      • Tier 1 solar panels
      • 25-year warranty 
      • American-made equipment
      • 10-plus years of experience
      • Free access to Momentum Solar’s app
      • Enphase solar storage batteries

      Happy New Jersey customers we talked to told us about quality solar equipment and good installation services.

      “You will get world-class solar panels and installation services from Momentum Solar, “ according to Regina in Plainfield. “And to add on to that, they give you 25 years as a warranty. Your energy needs are sorted for a quarter of a century! How awesome is that?”

      Lisa in Elizabeth likes that Momentum’s “payment process is easy and one doesn’t have to be around for them to complete their work.” She said it was “worth every dollar I spent on them.”

      Another customer, Megan in Avenel, likes that installers “cleaned up the yard and guaranteed me that the structural integrity of my roof was intact.” Megan has been using Momentum Solar for five years now and said that the company has never disappointed her.

      Axel in Cranford said he loves “every bit of” Momentum’s app and that “the panels are strong enough to handle all my home needs without interruptions.”

      Momentum provides a 25-year warranty on solar panels, the system and workmanship on all installations.

      Payment options

      • Loan: Momentum Solar connects you with third-party financing partners. You can pick a repayment plan that best suits your budget.
      • Lease or PPA: Solar leases and power purchase agreements (PPAs) let you get the benefits of going solar without a big investment. Momentum retains ownership of all the equipment, and you pay a monthly fee to use them.

      We’ve heard some negative feedback mentioning pushy sales tactics or issues with customer service. For example, one local customer, John in Jackson, told us that the brackets caused a leak in his ceiling, and Momentum didn’t honor the craftsmanship warranty.

      New Jersey solar panel buyers guide

      ConsumerAffairs has talked to hundreds of New Jersey homeowners who made the switch to solar. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to upgrade, this guide is your compass to a successful solar journey. We’re here to help you compare your options and get the best deal.

      Key insights

      • A typical residential solar panel installation costs 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. New Jersey also has additional incentives that help make going solar more affordable.
      • The four electric utility companies regulated by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities — Jersey Central Power & Light, PSEG, Atlantic City Electric and Orange and Rockland — offer net metering by state mandate.

      How much does it cost to install solar panels in New Jersey?

      The average cost to install residential solar panels in New Jersey is $19,390 without using tax credits or incentives. That price drops to $13,573 after using the full federal solar investment tax credit (ITC).

      The size of your solar panel system is the biggest factor in total costs. A typical system in New Jersey is around 7 kilowatts (kW). Not surprisingly, systems that produce more power typically cost more.

      Solar batteries are another big expense to consider when going solar. They are a must if you want real energy independence, and they sometimes cost as much as the panels ($7,000 to $18,000). Permitting, utility fees and maintenance also add to the cost of going solar.

      Average solar panel cost by system size in New Jersey

      Source: EcoWatch

      How can I pay for solar panels?

      You have the option to pay the full cost upfront, but many people in New Jersey choose to finance their system through a solar loan.

      It’s usually cheaper upfront if you lease a solar panel system. However, you won’t be eligible for the federal solar tax credit since you don’t own the system. New Jerseyans also have the option to enter a power purchase agreement, which works a lot like a lease.

      Solar lease vs. PPA

      You don't own the panels if you lease a solar system or enter a PPA, but you get to benefit from the cheap electricity they produce. The solar company that owns the system is responsible for maintaining it, so you don't have to worry about ongoing maintenance costs. The key difference is how you pay.

      • Lease: Entering a solar lease is basically renting a solar panel system. As with leasing a car, you pay a fixed amount every month over a set period of time, typically 25 years.
      • Power purchase agreement: With a PPA, you don't pay a fixed “rent.” You pay for the electricity the panels produce, usually at a lower rate than you would receive without a PPA.

      » SOLAR PANELS: Lease vs. buy

      What solar incentives are available in New Jersey?

      New Jersey residents can take advantage of the federal solar investment tax credit, which gives homeowners a federal income tax credit equal to 30% of the cost of their solar system. There is also a sales tax exemption and property tax exemption for the added value of solar panels, a statewide net metering program and performance-based incentives.

      As of March 2023, New Jersey's solar incentive program has transitioned to the Successor Solar Incentive (SuSI) program. Under this new program, solar owners earn certificates called SREC 2s for every 1,000 kWh of solar production for 15 years. The value of each SREC 2 is $85.

      » EXPLORE: New Jersey solar incentives

      How to choose a solar company in New Jersey

      Choosing the right solar company is key to getting the most out of your investment. Here's what to look for when hiring a solar installer in New Jersey.

      Solar brokers vs. solar installers

      Solar brokers act as middlemen to connect you with installers. This can save time, but working directly with an installer often costs less.

      A solar installer specializes in the design, procurement and installation of solar panels and related components. They typically have their own team of trained technicians who handle the installation process. Ultimately, the decision between a solar broker and a solar installer depends on how much you want to be involved in the process.

      What to look for in a solar installation company

      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.

      • Good local reviews: Research the company's track record and reputation. Look for positive customer reviews, ratings and testimonials from real homeowners in New Jersey.
      • Long time in business: It’s smart to choose a company that has experience with solar installations in New Jersey. Local knowledge is valuable in navigating state-specific regulations and incentives.
      • 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, fly-by-night solar companies might not exist next year.
      • Comprehensive warranty: A reputable company should offer solid warranty protection for at least 10 to 25 years.
      • 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.

      Are solar panels worth it in New Jersey?

      Many New Jersey homeowners say solar is worth it for reducing energy bills. Over 25 years, solar can save a typical New Jersey homeowner $23,806.

      “Going solar was one of the best decisions I've made recently,” Michael in Newton told us. He expects more people to make the same decision because of high electricity prices.

      “Me and my girlfriend are constantly using energy,” Michael added. “My AC has been going and with the use of solar, it kept and maintained a nice, comfortable 70 degrees. Everybody's happy in the house.”

      Going solar was one of the best decisions I've made recently.”
      — Michael in Newton

      Additional winter savings may require pairing solar with batteries. Another solar customer, Brenda in Dover, said, “In the summertime, I have a very small bill. In the winter months, it's not as good because my roof doesn't get as much sun.”

      Whether it’s worth it for you depends on many factors. Consider your roof's sun exposure. South-facing panels generate the most energy year-round.

      Get a few quotes to see if it makes sense for your household. Patrick in Fair Lawn said he spent “a lot of time looking at the costs and [return on investment]” before deciding that “the cost benefit[s] were worth the investment.”

      » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons


      Can I get free solar panels in New Jersey?

      We’re not aware of a totally free way to get solar panels in New Jersey. 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.

      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.

      Is my HOA allowed to stop me from getting solar panels?

      Homeowners associations (and similar organizations) “shall not adopt or enforce a restriction, covenant, bylaw, rule or regulation prohibiting the installation of solar collectors on certain roofs of dwelling units,” according to New Jersey Statute 45:22A-48.2. However, an association can regulate certain aspects of the installation and maintenance of your solar panels.

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        This guide compares New Jersey’s top solar panel companies for residential installations in 2023. We started with 31 popular providers. First, we narrowed it down to companies available in New Jersey. 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 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. We gave preference to companies with 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 reliable after-sales support.

        To recap, our top picks for the best solar companies:

        • SunPower: Our pick for ongoing support
        • Sunrun: Our pick for solar leases
        • Momentum Solar: Our pick for efficient installations

        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, “New Jersey Solar Panel Costs.” Accessed Dec. 11, 2023.
        2. EnergySage, “The cost of solar panels in New Jersey.” Accessed Dec. 11, 2023.
        3. DSIRE, “New Jersey Programs.” Accessed Dec. 11, 2023.
        4. Solar Energy Industries Association, “New Jersey Solar.” Accessed Dec. 11, 2023.
        5. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed Dec. 11, 2023.
        6. New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, “Considering Solar? Understand Your Options.” Accessed Dec. 11, 2023.

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