Best Solar Companies in Oklahoma

We compared 39 brands and chose the top solar energy companies

    • Local experience
      Solar Power of Oklahoma
      4.3(7)
    • Customer service
      SunPower
      3.5(2,281)
    • Value
      Project Solar
      4.7(61)

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      Best Solar Companies in Oklahoma

      If you’re ready to go solar in Oklahoma 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 research team compared popular solar companies on ratings and reviews, equipment options, warranties, availability and other factors to select the top picks for this guide. 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. Read our full methodology for all the details on how we make recommendations.

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      The 4 best solar companies reviewed

      1. Solar Power of Oklahoma: Trusted local option
      2. SunPower: Easy to get started
      3. Project Solar: Transparent pricing
      4. ShopSolar: Great for DIY projects 
      Our pick for local expertise
      Max. panel efficiency
      Varies
      Payment options
      Cash, loan
      Warranty
      25 years
      Year founded
      2017

      Solar Power of Oklahoma is owned and operated by local Okies who know how to customize solar systems best in different parts of the state. Its residential and commercial systems are specially designed for strong winds of up to over 150 miles per hour.

      We also like that Solar Power of Oklahoma doesn’t subcontract any installations to third-party contractors. Once your system is set up, you can connect to the Enphase monitoring app to track energy production.

      Happy customers tell us about friendly reps, knowledgeable installers and significantly lower electric bills.

      “The biggest reason that I liked Solar Power of Oklahoma was the customer service. I really like the fact that when I talked to them, they talked to me and they didn't just jump right in and start asking about money,” Timothy in Enid told us. “So far, the system runs like a champ. We got 30 panels and there's the Enphase app from OG&E that shows you what you're using and how much you're getting back.”

      Jeff in Edmond said the cost was comparable to quotes from another company based in Florida, but he liked that this company had an office just a few miles away. “They use American-made panels, too, whereas the other one did not,” he told us. “So, there were several reasons to go with them. They’ve been great.”

      Solar installations are complicated projects. There’s always the possibility of a miscalculation. For instance, Jim in Noble mentioned an issue with not having enough panels to fully cover his power needs.

      According to Jim, some of the administrators “didn't really know what was going on,” which could be a point of improvement for the company. However, he’s still satisfied overall.

      NABCEP-certified installers specialize in rooftop and ground-mounted projects. Solar Power of Oklahoma is also a certified installer for popular EV charging brands, including Tesla, ChargePoint and other electric vehicles. The company has offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. It has done about 120,000 solar panel installations throughout the state so far.

      • Available statewide
      • Excellent customer service
      • Enphase app for monitoring
      • Solar Power World's Best Solar Contractor in Oklahoma, 2019-2022

      Solar panels, roof parts and other equipment are covered by a standard warranty that includes production for 25 years. If you get Tesla Powerwall+ batteries, those come with a 10-year warranty.

      Each solar installation is customized, so a site survey is required before you can get an accurate cost estimate. Financing options are available, with some zero-down payment options offered.

      Pros

      • Great local reputation
      • Quick installations
      • Financing options
      • Help with tax credits

      Cons

      • Some communication issues
      • Limited warranty information

      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 that uses high-efficiency solar panel technology. Though not based in Oklahoma, its certified installers handle solar installations throughout the state.

      SunPower won two of our 2024 Buyers Choice Awards for having high satisfaction rates for Best Customer Service and Best for Installation in the solar category. These awards from ConsumerAffairs are based on sentiment analysis of reviews by verified customers.

      What really sets SunPower apart, though, is its seamless solar panel installation process. Reps evaluate your home energy needs, design a custom system, help secure any necessary permits and work out financing options. The mySunPower app tracks your energy production and consumption once everything is complete.

      Brian in Bixby had good things to say about financing options, customer service and email response times. He seemed to appreciate that reps took the time to explain everything, and the whole installation process was smooth.

      People generally like that SunPower’s representatives are knowledgeable and helpful when explaining the process. Many tell us about significant savings on their energy bills after the installation is complete.

      If you read enough SunPower complaints, you see that miscommunication is a common theme. Most conversations happen over email. So, if direct, in-person communication is important to you, consider working with a small local operation. It’s also not always the cheapest option. If you’re on a tight budget, we suggest comparing SunPower to a few other quotes.

      SunPower specializes in professional solar panel installations on residential properties. The company has a broad dealer network, and certified installers handle all Oklahoma jobs. However, dealers may provide different levels of service nationwide.

      • Battery storage options
      • EV charging
      • Energy monitoring services
      • Leasing and financing

      SunPower’s “Complete Confidence Warranty” covers your entire solar energy system for 25 years, including the panels, inverter, racking and monitoring. The terms also allow for system relocations. Solar panels and batteries come with varying protections: power output protection for 25 years:

      • M-Series (SPR-M), A-Series (SPR-A), X-Series (SPR-X), E-Series (SPR-E): All have a maximum annual decline of 0.25%, with a minimum of 92% energy performance, for 25 years.
      • The U-Series (SPR-U): This has a maximum annual decline of 0.55%, within a minimum of 84.8% energy performance, for 25 years.
      • SunVault storage: There’s a 10-year warranty and unlimited cycles for SunVault storage. During that period, the company repairs or replaces equipment at no cost to you (including labor and shipping).

      Most SunPower customers seem to finance their systems through a solar loan. You can also lease or pay in full upfront.

      • Loan: Qualified customers can find reasonable rates with no money down. All financing approvals and processing happen in-house through the mySunPower online portal.
      • Lease: 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.

      Pros

      • Great professional installation services
      • Highly efficient equipment
      • Comprehensive transferable warranty
      • Variety of payment options

      Cons

      • Dealers may provide different levels of service
      • Some installation delays
      Our pick for value

      Project Solar

      Max. panel efficiency
      20.9%
      Payment options
      Cash, loan
      Warranty
      25 years
      Year founded
      2016

      Project Solar appeals to budget-conscious homeowners who want a less sales-heavy approach. Its salespeople don’t work on commissions. Instead, they can focus on a simple, streamlined customer experience. The company’s solar systems incorporate equipment from reputable brands like Q-Cell, Jinko and Enphase.

      We also appreciate the price transparency. As of this publication, full-service installations start at $1.61 per watt. Do-it-yourself projects are cheaper, starting at $1.26 per watt. Anything over 13 kilowatts is a flat rate.

      Project Solar gets excellent feedback about pricing. People like that reps are knowledgeable and able to answer their questions. In nearby Texas, one verified customer highlighted the smooth installation process, professional reps and efficient customer support. “Panels and inverters [are] among the best in the market for a very competitive price,” they said. “And after one year, my system has produced more energy than expected.”

      Customers in other states have told us about installation delays and inconsistent communication. The focus on streamlining might mean fewer customization options or handling complex roof situations. There might also be some room for improvement when it comes to quality control.

      Project Solar specializes in residential solar panel installations. As part of the full-service installation, it offers Enphase IQ 5P batteries or Tesla Powerwall. DIY projects only have the Enphase IQ 5P option. The website provides clear information on pricing models and potential savings.

      • System design
      • Equipment procurement
      • Pro and DIY installations
      • Financing solutions

      Project Solar provides two main warranties: a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty and a 10-year workmanship warranty. The company also has an 84% production guarantee for 25 years and provides reimbursements if production levels are not met during this time.

      The manufacturer's warranty covers defects in materials or workmanship of the solar panels, inverters and other equipment. The workmanship warranty covers installation issues (like faulty wiring or improper mounting) if you get full-service installation. Both are limited and have exclusions like weather damage or misuse.

      For DIY projects, customers can pay cash or finance through a third party. They can also pay with a home equity loan or line of credit. Project Solar partners with solar loan lenders to offer two financing options for professional installation:

      • Option A: Loans have higher interest rates but shorter terms. Option A is best if you can pay the loan off quickly, which saves on interest in the long run.
      • Option B: Loans have lower interest rates with longer terms. Option B is ideal for homeowners who want predictable monthly expenses and plan to stay in their current house for at least 20 more years.

      Pros

      • Potential cost savings
      • Transparent pricing
      • Roof-leak warranty
      • Transparent pricing
      • No prepayment penalties

      Cons

      • Less equipment options
      • Subcontracted installers

      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 DIY projects. It offers a nice selection of equipment, including complete solar packages, fast deliveries and good communication. The online company stocks brands like Panasonic, REC, Renogy, Canadian Solar and EcoFlow, plus it sells custom solar kits.

      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. Orders typically arrive within 10 business days.

      ShopSolar's tech support is excellent, according to Shelley in Depew. “They were willing to answer any of my questions any time, and they didn't just have any stupid answers. I talked to four different reps, and they knew what they're talking about and helped me know how to understand my unit,” Shelley told us.

      Jason in Marlow also had a good overall experience. “Doing business with ShopSolarKits was fine,” he told us. “I had no issues … and I have recommended them to people if they ask.”

      Other happy ShopSolar customers tell us about quality equipment and helpful customer service reps.

      ShopSolar’s reps can be really helpful, but Jason in Marlow didn’t like the “downtime between emails, back and forth, because I was needing an answer. But I finally got an answer a week later,” he told us. After that, he said, “Everything went fairly smoothly with installation.”

      The important thing to keep in mind is ShopSolar doesn’t provide professional installation services. So, 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.

      » DIY SOLAR: Pros, cons and installation guide

      Since 2018, ShopSolar has provided solar energy products to more than 35,000 customers nationwide. It offers a variety of solar solutions, including solar panels, generators, batteries, cables and racks. These products are available in full kits containing everything you need for self-installation setup.

      • Free shipping
      • Price-match guarantee
      • 30-day return policy
      • Financing available

      ShopSolar is an authorized distributor of all the brands it sells, so all solar equipment is covered by the individual manufacturers’ warranties. Reps can help you contact the equipment manufacturer if you run into a warranty issue.

      ShopSolar accepts most major credit cards and partners with Affirm to offer financing:

      • Online payments: ShopSolar accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo, Shop Pay and Diners Club International.
      • Financing: Customers can make payments every two weeks or once a month for up to 36 months. Rates range from 0% to 36% APR.

      Pros

      • Wide range of solar equipment
      • Responsive customer service team
      • Lifetime customer support
      • Comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty

      Cons

      • Some delivery delays
      • Some issues with defective or damaged products

      Oklahoma 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 when buying solar panels in Oklahoma.

      Key insights

      • In Oklahoma, a typical 6-kilowatt residential solar panel system is $15,340 before any financial incentives. That price drops to $10,738 after the full federal solar investment tax credit.
      • The federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is the most significant financial incentive for buying solar panels in Oklahoma. You can also lease a system with little upfront cost, but you aren't eligible for the ITC.
      • Many solar customers are happy with the service, installation and cost savings. Others felt misled by pushy sales tactics and ended up with monthly bills higher than expected. The state is taking steps to protect solar customers against unscrupulous sales pitches in the residential rooftop solar industry.

      Going solar in Oklahoma

      Rising electricity prices in recent years have led Oklahomans to consider rooftop solar energy as a way to save money. Solar installations are typically grid-connected systems. It usually takes a few weeks to a few months to get everything set up. The actual solar panel installation labor usually takes less than a week.

      » BEST STATES FOR SOLAR: Oklahoma ranks 13th

      How do I choose a solar company in Oklahoma?

      Solar panels last a long time — you want to hire a well-established company that will still be around to provide system support for 25 to 30 years. We recommend considering multiple options before hiring a solar energy company in Oklahoma. In our experience, the best solar energy companies have a few things in common:

      • A good reputation: Research the company's track record and read reviews. Look out for red flags: Recurring complaints about misleading sales tactics, equipment failures, billing issues and lack of communication are common themes in negative solar company reviews.
      • Local experience: Companies with extensive experience installing solar panels in Oklahoma are better at navigating regional incentive programs, permit processes, utility policies and designing systems to maximize energy production given Oklahoma’s weather patterns.
      • Free consultation: 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.
      • Complete services: The best solar companies provide end-to-end services, from system design and engineering to permitting, installation, inspection, monitoring and maintenance. Also consider if you want a solar storage battery, electric vehicle (EV) charger or critter guard.
      • Transparent terms: The contract should be easy to understand. If anything about payment schedules, warranties, monitoring services or system maintenance doesn’t make sense — ask for clarification. Warranties and productivity guarantees provide peace of mind once your system is up and running.
      • Industry credentials: Legitimate solar companies have proper licensing, insurance and NABCEP certification for installers. Bonding is also important as it protects you if the contractor fails to meet certain financial obligations, like paying for permits or subcontractors.

      » TIPS: Get the best solar quotes

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

      Oklahoma solar panel costs typically range between $8,948 to $25,567. The size of your solar panel system is a big factor in your total cost. It also depends on what incentives you’re eligible for, the condition of your roof and how much sunlight exposure it gets.

      A typical Oklahoma household needs a system of 11.35 kW to offset enough energy costs to make solar viable. Depending on your household energy usage, you might need a smaller or larger system.

      Most installers set the price according to the system's wattage, with a typical cost between $2.50 and $5 per watt. In Oklahoma, the average cost per watt is $2.56.

      Average solar panel cost by system size in Oklahoma

      This doesn’t include the cost of a solar storage battery — which sometimes costs 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 panel installation?

      Getting solar panels is similar to buying a car. You could pay cash, but many people finance their system through a solar loan. If you have enough savings to pay upfront, the biggest advantage of paying upfront is you don’t have to worry about interest.

      Using a home equity line of credit or loan to finance a solar installation can be a financially beneficial option — home equity interest rates are relatively low, and homeowners can take advantage of the federal solar tax credit.

      Alternatively, you can lease solar panels, which has its own pros and cons. It’s often 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

      Solar incentives in Oklahoma

      Oklahoma is an oil and gas state, so it may not be surprising that statewide solar incentives are relatively few and far between. It’s one of the few that doesn't offer many financial incentives to help make going solar more affordable for residents. Homeowners can still take advantage of the federal tax incentive, though.

      The federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is the most significant way to make installing panels more affordable. The ITC credits 30% of the system’s total cost — including equipment, labor and permits — toward what you owe on federal income taxes.

      The ITC drops to 26% in 2033 and then to 22% in 2034.

      Don’t get confused: The ITC is not a rebate or a refund. It is a credit that goes toward what you owe on federal income taxes the year your system becomes operational. Any unused portion of the credit rolls over into future tax years.

      For example, if you spend $10,000 installing a solar panel system, then the ITC is worth $3,000. If in the year your system becomes operational you owe $15,000 in taxes, then the credit reduces what you owe to $12,000. It only offsets your tax liability; you can't take advantage of the ITC if you don’t owe taxes in the first place.

      Are solar panels worth it in Oklahoma?

      The general consensus is solar panels make sense in Oklahoma. The state averages 4.5 to 5.5 peak sun hours each day, which is plenty for most residential solar panel systems. On average, homeowners can avoid about $65,916 in total utility costs over 25 years.

      Your current electric bill is the starting point for assessing the financial benefits of transitioning to solar energy. Getting a loan to pay for solar panel installation makes sense as long as your loan payment is cheaper than what you’d be paying for electricity anyway. Then, once the loan is paid off, you essentially get free electricity.

      For example, Lowell in Oklahoma City said his $125 average bill fell to just $15 after installing panels. Even with a $50 solar loan payment each month, Lowell is paying less than before. After the loan is paid off, they will just have to pay the utility connection fee, even when energy costs go up more in the future.

      But it doesn’t work out for everyone. “I got panels installed in August 2022, and they (the solar installer) didn't care anymore after they installed them,” Glendy in Broken Arrow told us. “The panels are not working properly, and calling customer service is a nightmare.”

      That is an understandably frustrating situation. However, with a reliable, experienced installer, solar panels usually end up being worthwhile for long-term savings and environmental benefits in Oklahoma and most other states.

      » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

      FAQ

      How do I know if my house is a good candidate for solar?

      It’s best to have plenty of unshaded roof space that faces south or west for optimal sun exposure. It’s also smart to upgrade any old, inefficient appliances first. Reducing your electrical loads now means you can get a smaller system, which will be cheaper.

      The condition of your roof matters too — if it needs replacement soon, do that before installing solar panels. Installing solar panels on an old roof might mean you have to remove the panels, replace your roof and then reinstall the panels. This will cost around $5,000 for a 19-panel setup.

      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.

      How many solar companies are in Oklahoma?

      As of publishing, there are 28 solar companies in Oklahoma, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

      Is it cheaper if I install solar panels myself?

      It’s potentially cheaper to install solar panels yourself. It’s also tricky and dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, especially for a large residential project.

      » DIY solar panels: Pros and cons

      Do I really need a solar 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 Oklahoma

      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 a list of popular solar companies. First, we narrowed it down to the ones available in Oklahoma. 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 10 to 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 Oklahoma are:

      • Our pick for local expertise: Solar Power of Oklahoma
      • Our pick for customer support: SunPower
      • Our pick for transparent pricing: Project Solar
      • Our pick for DIY projects: ShopSolar

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        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, “Oklahoma Solar Programs.” Accessed March 14, 2024.
        2. EnergySage, “Solar Panels in Oklahoma.” Accessed March 14, 2024.
        3. Solar Energy Industries Association, “Oklahoma Solar.” Accessed March 14, 2024.
        4. SolarReviews, “How much do solar panels cost in Oklahoma, 2024?” Accessed March 14, 2024.
        5. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed March 14, 2024.
        6. News 9, “Solar Power in Oklahoma Could Offer Utility Cost Relief.” Accessed March 14, 2024.

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