Best Solar Companies in Texas

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      4.6(572)
    • Project Solar
      4.7(61)
    • Freedom Solar Power
      4.5(234)

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      Best Solar Companies in Texas

      If you’re ready to go solar in Texas 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.

      To select the top picks for this guide, we compared popular solar companies on ratings and reviews, equipment options, warranty terms and other factors. Our picks may be Authorized Partners that compensate us — this does not affect our evaluations but may impact the order in which companies appear. Read the full methodology for all the details on how we make solar company recommendations for Texans.

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      Our top solar company picks

      1. Sunlux: Best overall
      2. Project Solar: Competitive pricing
      3. Freedom Solar: Quality equipment
      4. Sunrun: Affordable plans
      5. ION Solar: Helpful reps
      Our top pick overall

      Sunlux

      Max. panel efficiency
      19.7%
      Workmanship warranty
      25 years
      Year founded
      2012

      Sunlux stands out for its good customer service, quality solar panels and overall seamless installation process. Its 24/7 monitoring app lets you easily track your system’s performance, and tech support is on standby if anything goes wrong.

      Compared with industry averages, Sunlux reviewers are more likely to give positive feedback on customer service. They also have good things to say about the app and online experience.

      • “The project manager, Bonnie, worked conscientiously to make the project easy for me. She prepared all the documents for my HOA to review on my behalf, and because she knew what she was doing, my application was approved with no hesitancy on the HOA's part. She answered every question I asked and did so usually on the same day I would email. After the project was completed, she still connected with me to make sure I was still happy and being well served by the new equipment.” — Dennis in Hutto, TX
      • “Their rep was upfront and forward the whole way through. SunLux is doing a great job.” — R. in TX
      • “Their presentation was much better than some of the other folks we talked to. They had a better sense of what they were talking about and were able to portray that to me, who did not know anything about solar. The installation went really well, and really, really quickly. The driver dropped off the incorrect panels but they corrected that. It took him a week to get the new ones. But as soon as they dropped in my driveway, they were right on the house. So there was no problem there. The project manager, Bonnie, was really good. Bonnie and the salesman, Mike, were super great at everything and helping out and helping me understand.” — Jeremy in Belton, TX

      Sunlux's customer service is also praised for being supportive and understanding. However, there are some areas for improvement, such as better communication regarding system expansion and more thorough explanations of monitoring and maintenance. Despite these minor issues, customers are generally satisfied with Sunlux and recommend the company to others.

      Sunlux is a solar company in California and Texas. It offers Panasonic and Qcells for solar panels; Tesla Powerwall, Enphase AC Battery and LG Chem RESU for batteries; and SolarEdge inverters and Enphase microinverters. The company can take care of any necessary roof repairs or replacements before installing your system (for an additional charge).

      Sunlux services

      • Solar panel installations
      • Storage batteries
      • EV charging
      • Roofing services
      • Smart-home solutions

      Sunlux has two tiers of warranty options. The standard warranty covers the installation and physical components of your system (panels, inverter and racking) for 25 years. With Platinum Protection, Sunlux also covers labor for repairs plus guarantees the amount of energy your system generates for 25 years.

      Sunlux accepts cash and third-party loans. It also has leases and prepaid leasing plans.

      • Loan: Unsecured loans are available through third-party financing partners.
      • Lease: There’s no upfront cost but a locked-in rate that you pay over 25 years. Sunlux owns the system and takes care of all maintenance.
      • Prepay lease: With this option, you pay for your home's energy before you use it. When your balance reaches zero, you can either recharge or add more funds to the account.

      Pros

      • Great equipment options
      • 24/7 monitoring app
      • Helpful sales reps
      • Lifetime customer support
      • Flexible financing options

      Cons

      • Not usually the cheapest option
      • No in-house financing
      Our pick for value

      Project Solar

      Max. panel efficiency
      20.9%
      Workmanship warranty
      10 years
      Year founded
      2016

      Project Solar appeals to budget-conscious Texans who want a less sales-heavy approach. Instead of earning commissions, reps focus on a simple, streamlined customer experience. We also appreciate the price transparency. As of publishing, full-service installations start at $1.61 per watt. DIY projects are cheaper, starting at $1.26 per watt. Anything over 13 kilowatts is a flat rate.

      Compared with solar industry averages, Project Solar reviewers have more positive feedback on pricing and equipment quality.

      • “The price of the product considering the brand name, the kind of materials that they use for their products, and the quality was considerably better value than other options available. It's really good value for really good components. Also, I liked their no-salesperson sign-up process. It was easy and simple. My questions were mostly about the components and materials used for the working parts of the panels and it was very transparent.” — Franklin in Austin, TX
      • “Quick and clear sales process. All questions and change requests were updated quite fast and precisely. Smooth installation, very professional and efficient customer support. Panels and inverters among the best in the market for a very competitive price. And after one year, my system has produced more energy than expected. I do recommend Project Solar!” — Carlos in Richmond, TX
      • “Project Solar had a really good price. I liked their no-salesperson signup process because their online tool is really easy to use to see all the information that I would normally get from a rep. It was easy to look online. I just had a few other questions and they answered. They were the type that could be answered over email. I called them at one point. They were able to answer my other couple of little questions…” — David in Hockley, TX

      One customer, Lenin in Round Rock, Texas, told us about a relatively minor installation delay: “They scheduled one day then some people came and did some installation, but they were short of some materials. The other crew came back a week later and they were amazing.” Additionally, the focus on streamlining might mean fewer customization options or solutions for complex roof situations.

      Project Solar specializes in professional and DIY solar panel installations. Systems incorporate equipment from reputable brands like Qcells, Canadian Solar, Jinko and Enphase. As part of the full-service installation, it offers Enphase IQ 5P batteries or Tesla Powerwall batteries. DIY projects only have the Enphase IQ 5P option. It currently operates in multiple states across the U.S.

      Project Solar services

      • Solar system design
      • Equipment procurement
      • Pro and DIY installations
      • Financing solutions

      Systems come with a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty, which covers materials of solar panels, inverters and other equipment. The workmanship warranty covers issues like faulty wiring or improper mounting. There’s also an 84% production level guarantee for 25 years, and Project Solar will reimburse you if production levels are not met during this time.

      DIY customers have to pay cash or finance through a third-party lender, such as LightStream, or a home equity loan or line of credit. For professional installations, Project Solar partners with a few lenders to offer two main financing options:

      • Option A is cheaper overall: Ideal for customers who plan to pay off their solar loan in a shorter period, typically around seven years. It has a higher interest rate, but any extra payments go directly towards reducing the principal amount. This can save you from paying excess interest if you pay off the loan early.
      • Option B has a lower monthly payment: Designed for customers who plan to stay in their current home for at least 20 years, this option has more consistent, lower monthly payments over the long term.

      Pros

      • Transparent pricing
      • Streamlined installations
      • Great for cost savings
      • Roof-leak warranty

      Cons

      • Less equipment options
      • Subcontracted installers
      • No in-house financing
      Buyer's Choice Award Winner
      Max. panel efficiency
      22.8%
      Workmanship warranty
      25 years
      Year founded
      2007
      2x Award Winner
      Selected for having one of the highest satisfaction rates for Best Customer Service and Best for Installation

      Freedom Solar Power installs American-designed solar panels that are built to last at least 25 years. It doesn’t subcontract work out to local companies, like some of the big national solar brokers. We also like that it has a 25-year transferable warranty on equipment and installations. If any issues come up, the company replaces equipment on behalf of the manufacturer.

      Satisfied Freedom Solar customers in Texas appreciate reps’ professionalism and efficiency. Many see a significant decrease in their electric bills since going solar.

      • “My experience with Freedom Solar was great. The sales rep was informative and polite. He wasn't pushy and I didn't feel like I'd typically do with a sales visit. The installation was perfect, too. Very quick. Everybody worked in conjunction with each other. It was smooth and very professional.” — Gina in Cedar Creek, TX
      • “We chose Freedom Solar because it is a one-stop shop for all of the services- the panels, installation, etc. However, (the reason) I would recommend Freedom Solar is because of our salesperson Hayley. She was AMAZING, and patient with all of our questions. She coached us through the entire process and was there for us every step of the way. My parents had solar installed by ANOTHER company and they were awful. Hayley even worked with them to help them solve their problems.” — Andrea in Richardson, TX
      • “My solar panels power my whole house and the only thing I pay in electricity is $27 meter fee. One time, one of the panels was not communicating with the computer that runs everything. I called them and they picked up the phone on the first ring and the problem was solved within 24 hours. If you wanna stop paying for electricity, call Freedom Solar.” — David in New Braunfels, TX

      “Freedom Solar Power is not 100% flawless, but I am very satisfied with what I have,” one customer, Russell in Houston, Texas, told us. For one, it’s not the cheapest option — Russell spent over $120,000 on a system, including the Tesla battery. But, he said, “If you’re looking to enhance the value of your house long-term for resale, Freedom Solar Power is top of the line.”

      Freedom Solar Power is a solar installer with locations in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Its primary panel partner is SunPower, a national installer. The company also has battery options and sells Tesla Powerwall and SunPower SunVault backup power systems.

      Freedom Solar services

      • Residential and commercial solar installations
      • Ground-mounted solar energy systems
      • Roof repairs
      • Solar panel maintenance and upgrades
      • Energy monitoring

      Freedom Solar Power has a 25-year lifetime warranty on equipment and installations. If problems arise, the company replaces equipment on behalf of the manufacturer and covers 100% of repair or replacement costs. System performance is guaranteed between 84% and 92% of original production for 25 years.

      Systems are available for cash purchase. There are also financing options with low interest rates, no money down and 12 months same-as-cash, which end up costing around $1 per day. It does not currently offer a leasing plan.

      Pros

      • Excellent customer service
      • 24/7 performance monitoring
      • Transferable warranty
      • In-house, NABCEP-certified installation crews

      Cons

      • Somewhat limited availability
      • No in-house financing
      Our pick for solar leases

      Sunrun

      Max. panel efficiency
      22%
      Workmanship warranty
      10 years
      Year founded
      2007

      Sunrun takes a customized approach to designing home solar systems. We like that Sunrun leasing plans let you go solar for $0 down. Reps start by looking at your past electricity bills to estimate your energy needs. Then they use a specialized computer tool to create the optimal solar system design. It also stands out by providing roof leak warranties.

      Happy Sunrun customers often tell us about helpful reps and significant savings after installations are complete.

      • “I had a good experience during the installation. I have cost savings with the system. It's a good product but they need to improve on service where they get somebody on-site for analysis. They say everything's fine with my system, but they don't come on site.” — Christin in Prosper, TX
      • “When we talked to Sunrun, we liked the program they offered. The installation was trouble-free to me. They came out and did their job. The only problem was it turned out that 13 of the panels did not get hooked up and we ran all of last year short from 13 panels. But Sunrun took care of that issue. They fixed it and also refunded some of the money off it. So I'm real pleased with it so far. The last salesman we worked with was very good. He looked after us very good.” — Darrell in Fresno, TX
      • “The rep was in contact constantly and made sure we understood exactly what we were getting into. The enrollment was very easy and smooth. We've had our electricity bill down significantly, so even with the price we're paying for the solar panels and the amount of electricity we're using that we were having to pay, it's still much cheaper than what we were paying before we had them. So far, it's been a very positive experience. Sunrun had exactly what we were looking for. It was a quick and professional experience.” — Brandie in Katy, TX

      Some customers were frustrated over issues like installation delays. Others felt that Sunrun was not transparent about the potential challenges and limitations of solar energy, leading to unrealistic expectations.

      Sunrun is a leading residential solar, battery storage and energy services provider in the United States. The company pioneered solar-as-a-service models, making clean energy adoption accessible to homeowners through flexible purchase, leasing and payment plans without large upfront costs. Its Brightbox battery storage system works with both Tesla Powerwall and LG Chem lithium-ion batteries.

      Sunrun services

      • Accessible financing 
      • Battery storage solutions
      • Monitoring and maintenance
      • EV charging solutions

      Sunrun provides warranty coverage, system maintenance and a performance guarantee. The warranty covers workmanship and equipment for 10 years. The 95% system performance guarantee lasts 25 years. Leased systems typically come with free maintenance and repairs.

      You can pay for your system upfront or take out a loan, but Sunrun’s leasing plans are what really sets it apart from other solar options. There’s no initial charge for any solar equipment, installation or permit. Sunrun owns the system, and you pay a fixed monthly fee to use it.

      Pros

      • Long time in business
      • Flexible payment options
      • Comprehensive warranties
      • Daily system monitoring

      Cons

      • Some communication issues
      • Limited price transparency
      Our pick for customer service

      ION Solar

      Max. panel efficiency
      21.9%
      Workmanship warranty
      10 years
      Year founded
      2013

      ION Solar is a reputable solar installer with a strong track record. It stands out for its professionalism, quality workmanship, strong customer service and a generally smooth end-to-end installation process for many customers.

      The company offers various solar panel and system options to meet different needs and budgets. We suggest getting a personalized quote to determine if ION Solar is the best fit for you.

      ION Solar customers have overall positive feedback on the company’s customer service and installation process.

      • “Overall, ION Solar has been very good. They led the way. Essentially, they led every conversation and began each step with the conversation with me. I never had to reach out to them. There hasn't been any questions as far as the process, how it was gonna get put in or with the timing. They had really good communication throughout the whole process. Getting everything installed took around two and a half months. It was quick overall.” — Brennan in Fort Worth, TX
      • “Switching to ION Solar was very hassle-free. They handled every part of the process and kept me well-updated. I got calls and texts from each department as the process rolled out. Installation was super easy too. I just let them in for a bit, and they installed everything in one day. They were very helpful. ” — Zaul in Killeen, TX
      • “The rep set up a time for me to meet with one of their reps to go over everything and they were super professional and spoke in a way to help me understand how solar was working. How I was going to be able to export energy that I needed back from the energy company that I had already created and the idea that I wouldn't have an increase in bill in the summer, especially here in Texas, were appealing. The transition was easy and ION made it easy. They contacted me every step of the way and I was informed throughout with either a text message or a phone call as well as email. There was really little that I had to do at all. I would tell others to look into ION.” — Teneisha in Dallas, TX

      “I do have one issue,” Brennan in Fort Worth told us. “Ever since I turned the solar on, I have had a breaker trip in my house every day. So something is not right. I'm waiting to hear back from them on that. I emailed them yesterday.” Additionally, we think ION Solar could be a little more transparent about its warranty coverage and financing options.

      ION Solar is a solar installation company that services residential homes in several states, including Texas. It’s certified by the NABCEP. Installers use Silfab solar panels and Enphase microinverters. Most projects are completed in 60 to 90 days.

      ION Solar services

      • Solar system design and installations
      • Roofing services
      • Energy production monitoring
      • Ongoing system maintenance

      ION Solar customers can purchase the system outright or finance it through a solar loan. Paying upfront gives you immediate ownership of the system. Rates and terms vary.

      ION Solar panels are guaranteed to produce at least 85% capacity for 30 years. Enphase microinverters come with a 25-year warranty. All work performed on your home during the installation is covered for 10 years. If there’s anything wrong with your panel or process, you can contact its customer service team for support.

      Pros

      • Sleek, black-on-black panels
      • No upfront payment required
      • 24/7 monitoring
      • Good reviews

      Cons

      • Some communication issues
      • Some installation delays

      A solar buyers guide for Texans

      We’ve heard from more than 500 verified solar customers in Texas over the last 10 years. A couple of things we know for sure: People like powering their homes with a reliable source of cheap, clean energy. They don’t like getting into solar contracts that don’t meet their expectations. Here’s what to expect and what to look out for when purchasing solar panels in Texas.


      Key insights

      In Texas, a typical residential solar panel system costs $8,331 to $23,803, depending on the size of your system and what financial incentives you qualify for.

      Jump to insight

      The federal investment tax credit (ITC) is the most significant financial incentive for buying solar panels in Texas. You can also lease a system with little upfront cost, but you aren't eligible for the ITC.

      Jump to insight

      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. Watch out for door-to-door solar scams that attempt to gather your personal information, aggressive sales tactics and false advertising.

      Jump to insight

      Going solar in Texas

      Solar panels are a long-term investment. If you ever have a problem with your system, like monitoring issues, you’ll want to resolve it quickly. Paying more upfront to work with a reliable company is often worth it. For instance, Amanda in League City, Texas, decided to go with a company that charged around $10,000 more because everything from sales to installation to maintenance was in-house.

      » BEST STATES FOR SOLAR: Texas ranked 26th in 2024

      What to look for in a solar company in Texas

      In our experience, the best solar energy companies have a few things in common: great reviews, transparent contracts, reliable equipment and comprehensive warranties. Look for companies with plenty of experience installing solar panels in Texas. It makes it easier to navigate regulations, permits and available financial incentives.

      • Check certifications: Solar panel installers must hold a valid Texas Electrical Contractor license; electrical work on the system requires a qualified professional. Companies without this license can sell solar systems, but you'll then need to hire a licensed electrician separately for the installation. Look for companies with NABCEP-certified installers.
      • Read reviews: 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.
      • Get quotes: Get multiple quotes from different solar companies to compare prices and services. Be cautious of companies that provide significantly lower estimates than others — this may indicate lower quality.
      • Ask questions: Consider whether you want a solar storage battery, electric vehicle (EV) charger or monitoring system to ensure optimal output. It’s also smart to ask about critter guards in Texas.
      • Read the fine print: Carefully review proposals and financials, 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.

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

      Average solar panel costs in Texas typically range between $8,331 to $23,803. 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. On the higher end, Evan in Fort Worth, Texas, told us he spent over $30,000 on a system.

      Most installers set the price according to the system's wattage, with a typical cost between $2.50 and $5 per watt. In Texas, the average cost per watt is $2.64.

      Average solar installation cost by system size in Texas

      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 panels?

      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 interest charges.

      Leasing solar equipment is an attractive option for people who don’t want to get a loan or be responsible for maintaining a system.

      » SOLAR PANELS: Lease vs. buy

      Solar incentives in Texas

      The federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) reduces your federal tax liability by 30% of the cost of your solar energy system. This tax credit applies to both residential and commercial installations, and it includes the cost of the solar panels and other equipment, labor and additional features for monitoring the system.

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

      For example, if you spend $10,000 installing a solar panel system, the ITC is worth $3,000. If you owe $15,000 in taxes, the ITC reduces what you owe to $12,000. You don’t get these benefits automatically, though. You have to claim your solar equipment, labor and permits on your federal taxes for the same year you started using your system on Form 5695.

      Don’t get confused: The ITC is a credit, meaning it directly decreases the amount of taxes you owe. This is different from a deduction, which reduces your taxable income. It isn’t a rebate or a refund. It only offsets your tax liability; you can't take advantage of the ITC if you don’t owe taxes in the first place. However, the credit rolls over to the next tax year if you don’t use the full amount.

      » MORE: Texas solar incentives, tax credits & rebates

      Are solar panels worth it in Texas?

      James in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, said he went solar for two reasons: “The first was utility [power grid] unreliability, and the second was the ultimate difference in cost and effort versus a standby generator.”

      He said that “the cost difference works out to be close to the same when the long-term investment in operation and maintenance of the generator is taken into account (and) added to the utility bill reduction.”

      Hundreds more Texans tell us they are satisfied going solar. Many reported significant savings on their electricity bills after installing solar panels. Another resident, Mary in Round Rock, Texas, went solar after a winter with lots of power outages. Since the installation was complete, “I have a sense of freedom over the power company,” she told us.

      Solar panels are designed to last 25 to 30 years.

      It’s a common misconception that solar panels always eliminate your monthly power bill — this is not always the case. On the bright side, people who still have a bill after going solar typically pay significantly less than before, making the investment financially worth it.

      For instance, Lynn in Fort Worth, Texas, is saving anywhere from $150 to $300 per month, depending on the month. John in Kemah, Texas, said his electric bill went from over $100 to about $5.

      The return on investment of a solar panel installation depends on the efficiency and size of your system. Assuming an upfront purchase, it takes about 7.5 years to break even (when your savings with solar panels make up for the cost).

      The general consensus is that solar panels are worth it in Texas. On average, homeowners can avoid $61,774 in total utility costs over 25 years.

      » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

      I have a sense of freedom over the power company.”
      — Mary in Round Rock

      FAQ

      Can I get free solar panels in Texas?

      There’s no totally free option to get solar panels in Texas that we’re aware of. 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.

       » FREE SOLAR PANELS: Are they really free?

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

      Plenty of unshaded roof space that faces south or west is best for optimal sun exposure. Solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies, more commonly known as solar panels, absorb sunlight and convert it into usable electricity. If you have a lot of shading around your house, they might not get enough sun to power your home.

      Use NREL’s PVWatts Calculator to estimate how much electricity a solar panel can produce over a year on your house — just type in your address. Project Sunroof is a free solar savings estimator powered by Google Earth imagery.

      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. This will cost around $5,000 for a 19-panel setup.

      » SHOULD YOU: Replace your roof before going solar?

      Do I really need a 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. “If you're looking to save some money and have a battery backup for your house, then going solar is worth it,” according to Ted in San Antonio, Texas.

      » LEARN: What are grid-tied solar systems?

      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.

      What solar scams are common in Texas?

      In recent years, the Texas attorney general has received a significant rise in complaints against solar companies, from 80 in 2020 to 378 complaints in 2023 (through November).

      With solar scams on the rise in Texas, be cautious of offers that seem too good to be true. Common lies include the government paying for your entire system (it's a tax credit with eligibility rules), eliminating your electric bill entirely (utility fees still apply) and having power during outages (additional batteries are needed).

      To protect yourself, consult with your tax professional to verify tax credit eligibility, assess your roof's condition to avoid unexpected repairs, and choose a reputable company that handles sales, installation and service for streamlined accountability.

      How does net metering work in Texas?

      Net metering is a system of give-and-take between you and your utility company. It lets you access power from the grid when your panels don’t generate enough electricity.

      Net metering also lets you earn credits for sending any excess solar energy to the grid. These credits can offset the cost of electricity consumed at other times.

      Will hail damage my solar panels?

      Hail can damage solar panels, but you shouldn’t let that deter you from installing them. The cost of fixing any damage that does occur is often covered by homeowners insurance.

      Methodology

      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 providers. First, we narrowed it down to the ones available in Texas. We then weighted several key features to get our final rankings:

      Reviews, ratings and testimonials: 40%
      We analyzed solar company reviews by verified solar customers to gauge real-world satisfaction. Companies with the most positive recent ratings left by local reviewers on our site were given preference.

      Equipment selection: 20%
      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.

      Warranties: 20%
      A long warranty is important — it shows that a company stands behind its products and services. We compared companies on both equipment and craftsmanship warranty terms. All of our top picks have warranties or production guarantees of at least 10 to 25 years.

      Financing and payment options: 10%
      We gave preference to companies that offer multiple payment and financing options for transparent terms and conditions.

      Overall reputation: 10%
      We considered each company's history, mission and value. Companies with generally positive feedback on our site scored highest in this aspect.

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

      1. Sunlux
      2. Project Solar
      3. Freedom Solar
      4. Sunrun
      5. ION Solar

      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, "Texas Programs." Accessed March 29, 2024.
      2. EnergySage, “The cost of solar panels in Texas.” Accessed March 29, 2024.
      3. Solar Energy Industries Association, "Texas Solar." Accessed March 29, 2024.
      4. SolarReviews, “How much do solar panels cost in Texas?” Accessed March 29, 2024.
      5. Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), “Solar Licensing Database.” Accessed May 22, 2024.
      6. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed Feb. 8, 2024.
      7. Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, “Solar Panel Consumer Information.” Accessed May 28, 2024.
      8. Click2Houston, “KPRC 2 Investigates: Solar panel sales exploding in Houston; Here’s what you need to know to keep from being taken advantage of.” Accessed June 6, 2024.
      9. CBS Austin, “Texans file growing number of complaints against solar companies.” Accessed June 6, 2024.

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