Best solar companies in Wyoming

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    • ION Solar
      4.4(68)
    • Project Solar
      4.7(61)
    • Green Home Systems
      3.2(51)

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      Best solar companies in Wyoming

      If you’re ready to go solar in Wyoming 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 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.

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      Our top solar company picks

      1. ION Solar: Customer service
      2. Project Solar: DIY
      3. Green Home Systems: Easy process
      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. Most projects are completed in 60 to 90 days.

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

      “The installation of our Ion Solar was very quick and painless. They've been very helpful as well,” James in Cheyenne told us. Many other ION Solar customers also have good things to say. As of publishing, about 96% of reviewers told us they were satisfied with their installation and setup, and 93% were satisfied with customer service.

      Some reviewers in other states mentioned communication issues or delays during the installation process. We think ION Solar could be a little more transparent about its financing options and additional services provided.

      ION Solar operates in several states, including Wyoming. It’s NABCEP certified. 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 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.

      You can purchase the system outright or finance it through a solar loan. Rates and terms vary.

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Doesn't offer maintenance or repair services
      • Some communication issues
      • Some installation delays
      Our pick for DIY

      Project Solar

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

      Project Solar reps take a no-sales-gimmicks approach that appeals to more budget-conscious solar clients. We like that pricing is competitive and transparent. As of publishing, projects start at $1.26 per watt. Anything over 13 kilowatts is a flat rate.

      Janet in Lyman had an excellent experience with Project Solar. “Project Solar is practical. They're well-priced, and they work with their customers. It's a great company,” she told us. Others seem generally satisfied with the quality of the products and the savings they see on electricity bills.

      The important thing to keep in mind is that Project Solar doesn’t offer professional installation services in Wyoming. So, it’s best to know a little about solar panels and electrical work. You might get frustrated with the process or install something incorrectly otherwise.

      » DIY SOLAR PANELS: Pros, cons and installation guide

      Project Solar specializes in professional and do-it-yourself solar panel installations. Systems incorporate equipment from reputable brands like Q-Cell, Canadian Solar, Jinko and Enphase. 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. It currently operates in multiple states across the U.S.

      Project Solar services

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

      A manufacturer’s warranty covers defects in materials of solar panels, inverters and other equipment for 25 years. There’s an 84% production level guarantee for 25 years, and the company provides reimbursements if production levels are not met during this time.

      For DIY solar projects, Project Solar's financing partners cannot provide loans. DIY customers need to pay cash or finance their project through a third-party lender, such as LightStream or a home equity loan/line of credit.

      Pros

      • Transparent pricing
      • Streamlined process
      • Great for cost savings

      Cons

      • No professional installation in Wyoming
      • No in-house financing
      Our pick for easy process
      Max. panel efficiency
      20%
      Workmanship warranty
      25 years
      Year founded
      2017

      Green Home Systems is a great option for Wyoming homeowners who want a smooth transition to clean, renewable power. It offers a wide range of solar energy solutions, from panels and inverters to batteries and additional accessories, from brands we trust. We also like that it has a physical location in Sheridan, Wyoming.

      Wyoming customers tell us about great customer service and ongoing savings. “Green Home Systems was the first one to get the work done. They were good at guiding me through everything. Having the system, the energy bill is way less,” Patrick in Riverton told us. Allen in Gillette said reps did a good job guiding him through the entire process.

      This might not be the best fit if you’re on a tight deadline. “Green Home Systems could give a more accurate timeline, and they could have better communication with their contractor,” Patrick told us. “There were some times where things didn't get properly communicated," he said.

      Green Home Systems sources solar panels from Panasonic, Qcells, LONGi, Mission and URE. Batteries come from Enphase, Tigo, SolarEdge, FranklinWH or LGchem Battery; inverters are made by Enphase, SolarEdge, Tigo or Solis. You can also get Generac backup generators, IronRidge racking systems and Span Smart electrical panels.

      Green Home Systems services

      • Residential solar installations
      • Commercial solar installations
      • Energy monitoring
      • Financing solutions

      Green Home Systems provides a 25-year warranty on solar panels and inverters. Batteries come with a 10-year warranty.

      • Cash: You can pay for your solar power system upfront, which gives you immediate ownership and potentially better long-term savings on electricity costs.
      • Loan: You can finance through a solar loan with an APR starting as low as 0.99% (on approved credit).

      Pros

      • Savings on energy bills
      • Knowledgeable reps
      • Solid warranty

      Cons

      • Some installation delays
      • Some battery backup issues

      Wyoming solar panel buyers guide

      We’ve heard from over 100,000 verified solar customers since 2018. 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 for when buying solar panels in Wyoming.


      Key insights

      In Wyoming, a typical residential solar panel system costs $9,394 to $24,590, 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 Wyoming. 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 false advertising, aggressive sales tactics and door-to-door solar scams that attempt to gather your personal information.

      Jump to insight

      Going solar in Wyoming

      The state does not have specialized licensing for solar panel installers. However, solar installers must be Wyoming-licensed electrical masters, journeymen or apprentices employed by a licensed electrical contractor.

      » BEST STATES FOR SOLAR: Wyoming ranks 27th in 2024

      What to look for in a solar company in Wyoming

      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 Wyoming. It makes it easier to navigate regulations, permits and available financial incentives.

      • Check certifications: Look for companies with NABCEP-certified installers. This shows you the company takes its business seriously.
      • 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 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 Wyoming.
      • 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.

      Solar panels last a long time — you want to hire a well-established company that will still be around for system support for at least 25 years.

      » TIPS: Get the best solar quotes

      How much does it cost to go solar in Wyoming?

      Average solar panel costs in Wyoming typically range between $9,394 to $24,590. 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.

      Most installers set the price according to the system's wattage, with a typical cost between $2.50 and $5 per watt. In Wyoming, the cost per watt is $2.57.

      Average solar installation cost by system size in Wyoming

      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 like 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 Wyoming

      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.

      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.

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

      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: Wyoming solar incentives, tax credits and rebates

      Are solar panels worth it in Wyoming?

      We’ve talked to dozens of Wyoming residents who have gone solar. Many reported significant savings on their electricity bills after installing solar panels. Some just appreciate the environmental benefits of using solar energy. For a lot of residents, it’s some combination that makes installing solar panels worth it in the long run.

      However, we’ve also heard about problems with leaks and roof damage caused by the installation of solar panels, leading to frustration and difficulties in getting repairs.

      Homeowners with solar panels typically save $20,000 to $90,000 over 25 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.

      The return on investment of a solar panel installation depends on your system's efficiency and size. Assuming an upfront purchase, it takes about 9 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 Wyoming. On average, homeowners can avoid $85,447 in total utility costs over 25 years.

      » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

      FAQ

      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.

      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.

      Use the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’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?

      Can I get free solar panels in Wyoming?

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

      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 broker and an installer depends on how much you want to be involved. A broker is helpful if you value convenience. If you want more control and potentially lower costs, working directly with a solar installer is best.

      How does net metering work in Wyoming?

      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.

      In Wyoming, some utilities may offer a kilowatt-hour (kWh) credit at the full retail rate, while others apply an avoided-cost rate, which could be lower than the retail rate. At the end of the year, the utility typically purchases any unused credits at the avoided-cost rate.

      How long does it take to install solar panels in Wyoming?

      Installation times depend on a range of factors, especially seasonality and supply chain issues. The actual installation might take only a day, but it takes time to design and plan, and you also have to activate the system.

      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 Wyoming. 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 for professional installation 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.


      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, "Wyoming Solar Programs." Accessed March 29, 2024.
      2. Solar Energy Industries Association, "Wyoming Solar." Accessed March 29, 2024.
      3. SolarReviews, “How much do solar panels cost in Wyoming?” Accessed March 29, 2024.
      4. Interstate Renewable Energy Council, “Solar Licensing Database.” Accessed May 22, 2024.
      5. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed Feb. 8, 2024.

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