How We Classify Solar Installers: What Matters Most?

April 8, 2024

Finding the perfect solar installer can feel overwhelming, right? It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack with all the options out there. You’re probably wondering, “How do I make sure I’m picking the best one for my home?” We get it. That’s why we’ve put together something special for you in this post.

We’re breaking down our easy-to-follow system to spotlight the top solar installers, making your decision a whole lot easier. Whether it’s celebrating the “Market Leader” for their outstanding work and happy customers, or giving you a heads-up with a “Caution Advised” badge for those who might not hit the mark, we’ve got you covered.

Below you’ll find out more about what it means to be an “Expert Choice” and why a “Trusted Provider” might just be the missing piece in your solar puzzle. By the end, you’ll have a clearer view of who stands out based on a solid history, exceptional service, and proven expertise. Let’s empower your solar decisions with knowledge and confidence.

Classification by Independent Sources Rating

Market Leader

A “Market Leader” is a badge of excellence, indicating that the installer has a high amount of reviews across their served area with an Expert Score of 4+. This tag signifies the installer’s widespread acceptance and high levels of customer satisfaction. Choosing a Market Leader means opting for a TOP-rated provider known for quality and reliability in solar installation due to local citizens’ reviews.

Average  Performer

The “Average  Performer” badge is given to installers with a decent customer satisfaction record, evidenced by an Expert Score of up to 4. While they may not be the frontrunners, Average Performers are recognized players in the solar industry, worth considering for their solid performance and potential to meet specific solar needs.

Classification Based on Company Information and Ratings

Expert Choice

The “Expert Choice” tag denotes installers who offer exceptional value and expertise, particularly for clients in specific states. These installers have been in business since before 2012, offer workmanship warranties of at least 10-12 years, do not rely on subcontractors, and have garnered accolades for their in-house installation quality. They are ideal for homeowners looking for dependable, long-term solar solutions with a proven track record of excellence.

Trusted Provider

Installers tagged as a “Trusted Provider” have a significant presence in 10-20 states, were founded between 2013 and 2017, and have a clear focus on direct installation services. The information about their referral programs isn`t broadly advertised, and their website is simple to use and user-friendly, signaling a reputable option for those seeking reliable solar services backed by positive local feedback and a solid operational history.

Caution Advised

The “Caution Advised” badge applies to installers whose offerings may be met with mixed reviews. These companies operate in more than 21 states, were established after 2017, often use subcontractors, and might focus more on leases or dealer models. With a third-party rating below 3.5, these installers suggest caution and thorough research due to their relatively short industry presence and the variable quality of service and customer satisfaction.

Final Note

We recommend considering installers tagged as “Expert Choice” and “Trusted Provider” for their proven track record and “Market Leader” for their customer satisfaction. Our curated selections aim to empower homeowners by highlighting solar installers that not only meet but exceed industry standards, ensuring a successful and satisfying solar installation experience. This tagging system is designed to be both informative and intuitive, guiding users through their selection process with clear indications of each installer’s strengths and areas for caution. By implementing these tags, our platform can offer a more nuanced and user-friendly approach to choosing the right solar installer.

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Andriy Ryzhyy
Andriy Ryzhyy

Andriy is a content creator and product manager with experience in digital marketing automation and renewable energy sources. Holding a Master’s degree in Linguistics, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Ottawa, focusing on applying the Optimality Theory framework to information retrieval.