The best solar panel installation experience in Colorado, Florida, Texas, and Utah (and growing…)
We are Solar Advocates working for you all the way across the finish line.
We work for you,
to make going solar easy by:
- Designing the right system for you, with you
- Providing competitive quotes
- Installing it correctly
- Navigating tax credits
- Arranging financing
- Communicating weekly
Our Fee: $0.00
We are your Advocate, and it costs not a penny out of your pocket.
It’s not too good to be true,
it’s how Buyer’s Agents in Real Estate work.
Wait, what’s a “Solar Advocate”?
I’m glad you asked! To be honest, we’re doing something new – so we made it up.
Here’s what SOLAR ADVOCATE means:
- We’re not solar panel installers. (We partner with them.)
- We’re not solar manufacturers. (Our installers buy products from them.)
- We’re not bankers. (But we offer financing options for you.)
- We’re independent experts who work for you.
Solar Advocates stand up for our customers, protecting your interests, your preferences, and your sanity.
Solar Panel Installation
is just one part of the puzzle.
The Best Solar Installers & Companies
are our partners and our responsibility.
As Solar Advocates,
we provide the experience, the guidance, the expertise to make make it a good experience.
Tell us right up front. Shall we:
- Calculate how much power you use & need?
- Start with your budget and see how much power you can get?
- Figure out the maximum power you can generate?
It’s up to you. There’s no wrong answer.
Our job is to guide you, manage the process, handle the paperwork, and leverage our expertise to make your life easier – just like a Real Estate agent.
The truth is, there’s no single best solar installer. There’s only the best-fit for you and your project.
The other truth is, this isn’t a snap-together DIY weekend task. It’s a construction project that requires design, engineering, permitting, inspections, and patience.
We’ll provide the end-to-end expertise to make it all easy. You can save your patience for that guy driving under the speed limit in the left lane with his hazards on.
Best of all, it costs not a penny out of your pocket.
Don’t worry, I’ll explain everything. But if you’d rather just chat…
A couple years ago, an old friend, Krista (remember Krista?), called me. She needed a new job. I hired her on the side to help me reach and better-serve more customers. Together, we doubled my numbers.
Now I’ve struck out on my own and we’ve decided to join forces again.
Together we’re on a mission to make going solar easy, predictable, reliable, and painless.
The customer needs a champion, so we’re building a team of heroes.
What we will do for you:
- Listen to your reasons and goals for going solar.
- Design your system with you so you get what you’re expecting.
- Present you multiple quotes from local installers.
- Keep in contact every week through installation & energization.
- Be available whenever you have a question (or just need to hear a bad joke).
…and we don’t work with just any ‘ole installer- these are qualified companies we stand behind because we’ve worked with them before and know them to be trustworthy.
We know the best solar installers.
The truth is there is no single “best solar installer”.
There is, however, a best-match installer for what you care about:
- Lowest price solar panels?
- Longest lasting solar panels?
- Most efficient inverter?
- Fastest installation timeline?
- Best service quality?
- Smallest panel-coverage area?
- Most flexible for future expansion?
- Shortest timeline to ROI?
- Lowest up-front cost?
- Lowest overall cost?
- Specific equipment you desire?
- Specific lender options?
Every installer & each equipment choice have their best qualities and nobody is best at all of them.
But you know who really is better? The local full-time crews installing systems all day every day. Not a cobbled-together short-term labor force fulfilling a big-box store contract. Just sayin’.
Sure, it’s government and corporate policy to get 3 quotes, but it’s also just plain smart.
A solar power system for your home is going to cost about as much as a modest sedan: $20k – $50k.
You could just “walk onto the lot” and talk to the first car salesman who spots you as they circle like sharks, then do it two more times, each time having to disentangle yourself from their “What can I do to put you into this car today?!” high pressure sales tactics…
When you contact a solar company, you’re walking onto their lot. And believe me when I say they’ve got something to sell you. (Ask me how we know.)
Or you could spend the next three Saturdays grilling and laying in your hammock.
Our installer-partners know I’m delivering a well-designed system and a customer we will take care of. That’s why they give us a better price; that’s how our payment doesn’t just jack up the price of your system (we actually often beat their regular price).
Just weeks after installation, I was on the phone with my customer. They had a leak.
When they called the Service Department they felt like they got a blow-off answer to the effect of “Sorry, we’re booked-out 6 months, try contacting the manufacturer.”
So my customer called me on my cell phone.
All my customers have my cell phone number.
“Enough of this.” I thought, shaking my head. I hired my own contractors. Sent them to the client’s site. They fixed the leak and I paid the bill out of my own pocket.
That’s when I realized I was doing it all anyway. Why the heck was I working for someone else?
(We’ll talk more about service department stuff in a minute…)
Enough experience to stop a freight train.
Think about the last time you got stopped at a railroad crossing and watched a coal train roll by.
A standard coal train is 115 cars, carrying 116 tons of coal each. That’s 13,340 tons of coal. At ~2,000 kWh per ton, that train was moving ~26.7 million kWh of future electricity.
That’s enough to power 2,225 homes for 1 year (or all the homes in Colorado Springs for about 5 days).
In 2022 alone, Krista and I deployed 3,250 kWh of power for 374 customers. In their first year, those systems will generate 4.45 million kWh. That’s 19 freight cars.
Over my 14 years, I figure I’ve eliminated 2 whole freight trains. Now we’re working on the third, fourth…
That’s not a political statement. If all the freight trains stopped rolling today, we’d be living in the dark. They are our present, and quite necessary. Solar is our future.
Solar panel technology
Panels, batteries, inverters, even wires and mounting systems. If you want to get nerdy, I’m ready to dive into the details with you.
Solar panel tax credits
It may be a few extra hoops to jump through, but through 2032 you can receive 30% of the cost of your solar power system as a Federal Tax Credit – not a deduction – a credit.
That means if your system costs $30k, you pay $10k less in taxes this year.
It’s also not a rebate, so if the credit is more than you owe, it rolls over to next year. Sorry, no big fat refund checks available.
Real-time collaboration, designing your system on your roof.
Solar Panel Maintenance & Service
Alas, “Service Departments” can be seemingly-elusive. Unfortunately, this is an area the solar industry has fallen short. Sometimes it’s one poor soul’s job to tell customers “Sorry, we’re booked-out 6 months, try contacting the manufacturer.”
The good news is manufacturers stand behind their products. Equipment typically comes with a 25 year warranty. The manufacturer will connect you with a local qualified service contractor, so they just deflect, making you do the legwork.
This is where a Solar Advocate comes in handy.
All too often, I’ve seen installers go out of business, get bought, or simply not honor their verbal commitments.
This was a huge part of why we invented the role of Solar Advocate.
As our client, you just call us. We take care of it. It really is that easy.
This isn’t some Jordan Balfas pump and dump scheme where we vanish into the unfindable ether after closing the sale. (Why does that name sound so familiar? He’s the so-called Wolf of Wall Street.)
This is the future of our energy, on every roof of our community, where we live too – and we’re excited about it! – so we’d better get it right.
Unless you really don’t want it, we’ll include a Sense Monitoring device with your system that will read the real electric usage on each circuit throughout your home.
I installed one at my own house. But before I tell you what happened, I’ll admit it. I had some wasteful habits.
Within just a couple months of monitoring my real usage and making some changes, my own usage went from 1,700 kWh/mo to 1,200 kWh.
I’m not talking about big lifestyle changes – just something as simple as turning off your desktop computer overnight, or closing the blinds on that big south-facing window in the summer, can make a big difference.
You can’t improve what you don’t measure.
No, not a bribe. I’m talking about return on investment. The dawn of a brand new day.
The cost of energy is going up. In fact, the average cost per kWh has nearly doubled since 2000. In the next 20 years electricity demand is expected to triple. Simple supply and demand forces will continue to drive prices up and up.
That’s bad news if you’re paying your utility bill. But it’s great news if you’re selling power back to the grid.
Or, think of it this way: You just locked in your electricity rate for life – okay, maybe not all your life, but at least the next 25 years. While your neighbors complain about their soaring power bill, you can work on hiding that smug grin. 😉
As the cost of energy increases, the power generated by your system is more valuable, paying itself off faster and saving you even more.
- The cost of electricity is going up, not down.
- The demand for electricity is increasing.
- The sun isn’t getting any dimmer.
- Your electric Utility isn’t your best friend. They may even be your worst enemy
- Solar gives you reliability, independence, and peace of mind.
- You know you want solar, but you have questions.
I have worked through the process from initial design consultation through final activation thousands of times with customers just like you.
You can do this yourself. Really, you can.
But wouldn’t it be easier with our help?