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British Airways announced Friday that it would become the first airline to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced at a commercial scale in the UK.

The company struck a deal with Phillips 66 Limited, which will produce thousands of tons of sustainable jet fuel that the airline will begin to use for commercial flights in early 2022.

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A new study from Rice University has found that microplastic particles may allow bacteria to develop higher resistance to antibiotics. As microplastics are just about everywhere — in your takeout containers, tea bags, and clothing — the research is concerning.
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From lighting up the night when you return home to boosting security, installing solar flood lights is a great way to invest in your home’s functionality and safety. Solar flood lights harness their energy from the sun and don’t require wiring or electrical work, making installation a breeze even for renters. And thanks to waterproof designs and efficient LEDs, they offer a fix-it-and-forget solution to myriad lighting predicaments.

In this article, we’ll recommend four of the best LED solar flood lights and motion-detector lights on the market today.

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In a huge win for the species and conservationists, ten baby Komodo dragons were born in captivity at the San Antonio Zoo this October.

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Every year, there’s a debate on whether to chop down a real, evergreen tree for Christmas festivities, or opt for an artificial tree made primarily from plastic in a factory. According to Greenpeace, you should keep an artificial Christmas tree in use for at least 8 years — but preferably 20 or more — to keep its lifetime emissions to a minimum.

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Over 5,000 years ago, Rishis documented their practices and beliefs surrounding yoga in the Upanishads. Today, over 36 million people practice yoga, and it makes sense that those who seek balance in mind and body also seek it in nature—through sustainable shopping for eco-friendly yoga mats and other practice essentials.

Not only does yoga improve flexibility, but it also cultivates a greater sense of connection to the self and the world at large. With sustainability in mind, we rounded up the five best eco-friendly yoga mats for your daily flow.

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Coconut oil has solidified its place in our society’s health and beauty regimens in recent years, but what is all the fuss about? It’s a nutritious addition to your meal plans, but, remember to treat it the same way you would any other oil or fat source.

Keep in mind that coconut oil is a saturated fat, which means you’ll hit your typical daily limit with about two teaspoons a day. After that, switch to unsaturated fats, like virgin olive oil.

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2022 New York Solar Tax Credit & Other Incentives

See how you can save on solar panels in the Empire State.

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In recent years, New York has become one of the hottest markets in the U.S. for solar panel installations. Whether because of the generous New York solar tax credit available to homeowners, the ambitious clean energy targets from politicians across the state, or because New Yorkers simply see the climate and economic benefits of installing solar PV panels, the Empire State is setting a great example for the rest of the country.

For anyone looking to switch to solar power, keeping up with exact policies, such as New York solar incentives and rebates, can be challenging. New policies are rolled out regularly, local incentives vary from one jurisdiction to the next, and if you’re not working actively in the solar industry, it can be a bit confusing.

To ensure that you don’t miss out on any potential incentives and benefits of installing solar panels at your New York residence or business, keep reading to see the key New York State solar tax credits and other incentives to keep in mind when investigating if solar is for you. If you're interested in getting a quote from a pre-screened installer near you and seeing how much you can save with these incentives, you can do so using this tool or the form below.

New York Solar Tax Credit

Perhaps the biggest solar incentive in the state of New York is the Solar Energy System Equipment Credit.

As explained by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, this tax credit is available to anyone who engages in a new solar project for their place of residence, whether that’s through purchasing solar energy system equipment, signing a solar lease, or even committing to a power purchase agreement of solar energy generated by equipment owned by another entity (if that agreement spans 10 years or more).

For any of the above New York solar energy engagements, the person making the purchase or signing the lease or PPA is entitled to a state tax credit of up to 25% of total expenditures (up to a cap of $5,000).

It’s important to note that the New York solar tax credit is not refundable, meaning it reduces your tax liability but is not paid directly if that credit exceeds your expected tax payments. However, any excess credit can be carried over to future tax filings for up to five years.

New York Solar Rebate

Another quite notable and beneficial incentive for solar purchases is the New York Solar Rebate, known as the NY-Sun Megawatt (MW) Block Incentive. Unlike the solar tax credit, this program applies not just to residential solar systems but also to nonresidential, industrial and commercial solar installations.

Specifically, the NY-Sun initiative offers up-front discounts for installed solar systems on a “dollars-per-watt” ($/W) basis in the form of a direct cash rebate. The exact amount that a new installation can expect to receive is dictated by the region of New York it’s in, how many of the allotted rebates in that region have already been paid out, the size of the system, and the timeframe in which installation is completed.

Generally speaking, though, the New York solar rebate starts as low as 15 cents per watt and can rise all the way up to $1 per watt, making up over half of the cost of installing solar in the best-case scenario.

Other New York Solar Incentives

While the New York solar rebate and the Solar Energy System Equipment Credit are the two most critical policies that have incentivized solar energy in the state, potential installations can qualify for additional key incentives as well. The below table highlights these opportunities, which are expanded upon in the following sections.

New York Solar Incentive

Description

New York Solar Sales Tax Exemption

New York does not charge sales tax on the purchase of solar equipment or installation costs for residential and non-residential systems.

Net Metering in New York

New York utilities allow for net metering, so homeowners can sell excess energy their solar system generates back to the grid.

Local Incentives

Towns, cities and counties can have their own home solar incentives offered on top of statewide incentives.

New York Solar Sales Tax Exemption

The state of New York charges a 4% sales tax on most products and goods sold within the state. However, to bring down the barriers to entry for homes or businesses looking to invest in solar energy, this tax has not applied to solar energy equipment and installations for residential systems since 2005.

This exemption helps lower the all-in cost for potential solar buyers and serves to make solar energy more affordable with a lower payback period to a greater portion of the population, in alignment with New York’s goals for increased renewable energy.

Net Metering in New York

The state of New York allows for net metering for residential solar systems up to 25 kilowatts, farm systems up to 100 kilowatts and non-residential systems up to 2 megawatts. The original net metering provision passed in 1997 only applied to the first 10 kilowatts of a solar system but has since been expanded multiple times as the New York government leans into its near-term and long-term goals to make solar more viable and prevalent across the state.

Net metering is a system by which customers who own solar systems can be paid directly (or offset their electric bills) by sending the excess energy generated by their solar panels back to the local power grid. While all solar systems create a benefit for owners by allowing them to freely consume the energy they generate, net metering allows for further profiting during times when they don’t consume all the electricity they are actively producing.

Local Incentives

In addition to the statewide incentives available for potential solar systems across New York, many towns, cities, and counties will also offer incentives such as tax credits, rebates or otherwise that can be layered on top of the state incentives, serving to move the needle to affordability even further.

One of the most widespread local incentives is a solar property tax exemption. Each municipality in New York can decide whether it wants to take part in the property tax incentive program, and many have opted in. This means homeowners in most areas of the state don’t have to pay increased property taxes after solar panels increase the value of their homes.

Federal Solar Tax Credit

On top of all of the state and local incentives for solar energy that are readily available to New Yorkers, solar installations in the state are also eligible for the federal solar tax credit. The federal government allows for all solar systems installed by 2023 to receive a non-refundable tax credit based on the value of the system (which includes the cost of the equipment itself and the cost to install it) and when the installation is complete.

For all systems placed into service by the end of 2022, the Federal Solar Tax credit is equal to 26% of the cost of the installation. For all systems placed into service through 2023, the credit drops to 22% of the system. As of now, systems installed in 2024 or later are not eligible for the federal solar tax credit, though Congress may opt to extend those deadlines as has been done in the past.

FAQ: New York Solar Incentives

Does New York State have a solar tax credit?

Yes, there is a New York solar tax credit. The Solar Energy System Equipment Credit is a 25% (up to $5,000) non-refundable tax credit available for homeowners who purchase, lease or sign onto solar via a power purchase agreement.

Will there be New York solar incentives in 2022?

Yes, New York will continue to offer solar incentives in 2022, including the Solar Energy System Equipment Credit, the NY-Sun MW Block Incentive, state sales tax incentives, and availability for net metering, as well as federal tax credits and any relevant local solar incentives.

Is it worth going solar in New York?

New York State has made the already financially prudent decision to go solar even more accessible and viable via its various tax credits, rebates and policies that bring down the total cost to install solar. Put together, these measures serve to reduce solar system costs in New York, making it a worthwhile investment.

Are solar panels free in New York?

No, solar panels are not free in New York, though many solar incentives are available for residential and non-residential installations that bring down upfront costs and strive to make solar investments accessible to more New Yorkers.

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Where to Buy Solar Panels: 2022 Solar Purchasing Guide

Whether you're hiring a professional installer or going the DIY route, we show you how and where to buy solar panels.

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Installing solar panels on your home can dramatically reduce both your dependence on traditional utility companies and your environmental impact. One of the first steps in switching to renewable energy is figuring out where to buy solar panels. It can be a little confusing at first.

In this article, we’ll help you figure out how to identify and purchase the best solar panels for your home, as well as give tips on other equipment you’ll need to complete your solar power system.

As you prepare to buy solar panels, remember it’s important to do your research and compare prices in order to make a sound investment. If you’re ready to start getting quotes from some of the best solar companies in your area, you can use this tool or fill out the form below.

Where Can You Buy Solar Panels?

Home and business owners typically purchase solar panels through solar companies, which are certified to deal and install products from top manufacturers. These solar installers then plan and execute the installation. However, solar panels and solar panel kits are also sold directly from distributors in the event you’re qualified to carry out your own DIY solar installation. Consider the following when making a decision about where to purchase your panels.

Choosing an Installer

Certified solar energy companies carry out the vast majority of solar panel installations. When hiring a professional solar company, you can either go with a local or national installer.

A local solar installer will usually be able to offer you more personalized service, more affordable prices and more intimate knowledge of local solar incentives and policies. The flip side is that nationwide installers can often have access to a wider range of solar products, like the most efficient solar panels and the best solar batteries in the industry. This can give you more options to maximize the power output and durability of your system.

There’s not really a right or wrong answer here, and in fact, the best approach may be to consult with two or three installers that service your area before making your decision.

DIY Solar Panel Installation

Installing your own solar panels provides the opportunity to save money on labor and also gives you greater control over the final configuration of your home solar system. Be aware, however, that there can be significant downsides to do-it-yourself solar jobs.

First, it is complex, technical work, requiring electrical expertise and thorough knowledge of how solar works. If you’re unskilled or inexperienced in working with electricity, installing solar panels presents concerns to both your safety and the integrity of your roof and electrical system. Additionally, going with DIY solar panels means you won’t reap the benefits of experienced solar designers, who can help you design the optimal energy-generating, money-saving system.

If you do choose to buy solar panels and install them on your own, you can purchase panels from:

  • Manufacturer websites
  • Hardware stores
  • Amazon.com (where you can buy full solar panel kits)

How to Buy Solar Panels

Now you know where to purchase panels, but as for how to buy solar panels, your next steps will again depend on whether you hire a professional or go the DIY route.

Hiring an Installer

For most of our readers, we recommend hiring a solar installer that will plan your system and purchase the solar equipment on your behalf. Note that installers buy in bulk and have access to wholesale prices, so they can actually help you save money on your equipment costs, though of course, you’ll then have to pay for the labor.

The general steps in the process are as follows:

  1. Consultation: Meet with a few of your area’s top solar companies to compare pricing and proposals outlining the pros and cons of solar for your home.
  2. System design: Once you choose a solar installer, a representative will take a look at your roof and design a solar system that meets your energy goals. The importance of this step usually outweighs that of the installation itself, as a solar system will only be as effective as its design.
  3. Permitting: Depending on where you live, you may require permits and approvals from your municipality before your solar system can be installed. Your installer can handle all of this on your behalf.
  4. Net metering: If your local utility company offers net metering, you’ll need to apply and enroll prior to the installation itself. This step should also be handled by your solar company, though it may require a signature or two from you.
  5. Installation: Once you receive the needed approvals, your installer can begin work to assemble your system. This may take anywhere from a day to a full week depending on the complexity of your project. Most installations are finished within a day.
  6. Review and approval: Most municipalities will require you to have your system inspected for safety before it’s “switched on.” Both cities and utility companies usually require inspections. Again, your solar company will handle the logistics of these inspections.
  7. Using your system: After you get your final approvals, you’ll be ready to turn on your solar system. Your installer will advise you on how to do so.
  8. Applying for tax credits: Any reputable solar company will walk you through how to apply for solar tax credits, rebates or grants available in your area. Some will even do so on your behalf.

Buying Your Own Solar System

If you’re a more qualified homeowner looking to research, design and install your home solar system, you’ll need to purchase equipment on your own.

First, determine how many solar panels your home requires. This hinges on an array of factors: the amount of electricity your household consumes, the surface area available on your roof, the amount of sun exposure your roof receives and more. For residential installations with limited roof space to work with, we recommend looking into highly efficient solar panels. This will ensure your investment is worthwhile. (We’ll get more into the different types of solar panels below.)

Also, remember that designing a solar system requires a lot more than just panels. Consider what equipment you’ll need before purchasing your solar panels. Do you want a string inverter or microinverters? Do you need a battery? A charge controller? (We’ll also get more into this later on).

Even if you carry out your own installation, you’ll still need to apply for any necessary permits and interconnection agreements. In the event you perform an off-grid installation, you may not need permission from your utility.

What Type of Solar Panel Should You Buy?

There are three basic types of photovoltaic panels available today: monocrystalline, polycrystalline (also known as multicrystalline) and thin-film. The factors differentiating these options have to do with the efficiency, flexibility, solar cell makeup, size and cost of the solar panels. These can all impact which solar panels you purchase.

Solar Panel Type

Advantages

Disadvantages

Monocrystalline solar panels

Highest efficiency and best performance

Highest upfront cost

Polycrystalline solar panels

More affordable than monocrystalline

Lower efficiency than monocrystalline

Thin-film solar panels

Portable and flexible

Lowest efficiency and power output

An important note we’ll repeat: For homeowners with a limited surface area on their roofs, efficiency is the name of the game. Make sure to buy solar panels with high efficiency ratings, as this will maximize the sunlight available to you, making your investment more worthwhile. Most of the best solar panels will be monocrystalline.

Other Equipment You’ll Need to Buy for Your Solar Panel System

If you’re doing your own installation, you’ll need to consider purchasing the following when you buy your solar panels:

  • Inverter: This converts direct current (DC) solar energy into the alternating current (AC) electricity needed to power your home. Most options will be string inverters or microinverters.
  • Battery: A solar battery allows you to store excess energy for future use rather than feeding it back into the electrical grid. Having a battery maximizes your solar energy use.
  • Mounting system: This stabilizes your solar panels and ensures they stay in their proper rooftop position.
  • Wiring: Wiring is used to connect your solar system to your electrical panel.
  • Solar charge controller: A charge controller regulates voltage and prevents batteries from overcharging.

Final Thoughts: Where to Buy Solar Panels

Installing solar panels involves a number of decisions, starting with where to buy your panels. Are you qualified to install solar panels yourself? What type of solar panel is best for your energy needs? What other equipment will you need to buy along with your panels?

If you choose to go with a solar company, make sure you do your research and hire a vetted, experienced solar contractor with a track record of success. Ask any friends or neighbors with solar who they hired and how their experience was. Some solar companies have programs that reward $1,000 or more for referrals. You can also continue your research on the best solar companies, or look for local solar installers in your area.

Shopping around can end up saving you money and can help you better understand your energy needs and budget. To start getting free quotes from solar companies near you, you can use this tool or fill out the form below.

FAQ: Buying Solar Panels

Can I just buy my own solar panels?

You can buy your own solar panels directly from manufacturers, from hardware stores or online. However, installing panels on your own when unqualified to do so can result in safety issues, an inefficient system or issues to the structural integrity of your home. With an investment as significant as solar, we usually recommend hiring a professional.

How much does one solar panel cost?

Solar panel costs differ widely due to variations in quality, efficiency, warranty and power. One solar panel for an off-grid or small DIY project can cost as little as $100. A standard 350-watt, high-efficiency residential solar panel will cost closer to $300 or more.

Are solar panels a good investment?

When properly planned and executed, solar panels are one of the best investments you can make in 2022. This won’t be the case for all homeowners, however. If your energy use is already minimal, your roof doesn’t receive enough sunlight or the cost of solar in your area is unusually high, you may not get enough out of your investment to make it worthwhile. It’s best to consult with a solar company near you to determine the solar potential of your home or business.

Karsten Neumeister is a writer and renewable energy specialist with a background in writing and the humanities. Before joining EcoWatch, Karsten worked in the energy sector of New Orleans, focusing on renewable energy policy and technology. A lover of music and the outdoors, Karsten might be found rock climbing, canoeing or writing songs when away from the workplace.

Freedom Forever Solar: Reviews, Services & More (2022)

Looking to learn more about Freedom Forever Solar? We offer our 2022 review of the growing company.

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One of the fastest-growing solar installation companies in the nation, Freedom Forever Solar (not to be confused with Freedom Solar) has expanded to over 24 states in less than five years. In our Freedom Forever Solar review, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of this up-and-coming installer and see if it deserves a spot among the nation’s best solar companies.

Freedom Forever Solar likes to keep things simple and outlines its services in just three steps: solar panel installation, backup battery installation and solar financing. Similar to a number of its counterparts offering national coverage, Freedom Forever offers solar panels for purchase as well as solar leases and power purchase agreements (PPAs).


Freedom Forever Solar Fast Facts

Year Started

2016

Service Areas

25 states, including AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, MD, MA, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, TX, UT, VT, VA and WI

Service Types

Solar panel and battery installations

Types of Panels Sold

Varies depending on location

Backup Battery Options

Yes, including LG Chem and Tesla Powerwall

Certifications

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) technicians

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Rating

A+ with accreditation

Read on to learn more about Freedom Forever Solar, or to see how much a solar system from Freedom Forever Solar or a similar certified installer would cost, you can use this tool or fill out the form below.

Freedom Forever Overview

Founded just six years ago, Freedom Forever Solar is still in its infancy compared to other solar companies of its size. Though a new kid on the block, this Temecula, California-based provider offers a unique approach focused on educating its clientele. With a learning center, a “solar academy,” videos, podcasts and more, Freedom Forever aims to set realistic expectations for its customers when it comes to the big picture of renewable energy and the nitty-gritty of solar financing.

By understanding that an informed customer is the best type of customer, Freedom Forever empowers its clients to increase their independence while reducing their costs via solar.

So, how has this approach paid off? Let’s explore.

Freedom Forever Services and Installation

Freedom Forever Solar strives to make going solar as easy as possible for homeowners. Offering only solar panel and backup battery installations, Freedom Forever Solar focuses on simplicity in its clean energy services. This model allows Freedom Forever to concentrate its efforts on solar and backup power but may disappoint customers interested in add-ons like electric vehicle charging stations or energy efficiency upgrades. The installations themselves are carried out by authorized partner companies that will vary regionally.

The type of solar panels available for your home will vary depending on your region as well, but backup batteries installed by Freedom Forever include the Tesla Powerwall and LG Chem.

Here’s what the average customer can expect Freedom Forever Solar’s installation process to look like:

  • Receive a free quote by providing preliminary information such as your address, monthly energy costs and credit score.
  • If interested after receiving the quote, Freedom Forever will draw up a full proposal including your custom system design, a rendering of the system’s appearance and estimated energy savings over the course of the system's lifetime. The proposal should factor in local and state solar incentives, so be sure to make note that they are included.
  • Freedom Forever Solar pledges to handle all permits, interconnection agreements and other consents associated with a solar installation in your region.
  • During the permitting process, Freedom Forever will enroll you in your utility company’s net metering program, if applicable.
  • The installation itself only happens after permits and net metering agreements are finalized. Installations with Freedom Forever are typically finished within one day and are carried out by authorized partner companies.
  • Finally, you'll need to pass inspection and turn on your system. Once the system is installed, both the city and your electric company will most likely require inspections. Freedom Forever will schedule and oversee both. Once you pass both inspections, you’ll be ready to turn your system on.

Solar Panel Warranty

Rather than offering workmanship or product warranties, Freedom Forever Solar promises that your system will perform as advertised through its 25-year production guarantee. Should your system underperform or encounter any problems, Freedom Forever will fix it and reimburse you for any lost savings.

Though this sounds like an all-encompassing warranty, it’s not quite that simple. It should be noted that Freedom Forever outsources its labor to local installation crews, and workmanship is not covered by the 25-year production guarantee. This means that any damages to your roof, home or electrical equipment from low-quality workmanship will have to be negotiated with a third party rather than the sales rep you signed a Freedom Forever contract with. Though these situations are rare, they can complicate what should be a simple warranty.

Freedom Forever Costs and Financing

The average cost of a solar system from a certain provider is difficult to assess, as pricing can vary widely depending on your state, your roof and your electric bills. Freedom Forever is a young company up against some industry leaders, so we expect its solar project pricing to be competitive. However, we always encourage readers to get quotes from competing solar companies to make sure you’re getting the best value from your investment.

Much of Freedom Forever’s expansion can be credited to its utilization of solar leases, which allow homeowners to rent solar power systems at a monthly cost. Though leasing panels provides a switch to clean energy with a low upfront cost, purchasing panels provides the greatest value in the long run. Keep in mind that leases will not be eligible for the solar tax credit.

Financing Options

Freedom Forever Solar offers four solar financing plans for customers:

  1. Cash Purchase: Purchasing your solar system outright provides you with maximum long-term value. Making one upfront payment reduces loan fees and interest, allowing you a quicker payback period. Also, solar panels add property value and make you eligible for the solar tax credit. Over time, homeowners will see the largest return on investment when paying in cash.
  2. Home Solar Loan: Freedom Forever Solar partners with third-party loan companies to provide financial assistance with solar power purchases. With a solar loan, you can still enjoy the benefits of system ownership, maintaining eligibility for tax credits, rebates and additional property value. Solar loans will vary in their interest rates depending on credit score, down-payment amount and length of the loan.
  3. Solar Lease: With a solar lease, you make fixed monthly payments to Freedom Forever, essentially renting your solar panels. The costs of leases are typically about 20% less than you pay for grid-supplied electricity. You can still take advantage of energy savings, but you miss out on a number of valuable benefits associated with system ownership, like the tax credit, rebates and an increase to your property value.
  4. Purchase Power Agreement (PPA): PPAs are similar to solar leases in that you make monthly payments, but instead of renting the solar panels, you agree to pay a fixed monthly rate for the electricity they produce. From our perspective, PPAs are the least advisable option.

Freedom Forever Solar Reviews

Given Freedom Forever’s strategy of making solar easy, most positive reviews reflect a quick, seamless and effective installation process, as advertised. The company runs into trouble with its customer support and complications involving third-party installers and loan providers. Let’s take a look at what customers are saying.

Positive Freedom Forever Reviews

Not surprisingly, positive reviews reflect Freedom Forever’s simple process. Satisfied customers report a system performing as advertised, saving them money on their utility bills with no maintenance or support needed post-install.

“I was referred to this company by my neighbor that had their system installed by Freedom, and I’m glad they did so. My experience with Robert (my rep) was amazing and honestly effortless from our consultation to install. Very clear and thorough, and what was said was delivered.” — Tai via Google Reviews

“Great company to work with. Efficient and professional. Our sales rep stayed in contact with us the whole way, making for a smooth installation and transition from the grid. He also gave us a great deal; locked in for 25 years with no money down. Goodbye SDGE.” — Kim via Google Reviews

Negative Freedom Forever Reviews

Generally, we prefer to recommend solar companies that handle their installations and financing in-house, and the negative reviews surrounding Freedom Forever Solar are the perfect examples why. Customers too often experience difficulties with warranties when multiple companies are involved and can receive poor treatment from customer service teams looking to offload their issues on another company.

“Be aware that this company is ONLY a solar panel sales company and only installs material, which is NOT made by them, so warranty can be iffy. They hire private party makeshift companies, which are not affiliated with Freedom Forever or solar panel equipment. Be careful with these multiple companies. They are not reliable.” — Robert via Better Business Bureau

“One star for quick installation of solar panels. Everything else is a mess. Customer service is very slow, sometimes hard to get a hold of, probably because of all of the disappointed customers calling in and waiting for their service to turn on. As we speak, I am already being billed by their finance company and also paying the power company because my system is not operating.” — NA via Better Business Bureau

Our Take On Freedom Forever Solar

Freedom Forever Solar’s modern approach to solar education, wide service area and high volume of installations make it an intriguing new company, but a few too many complications with customer service and unreliable partnerships bog down its overall reputation.

By involving third-party contractors and loan providers, there are too many moving pieces in an average solar installation to be carried out as smoothly and consistently as we’d like to see. Overall experiences depend far too heavily on the team that carries out the installation itself, which is arguably the most important part of a solar investment. As a result, we have a hard time recommending Freedom Forever Solar relative to most other top solar companies that likely offer services in the same area.

Freedom Forever Pros

Freedom Forever Cons

Strong production guarantee

Limited services

Large service area

Outsourced labor

Quick installations

Customer service issues

Flexible financing options

No workmanship warranty

Freedom Forever Solar can be a good and practical choice for customers looking to quickly and simply save money on their energy bills through a solar purchase or solar lease. However, for homeowners looking for attentive customer service and quality workmanship both before and after installation, we advise you to shop around.

You can start getting free quotes from a number of solar installers near you by filling out the form below or using this tool.

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Solar Energy Provider Comparison

To put this all into context, let’s take a look at what industry leaders SunPower and Sunrun offer in comparison to Freedom Forever. What we see as the key factor differentiating SunPower and Sunrun is industry experience. Freedom Forever only has six years of experience as of 2022, which is not a lot of time to establish a reliable process over a range like 25 states. If slow growth is good growth, Freedom Forever Solar doesn’t appear to have as sustainable a business model as we’d like to see.


Freedom Forever

SunPower

Sunrun

Year Started

2016

1985

2007

Services Offered

Solar panel installation, battery installation, monitoring

Solar panel installation, battery installation, monitoring

Solar panel installation, battery installation, monitoring, maintenance

Service Areas

AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, MD, MA, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI

All 50 States

AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, IL, MD, MA, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, PA, RI, SC, TX, VT, WI, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.

BBB Rating

A+

A+

B+

Payment Options

Cash, loan, lease, PPA

Cash, loan, lease

Cash, loan, lease, PPA

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SunPower Review

Sunrun Review

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Freedom Forever Solar a good company?

Freedom Forever Solar is a good company, but it lacks the experience and expertise we’d like to see before fully recommending it to our readers. If overall customer satisfaction improves over the next few years (which we certainly hope is the case), we’ll be more likely to recommend it.

How does Freedom Forever solar work?

Freedom Forever Solar makes its money by selling solar contracts, the installations and financing of which are handled by third-party partners. Though you may sign a contract through Freedom Forever’s sales staff, the crews coming out to work on your home and the company you make loan payments to will be subcontracted.

Does Sunrun own Freedom Forever?

Sunrun does not own Freedom Forever, but Sunrun is the primary solar and battery provider of Freedom Forever. This means that Freedom Forever partners with Sunrun, leveraging its brand and services to back the Freedom Forever sales team. If you sign a contract with Freedom Forever, there’s a chance your installation will consist of Sunrun’s technology and be carried out by a certified Sunrun partner.

How long has Freedom Forever solar been around?

Freedom Forever Solar has been around since 2016, expanding to 25 states in just six years. Freedom Forever was able to grow so quickly through establishing a wide network of certified independent installers that it outsources its contracts to.

Where is Freedom Forever solar available?

Freedom Forever solar is available in 25 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Karsten Neumeister is a writer and renewable energy specialist with a background in writing and the humanities. Before joining EcoWatch, Karsten worked in the energy sector of New Orleans, focusing on renewable energy policy and technology. A lover of music and the outdoors, Karsten might be found rock climbing, canoeing or writing songs when away from the workplace.
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