5 Best Solar Companies in Georgia (2022 Rankings & Reviews)

In this EcoWatch guide on the best solar companies in Georgia, you’ll learn:

  • How we evaluated local solar installers
  • Who the best solar installers in Georgia are
  • What the pros/cons and quick facts of each solar installer are
  • What to look for in a solar installer as a Georgian

This guide has helped thousands of homeowners in the Peach State locate the best solar installer for their homes, saving them time and money in the process. Let’s get started!

Ecowatch Author Karsten Neumeister

By Karsten Neumeister, Solar Expert

Updated 5/15/2022

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Best National Provider
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SunPower

  • Pros icon Most efficient panels on the market
  • Pros icon National coverage
  • Pros icon Cradle to Cradle sustainability certification
  • Pros icon Great warranty coverage
  • Con icon Expensive
  • Con icon Customer service varies by local dealer

Services Offered

  • Service icon Solar Panels
  • Service icon Solar Batteries
  • Service icon EV Chargers
  • Service icon System Monitoring
Outstanding Regional Installer
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Renu Energy Solutions

  • Pros icon Excellent reputation
  • Pros icon Many financing options
  • Pros icon Representatives are experts on local policies
  • Pros icon No leases or PPAs

Services Offered

  • Service icon Solar Panels
  • Service icon Solar Batteries
  • Service icon EV Chargers
  • Service icon Roofing Services
  • Service icon Energy-Efficiency Audits
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Creative Solar USA

  • Pros icon Representatives are experts on local policies
  • Pros icon Comprehensive service offerings
  • Pros icon Many years of experience
  • Con icon No leases or PPAs
  • Con icon Limited brands of solar equipment available

Services Offered

  • Service icon Solar Panels
  • Service icon Solar Batteries
  • Service icon EV Chargers
  • Service icon Community Solar
  • Service icon Electrical Work
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Alternative Energy Southeast

  • Pros icon Pledges 10% of profits to environmental nonprofits
  • Pros icon Comprehensive service offerings
  • Pros icon Excellent workmanship and quality
  • Con icon No leases or PPAs

Services Offered

  • Service icon Solar Panels
  • Service icon Solar Batteries
  • Service icon Solar Roof Shingles
  • Service icon EV Chargers
  • Service icon Electrical Work

What Are the Best Solar Companies in Georgia?

Let’s take a quick glance at each solar company that earned a spot in the top five with a link to our solar company matching tool. Since we have so much brand authority in the solar space, we have access to the best deals, prices and companies. Let us share the love and help you to start producing clean, renewable energy.

Company Solar Services Warranty Coverage BBB Rating Year Founded
Renu Energy Solutions Solar panel, battery and EV charger installations; roofing; energy audits 25-year manufacturer, product and performance warranties A+ 2010
Solar SME Solar panel and battery installations; community solar; electrical contracting 25-year manufacturer and workmanship warranties A 2014
SunPower Solar panel, battery and EV charger installations 25-year manufacturer, product and performance warranties A+ 1985
Creative Solar USA Solar panel, battery and EV charger installations; community solar; electrical contracting  25-year manufacturer, 10-year electrical and 5-year workmanship warranties  A 2008
Alternative Energy Southeast Solar panel, battery, solar roof and EV charger installations; electrical contracting 25-year manufacturer and workmanship warranties A+ 2007

How Did We Select These Solar Companies?

So, how did we land on these five installers as the best solar companies in Georgia? Let’s get into the nitty-gritty. Here’s what we considered when ranking the providers above:

Warranty

Warranties can be tricky with solar since most solar energy systems are built with parts from a handful of different manufacturers. Say you had LG panels, Enphase inverters and a Tesla Powerwall. If your system stops working one day, who do you call? We’ve heard horror stories of customers being passed back and forth for months between manufacturers and installers looking to avoid the blame and hassle of troubleshooting. Challenges like this make the breadth and comprehensiveness of a warranty more important than the length.

For example, a 25-year manufacturer warranty (which seems great on paper) would not cover any of the following:

  • Wiring or connectivity issues between parts
  • Roof issues
  • Bird, critter or tree damage to parts
  • An underperforming system (if your system doesn’t produce as much energy as estimated by a company)

Rather, the standard warranty we’d recommend for Georgians (who receive heavy rain and extreme temperatures) is a 25-year manufacturer warranty along with a 10-year workmanship (or labor) warranty.

Years in Business

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Experience matters. The solar industry is hot globally, but still developing in Georgia; a lot of players are looking to get involved. On top of the industry experience that provides trust in a smooth and reliable process, we stress industry experience for another reason: your warranty.

What use is a warranty if the company you choose goes out of business in a few short years? We always recommend picking a solar installer you know will still have its lights on for decades to come.

Services Offered

Most solar companies advertise solar panels as their primary offering, yet the breadth of secondary services offered can really show which companies know their stuff. We always love companies that offer electrical contracting, energy efficiency and roofing, because it shows that they value efficiency and energy-saving strategies over a big sale. Further, larger chains may focus more on selling solar leases and PPAs in high volumes. We consider how comprehensive a solar company’s services are when determining its rank.

Service Area and Headquarters

Yes, obviously it’s important to find a solar company that offers services in your area. However, what most customers don’t think about is that the further the solar project is from your company’s headquarters, the more money it will cost to get your solar electricians and equipment from point A to point B (gas, transportation costs, travel time) resulting in greater overall costs.

For example, if you live in Brunswick, it may actually be more expensive to hire a solar company based out of Atlanta than it would be to hire a company based in Jacksonville, Florida. The EcoWatch Rating rewards solar companies that are more likely to be available and feasible for the average reader in Georgia, regardless of location.

Industry Affiliations

A solar panel company’s industry affiliations can offer insight into its legitimacy, ethics and qualifications. We generally rank solar contractors higher which maintains industry credentials, such as membership in the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), a B Corp certification or affiliation with other professional associations or solar manufacturers.

Customer Experience

Customer satisfaction may be the most important factor to consider when we evaluate solar companies. Many will talk a big game, throw millions into marketing and will even write fake customer reviews to make it seem like every customer is happy as a clam. But when it comes down to what’s most important, delivering reliable, sustainable and more affordable renewable energy, we stop at nothing to make sure we understand the full picture.

Solar Pricing and Financing

The cost of solar panels is almost always the main consideration for homeowners considering making the switch to solar power. Though we won’t rank a solar installation company higher if they are “cheaper,” we do give more weight to companies offering thorough financing options more likely to offer flexibility and customization to the average customer.

When we say “thorough,” here’s what we mean:

  • Offers resources on solar incentives like the federal tax credit and applying to those
  • Offers flexible interest rates, down-payment options and loan partners
  • Educates the customer on financing options to find the plan with best value

The cost of solar panels will be different for every home, even if you use the same installation company as your neighbor.

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1) Renu Energy Solutions

Renu Energy Solutions has over a decade of experience as a premier solar provider throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

It earned the top rating on our list as no solar company in Georgia can match Renu Energy Solutions’: breadth of services (including roofing, efficiency and energy storage), solar financing flexibility ($0-down loans), selection of the best solar panels (SunPower, LG, REC, etc.), strong warranty, and consistently satisfied customers. It holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and a 4.7 average across hundreds of Google Reviews.

The biggest downside for customers in Georgia is that most of Renu’s experience comes outside of the state. However, Georgia doesn’t have too many solar policies to navigate, lowering the risk that you’ll experience snags in the process with a company new to the region.

See below for a review from a real customer of Renu energy.

Pros of Renu Energy Solutions

  • Services offered include solar as well as roofing, energy audits and more
  • Comprehensive manufacturer, labor and production warranties
  • Excellent customer service
  • Selection of top solar brands

Cons of Renu Energy Solutions

Facts and Figures: Renu Energy Solutions

EcoWatch Rating 4.5
BBB Rating A+
Year Founded 2010
Service Area  Entire state of Georgia
Headquarters  Charlotte, North Carolina
Solar Services Solar panel, battery and EV charger installations; roofing; energy audits
Brands of Solar Equipment Offered LG, REC, SolarEdge, Tesla, Enphase, Generac, SunPower 
Financing Options Cash payments, $0-down solar loans
Warranty Coverage 25-year manufacturer, workmanship and performance warranties

2) Solar SME

They say the best advertising is word of mouth, and Solar SME is no exception. A growing number of referral customers are finding their way to Solar SME through friends, neighbors and coworkers who rave about its ability to help customers lower their electricity rates sustainably through solar, storage and energy efficiency.

Solar SME demonstrates that it understands the future of solar is in storage, offering a plethora of the industry’s best solar batteries including the LG Chem, Tesla Powerwall, Panasonic EverVolt, Enphase Encharge and Generac PWRCell. That’s at least three more options than the average company in Georgia.

Similar to Renu Energy Solutions, Solar SME’s experience is mostly outside of Georgia. Though we’ll say again, Georgia’s solar policy doesn’t present too many challenges to the average customer. We wouldn’t expect this to be an issue.

Pros of Solar SME

  • Services offered extend to community solar, energy audits, roofing and more
  • Lengthy manufacturer and workmanship warranty coverage
  • Wide selection of technology, including excellent energy storage options

Cons of Solar SME

  • Headquartered outside of Georgia

Facts and Figures: Solar SME

EcoWatch Rating 4.5
BBB Rating A
Year Founded 2014
Service Area  Entire state of Georgia
Headquarters  Duncanville, Texas
Solar Services Solar panel and battery installations; community solar; electrical contracting
Brands of Solar Equipment Offered Panasonic, REC, Enphase, LG, Generac
Financing Options Cash payments, loans, leases, PPAs
Warranty Coverage 25-year manufacturer and workmanship warranties

 

3) SunPower

SunPower has been the leading American solar company since the ‘80s. It has designed high-quality solar technology for rocket scientists with NASA and currently manufactures the most efficient solar panels on the market, offering services in all 50 states.

SunPower manufactures and installs every major aspect of a solar panel system (the only solar company that can make this claim), meaning all the parts are designed to be compatible and covered under the same warranty. This can save a lot of headaches for customers if they ever experience issues down the line.

So why isn’t SunPower No. 1 on our list of the best solar companies in Georgia? Well, the way SunPower can offer service in every state is through a network of certified dealers and installers of SunPower products. Usually there are a handful per state. For Georgians, the installer you end up with will depend a lot on where you live. This can restrict your options when it comes to trusting a contractor with something as important as solar.

Click here to read our full SunPower review.

Pros of SunPower

  • Most efficient solar panels on the market
  • Comprehensive warranty that covers all aspects of the system
  • Excellent customer service

Cons of SunPower

  • Installation quality will depend on your dealer
  • Limited selection of brands

See how SunPower’s Performance panels perform in the shade in the below video:

Facts and Figures: SunPower

EcoWatch Rating 4.5
BBB Rating A+
Year Founded 1985
Service Area  Entire state of Georgia
Headquarters  San Jose, California
Solar Services Solar panel, battery and EV charger installations
Brands of Solar Equipment Offered SunPower
Financing Options Cash payments, loans, leases, PPAs
Warranty Coverage 25-year manufacturer, product and performance warranties



4) Creative Solar USA

Based in Kennesaw, Georgia, Creative Solar USA earns our EcoWatch award for the best local company in Georgia. The benefits of going local?

  • Experience navigating local policies like net metering
  • More personalized installations
  • Intimate knowledge of climate for weatherizing best practices
  • Opportunity for a relationship with your provider long after installation

Yes, yes, this last one sounds cliche, but it’s an underrated consideration. Solar is a long-term investment (systems will last 25+ years), and on the off chance that issues do arise years after your installation, having a lasting relationship with your provider rather than a transactional one will ensure your needs are met quickly, smoothly and pleasantly decades down the line.

Aptly named Creative Solar USA earns this award because of its 15+ years of industry experience in Georgia, flexible financing with $0-down options, and broad range of creative, custom services.

Solar panels should always be supplemental to an efficient, well-designed home energy system. By offering roofing, energy efficiency, solar lights, electrical contracting and more, Creative Solar USA demonstrates its understanding of catering to the customer rather than the sale.

Pros of Creative Solar USA

  • Flexible financing options
  • Wide range of electrical and contracting expertise, including ground-mounted solar systems, custom agricultural projects, utility-scale and government projects
  • Many years of experience

Cons of Creative Solar USA

  • Limited selection of brands
  • No lease/PPA option
  • Only five years of workmanship warranty coverage

Facts and Figures: Creative Solar USA

5) Alternative Energy Southeast

Alternative Energy Southeast is about as close a tie to the best local solar provider in Georgia as you can get. So, what else sets AES apart? While Creative Solar USA focuses more on flexible financing options, Alternative Energy Southeast brings out the big guns when it comes to workmanship, quality and additional services, offering exceptional engineering solutions for:

  • Design & architecture
  • Energy efficiency
  • Solar roofs
  • Solar space heating & air conditioning
  • Commercial EV chargers

In addition to home solar, AES specializes in commercial solar installations, helping industrial and government buildings alike go solar. Visit the AES website to see the completed range of installations like the ACC Firestation, Atlanta Metropolitan Library, Regions Bank, National Guard Readiness Center, Hampton Inn and more.

AES even guarantees quoted production figures or you’ll get a check for the difference. Add 15 years of local experience and you get Georgia’s solar veteran.

Watch how AES is trying to accelerate the future of solar by using robots for installations.

Pros of Alternative Energy Southeast

  • Pledges 10% of profits towards environmental nonprofits
  • Wide selection of electrical and commercial services
  • Excellent workmanship and quality

Cons of Alternative Energy Southeast

  • Limited financing options
  • No lease/PPA

Facts and Figures: Alternative Energy Southeast

EcoWatch Rating 4.0
BBB Rating A
Year Founded 2008
Service Area  Entire state of Georgia
Headquarters  Kennesaw, Georgia
Solar Services Solar panel, battery and EV charger installations; community solar; electrical contracting
Brands of Solar Equipment Offered Varies
Financing Options Cash payments, loans
Warranty Coverage 25-year manufacturer, 10-year electrical and 5-year workmanship warranties

How Do I Find a Reputable Georgia Solar Company With EcoWatch?

While other sites connect you with as many companies as they can, we chose to only present the most reputable. EcoWatch’s unmatched brand authority gives us inside access to the best prices and options available, connecting you directly with solar contractors who can provide quotes on solar panel costs, design and installation timelines.

What Are The Most Important Factors to Consider in Georgia?

Georgia has a humid subtropical climate with heavy rains, hot summer, tornadoes and cyclones. This can put a lot of wear and tear on a rooftop solar system. For this reason, we recommend giving special consideration to companies with:

  • Experience with weatherization
  • Workmanship and roof warranties
  • Local knowledge of weather and policy
  • Industry experience rather than a newcomer on the Georgia scene

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Karsten Neumeister

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Karsten Neumeister is a solar energy specialist with a background in writing and the humanities. Before joining EcoWatch, Karsten worked in the renewable energy sector of New Orleans, focusing on solar 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.