Top 5 Best Solar Companies in Utah (2022 Review)

We recommend vetted solar companies that have:

  • Availability in your area
  • Affordable pricing and financing options
  • At least 5 years of experience
  • Outstanding customer reviews
Ecowatch Author Karsten Neumeister

By Karsten Neumeister, Solar Expert

Updated 5/18/2022

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Best Solar Companies in Utah

While you might find marketing pitches and long lists of profiles and on other sites, we did the real research for you on the best solar companies in the Beehive State.

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Blue Raven Solar

  • Pros icon Industry-leading in-house financing
  • Pros icon Competitive pricing
  • Pros icon Excellent reputation
  • Con icon Doesn't offer solar batteries (coming 2022)

Services Offered

  • Service icon Solar Panels
  • Service icon System Monitoring
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ES Solar

  • Pros icon Representatives are experts on local policies
  • Pros icon Lifetime workmanship warranty
  • Pros icon Outstanding customer service
  • Con icon No leases or PPAs
  • Con icon Energy audits only available 12 months after installation

Services Offered

  • Service icon Solar Panels
  • Service icon Solar Batteries
  • Service icon EV Chargers
  • Service icon Energy-Efficiency Audits
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Creative Energies Solar

  • Pros icon Certified B Corp
  • Pros icon Outstanding customer service
  • Pros icon Many years of experience
  • Pros icon Multitude of products and services
  • Con icon No leases or PPAs
  • Con icon Slightly expensive

Services Offered

  • Service icon Solar Panels
  • Service icon Solar Batteries
  • Service icon EV Chargers
  • Service icon Off-Grid Solar Solutions
  • Service icon Electrical Work
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Mynt Solar

  • Pros icon Outstanding customer service
  • Pros icon Speedy and efficient installations
  • Pros icon Representatives are experts on local policies
  • Con icon Relatively young company
  • Con icon Limited power production warranty

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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Smart Wave Solar

  • Pros icon Installations include backup power guarantee
  • Pros icon Outstanding customer service
  • Pros icon Offers rewards for customer referrals
  • Pros icon Great warranty coverage
  • Con icon Limited brands of solar equipment available

Services Offered

  • Service icon Solar Panels
  • Service icon Solar Batteries
  • Service icon Energy Efficiency Audits

While you might find marketing pitches and long lists of profiles and on other sites, we did the real research for you on the best solar companies in the Beehive State. Why trust EcoWatch?

  • All of our content is curated by solar industry experts and advisory panels, aiming to give you the information you need to know to make your experience better
  • No other site has access to the same data, industry partnerships or behind-the-scenes information than EcoWatch
  • We have a decade-plus history of covering critical environmental issues
  • None of our reviews or rankings are affected by revenue or partnerships

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What Are the Top 5 Solar Companies in Utah?

Let’s take a quick glance at each solar company that earned a spot in the top five. 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.

Company Solar Services Warranty Coverage BBB Rating Years In Business
ES Solar Solar panels, EV chargers, energy storage, & energy audits Lifetime workmanship, 25-year manufacturer NA 13
Creative Energies Solar Solar panels, energy storage, electrical contracting 25-year manufacturer, 10-year workmanship NA 22
Blue Raven Solar Solar panels 25-year manufacturer, 10-year workmanship A+ 8
Mynt Solar Solar panels, energy storage, EV chargers, roofing, energy audits 25-year manufacturer, 50-year roofing warranty, 1-year power production guarantee B- 6
Smart Wave Solar Solar panels, portable energy storage, EV chargers 25-year manufacturer, workmanship, production guarantee A+ 11

1) ES Solar

ES Solar knows that getting the most value out of an investment in solar requires a lot more than just the best solar panels. In addition to its quality design and installation services, ES Solar understands its local political groundwork, focusing on connecting its customers with solar tax credits and local incentives like Rocky Mountain Power’s Wattsmart Battery Program, all while offering a lifetime warranty on its workmanship. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is.

What sets ES Solar apart from the competition in my eyes is its localized approach and practical pace of growth. It takes time to grow effectively, raising a bottom line without sacrificing the integrity of the work and customer experience. ES Solar has done just that — boasting a 4.8 star average Google Review (with a sample size over 1,500) while expanding its services from three to five states.

Pros of ES Solar

  • Excellent understanding of local policy and incentives
  • Lifetime workmanship warranty
  • Highly experienced in Utah

Cons of ES Solar

Facts and Figures: ES Solar

EcoWatch Rating 4.5
BBB Rating NA
Years in Business 13
Service Area State of Utah
Headquarters Layton, Utah
Solar Services Solar panels, EV chargers, energy storage and energy efficiency audits
Brands Offered Sonnen
Financing Options Cash, solar loans
Warranty Coverage 25-year manufacturer,
lifetime workmanship

2) Creative Energies Solar

Creative might be an understatement for this company. These folks literally designed off-grid solar energy systems in Antarctica and for a base camp on Mt. Everest. Think they can handle your rooftop alright?

The Creative Energies Solar installation team is clearly an expert in its field. Bringing over 20 years of experience to the Beehive State, they offer nearly any type of solar service legal in Utah (new services like community solar are not yet legal). What’s more, the company reflects its commitment to a sustainable, more equitable future through its B Corp certification and membership in the Amicus Solar Cooperative, fighting for climate justice and public benefits.

If not for lack of a lifetime warranty and a smaller sample size of reviews than that of ES Solar, we’d rank Creative Energies Solar as the best solar company in Utah.

Pros of Creative Energies Solar

  • Services offered (solar panels, off-grid solar, energy storage, EV chargers, energy audits and more)
  • Prioritizes social impact
  • Customer service and satisfaction
  • Most experience of any installer on our list (22 years)

Cons of Creative Energies Solar

Facts and Figures: Creative Energies Solar

EcoWatch Rating 4.5
BBB Rating NA
Years in Business 22
Service Area State of Utah
Headquarters Salt Lake City, Utah
Solar Services Solar panels, energy storage, off-grid solar, electrical contracting
Brands Offered SunPower
Financing Options NA (though CES can refer its customers to outside credit unions for solar loans)
Warranty Coverage 25-year manufacturer, workmanship

3) Blue Raven Solar

Blue Raven Solar may not yet offer the technology and frills of the other names on this list, but they prioritize one vital aspect of clean energy: solar financing.

Blue Raven’s Blue Power+ financing combines all the perks of leasing a system ($0-down for 18 months, production guarantees, quick and easy installation) with system ownership. With Blue Power+, customers enjoy:

  • $0-down for first 18 months
  • Fixed interest rates
  • No prepayment penalties
  • Eligibility for tax credit
  • Increased property value
  • 25-year warranty
  • Guarantee your system will produce as much energy as estimated or you’ll receive a check for the difference

Paying no upfront costs for the first 18 months allows customers to pay off a massive chunk of their system before loan payments roll in. In fact, the company estimates that you can pay off a third of your system within the first 18 months, when your monthly power bill is low to non-existent.

Keeping things simple has established Blue Raven Solar as the name that it is today, but its barebones offerings restrict customers interested in energy storage, energy efficiency, EV chargers or other additional services. However, we expect this to change soon following SunPower’s acquisition of Blue Raven Solar in 2021.

Pros of Blue Raven Solar

  • Excellent solar financing model
  • Comprehensive warranty with production guarantee
  • Excellent customer service

Cons of Blue Raven Solar

  • Very limited solar services
  • Limited selection of brands
  • Does not offer solar batteries (but Blue Raven says they will be available for customers soon)

Facts and Figures: Blue Raven Solar

EcoWatch Rating 4.5
BBB Rating A+
Years in Business 8
Service Area State of Utah
Headquarters Orem, Utah
Solar Services Solar panels
Brands Offered SunPower, Trina, Canadian Solar
Financing Options BluePower+ Financing
Warranty Coverage 25-year manufacturer, performance

Want to learn more about Blue Raven Solar? Read our full Blue Raven Solar review.

4) Mynt Solar

Mynt Solar claims to be both the highest-rated and best-priced solar company in Utah. True to its word, Mynt Solar boasts a perfect 5/5 on Google Reviews and BBB (though we’ll note only two customers have reviewed them on the latter thus far.)

Mynt Solar separates itself from other companies by tailoring all its services to the average Utah resident. The benefits of focusing on local customers exclusively?

  • Intimate knowledge of climate and weatherization
  • Experience navigating local policy and incentives
  • All aspects of company are handled in-house (marketing, sales, install and maintenance)
  • More personalized installations
  • An opportunity to maintain a lasting relationship with your solar provider
    • This might sound a bit cliche, but here’s why it’s important. Solar is a long term investment by nature; at least 25 years in most cases. For that reason, it’s important to trust that your solar provider will be around to answer your call should any surprises arise years down the road.

Unlike ES Solar and Creative Solar Services, which have expanded into neighboring states like Wyoming and Colorado, Utah is the only full state within which Mynt Solar operates.

Pros of Mynt Solar

  • Local company
  • Glowing customer reviews
  • Speedy and efficient installation
  • Excellent roofing services with 50-year roof warranty

Cons of Mynt Solar

  • Only 6 years of experience (we prefer at least 10 when possible)
  • Power production guarantee of only 1 year (industry standard is closer to 5-10)

Facts and Figures: Mynt Solar

EcoWatch Rating 4.0
BBB Rating B-
Years in Business 6
Service Area State of Utah
Headquarters Lehi, Utah
Solar Services Solar panels, energy storage, EV chargers, roofing, energy audits
Brands Offered REC, LG
Financing Options $0-down solar loan
Warranty Coverage 25-year manufacturer,
50-year roofing warranty,
1-year power production guarantee

5) Smart Wave Solar

One of every three customers finds Smart Wave Solar via its referral program, which tells me a few things. First, Smart Wave Solar delivers on customer expectations — timelines, communications and most importantly, savings.

Additionally, Smart Wave Solar offers a type of battery backup that I’ve never seen before: emergency power at no extra cost. While competitors sell solar batteries like the Tesla Powerwall to provide backup power, Smart Wave Solar understands that the cost of extra batteries (around $10,000 a pop) won’t be feasible for every homeowner.

Rather, Smart Wave Solar pledges to provide backup power during an outage to any customer. It does so with emergency-ready, portable backup batteries. In Utah, widespread outages are rare (relative to nearby states like California), though scattered outages do occur due to extreme weather conditions like heavy, wet snow that utilities were not designed to withstand.

Pros of Smart Wave Solar

  • Emergency backup power solutions
  • Responsive customer service
  • Excellent warranty coverage

Cons of Smart Wave Solar

  • Limited selection of products
  • Solar consultations through bids only (versus free, virtual consultations by other companies)

Facts and Figures: Smart Wave Solar

EcoWatch Rating 4.0
BBB Rating A+
Years in Business 11
Service Area State of Utah
Headquarters Bluffdale, UT
Solar Services Solar panels, energy storage, energy efficiency audits
Brands Offered Varies
Financing Options NA
Warranty Coverage 25-year manufacturer, workmanship, production guarantee

EcoWatch Criteria for Selecting the Top Solar Installer in Utah

So, what were our criteria for selecting the top five installers in Utah? Here’s what we considered when ranking the businesses above.

Warranty

Warranties deserve special attention in the solar world, since systems are so often composed of parts built by different manufacturers. If you had panels from REC, inverters from SolarEdge and an Enphase Encharge, who would you call if one day your system started underperforming?

Sadly we do hear stories of manufacturers and installers sending customers back and forth between them for months at a time, as they try to avoid the blame and hassle of replacing a broken part. Challenges like this make what a warranty covers more important than for how long a warranty lasts.

For example, a 25-year manufacturer warranty (which sounds great at first) would leave the following uncovered:

  • Wiring or connectivity issues between parts
  • Roof problems
  • Bird, critter or tree damage to system
  • An underperforming system (another way to phrase this is that your system doesn’t generate as much energy as promised by the company that installed it)

That being said, the minimum standard warranty we’d recommend in Utah (a state which receives both extremely hot and cold temperatures) is a 25-year manufacturer warranty along with a 10-year workmanship (or labor) warranty.

Years in Business

Experience counts. Luckily for our readers in Utah, solar energy has been mainstream here for decades, making for plenty of experienced installers to choose from. Most readers might only associate experience with a smooth and reliable installation process, but we emphasize industry experience for another reason: your warranty. Even if they do an excellent job with your install, what good is a warranty if the company you hired goes under in a few short years? We always advise hiring a solar installation company that has proven its sustainability within the business.

Services Offered

Most renewable energy companies brand themselves as solar panel installers, but the variety of additional services a company offers can really demonstrate its expertise (or lack thereof). For example, we like to recommend companies offering electrical upgrades, energy efficiency packages and roofing, as it shows that they have the customer’s overall efficiency in mind rather than selling as many panels as can fit on your roof. Further, national providers may focus more on selling solar leases and PPAs rather than the panels themselves. We evaluate how all-inclusive a solar company’s services are when determining their rating.

Service Area and Headquarters

Clearly it’s important to hire 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 greater your overall installation costs will be. Bear in mind between gas, transportation, travel time, and getting solar equipment from point A to point B, costs can add up quickly.

For example, if you live in St. George, it may actually make more sense to hire a company based in Las Vegas than it would to hire one in Ogden. Our EcoWatch criteria evaluates the likelihood that a given solar company is likely to be available and feasible for the average reader in Utah, regardless of where.

Industry Affiliations

A solar panel company’s industry affiliations can offer insight into their professionalism, ethics and qualifications. We typically favor solar contractors which hold industry certifications, 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 that we take into account when making our evaluations. A number will talk a big game, spend millions on marketing and might even post fake customer reviews to give the impression of overall customer satisfaction. When it comes down to who can provide reliable, sustainable and more affordable energy, we make sure we have the full picture.

Solar Pricing and Financing

The cost of solar panels is nearly always the primary factor for homeowners considering going solar. Though we won’t give a solar power company an advantage if they are “cheaper,” we do rate companies higher if they offer in-depth financing options.

When we say “in-depth,” here’s what we mean:

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

How Do I Find a Reputable Utah 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.

The best way to find the right solar shop for you is to get a quote from a few different options. You can compare those options, which in turn allows you to find the best price, services and value for your investment.

What Are The Most Important Factors to Consider in Utah?

Utah has an arid climate with hot summers, cold winters, and below-average amounts of rain. This can add a lot of stress to a rooftop solar system. For this reason, we recommend giving special consideration to companies with:

  • Maintenance packages (making sure dirt and grime don’t build up on your panels)
  • Workmanship and roof warranties
  • Local knowledge of weather and policy

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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.

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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.