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Solar Optimum - Profile & Reviews

Named Panasonic's National Installer of the Year for two years in a row (2021 and 2020), Solar Optimum's energy experts never take the satisfaction of our customers for granted. That’s just one of the many reasons why we’re dedicated to an unwavering philosophy making our customers our top priority when it comes to solar, battery storage and roofing.

ENERGY EXPERTS. REAL RELATIONSHIPS. HONEST TALK.

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  • "Smooth sales experience"

    Reviewed Mar 08, 2022

    Solar Optimum offered very competitive pricing compared to other installers that quoted. They specialize in the Panasonic panels I wanted and also upgraded to the new Enphase IQ8 microinverters which some installers were not offering.

    My experience with Cory McKenna my sales consultant was very positive. He provided a detailed quote within a couple hours and answered all my questions promptly. Other companies took up to a week to get a response and often times you could tell they were embellishing to get a sale. Cory provided post sales assistance to communicate to the other departments. This was quite helpful when dealing with larger departmentalized businesses.

    Once the contract was signed they arranged inspection and provided the rooftop design sooner than expected. There were some discrepancies in the initial layout but we were able to resolve them in a timely manner. The process has been very smooth so far and they keep you updated on every step of the way. As of right now we are in the procurement stage and once the install and system power is complete I will update this review. I anticipate the rest of the project will go smoothly as planned. Stay tuned.

  • "Communication lacking - Update"

    Reviewed Jan 20, 2022
    Updated Mar 04, 2022

    We went with solar optimum as I had seen some other good reviews from people on message boards.

    The initial process was great. We were able to get a site inspection pretty quickly, so I was hopeful this would be a sign of things to come. They sent automated emails of each step and what to expect next. The meter spot and permit submittal went fine as well.

    After that is when communication started to erode. From then on, I had to be the one to initiate the solar panel install, then the panel box upgrade, then the arrangement for final inspection. Throughout this process, no communication has been initiated by solar optimum as to next steps or anything needing resolution prior to proceeding to subsequent steps.

    I will concede that the timing of holidays (Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years), the Covid situation, and CPUC / NEM proposed decision has very likely played a part in some of the delays, but all I’ve been asking is a clear line of communication.

    If you’re so busy that you can’t even reach out to ask for payment (which this happened and I reached out to ask about this as well), you should probably ensure that you have the support to deal with additional customers to begin with.

    Every time I’ve called for a status update on following steps, I get the same response of “(name of person) will look into this and I’ll leave a message on your profile to call you back.” Have I ever been called back? No.

    The quality of the install seems OK, but I can’t comment on that further until the system is able to be powered on.

    Edit - We received permission to operate in late February, about 4.5 months after initial deposit. The communication definitely improved after my initial review and once Sean was involved in the process again.

  • "Happy Customer"

    Reviewed Mar 01, 2022
    Updated Mar 02, 2022

    I had a great experience with solar optimum. We did have a couple delays with the project but they were very transparent with what was causing the issues. I was also compensated because of the slight delay. I would highly recommend solar optimum. Cory McKenna was the reason I chose this contractor due to his knowledge and transparency, never felt like I was being misled.

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Since 2008, Solar Optimum continues to be the leader in supplying solar energy systems, back-up battery storage and roofing for homeowners and businesses in California. Our team is made up of professionals that aim to protect the environment with the latest technologies as well as offer immediate and long-term savings to the consumer.

* Two Time Winner: 2021 and 2020 Panasonic National Installer of the Year
* Since 2008, Solar Optimum has led the energy revolution across California
* Our solar systems deliver at 108% over production
* Ranked as an elite installer in California and in the U.S. by Solar Power World
* Top rated 5-Star Consumer Reviews across multiple review sites
* Ranked in the top 3 in the U.S. by BestCompany.com
* 9-Time Winner Best Solar Company by the LA Daily News (2021 to 2013)
* 4-Time Angie's List Super Service Winner
* A+ Rating by the Better Business Bureau
* 95% First-Time Inspection Approval Rating

TOP INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS
* Panasonic Certified Elite Installer
* REC Solar Certified Installer
* Enphase Certified Platinum Installer
* Tesla Energy Powerwall Certified Installer
* Enphase Battery Storage Platinum Installer
* Unirac Certified Platinum Installer
* GAF Master Elite Roof Installer

* UNMATCHED 25-YEAR WARRANTY on Panels, Inverters, Workmanship, Roof, Racking and Performance Guarantee

* PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE-- We'll beat or match the solar system price on ANY competitor quote

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  • Energy Auditing
  • Construction
  • Roofing
  • Electrical Contracting
  • Community Solar
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Solar PV
  • Energy Storage
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Established

2008

Solar Optimum Headquarters

614 W. Colorado Street
Glendale, CA
91204 United States

Local Offices (9)

  • 1500 Palma Drive, 2nd Floor
    Ventura, CA 93003
  • 550 West B Street, 4th Floor
    San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4199 Flat Rock Drive, Bldg 100
    Riverside, CA 92505
  • 28202 Cabot Road, Suite 300
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
  • 1430 Truxton Ave, 5th Floor
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
  • 500 La Terraza Blvd, Suite 150
    Escondido, CA 92025
  • 77711 Flora Road, Suite 329
    Palm Desert, CA 92211
  • 473 E. Carnegie Drive, Suite 200
    San Bernardino, CA 92408
  • 6012 Egret Ct.
    Benicia, CA 94510
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Workmanship Warranty

Comprehensive, industry-leading warranties: 25-years on Solar Panels, 25-years on Inverters, 25-years on Workmanship, 25-years on Racking and Mounting, 25-years on Roofing and 25-years on Performance Guarantee. 10 Year Warranty on Battery Storage.

Certifications

* Two Time Winner: 2021 and 2020 Panasonic National Installer of the Year
* Panasonic Certified Elite Installer
* REC Solar Certified Installer
* Enphase Certified Platinum Installer
* Tesla Energy Powerwall Certified Installer
* Unirac Certified Platinum Installer
* GAF Master Elite Roof Installer

Licenses

CSLB Lic #972228
B
C10
C51

Insurance

$5,000,000 Aggregate

States served by Solar Optimum

  • California CA

Languages spoken by Solar Optimum

Armenian, English, Persian, Spanish