Based on our decades of experience, we've carefully selected the products we believe will best serve our customers over the long haul. These are products we trust—and the ones we have on our own homes. They provide high value, performance, and reliability for our customers, and meet the exacting standards of customers who share our values.
Keeping our product offering consistent also supports our technicians' efficiency and competence—both in service and installation. Our team's depth of expertise and experience with our favorite products is another benefit to our customers.
LG (For solar panels/modules) and Enphase (for microinverters) are our main partners, and represent 95%+ of our installations.
For battery-based systems, our partners include:
Racking companies we partner with are:
We choose LG modules for all our solar PV system installations. We're excited about LG modules because of their high quality at a competitive cost, and because LG is a strong company that stands behind its products.
LG Solar is a division of LG Electronics, which is headquartered in South Korea. We feel good about panels manufactured in South Korea as compared to Chinese modules, both in terms of labor conditions and environmental impact. LG boasts state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, and they use the highest-quality materials and feature a unique frame design ensure maximum load capacity.
Although LG Solar entered the US market in the 2000s, they invested nearly 20 years prior to that in cutting-edge research, preparation, and world-class development of solar technologies. Their modules are now approaching parity with the highest-efficiency residential solar modules but at a lower price.
From an installer's point of view, LG Solar modules are sturdy, yet relatively light. They have excellent manufacturing tolerance, which not only makes the panels robust but makes installation easier. LG Solar modules hold up well in desert heat, and both we and our customers have been impressed with their performance and longevity.
Because of our long-term relationship with LG, we receive excellent customer care and prices, and we pass this along to our customers.
LG Solar stands by its products with an outstanding warranty. Their solar panel performance warranty guarantees at least 80.2% power output by the end of the 25th year.
Besides the solar panels themselves, inverters are the next most important link in your solar power system. Inverters convert the direct current (DC) electricity generated by your solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity—the kind of power used by your home or business.
We install Enphase Energy Microinverters, as well as the Envoy system monitor.
Enphase Energy Microinverters are designed to maximize your energy production, provide excellent system monitoring, and last for the long term.
Enphase was an early leader in microinverters, and is still the dominant player in the market.
An Enphase microinverter attaches to the solar racking, and is connected to each PV module. This allows us to monitor each module independently. We can see if there are any small problems before they become bigger. Customers are able to monitor system performance as a whole, or can pay a little extra to receive per-module monitoring.
Microinverters also are a benefit because:
As Enphase puts it:
Think of solar panels like bulbs in a string of holiday lights. In conventional inverter systems, when one panel fails, the whole system goes out. Or when one panel's output drops—thanks to fallen leaves, a passing cloud, or some other unavoidable factor—the system's overall performance drops to match that lowest-performing panel. With microinverters, each panel operates independently—so no matter what happens to any one panel, the rest of your system keeps shining bright. (Read more here.)
Since 2009, we have been fortunate to work with leading solar distributor BayWa r.e. Founded in 2008 as Focused Energy, BayWa r.e. distributes solar electric products, including those from our primary equipment partners, LG Solar and Enphase Energy.
BayWa's founders, executive team, sales, and support staff are top-notch, experienced professionals. Their focus on supporting local, independent installers matches perfectly with our business philosophy. They get us the right gear, on time, and at a reasonable price. They also keep us informed of industry trends, support state-level policy initiatives, and challenge us to think big.
Learn more about why we're proud to partner with BayWa r.e.: