Investing in a solar panel system for your home or business is incredibly exciting. That being said, it is a huge investment, which is why you will want to make sure you have partnered with the best solar company in your area. But how do you know which company is truly reputable? 

Handy Hints for Choosing a Local Solar Company in California

Today, the West Coast Solar team will share a few handy tips and tricks to help you find a reputable solar company that fits your needs. Keep reading to learn more, and connect with our team to arrange a no-obligation, free consultation to explore our solar energy services. Check it out!

What to Look for in a Solar Installer

Regardless of the company, the solar installer you choose to work with should meet a few basic characteristics. These include experience, expertise, reputation, and services offered. Let’s explore each of these.


When it comes to residential or commercial solar installations, experience counts. While the solar industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in California, it attracts people from all backgrounds. Many companies will claim to be solar experts, but have only recently started offering solar installations as an additional service to their contracting services, for instance. That being said, a solar company should highlight their previous work in testimonials, galleries, and on review platforms to showcase their work and build trust with potential clients interested in going solar. You can also learn a lot about a company’s experience by reading their About Us page and reading or watching their Testimonials

Expertise and Credentials

Expertise is of the utmost importance. Check a solar company’s certifications and credentials to ensure they are indeed qualified experts in their field. For instance, Energy Sage notes that the “gold standard” for expertise in solar energy is the North American Board of Certified Practitioner’s (NABCEP) PV Installation Professional Certification. You’ll also want to check that the company is affiliated with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), SEIA, and other associations. Additionally, the company must be licensed and should be insured for your protection and theirs. You can typically find these credentials on the company’s website and on the various review and local listing platforms. West Coast Solar is a proud PV Installation Certified Professional you can count on, and our long list of accreditations and affiliations can attest to this!


A company’s reputation and track record speaks volumes about their values, their services, and their overall customer care. As you search for a local solar company in California, always explore reviews and ratings to see what others’ experiences have been in working with the company. Check reviews, overall rating scores, awards, and more. Doing so can give you excellent insights into their attention to:

  • Quality
  • Value
  • Timeliness
  • Experience
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Overall Services from Start to Finish

West Coast Solar encourages you to explore review platforms such as Top Rated Local®, Solar Reviews, Google, Yelp, and others to see our reviews and ratings, as well as others in our industry to help inform your decision.



While some solar companies provide a full range of services, others may only offer a few of the services you need. As you review different companies, pay close attention to the services they offer. For instance, in an effort to save you time, money, and stress, West Coast Solar provides all the solar energy services you need to complete your project from start to finish for maximum convenience and efficiency. Our services include:

What’s more, some companies may hire subcontractors to actually install the solar panels on your home, business, or agricultural property, which is something we will never do. We handle your entire design and installation — no subcontractors. Heck, we’ll even obtain the necessary permits and coordinate with the energy company so you don’t have to.

Northern California’s Top Rated Local® Solar Company

If you’re ready to get hooked on solar, we’re excited to help you optimize your energy potential. When you partner with West Coast Solar, you can feel confident in knowing you have partnered with the best. Since 2007, we have helped property owners all across Northern California turn their energy-saving goals into realities, and we’re excited to do the same for you. Reach out to our team to schedule your consultation, and enjoy solar made simple, stress-free, and fun.