Solar System Information

We are looking at having a solar system installed at our home. This page stores data I have researched relevant to that project.

Tesla Solar System (not the Tesla Roof)


The 7 Best Solar Companies of 2022

Note: Most of the companies reviewed do not do business in Washington state. In fact, only Tesla and Sunpower do business here of the seven companies reviewed.
SunPower creates some of the most energy-efficient systems in the country. Because it manufacturers all system components in-house, each element works together to produce a streamlined solar system. Although the solar panel costs are higher than other companies, customers can feel confident that they will invest in one of the best high-efficiency solar systems available. Note: Sunpower also offers a lease option.


CNET: Tesla Solar Panels Review: Cheaper Than Other National Players

Tesla offers a price match guarantee but, according to the internet, might skimp on customer service.

If you’re looking for the lowest prices and the backing of a national brand, Tesla is the way to go. Tesla’s price match means it will always be competitive in terms of cost. Likewise, the estimates it provides online (which are only estimates) come in well below the national average. If the look of your panels is really important, Tesla’s do sit closer to the roof and look sharp. Tesla also offers more information up front about its warranty than some of the other players. Anecdotally Tesla’s customer service for solar is bad enough in cases to make some people regret their purchase.

This Old House: Tesla Solar Panel Review (2022)

Tesla Solar Pros and Cons from a Real Customer – Honest Review of Tesla Solar and Powerwalls

FIRST YEAR Tesla Solar Review & Top 5 Reasons Why I LOVE My Tesla Solar Panels | Saving Over $1000

Warning: Something to be aware of

Architectural Digest: “Tesla energy use[s] deceptive practices and conman sales tactics! First off, it took over two years from the date of the deposit to installation of the two Powerwalls! And before installation they were going to finance the project at 2.5% and get me the SGIP rebates. I was told in emails and verbally that Tesla would file the SGIP rebate documents with the utility company…. Now after the project is completed I’m being told that they can no longer file the SGIP forms, and I will have to pay full price for the project.” —Jay Garden via Google Reviews