The Best Solar Companies in New York

When you start looking online for a solar installer, it can get a little crazy. You can choose from hundreds of different solar companies in New York. When we decided to get solar panels installed on our own homes, we started researching, and we were left more confused than when we started. Websites had completely different opinions on who the best solar installers were. We often found that the other top lists out there had some of the worst-reviewed companies on their lists. What’s up with that?

So, we decided to deep-dive and did the work for you. We wanted to create a candid list of the top solar installers in New York. None of the companies on this list paid to be on here. This our totally honest opinion (based on intense research) of who the top solar installers in New York are.

Note: ZERO of these companies paid us to be on this list. This list is our unbiased take on the best solar companies in NY.

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    Best Solar Companies in Upstate NY

    Nickels Energy Solutions

    Liverpool, NY

    Kassleman Solar

    Albany, NY

    Solar by CIR

    Grand Island, NY

    Solar Liberty

    Buffalo, NY

    Seed Solar

    Troy, NY

    PlugPV

    Albany, NY

    Apex Solar Power

    Queensbury, NY

    New York State Solar Farm

    Modena, NY

    Monolith Solar

    Rensselaer, NY

    Buffalo Solar

    Depew, NY

    Best Solar Companies in New York City

    Brooklyn SolarWorks

    Brooklyn, NY

    New York Power Solutions

    White Plains, NY

    Powerlutions

    Brooklyn, NY

    EmPower Solar

    Long Island City, NY

    NY State Solar

    Hicksville, NY

    Venture Solar

    Brooklyn, NY

    YSG Solar

    New York, NY

    Infinity Energy

    New York, NY

    Grid City Solar

    Cedarhurst, NY

    Best Solar Companies in Long Island

    New York Power Solutions

    White Plains, NY

    Empower Solar

    Long Island City, NY

    Harvest Power

    Long Beach, NY

    NY State Solar

    Hicksville, NY

    SuNation

    Ronkonkoma, NY

    Long Island Power Solutions

    Ronkonkoma, NY

    Grid City Solar

    Cedarhurst, NY

    YSG Solar

    New York, NY

    Sunrise Solar Solutions

    Briarcliff Manor, NY

    Best Solar Companies in Westchester & Rockland

    Powerlutions

    Spring Valley, NY

    SunBlue Energy

    Sleepy Hollow, NY

    New York Power Solutions

    White Plains, NY

    YSG Solar

    New York, NY

    Tri-State Solar Services

    Congers, NY

    How We Calculated the Top Solar Installers

    We combed the web and did a deep dive into all the solar companies in New York. We read and averaged reviews from multiple websites, dug up warranties, accreditations, financing options, product options, experience, employee satisfaction, and more.

    We looked at the following factors:

    • Reviews
    • Do they have NABCEP accreditation?
    • Do they have BBB accreditation?
    • How do their warranties look?
    • Do they offer financing options?
    • Do they offer product options?
    • Do they use quality products?
    • How long have they been in business?
    • How many customers have they serviced?
    • How many employees do they have?
    • How is their employee satisfaction?
    • Company website

    How to Choose the Top Solar Installer

    • Read up on the solar installer’s reviews and client testimonials
    • Find out about the warranties offered
    • Check the solar installer’s credentials and accreditations
    • Ask for the turnaround time
    • Look for customized solutions
    • Decide whether you want a national or local solar installation company.
    • Get multiple quotes. Get a quote from at least 3 solar companies.

    NY Solar Energy Incentives

    Federal ITC
    New York residents can take advantage of the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC). A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your total income tax liability. If your system costs $10,000, you could claim a $2,600 credit on the federal taxes you owe.  The tax credit carries forward multiple years in case your federal tax liability is low.

    Other solar financial incentives to look for (not available in every state):

    • State tax credits
    • Net metering
    • SRECs – Solar Renewable Energy Certificates
    • Utility companies sometimes offer incentives
    • City and county-level incentives
    • Tax exemptions – sales and property value increase

    How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in New York?

    The average cost of solar panels (including installation) in New York is $2.89 per watt.  The average cost of a 5kW solar panel system in New York is $14,400, and $10,656 after the federal tax credit. 

    Average payback period: 7 years
    Average 20-year savings: $38,000

    Factors that determine your total cost

    • Size of the system
    • Equipment
    • Solar installation company
    • Solar incentives, tax credits, and rebates
    • Solar financing options
    • Payback period
    • Electricity rates in New York
    • Roof condition
    • Costs by city
    • Home value increase

    New York Solar Energy Facts

    • Solar Installed (MW): 2,483
    • Enough Solar Installed to Power: 414,690 homes
    • National Ranking: 10th (8th in 2019)
    • Percentage of State’s Electricity from Solar: 2.4%
    • Solar Jobs in NY: 10,740
    • Number of Installations in NY: 137,000

    Data current through Q3 2020
    Source: seia.org

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