Del Sol Energy: Reno Competitor Comparison
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Nevada homeowners searching for the best solar company are likely to find a wide range of choices, from local installers to national corporations. To aid decision-making, this article compares two competitors in the Reno metropolitan area of Nevada — Go Solar Group and Del Sol Energy — based on their ratings, educational offerings, product choices, and services.
Comparing Customer Sentiment
Both are established companies with an A rating from the Better Business Bureau in at least 1 of their target markets. Both companies have significant know-how and experience with solar energy installations and NV Energy installation guidelines, net metering, and installation checklists.
Del Sol Energy Customer Sentiment
Del Sol Energy, which promotes itself as “a Bay Area company,” was founded in 2015 in Brentwood, Calif., where 13 customers give it an average 4.3-star rating on Google. While this company has more expertise installing in Northern and Southern Nevada than Go Solar Group, their solar installation emphasis is geographically broader than the Reno metropolitan area alone.
Go Solar Group Customer Sentiment
Founded in 2009, Go Solar Group is among the top three Reno, Nev., solar companies on Google, with a 4.7-star average score from 26 customers. (Del Sol Energy hasn’t any Nevada reviews on Google.) As indicated above, despite servicing a smaller solar installation territory, we specialize more in the targeted installation of the Reno metropolitan area.
Educating Customers: A Core Solar Company Service
Both companies say they place a high value on educating customers about solar products and systems, not just in getting as many solar installations in the Nevada area as possible.
Del Solar Energy Solar Company Service
Del Sol Energy explains its services during on-site meetings and visits to its Brentwood, Calif., showroom, which is 200 miles from Reno. One online reviewer praises the company for doing “an amazing job explaining everything and answering our many questions.” Del Sol Energy also publishes a blog, which mainly covers California blackouts and utility issues and promotes its California commercial customers.
Go Solar Group: Leading Reno in Market-Specific Information
Go Solar Group publishes a comprehensive blog with market-specific information for all customers, regardless of where they live. One Nevada reviewer wrote, “Customer service has been fantastic, and the rebate and tax credit were exactly as promised.”
Comparing Solar Product Suites & Expertise
The most important aspect of the product suite for Nevadans in choosing the right solar company usually boils down to choosing the installer with the most efficient solar modules and design/installation credentials. This is the case because Reno gets more sunlight hours than many other areas in the U.S., and has strong net metering incentives, which are maximized with battery backup and high-efficiency modules.
Go Solar Group Solar Arrays and Modules
Solar company representatives should be able to explain differences among solar panel types, warranties, and efficiency ratings. Go Solar Group gives detailed information about the four brands of modules it installs. Typically, the high-quality, German-engineered Axitec brand. Axitec panels offer a balance between affordable pricing and high performance, including an excellent 15-year warranty. For homeowners with less available space or special design needs, Go Solar Group also offers three premium solar panels, by LG, Silfab, and Solaria. We have a strong understanding of how solar panels work. Thus, we’ve been able to create the world’s first periodic table of solar panel elements for Nevada homeowners.
Del Sol Energy Solar Arrays and Modules
Del Sol Energy says on its website that it installs “a variety of industry-proven equipment,” but provides no specifics on the residential installation modules of choice. They do, however, have information on their website regarding battery storage, CoolPV for pools, and Generac Generators. If you’re looking for swimming pool-specific solar module installations, Del Sol Energy will be your best bet.
Home battery backup has become a hot product amid widespread power outages and the need for low-cost power. This is especially true given the increased electricity bills and emergency preparedness necessities imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Go Solar Group Battery Backup Options
Go Solar Group is a Certified Tesla Powerwall Installer of the industry-leading Tesla Powerwall, which integrates seamlessly with home solar array systems to keep appliances running during an outage. For homeowners looking to capitalize on storing power from their modules for use at a later date, the Tesla Powerwall is the industry gold standard for whole-house battery backup and capitalizing on NV Energy’s Net Metering policies and rate schedules.
Del Sol Energy Battery Backup
Del Sol Energy carries the Enphase Encharge home battery, a relatively new Tesla competitor launched in late 2019. Although the Tesla Powerwall is still regarded as the industry leader, the two home-battery products are comparable, industry reviewers say.
Inverters are what transduce the solar energy absorbed by the solar modules into usable electricity in your home. Without a high-quality inverter, you will not be able to maximize return on investment for your installed solar array.
Go Solar Group Inverter: SolarEdge
Our preferred inverter, which we use for all residential solar installations, is SolarEdge. This inverter has a superior range of benefits for the greatest number of installs and comes with a warranty above the industry standard. To learn more about this inverter, visit the inverter section of our product suite home page.
Del Sol Energy: Enphase Microinverter
Enphase Encharge batteries are designed to be integrated with the Enphase microinverter, which has pros and cons for the homeowner. Inverters are essential to convert DC (direct current) energy, which is absorbed by the modules, into AC (alternating current) energy used in your home. Microinverters attach small inverters to the back of each solar panel, enabling each panel to perform well when others are shaded or broken. Microinverters can be bulky and complicated to install, however. The added rooftop wiring can also increase the risk of a lightning strike.