Competitor Comparison: Solar Works Energy

Solar Works Energy Competitor Comparison

Homeowners have plenty of reasons to shop for the best Albuquerque solar company. Choosing the best-qualified installers with the right products will deliver benefits for decades, including hefty savings on power bills, greater self-reliance, and the good feeling that protecting the environment provides. To help Albuquerque residents choose the right company, here’s a comparison of two New Mexico installers — Go Solar Group and Solar Works Energy.

Biggest Isn’t Always Best with Albuquerque Solar

Both companies have enduring experience and positive customer reviews. Solar Works Energy boasts of its staff’s combined 30 years of experience serving commercial, government, and residential clients. Go Solar Group has been installing solar arrays throughout the West and internationally since 2009. As a relatively small, family-owned provider in the New Mexico market, Go Solar Group can promise close attention to every customer’s needs. Often, small solar companies offer lower prices and more product choices than bigger competitors, an NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) study shows.

Paths to Solar Savings in New Mexico

Solar Company Referral Programs

Both companies give customers a chance to earn back part of the cost of a solar array by referring other customers. Solar Works Energy gives $250 to customers for referring a person who makes a purchase. Through its SunShare program, Go Solar Group pays $500 to any referrer, whether they’re a customer or not, for each referral that results in an installation, no matter how many referrals the person makes. 

Financing Options Available to New Mexican Homeowners

Both companies help customers access zero-down financing. However, Solar Works Energy also has 20-to 25-year leases of solar arrays. Go Solar Group, on principle, doesn’t offer solar leases. Leasing rather than owning a solar array can reduce homeowners’ solar savings, complicate house sales, and prevent customers from taking advantage of solar tax credits. 

Product Suites

If you’ve explored Albuquerque solar long enough, you have a sense of the different product brands on the market. This section is for those who know the brands, products, and solar hookups they want.

Battery Backup: Key to Emergency Preparedness

Many homeowners assume a home solar array will automatically keep the lights on when the grid goes down. Solar Works Energy’s FAQ page addresses this issue by suggesting homeowners buy a generator. Go Solar Group offers battery-backup options. These options assure homeowners that they can keep the lights on during an outage and offer emergency preparedness in pandemics or grid failures.

Solar Modules for Flat New Mexico Rooftops

The choice of a solar panel brand from among the hundreds on the market is critical to the total cost, performance, and long-term ROI of a solar array over its 25- to 40-year lifespan. Go Solar Group uses three premium panel brands LG, Silfab and Hanwha Q CELLS. These premium solar panels have high efficiency and wattage ratings. Solar Works Energy does not mention any panel brands on its website, however, it does reference monocrystalline solar panels and integrated solar.

Extending Solar’s Benefits Overseas

Both companies aim to help customers reduce their dependence on harmful fossil fuels. Go Solar Group allows customers to extend the same benefits overseas. For each solar array Go Solar Group installs in the U.S., the company offers micro-financing via a nonprofit organization, 1heart1mind.org, for an equivalent solar array for a Ugandan family. This initiative sprang from the founders’ volunteer experience on a service mission in Africa. With Go Solar Group’s support, 1heart1mind has also built a solar-powered boarding school for Ugandan children, with clean reading light, teachers, and a headmaster. Customers of Go Solar Group can enjoy knowing they aren’t just improving their own homes — they’re improving the quality of life for Ugandan families.

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