New Mexico Solar Company Comparison: Sunspot

Sunspot Competitor Comparison

Choosing a Las Cruces home solar company is a major decision. It can cause plenty of stress and anxiety for homeowners.

Turning to a hometown business can feel safe. Sunspot Solar Energy Systems of Las Cruces strikes that comforting note on its website, calling itself “the local solar energy company.”

But while shopping locally can make sense when buying a hammer or a set of lawn furniture, investing in a home solar energy system is a complicated choice that will affect your home’s energy efficiency, value, and appeal for decades. It’s best handled by solar companies with broad experience and deep expertise.

Both Go Solar Group and Sunspot Solar Energy Systems were founded in 2009 and boast positive online customer ratings and reviews. Sunspot Solar has operated locally, which gives it some weight when considering a New Mexico solar company. However, Go Solar Group has installed solar arrays throughout the Western U.S. and internationally. Also, Go Solar Group offers a wider range of higher-quality brands and product choices based on the companies’ websites. 

Choosing Solar Panels: Price vs. Efficiency

Comparing products via Go Solar Group’s free customized quotes empowers homeowners to pick the best long-term value. A solar panel’s efficiency — how well it transduces sunlight into electricity in conjunction with the inverter — makes a major difference in the panel’s performance over its expected 40+-year lifespan.

Go Solar Group offers three solar panel brands. The first two brands include Silfab and Hanwha Q CELLS. Go Solar Group also offers LG solar panels, which are the industry leaders according to a 2019 review of 30 solar panel brands. LG solar panels have an impressive 87 percent efficiency after 25 years. Go Solar Group also offers Solaria solar panels, which scored an overall rating of No. 2 and No. 1 in aesthetics in the above survey.

Sunspot’s website doesn’t offer any solar panel brand information. However, the independent website Solar Reviews says Sunspot installs Hyundai solar panels — an option many homeowners choose for its lower price, but one that trails the industry in efficiency, according to Solar.com. Hyundai’s equipment warranty and performance guarantee are also substandard, guaranteeing only 80.2 percent module efficiency after 25 years — several percentage points below the LG, Solaria, or Axitec brands. 

Battery Backup: Will You Have Power in an Outage?

Go Solar Group offers three tiers of battery backup. A battery backup system dramatically increases solar ROI by letting homeowners keep more unused solar energy for their own homes to use later, rather than exporting it back onto the grid. Most utility companies, PNM included, credit pennies on the dollar via net metering.

Another benefit of battery backup for solar homes is the emergency preparedness they provide. Solar batteries let people store their solar power for emergencies, like a power outage. Battery backup enables homeowners with these systems to prevent refrigerated food from spoiling or the house overheating in the summer if the grid goes down or power is made unavailable.

Sunspot Solar offers no information on its website about battery backup. But Go Solar Group offers several flexible battery-backup options. The company is a licensed Certified Tesla Powerwall Installer of the industry-leading Powerwall.

Go Solar Group also offers several of Goal Zero’s popular portable lithium-ion batteries. These batteries include the Yeti 1500 and the Yeti 3000.

Solar Company Values: An Opportunity to Give Back

Each solar provider embraces a set of values. Sunspot Solar values efficiency, quality, and local service.

In addition to adhering to company values of accountability, synergy, and improvement, Go Solar Group is unique in offering its customers a chance to help improve the world. For each solar array Go Solar Group installs domestically, the company offers microfinancing via 1heart1mind.org for an equivalent solar array for a Ugandan family.

This initiative sprang from the founders’ own experience volunteering with Mothers Without Borders, prior to the company’s founding. Since Go Solar Group’s humanitarian initiatives started, the company has been able to build a solar-powered boarding school and clean reading light for hundreds of Ugandan children. Through this program, Go Solar Group and its customers have changed lives in more than 5,300 Ugandan households, providing more than 3 million hours of additional, solar-powered study time after dark for children in need.

Therefore, if you go solar with Go Solar Group, you aren’t just helping your home – you’re helping the home of a Ugandan family and its children abroad.

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