If you are looking to get some help online to go solar, there are a number of online portals that can help. Some are dedicated to solar and provide end-to-end support for your project, while others are online local yellow pages, simply collecting information and passing them along to the installer.
EnergySage says that it is on a mission to make going solar as easy as booking a flight online. Their platform aims to make the process of buying and selling solar efficient and less costly. EnergySage is a simple, online marketplace for buyers and sellers of solar to meet and interact with one another. They have the financial support and backing of the U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, Connecticut Green Bank, and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Presence in over 30 states.
PickMySolar says it is the premier online marketplace for solar in the country. On its portal, buyers can compare solar offers from up to a dozen qualified solar companies near them. PickMySolar says it covers the whole 9 yards of the solar process and the competitive bidding platform may save 20% on the cost of their solar panel system.
SolarReviews is a service that provides a convenient means for estimating solar and renewable energy system costs, running payback and financial analysis, and accessing constructor, installer and other professional services in the renewable energy efficiency fields. On their portal, homeowners provide information about their project (address, roof pitch, energy and utility info, etc.) and the online tool provides an estimate for the size and cost of the system, along with savings that will be generated. They will also pass on this information to local installers, who will then contact the property owner with their offers. SolarReviews maintains a database of installers and reviews from their customers and also provides a directory of solar equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) and distributors.
Thumbtack is a portal for all kinds of local service providers. Plumbers, piano teachers, or if you need one, a solar installer. The mission of Thumbtack is to help both, homeowners and local tradespeople. Think of Thumbtack as the internet’s equivalent of the local yellow pages. You will need to create a quick profile and provide information about the solar job, and Thumbtack simply passes along the information to local providers who have listed with them.
Note: We plan to update this page on a regular basis with other service providers. If you know of others, please leave a comment below. Thanks!