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SunPower was the most popular solar company among respondents in North Carolina, according to our 2023 survey. Get a quote on your own solar system installation today.

Aniket Bhor is a solar engineer who has spent nearly a decade studying and working in the solar power sector in the European, Asian and North American markets. He is a climate enthusiast and avid cyclist, and he also loves to lose himself in books and cooking.

Tori Addison is an editor who has worked in the digital marketing industry for over five years. Her experience includes communications and marketing work in the nonprofit, governmental and academic sectors. A journalist by trade, she started her career covering politics and news in New York’s Hudson Valley. Her work included coverage of local and state budgets, federal financial regulations and health care legislation.
Within just a year, North Carolina jumped from ranking 14th to fourth on the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) list of states for installed solar. Over 200 solar installers operate in the Tar Heel State, which can make choosing the best solar company in North Carolina difficult.
We at the Guides Home Team have researched and reviewed the best solar providers nationwide and narrowed our list to the best providers in North Carolina. Read on to compare each provider, see what it costs to go solar in the Tar Heel State and decide if converting to solar energy is worth it.

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When choosing a solar installer in North Carolina, we recommend you consider the cost, trustworthiness and services that each provider offers.
Most solar installation companies don’t offer pricing information online, so the only way to get personalized cost estimates is by requesting quotes. But to give you a starting point, we’ve spoken with company representatives, read customer reviews and conducted consumer polls to get a general cost estimate for each provider. We also outlined the solar financing options each provider offers so you can choose the installer that best fits your cost and financing needs.
We consider several important trustworthiness indicators when rating solar providers, including the age of each company, customer reviews on platforms like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Trustpilot and sustainability disclosures.
According to our poll of 1,000 homeowners with solar panels, 44% of respondents purchased an electric vehicle (EV) charger, and 66% purchased a solar battery. Not every company offers these products or services like energy efficiency audits and solar roofing, so you may have to be selective about your installer based on your installation needs.
 
 
 
 
Founded in 1985, SunPower is one of the most experienced solar companies in North Carolina and received 4.8 out of 5 stars based on our methodology. It has built a reputation for manufacturing high-efficiency, durable solar panels, and its installation process is equally reliable with high customer ratings nationwide.
North Carolina residents can expect to pay between $15,000 to $20,000 for a 10 kW solar energy system from SunPower. To complement its solar services, the company offers an excellent warranty of 25 years on both its panels and system installations.
To learn more: Read our SunPower review
 
 
NC Solar Now earned an excellent 4.6 out of 5 stars according to our solar rating system. NC Solar Now is dedicated to helping North Carolinians make the switch to solar, and has been local to the state for over a decade. NC Solar Now is an excellent choice if you want a solar provider that has extensive local knowledge and installs popular solar technology like the Tesla Powerwall and Enphase solar panels. Plus, the company has earned a perfect 5 stars on over 400 total customer reviews on BBB and Google.
NC Solar Now also offers a 25-year equipment warranty and power production guarantee, as well as a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and roof penetration.  Chris Baker, the Sales Operations Manager at NC Solar Now, told us that the company will always promptly fix or replace any faulty, broken or underperforming equipment at no cost to the homeowner.
NC Solar Now services residential and commercial properties within a three-hour drive of its Raleigh, N.C. office.
 
 
With over 14,000 installations under its belt, Freedom Solar is one of the fastest-growing solar companies in the country. The company received 4.2 out of 5 stars based on our methodology. It is an award-winning SunPower installer, which produces some of the best solar panels on the market. Freedom Solar also offers an excellent, comprehensive warranty covering your panels and installation for 25 years.
The only drawback to Freedom Solar is its higher-than-average pricing, at $25,000 to $30,000 for a typical 10 kW system. But Freedom Solar offers high-quality equipment for the price, like Tesla Powerwalls for battery backup and Kohler generators for emergency power generation.
 
 
ADT Solar is our pick for customer service, earning 4 out 5 stars based on our review standards. The company is one of the largest solar companies in the U.S., with offices across North Carolina in cities like Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Cary and Wilmington. It offers high-quality equipment such as Tesla batteries and Enphase microinverters and is known for exceptional customer service, offering 24/7 availability and a mobile app to monitor your system.
A 10 kW rooftop solar system from ADT Solar costs between $15,000 and $20,000 in North Carolina. This pricing is in line with the national average cost of solar panels. In addition to solar solutions, ADT Solar also offers roof services (like shingle repairs) and replacements.
To learn more: Read our ADT Solar review 
 
 
In the increasingly competitive solar power industry, Palmetto Solar stands out with an impressive protection plan for installed systems. It received 4.7 out of 5 stars based on our solar methodology. The company extends 25-year terms for its products, performance and workmanship, and for under $10 per month, customers can add system monitoring, monthly reviews, and prioritized support and troubleshooting.
Palmetto uses high-quality solar panels manufactured by Q Cells. A solar power system purchased from Palmetto can cost between $15,000 to $20,000, which is on par with the industry average. The company also personalizes customer interactions with concierge-style services and dedicated project managers.
To learn more: Read our Palmetto Solar review
 
 
Green Home Systems earned 4 out of 5 stars based on our solar review methodology, thanks to its wide selection of solar power products and technologies. If you’re looking for cutting-edge and aesthetically pleasing solar roofing, Green Home Systems offers a selection of solar shingles and solar tiles. It also installs solar batteries and EV chargers and conducts energy-efficiency audits to fully integrate solar into your home and maximize your energy savings.
Although Green Home Systems has only been in business since 2017, its excellent customer reviews across review sites like the BBB and Trustpilot indicate high customer satisfaction.
 
 
Elevation has positioned itself as a unique solar installer with a whole-home approach to renewable energy solutions, earning 4.7 out of 5 stars based on our review standards. The company conducts a home energy audit and proposes ways to increase your efficiency before installing solar, often leading to higher overall electricity savings.
Elevation has grown rapidly thanks to its use of high-quality solar equipment and a strong focus on customer experience. Homeowners also receive one of the best warranties with Elevation — a 25-year term for both product and workmanship. A typical solar panel system from Elevation costs around $10,000 to $15,000, which is generous considering the equipment and services offered.
 
 
Although many solar panel companies operate in North Carolina, a few stand out thanks to features such as exceptional warranties, top-quality equipment and extensive experience. If you are seeking industry experience with high-quality solar panels and warranties, we recommend SunPower. Or, Elevation is a good choice if you want both a solar system and other energy solutions to lower your electric bills. If customer service is a priority, ADT Solar has garnished positive reviews online and has locations in multiple cities across North Carolina.
However, you may find that different solar contractors best suit your needs. While the providers on our list offer services in multiple states, you may prefer local installers such as 8MSolar or NC Solar Now. For this reason, we recommend you request free quotes from multiple providers when starting your solar project.
 
 
The national average cost of a solar power system is between $15,000 to $20,000, according to our March 2023 survey of homeowners with installed solar. In North Carolina, the average cost per watt is $2.63, which means a 6 kW system would cost around $15,750.
Use the chart below to compare our top-rated providers in North Carolina:
*Note: Pricing data is based on responses to our March 2023 solar survey of 1,000 homeowners with 10 kilowatt (kW) solar systems. BBB ratings are accurate as of April 2023.
 
 
The top benefits of going solar in North Carolina include saving money, utilizing tax credits and incentives, and reducing your carbon emissions.
 
 
North Carolina’s ambitious renewable portfolio standards (REPS) goals have been a major factor in the launching of state-wide solar incentives. Based on your location in the state, you can benefit from one or more of the below federal, state and local incentives.
The federal solar tax credit, officially known as the investment tax credit (ITC), is available to all U.S. residents that install solar panels. This incentive offers the highest solar savings, allowing you to claim a tax credit for up to 30% of your total solar system value. You can then apply that amount to any tax burdens you own for up to five years.
Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, the 30% federal tax credit is available through 2032. It will decrease to 26% in 2033 and to 22% in 2034 before expiring in 2035.
Whether you live ocean-side in Kitty Hawk, along the mountains in Asheville, or Wake Forest, Greensboro or somewhere in between, you can benefit from state solar incentives.
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Allows you to send excess solar energy back to the grid in exchange for energy bill credits. North Carolina offers a one-to-one rate, meaning the value of any energy you send to the grid is equal to the retail rate.
State property tax exemption
100% of property tax increases from installing solar
You do not have to pay additional property tax if installing a solar power system increases your property value.
Duke Energy Solar Rebate Program
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Duke Energy customers can receive a rebate of up to 30 to 70 cents per watt of installed solar capacity.
PEMC Renewable and Solar Energy Loan Program
Solar loan up to $10,000
Members of the Piedmont Electric Member Corporation may be eligible for a solar loan of up to $10,000 with a 7-year term and a 5% interest rate.
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PSNC offers customers energy bill discounts for consuming less power than an ENERGY STAR-certified home.
In addition to state-wide incentives, local benefits may be available for supporting solar installations and clean energy initiatives. We recommend you check with your local municipality or utility company for more information.
Multiple nonprofit organizations also support and fund community renewable energy initiatives in North Carolina, such as NC GreenPower.
 
 
The number of solar panels you need will depend on several factors such as the size of your home, energy needs, and roof type and orientation. Most homeowners need a system with a power output between 5 kW and 10 kW. Based on the efficiency rating of the solar panels you choose, your home could require anywhere from 10 to 30 panels.
Most solar power systems in North Carolina cost between $2.50 to $3 per watt of installed capacity, which means a 6 kW system would cost around $15,750. However, the upfront cost of going solar depends on your system size and complexity, equipment and installer. For example, your price will fluctuate if you purchase energy storage or inverters for a larger system.
North Carolina’s 2007 Solar Access Law prohibits HOAs from banning solar panels. However, the law still allows HOA to restrict the placement of panels. For instance, HOAs may be able to restrict front-facing solar panels in some cases.
Thanks to an excellent net metering program and several state incentives, going solar is certainly worth it in North Carolina. In addition, North Carolina is ranked 12th in the nation for solar power potential based on the amount of sunlight it receives. As a result, residents can enjoy substantial savings over a solar system’s average lifetime of 25 to 30 years.
However, Duke Energy, one of the largest utilities in North Carolina, is changing its net metering policy to offer different rates to customers depending on when they install solar panels. The rate change, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2027, will not impact customers who install solar by July 1, 2023.
 
 
 
 
We closely evaluate solar installation companies with a focus on the factors most important to homeowners like you. We based our solar company methodology on input from multiple homeowner surveys, discussions with industry experts and research into the renewable energy market. Our review process involves assessing each company on the following criteria, which we then use to calculate a rating out of 5 stars.

  • Cost and payment options (20 points): Cost is one of the most important factors when installing a solar energy system. Solar providers that offer cash purchases and in-house loan financing earn full points in this category. Companies also receive bonus points for offering solar panel leasing or power purchase agreements (PPAs).
  • Services (20 points): In addition to solar installations, companies offering backup battery and electric vehicle charger installations, energy efficiency audits and system monitoring earn the most points in this category. Companies can also receive points for completing installations in-house, as opposed to using third-party contractors.
  • Reputation (20 points): To assess the reputation of each company, we consider Google star ratings, Better Business Bureau (BBB) scores and reviews, and NABCEP certification status. We also look at customer complaint rates on sites like the BBB and weigh how the company responds.
  • Warranty (15 points): We verify that each company offers workmanship, product and performance warranties on all of its solar installs. A provider earns more points for extending warranties that meet or exceed industry standards, including 10 years for system workmanship and products and 25 years for panel performance.
  • Customer Support (10 points): Solar companies that offer virtual consultations, a mobile app, 24/7 customer support and high customer satisfaction with backend support earn the most points in this category.
  • Industry Experience (10 points): Providers with 10 or more years of experience in the solar installation industry earn a perfect score in this category.
  • Sustainability (5 points):To measure sustainability, we assess each company based on whether it shares a detailed sustainability statement or ESG disclosures on its website. We also conduct research to see if companies offer end-of-life panel disposal programs or have eco-friendly community partnerships.

 
Aniket Bhor is a solar engineer who has spent nearly a decade studying and working in the solar power sector in the European, Asian and North American markets. He is a climate enthusiast and avid cyclist, and he also loves to lose himself in books and cooking.
Tori Addison is an editor who has worked in the digital marketing industry for over five years. Her experience includes communications and marketing work in the nonprofit, governmental and academic sectors. A journalist by trade, she started her career covering politics and news in New York’s Hudson Valley. Her work included coverage of local and state budgets, federal financial regulations and health care legislation.
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