SRP (Salt River Project), a not-for-profit company, has been providing energy to central Arizona residents for over a century. As sustainable solar power has grown in popularity, SRP has embraced this clean energy by offering programs tailored to residential solar owners. SRP provides resources to homeowners considering a solar system such as:
- Their Residential Solar Electric Program Document, designed to help you connect your solar system safely to SRP’s electric grid
- The SRP Residential Solar Electric Process Checklist Document, a fifteen-step guide to ensure you address each aspect from the Residential Solar Application, through Design & Diagrams, and permits, to Final Inspection and Interconnection to SRP
- Selecting a Contractor, a document that lists the most relevant considerations in choosing a solar provider
In this article, we will review the most important attributes you should seek when selecting a contractor. We will review SRP’s process in identifying their Preferred Solar Installers, add a few additional hurdles, and detail why PEP Solar is a Preferred Installer by not only SRP but by many of the industry’s major solar equipment manufacturers.
Considering Solar – Consider PEP Solar – Your Preferred SRP Solar Installer
When a company services over one million electric customers and has operating revenues in excess of $3 billion annually (from a utility plant gross over $16 billion a year), you can be quite certain they do their due diligence before recommending Preferred Installers to their customers. SRP reviews installers based on the following criteria:
- Good standing with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors
- Excellent Better Business Bureau ratings, “A” or better with no open complaints
- Licensed, bonded, and insured
- Experienced in the market
- Knowledgeable of SRP’s solar pricing plans – current with the latest SRP offerings like the Battery Storage Incentive and Demand Management System rebate
- Trained in advanced technologies and installation
Other industry experts provide a few more hurdles to consider when selecting your solar installer:
Experience – Time in the Solar Industry
It’s the number one attribute people seek when selecting their provider. Experts will tell you that experience is even more important than company size.
Local Versus National Solar Companies
Many industry experts extol the virtues of selecting a local solar provider. Local companies are more familiar and more experienced in dealing with local issues and utilities. In fact, Arizona has the most complex permit and utility approval maze beyond any in comparison to Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska or New Mexico.
Custom Solar Installation Capabilities
You will want to select an installer who is an expert in custom system installations. A sophisticated solar system has a myriad of variables you need to consider.
Broad Selection of Products and Materials
Don’t believe an installer who tells you that one solar panel brand is more or less as good as the next. Not all solar is alike.
Solar Installation Credentials
We recommend that you only consider providers who have a PV Installation Professional certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
Stellar Solar Customer Reviews
Solar experts recommend searching for customer reviews on websites like Google, the Better Business Bureau, and the company websites. In fact there should be a good balance between Google and Better Business Bureau reviews and they should look personalized and not just copied with a few words changed. Also they should show at the bottom of their website contractor license ‘ROC’ number (‘roc’ means – register of contractors).
The remainder of this article will explain how Phoenix Energy Products llc dba PEP Solar who has been installing residential solar systems in Arizona since 1978 under the same name, ownership and meets each of these hurdles and exceeds each of these qualifications.
PEP Solar – Meeting and Exceeding SRP’s Requirements as a Preferred Installer
We can start with an easy one; PEP Solar is not only in good standing with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, but they are also members of the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and the American Solar Energy Society.
Solar Credentials and Better Business Bureau Rating
PEP Solar has a certified PV Installation Professional credential from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), a nationally recognized certification program known as the “gold standard” for installation and sales. It has also achieved “platinum status” for its clean install practices for decades and completed many battery certifications such as Tesla, Enphase Ensemble, Shell Oil Sonnen and others. PEP Solar also enjoys an “A+” BBB (Better Business Bureau) rating.
Licensed, Bonded, and Insured
Of course, PEP Solar is licensed as appropriate with Registrar of Contractors, and all PEP installers are bonded and insured.
Experienced in the Market
PEP Solar is the oldest residential solar company in the U.S. dating to 1978.
Local Versus National Solar Companies
Pep Solar has the required knowledge and excellent relationships in the local solar industry. Pep Solar can guide you to the appropriate solar system, and utilities’ rate plans to optimize your investment. PEP personnel are expert at the following:
- State rebate programs
- County permitting requirements
- Local building and electrical codes
- They have relationships with local permitting officers and inspectors
- They understand the local climate – an important consideration in Arizona
- Knowledge of the local utilities’ programs as evidenced by their SRP Preferred status and re-certification requirements
Custom Capabilities and Selection of Materials
At PEP Solar, we specialize in customized solar installations. We consider your energy needs and keep your house and surroundings in mind, addressing any physical variables. We understand that curb appeal is important and design a system with your aesthetics in mind. Our solar panels will not have other visible parts and wiring.
PEP Solar’s experienced personnel are experts at designing the optimal size and orientation for your solar system, installation costs and financing options, and safe interconnection to the grid.
At PEP Solar, we partner with only the best solar equipment providers to deliver your best solar solution. We are a certified installer for each of the components we propose for your system. Below is a partial list of our solar battery brand partners.
- Tesla Powerwall
- Generac – Pika
- LG Chem Primary Lithium-ion Battery
- Shell Oil – Sonnen eco
- Fortress – eVault Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery
Stellar Solar Customer Reviews
With an “A+” BBB rating, PEP Solar’s customer reviews on BBB are obviously stellar. We devote an entire page on our site to customer reviews. Each review receives a personalized response from a member of the PEP Solar executive management team.
If SRP services you, we’ve saved the most crucial considerations to last, that is the expertise PEP Solar has in working with SRP; its people, products, and programs.
PEP Solar – Knowledgeable of SRP’s Solar Pricing Plans – Current with the Latest SRP Offerings Like the Battery Storage Incentive and Demand Management System Rebate
As an SRP Preferred Solar Installer, PEP Solar will assist you with everything you need to connect your solar electric system to the SRP grid. Our solar installers have been trained on advanced technologies and best-in-class installation practices. And, PEP Solar is one of only two companies authorized to resell the Advanced Solar Home Demand Management System, detailed below.
SRP’s Demand Management – the Ability to Stabilize Energy
Combining your solar system with SRP’s Demand Management System will allow you to maximize your solar power usage and minimize your utility bill. The concept is to more efficiently utilize the energy required to run your home, avoiding unstable electric use peaks and valleys. We’ve collaborated with SRP to ensure that our solutions deliver proven results.
Demand Management Systems manage your home’s electric load to make sure your home doesn’t run major appliances at the same time during peak hours. This reduces peak demand costs and your electricity bill. The System stabilizes your home’s energy consumption by cycling large electric loads during peak hours automatically. This process allows customers to avoid the costly demand spikes that occur when high-energy electric appliances cycle on simultaneously, such as during the early morning hours when energy usage peaks from showering, lighting, television, etc.
With solar panels, you further avoid high rates as your system generates most of its power during these peak hours. Even more significant savings can be gained by aligning your system with SRP’s Customer Generation Price Plan, the lowest of any SRP residential price plan.
Utilizing SRP’s Demand Management System gives you more control over your energy demand, takes advantage of off-peak power, and saves significantly on your energy bill.
SRP Rebates and Incentives
SRP offers several significant rebates and incentives, such as their Home Battery Storage Incentive. Let PEP’s personnel explain how you can save up to $3,600 ($300 per kWh-DC) from SRP for adding a battery storage system to your home.
When installing a Demand Management System, there is an additional $250.00 rebate available. PEP can illustrate how to manage and monitor your energy demand using the latest technologies with an SRP demand-based price plan.
Pep Solar will explain Federal Tax Credits and all other local and municipal incentives available for your locale.
We hope this article has been informative and increases your consideration of solar energy. We are a full-service solar company and have been installing, servicing, inspecting, and repairing solar for homeowners and businesses in Arizona since 1978. Our mission is to provide complete solar power solutions that perform beyond your expectations for the life of your system.
At PEP Solar, we partner with SRP and the best in class solar manufacturers to deliver your best solar solution. Let us design and supply your system using the best products in the solar energy market.
We can help you become a “prosumer,” a homeowner who produces and consumes solar energy.