By Dan Simms
Updated Nov 4, 2022
Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes, but for Minnesotans shopping for rooftop solar, it also feels like the land of 10,000 solar companies. Minnesota residents have access to a plethora of high-quality solar companies, which is both a blessing and a curse due to the amount of research that needs to be done to find a solar provider that works for you.
To make things a bit easier, we’ve gone ahead and compiled this list of the seven best solar companies in Minnesota.
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Below you’ll find an in-depth discussion of each of our top picks, followed by a general discussion of everything you need to consider before signing a solar contract.
|Company||Our Take||Our Rating||BBB Rating||Warranty||In-House Installation||Cost|
|All Energy Solar||Best Regional Provider||9.8||A+||25–30 years for production, variable terms for equipment||Yes||$$$$$|
|MN Solar and More, LLC||Outstanding Local Installer||9.7||A+||Variable depending on equipment||Yes||$$|
|Blue Raven Solar||Best Solar Financing||9.6||A+||25 years for equipment||Yes||$$|
|Sun Badger Solar||Outstanding Regional Installer||9.5||A-||25 years for equipment and workmanship||Yes||$$$|
|Winona Renewable Energy||Outstanding Local Provider||9.4||A+||25 years for equipment, 5 years workmanship||No||$$$|
|Cedar Creek Energy||Best for Customization||9.4||A+||25 years for equipment and workmanship||Yes||$$$|
|Live Wire Solar & Electric||Outstanding Regional Installer||9.3||A||10 years for workmanship, variable terms for equipment||Yes||$$|
All Energy Solar is an experienced solar company that’s been installing residential solar panel systems in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts since 2009. The company is a full-service solar installer, offering panels, battery storage, electric vehicle storage (EV), and system monitoring services. The company’s technicians are experienced and certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and representatives are familiar with local Minnesota solar policies.
The only downside to choosing All Energy Solar is the price. The company’s systems are expensive and cost significantly more than similar systems from its competition. However, the company has extensive experience in the solar industry and an excellent track record of providing top-notch customer service, so the extra money is worth it.
All Energy Solar is not a local Minnesota company, but it’s still one of the best clean energy companies available to Minnesotans. If you can stomach the elevated prices, you’ll be rewarded with outstanding service and access to high-quality equipment from top solar brands.
All Energy Solar’s biggest downside is its cost, which is significantly above the average price for solar in Minnesota.
The company offers 25–30-year warranties for performance and variable-length warranties for equipment — most likely due to variations in the manufacturer’s warranty for parts from different brands.
All Energy Solar is a full-service solar installer, offering solar panels, battery backups, general electrical work, and solar system monitoring.
The company accepts cash and solar loans but doesn’t offer leases or power purchase agreements (PPAs).
All Energy Solar has an extensive referral program that rewards you $25 for every customer you recommend who completes a consultation and $500 for every customer you recommend who decides to go solar with the company. Additionally, there is a tiered reward system that offers prizes for the most referrals in a given time period, with a grand prize of $2,500.
All Energy Solar performs its own solar installations.
All Energy Solar customs have access to equipment from several major solar brands, including Tesla, LG, REC, Enphase, SolarEdge, Longi, and JA Solar.
All Energy Solar is a certified Tesla installer and its technicians are certified by NABCEP. The company is also accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and maintains an impressive A+ rating.
If All Energy’s prices are too steep for your wallet, MN Solar and More, LLC offers an affordable alternative. The company is relatively young — it was founded in 2017 — but has already made a name for itself in the Twin City metro area.
The company gets excellent customer reviews and stocks an impressive variety of solar equipment from some of the best brands in the business. MN Solar also has a solid selection of solar services and extensive knowledge of local rules and regulations. The only negative is that the company works exclusively in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, so you’re out of luck if you live elsewhere.
MN Solar and More offers a more personal feel than you’ll get from a national solar company, making it a great choice for homeowners who prefer one-on-one attention.
MN Solar is more affordable than most solar companies that do business in Minnesota.
Unfortunately, the company’s website doesn’t provide detailed information about its warranties, and it leaves coverage to the manufacturer.
MN Solar offers solar panels, battery storage, EV chargers, and general electrical work.
The company accepts cash and offers solar loans, although its website doesn’t provide any details about the terms of its loans or its financing partners.
As of this writing, MN Solar offers $250 for every friend or family member you refer who installs a solar system below 10 kW and $500 for systems above 10 kW.
MN Solar handles your entire solar project internally, including installation.
The company carries solar equipment from many leading brands, including SolarEdge, Hanwha SolarOne, Enphase, Silfab, LG, Jinko Solar, REC, and Canadian Solar.
MN Solar is a NABCEP associate and a member of both the Minnesota chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA).
Blue Raven Solar is a national solar energy company that services communities across Minnesota. The company is most well known for providing the best solar financing in the business through its in-house BluePower Plus+ program, but it also offers great prices and outstanding customer service. Unfortunately, Blue Raven keeps its prices down by offering a limited number of solar services from a select few brands, so it’s not the best choice for people seeking niche services.
Blue Raven is not a local Minnesota-based company but don’t let that scare you away. Customer reviews suggest that the company provides some of the best customer service in the solar industry, something of a rarity from a company of its size.
Blue Raven Solar’s prices are below average by Minnesota’s standards.
Blue Raven offers good, but not great, solar warranties. The company covers equipment for 25 years but only offers 10 years of workmanship coverage, which is slightly below the industry standard.
The company’s solar service selection is limited to solar panel installations, with battery storage coming soon, according to its website.
Blue Raven Solar’s best offering is its BluePower Plus+ in-house financing program. Most solar companies outsource financing to a dedicated financier, but Blue Raven handles its loans internally, giving customers a more streamlined experience with fewer moving parts and points of contact. The program also provides more flexibility than you would find from most solar financing programs, with options for zero money down loans, delayed payment plans, and traditional loans with variable terms.
Blue Raven has an extremely generous referral program that rewards you $1,000 for your first two referrals and $1,500 for each subsequent referral.
Blue Raven Solar is an all-in-one solar company with installations conducted by an in-house team.
Unfortunately, the company’s equipment selection is limited to Silfab, Q Cells, and Trina. While these companies offer solid equipment, they’re not as efficient as the equipment you’ll get from brands like Tesla or SunPower.
Blue Raven has a humanitarian partnership with GivePower to bring clean drinking water to areas that need it by leveraging solar-powered desalination.
Sun Badger Solar is another regional business that operates in the Minneapolis-St.Paul metropolitan area, Plymouth, Bloomington, Woodbury, Minnetonka, and Edina. The company was founded in 2018, so it doesn’t have a wealth of experience, but it offers a very competitive warranty for both equipment and workmanship to help offset some concerns.
On a similar note, Sun Badger Solar also handles repairs and maintenance for its systems, a nice touch that leads to more consistent long-term results. The company offers a great selection of brands and services at competitive prices, making it a great local option for people who prefer to go solar with a local business.
Sun Badger has several years of experience helping Minnesota residents invest in solar power for their homes, but the company also works in Illinois, Wisconsin, and — surprisingly — Florida.
Sun Badger’s prices are competitive, and an average-sized system will cost slightly below the statewide average.
Sun Bader’s 25-year warranty for equipment and workmanship gives its customers peace of mind that their systems will continue to function efficiently for their entire lifespan.
Sun Badger Solar installs solar panels, solar batteries, and EV charging stations and performs solar repairs and maintenance.
Sun Badger customers can pay for their system in cash or take advantage of a solar loan. The company does not offer leases or PPAs.
The company has a refer-a-friend program that rewards you for every person you recommend who signs up for solar service. The rewards are $25 for a verified referral and $599 for a purchased solar system.
Sun Badger performs its installations internally.
Sun Badger installs solar systems with components from a staggering number of brands, including SolarEdge, Enphase, Sonnen, Tesla, LG, Q Cells, SMA, Fronius, Jinko Solar, Solaria, and Longi.
Sun Badger is accredited by the BBB and is a member of MnSEIA.
Winona Renewable Energy has been providing residential solar services to homeowners throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin since 2010. The company handles initial surveying, system design, procurement, and customer support — virtually the entire process except for the installation. While we generally advise customers to choose companies that use in-house teams, Winona Renewable Energy contracts its installations to local Minnesota-licensed electricians.
The company has excellent reviews and offers competitive prices, making them a great choice for anyone looking for a local solar company. The only negative thing we can say is that the company’s website is confusing to navigate and lacks essential information, making it necessary to call and schedule a free quote to get details.
Winona Renewable Energy plays its hand close to the vest, choosing not to disclose what equipment it uses or its financing options publicly. This may rub some people the wrong way, but the company is happy to work with you to customize your system, so it’s not too much of an issue once you begin your solar project.
Winona Renewable Energy’s prices are reasonable, although they’re not as affordable as some companies higher up on our list.
The company offers a 25-year warranty for equipment and a 5-year workmanship warranty.
Winona Renewable Energy installs rooftop solar panels. The company’s website doesn’t offer any information about battery storage, EV charging, or any other solar services.
The company’s website doesn’t mention anything about solar financing.
Unfortunately, Winona Renewable Energy contracts its installations out to third-party electricians, leading to a somewhat variable customer experience.
Continuing the trend of providing few details, Winona Renewable Energy’s website doesn’t disclose what brands it uses in its solar systems. Information is available to customers who schedule a consultation.
The company has a network of certified electricians and NABCEP installers who perform its installations.
Cedar Creek Energy is a local solar energy company with a headquarters in Blaine, Minnesota. The company helps Minnesota residents reduce their carbon footprints and save money on their utility bills by making the process of going solar as easy as possible. Cedar Creek Energy is a full-service solar company, meaning they handle every step of the process for you, from your initial system design to procurement, installation, and monitoring. The company is one of the most transparent in the solar industry, with an extremely helpful and informative website and friendly customer service reps.
Cedar Creek Energy offers the best selection of solar panels and equipment coupled you’d expect to find from a national solar company coupled with the excellent service and customization you typically get from a small local installer.
Cedar Creek Energy is one of the best local solar energy companies available in Minnesota, but its prices are a bit above average.
The company offers an excellent comprehensive warranty that covers parts and workmanship for 25 years.
The company offers all the basic services most homeowners look for from a residential solar company, including solar panels, energy storage solutions, and EV chargers.
Cedar Creek Energy accepts cash and offers solar loans through its financing partner at the Center for Energy and Environment Financing (CEE).
Cedar Creek Energy encourages customers to spread the word about the company by offering $250 for every customer you refer who purchases a solar system.
Cedar Creek Energy installs its own solar systems, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with an independent contractor.
The company is a certified Tesla installer and uses equipment from LG, Enphase, SolarEdge, Jinko Solar, and Canadian Solar.
The company is a certified NABCEP photovoltaic (PV) panel installer and a certified Tesla Powerwall installer and is a member of MnSEIA.
Rounding out our list, we have Love Wire Solar & Electric, a regional installer that’s been doing business in Minnesota and Wisconsin for more than two decades. The company is based in Blaine, Minnesota, and services most of the state, including the Minneapolis metro area and outstate regions. Live Wire is a full-service solar company that also provides general contracting and electrical services. The company has an impressive lineup of products and brands to choose from, and its experienced technicians will help you choose the right equipment and system design to suit your needs.
Live Wire Solar & Electric is a reliable company with a good selection of products and services that suffers from customer support issues, according to online reviews. For every positive review — of which there are many — there is a negative review that mentions issues that arose during installation.
Live Wire is a very affordable solar installer, with prices that fall below the average price for Minnesota solar installations.
The company’s warranty only covers workmanship for 10 years and relies on manufacturer warranties to provide coverage for equipment.
Live Wire Solar & Electric is a full-service solar company that offers solar panel installation, battery storage, EV charging, and access to community solar.
The company accepts cash and solar loans.
Live Wire handles its installations in-house, so you never have to worry about third-party companies complicating the installation process.
One of the biggest reasons for going solar with Live Wire is its impressive product lineup. The company installs solar equipment from the industry’s top brands, including Jinko Solar, Silfab Solar, Solaria, Canadian Solar, Panasonic, Trina Solar, Axitec, SolarEdge, SMA, Fronius, LG, Generac, and Tesla.
The company is NABCEP-certified and is a certified Tesla installer.
In our opinion, the best solar company in Minnesota is All Energy Solar. The company offers the best customer service and installs high-quality rooftop solar panel systems from the best manufacturers in the business. Its prices are quite high, but we think it’s worth paying a little more to get the best equipment and top-notch customer support.
If All Energy’s prices are too much for you, MN Solar and More is a worthy runner-up that’s only kept out of the top spot by its relative inexperience. The company offers unbeatable prices and installs PV panels, EV chargers, and battery backups via an in-house team of certified professional electricians. MN Solar is an excellent choice for Minnesotans looking to invest in solar energy on a budget.
While you can’t go wrong choosing any of the companies on our list, we understand that choosing a solar company is a big decision. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve put together this collection of general factors to consider when choosing a solar company.
Cost is often the most important factor people consider when shopping for a solar energy installation company. We won’t deny that cost is important, but we will caution you against going solar with the cheapest company you can find. Rooftop solar panels follow the maxim that you get what you pay for, and cheap systems don’t perform at the same level as more expensive ones.
Keep in mind that a good solar panel system will save you many thousands of dollars over its lifetime on your electric bills, effectively reducing its cost. Solar panels also raise your home’s value, making it easy to recoup your investment when you sell your home.
A good solar warranty can save you from unexpected expenses in the event your system sustains damage or becomes less effective with age. The best solar warranties cover performance, equipment, and workmanship for at least 25 years, offering you peace of mind for your solar system’s lifetime. Some people are happy to accept shorter warranty periods in exchange for money saved upfront. Whether you’re comfortable with a company’s warranty depends on your level of risk tolerance; just keep in mind that paying for repairs out of pocket can get expensive.
If you only want a basic solar panel array, you can choose pretty much any solar installer. However, only some companies offer battery storage and EV charger installations, so make sure you check a company’s website to see if they provide the services you want before wasting time scheduling a consultation and getting a free quote.
Taking a solar loan is a great way to start saving money on your energy bills right away without waiting until you can afford to pay for a solar installation outright in cash. Some companies offer solar leases and PPAs, although these are not as good as solar loans despite their low upfront costs since they reduce the lifetime savings you’ll enjoy if you eventually own your own system.
Some solar companies contract out installations to independent companies, leading to inconsistent customer experiences and confusion when dealing with issues that arise. We recommend choosing a company that performs its own installations whenever possible. Communication with your solar project’s installer will be much easier if you have a single point of contact who works for the same company that handles equipment and permitting.
Not all solar equipment is created equally, although the differences between brands are decreasing as the field evolves. If you want to get the most out of your solar panels, stick with companies that offer the most efficient panels. Tesla and Maxeon are regarded as the highest-quality panels available today, and companies like Panasonic, LG, and Q Cells aren’t far behind.
Tesla also manufactures the Tesla Powerwall battery, one of the best energy storage systems on the market. Enphase, Generac, and LG also make excellent solar batteries that can make dealing with power outages a far less painful experience.
Solar energy systems also need inverters to convert the DC power photovoltaic panels generate into the AC power your home needs. Enphase, SMA, and SolarEdge are the most common inverters and are all good options.
Before you sign any contracts, make sure to read as many customer reviews as you can from as many independent sources. Online reviews are invaluable for learning what it’s like to be a customer, often revealing the less savory parts of the customer experience. A few negative reviews aren’t a red flag, but overwhelmingly negative reviews could be a sign to steer clear of a company and continue shopping around. You should also be wary of any companies that don’t have any online reviews, as that can be a sign of negative review scrubbing.
The solar industry depends on manufacturers, installers, and educators working in concert to bring attention to the benefits of solar power and help more people reap those benefits. A company that operates alone is unlikely to survive in the tumultuous environment that exists in the modern solar industry. If you want the most reliable service for the duration of your solar panel’s lifetime, choose a company that has many partnerships, as that’s usually indicative of a long-term commitment.
Finally, some people prefer large solar companies with a national presence, while others are more comfortable patronizing a local family-owned business. Neither option is strictly better than the other, so choose whatever you prefer. In general, larger solar installers can offer more options at lower prices than smaller companies but won’t be as responsive to support requests since they have to deal with a larger customer base.
Yes, without a doubt. Solar panels cost an average of $15,000 to $30,000 in Minnesota and offer lifetime utility bill savings of around $20,000 on average after they pay for themselves. When you combine those savings with the value solar panels add to your home, it becomes clear that solar panels are more than worth it for most Minnesotans.
Minnesota residents have access to the federal tax credit — often called the solar investment tax credit or ITC — which allows taxpayers to claim 30% of the total cost of a solar power system towards their following year’s tax burden.
Xcel Energy utility company also offers a Solar*Rewards program that pays Minnesota residents depending on how much clean energy they generate. The program is only available to Xcel customers and has a limited number of slots that are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. The company also offers the best net metering program, allowing solar customers to sell their excess energy back to the grid for credits they can use later to offset their electric bills.
Minnesotans are also exempt from sales tax on any solar system purchases, a savings of around 7%.
Solar energy is efficient in Minnesota, despite the common solar energy myth that solar panels don’t work in northern climates. While Minnesotans typically need larger systems than their southern Californian counterparts, they can still easily eliminate most of their monthly energy bill with a moderately-sized system.
The average price of a 9 kW system in Minnesota is $25,000 before any tax rebates and $20,000 after tax credits and other solar incentives.
At House Method, transparency and trust are our most important values for the reader. That’s why we took the time to create an objective rating system and score each solar energy company/service according to our methodology.
Our research team dug deep into the fine print of contracts, combed through more than one hundred customer reviews, and thoroughly investigated all of each solar energy company’s services, costs, and products. We’ve done the homework for you by researching nearly all of the solar energy companies on the market so you can have the information you need to make the best choice for your home.
We developed a formula to objectively determine the best solar energy companies and give each a score out of 100 based on the following criteria:
Plan Options (30): Do they provide a variety of plan options? We looked at the number of plans each solar energy company offered and the flexibility of adjusting the plan.
Services offered (20): How many services are offered in each plan? We looked at whether the company manufactures its own solar panels, whether it contracts out installation, and what additional products each company offers.
Trust (10): What do customers say after their solar panels are installed? Does this company offer a guarantee? We considered how satisfied customers are post-service if the company does what it says it will, BBB accreditation, and service guarantees.
Prices (10): How reasonable are the costs of the plan or service in comparison to the industry average? We compared the costs of each company to competitors that offer the same solar energy services.
Unique perks (10): Does the company offer discounts or special services such as financial incentives, rebates, or a useful mobile app? We looked for extras each company offers that set them apart from the competition.
Customer Service (10): How is the customer experience when contacting the company? We considered the speed of response, weekend/holiday availability, and ease of communication through phone calls, email, and online chat functions.
Nationwide availability (10): How many states does the company offer its services? Companies that operate nationally and in all zip codes are favored over those with limited availability.
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