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Uses of Solar Energy Explained

There are so many uses of solar energy, that it would take a month to fully describe them all in detail. Though the list of solar energy’s uses is almost endless, the most common ways in which we see solar energy used are in residential settings and in large-scale industrial settings.

What is Solar Energy?

What is solar energy? Before diving into all the uses of solar energy, let’s do a quick rundown on what solar energy is.

The sun gives off radiation resulting from a process called nuclear fusion that’s constantly going on inside its core. Nuclear fusion creates unimaginable amounts of heat, and therefore energy. The heat and energy from the sun reach the earth’s surface and plays a big part in the life and survival of virtually all organisms on earth.

In addition to being a source of life for most things on earth, solar energy/heat is renewable. This means that it’s a viable source of energy not only for plants and animals, but for human use as well.

This is really important because the other energy sources accessible to humans are not renewable, and additionally are big culprits of pollution and the dangerous warming trends we’re seeing today.

Solar Energy vs. Fossil Fuels

So we know that the energy given off by the sun is plentiful and renewable. It’s also completely clean, as its release and use don’t involve burning and the harmful emission of greenhouse gases.

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Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels are the other commonly used source of energy. Fossil fuels like coal, oil, and petroleum are fairly plentiful, as they’re just under the earth’s surface. However, the major issue with fossil fuels is that, although plentiful, they are finite, meaning they’re running out and we can’t replace them.

Fossil fuels are considered finite and non-renewable because the rate at which they’re produced is far slower than any human can imagine or recreate. This is because fossil fuels are the result of the breakdown and decay of ancient plants that as they broke down, were pressed down under the earth’s surface.

The other major issue with fossil fuels and their use is that in order to access them, we have to dig into the earth’s surface. So not only is that digging causing damage to the earth, it also requires heavy machinery to do the digging. The heavy machinery uses coal, oil, or gas in order to run, which in turn is releasing fumes and greenhouse gases into the environment.

Also, as the fossil fuels are used, they’re being burned or otherwise heated. This process, just like the use of heavy machinery, releases harmful gases into the environment. All of these gases released by the use of fossil fuels are contributing to the deleterious processes of climate change and global warming.

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Solar Energy

Like we’ve mentioned, solar energy is clean, plentiful, and renewable. In fact, in just one hour, the sun gives off more energy (that releases earth) than all human beings in the world could use in a year. Just knowing the sheer amount of energy the sun gives off is stunning.

Types of Solar Energy

The sun can be used as an endless source of renewable clean energy. Solar energy is what is produced when sunlight is captured and used to create solar power. Simply put, there are two main types of technologies that make use of solar energy.

Solar Photovoltaics

The solar energy used for electricity is transformed into such energy by a process called solar photovoltaics. We see solar photovoltaics producing electricity for homes, businesses, and really any type of building, etc. that requires energy.

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

Solar energy is also seen in the form of concentrated solar power (CSP), that allows for solar water heating (and cooling). passive solar design, which is used to heat and cool spaces, whether they are homes, offices, power plants, etc. Solar energy is also used to heat water through a process called solar water heating.

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Solar Panels

It’s important to give a quick rundown on solar panels right now. We mentioned solar photovoltaics and how that process is what produces electricity for homes, businesses, etc.

But how does solar photovoltaics work and how does that process take the solar energy and convert it into a usable form?

The answer is: solar panels. You already know that the sun provides an infinite form of energy and power. Solar panels fit into the picture like this: they take the sun’s energy and convert that energy into an electrical current, or electricity.

That electricity that’s produced by your solar panels is then sent throughout your home or business. It’s important to mention here that the electricity that’s going throughout your home is in the form of an alternating current (AC). To get a way more in depth explanation on solar panels and how they work, check out our full length article on solar panels.

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Solar Energy for Residential & Commercial Setups

Before diving fully into some of the many uses of solar energy, it’s really important to mention that solar power is something useful in both residential and commercial settings.

Because each home, office, warehouse, etc. is different, clients often wonder how they will get the solar setup that is most closely tailored to their individual needs.

Convert Solar is Virginia Beach’s premier solar installation company, and we take huge pride in providing our customers with completely custom made solar power setups, regardless if it’s a solar system for your residence or your business.

We’ll describe a lot more uses of solar energy in much more depth below, so keep reading!

Uses of Solar Energy For Households & Properties

Solar energy is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to power your home, property, and appliances within it. Whether you’ve decided to go fully solar or are just dabbling in it to start, here’s a list of some of the most common uses of solar energy that we might see in households, yards, etc. around the world today.

It ranges from using solar to power solar vehicles, to solar wearable technology, and even solar home lighting or irrigation.

Solar Electricity

The way we see solar electricity used is in the form of photovoltaics. This is a process happening in the solar panels that people have installed on their rooves. The cost of solar panels and their installation is gradually being reduced, meaning that this form of solar energy is becoming more accessible to more people around the world.

Solar Batteries and Generators

Solar batteries and generators are essential items if you’ve made the decision to go completely off-grid. They’re also essential even if you’re remaining grid-tied and using solar energy only occasionally or when the grid goes down.

Like we touched on above, solar batteries and generators are seen in many cases, some of which being if the power grid goes down, if there’s a winter storm that affects your home, or simply just at night when your rooftop solar panels aren’t harnessing and generating solar energy and power.

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Solar backup batteries are often seen installed alongside rooftop solar panels. These are large, expensive systems, but they play a key role in a home solar system. Solar backup batteries store the excess solar energy from the sun that’s captured by your solar panels. You can then access this energy at night, or in cases of power outages.

Solar generators operate on much the same process that solar batteries do. Generators, both solar and non-solar, function as power sources. These power sources (generators) are often seen in areas that experience frequent poor weather, power outages, or that are far removed from town.

Generators are typically powered by fossil fuels, so the rise of solar powered generators is extra special and cool. Not only does this reduce, yet again, our reliance on harmful fossil fuels, it proves that the sun can really power just about anything!

Solar Powered Ventilation Fans

We just discussed solar powered batteries and solar powered generators. Those can be used to power a home, but solar powered ventilation fans are really neat because these can be used to cool a room in a home or an entire outbuilding, or at the very least reduce your costs associated with cooling.

Ventilation fans work by rerouting the hot air out of a room (like from the attic) and moving it outside so that the room can then be cooled. Ventilation fans are typically powered by standard electricity.

However, as with so many other solar technologies and gadgets, cooling has also entered the solar view. Now if you opt to have a ventilation fan, or ten, in your house, you’ll find that your vent fans can operate from solar power. They come in small units that you can mount on the roof of whatever room you want to cool, and you can feel good knowing that you’re cooling your room and reducing your reliance on standard electricity.

Solar Powered Water Heaters

These are split into two categories: passive water heaters and active water heaters. Heating water isn’t a cheap process, regardless of what system you choose to go with for water heating. However, solar powered water heaters offer a cheaper, even more cost effective, approach to heating water.

Once you decide to go with a solar powered water heater, you can choose to use active solar heating or passive heating. These methods are fairly self-explanatory.

Active heating uses a solar powered pump (that of course uses solar energy) and actively circulates either the hot water, or a substance like glycol, throughout the whole system. This warms the water to a certain temperature. While this system is very efficient and effective, it’s typically not cheap, since any use and production of enough energy to heat water isn’t cheap.

Passive heating uses the principle that heat rises. So this process doesn’t require any direct use of energy, electricity, etc. It instead uses solar energy and a solar collection tank. The water sits above the collector and so, via solar energy, the heat generated by the collector, is passed passively up to the water above it.

Passive heating is significantly cheaper than active water heating, but it’s not as efficient, and is used in climates that rarely see sub-freezing temperatures.

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Solar Heaters for Pools and Hot Tubs

Solar heaters for your pool and hot tub are in a similar category as solar powered ventilation fans. This is because, although totally opposite from a vent fan (which cools a space), solar powered heaters can reduce your reliance on costly electricity used to heat water.

Standard water heaters aren’t cheap. This is because, regardless if you’re using glycol or just plain hot water, you’re putting a big drain on your electric power source. Water is dense and therefore takes quite a bit of energy to heat. This is especially true of things like pools or hot tubs, where you’ve got many thousands of gallons of water to heat and keep hot.

If you opt to go solar for your pool/hot tub heating, you can use an actual solar water heater that will circulate warm water throughout the pool or tub. Or you can use this thing called a “solar blanket.” These are awesome because you essentially are putting a hot blanket on top of your pool. The blanket traps solar energy and then uses it to warm the water underneath. This keeps your pool a comfortable temperature and saves you money at the same time.

Solar House Heaters & Pumps

These are essentially in the same category as solar hot water heaters and solar powered ventilation fans. Instead of just heating hot water, or cooling a small space, solar house heaters and solar pumps are used to heat or cool entire homes.

A solar powered house heater or pump is used to warm your house by circulating hot water through the system. This reduces your reliance on expensive forms of electricity.

Solar Lighting

We see solar energy being used to create solar powered lighting coming in a few different forms. There’s solar landscape lighting for the garden; solar lighting for Christmas trees and other holiday lights; solar powered security lights for the exterior of your home; and any kind of solar powered lighting for the inside of your home.

Solar Powered Appliances

This is a really cool category for solar energy use. Prior to solar energy being used to power household appliances, we always had to use standard power and electricity for these.

Now, as solar energy becomes more popular, accessible, and affordable, we’re seeing solar energy used to power our common household appliances like ovens, microwaves, refrigerators, etc.

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In addition to providing power to these large appliances, we can also use solar energy to power things like: solar Bluetooth speakers; solar calculators; solar wireless keyboards; solar flashlights; lanterns; and other kinds of emergency lighting (like in case you have a power outage or something similar that renders the grid unusable).

We’re giving this one its own paragraph because solar energy can also be used for solar battery chargers. This is a really cool one because, like we mentioned, sometimes the power grid goes down. What then? If you’ve got some solar battery chargers, you can power your lights, flashlights, watches, even keyboards or phones.

Wearable Solar Technology

This category needs to follow the appliances category simply because there’s some crossover between solar powered appliances and wearables. Another cool fact worth mentioning with solar powered wearable items is how solar power and energy are being developed and improved and changed just as rapidly as other forms of technology.

Simply because solar energy is clean, doesn’t mean it’s immune to rapid improvement that we see in fossil-fuel-powered technologies and advancements.

We already mentioned solar powered watches and solar powered Bluetooth items. Not only can Bluetooth speakers be solar powered, but your Bluetooth headphones, headsets, and earbuds can be solar powered as well.

Headphones and earbuds are the typical things we think of when we think of wearable items, but (and here’s where we can really see just how far reaching solar power is!) other items that can be solar powered are: bike helmets, backpacks, and even other textiles!
Solar Powered Yard & Garden Items
Remember how we said the uses of solar energy are pretty much limitless? Well, here are some more uses that are so simple, yet so revolutionary!

Most of us love having some kind of small garden if we’ve got the space. We can plant flowers, trees, edible herbs, fruits, etc. And what garden doesn’t look even better with pretty decorations?! Not to mention that anyone who spends any amount of time outside can appreciate any help in any form out there.

You can get solar powered garden decorations; solar powered bird feeders; solar powered water fountains of various sizes; and even solar powered irrigation systems and controllers.

Solar Powered Public Transportation

We’ve covered a lot of uses of solar energy in this article. One of the most innovative and important is in the field of transportation, and specifically public transportation.

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Reliable and accessible public transportation is a hot button topic. Some countries and cities are way ahead others when it comes to public transport, though most people will agree that having a reliable and accessible system is imperative for ease of life, moving about, and also for helping clean up the environment.

Although solar powered vehicles are slower to gain in popularity and accessibility than solar powered wearable technology, we’re seeing some amazing advancements in the transport sector.

Solar energy is allowing us to see the development of “a variety of products [that] have been developed for public spaces”. Some of these include solar bus shelters, solar buses, solar benches, and solar streetlights.

Not only do these innovations bring solar energy to a much broader spectrum of the human population, but it also allows us to clean up public transportation by reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. This is huge!

Solar Powered Electric Vehicles & Charging

The idea of solar powered vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations isn’t quite new, so much as hard to access for most people. This is primarily due to the high cost of such vehicles and charging stations.

However, these vehicles and accompanying charging stations are proving to be revolutionary and essential when it comes to reducing fossil fuel use and emissions. It’s common knowledge that cars, trucks, buses, and all fossil fuel-reliant vehicles are some of the biggest contributors to pollution and global warming.

Anything we can do to help clean up the environment is going to be helpful in the long-term, and it’s no surprise that solar energy and power can help us in the transportation realm.

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J Byrd
J Byrd
15:50 29 Aug 22
I called to ask a question concerning my solar panels. Someone named Jordan answered the phone immediately. He was... extremely kind, patient and knowledgeable when he answered all of my questions and explained in a way that was understandable. I have been a convert solar customer for almost a year and I am pleased with the company.read more
Yasmin Valdes
Yasmin Valdes
12:32 29 Aug 22
My experience with this company has been very good. I received a few quotes from different companies and there’s was... very competitive. The sales rep Melissa has been very helpful in providing information but really what has prompted me to write this amazing review is their service rep Jordan. He is amazingly responsive and really on top of our system to ensure we’re getting the maximum output. Right after the install I was hearing some buzzing sounds from our panel and he came out on a Sunday afternoon to get this fixed. Also, While we were on vacation he actually came by the house because he noticed a few of the panels were not performing as they were supposed to. I am very happy we signed out with this company and our panels look amazing! I am awaiting one final thing to be completed for the job to be done but so far I’m very happy with their service and product.read more
John F. Childress, Ph.D,
John F. Childress, Ph.D,
18:49 22 Aug 22
I contracted with Convert Solar to install panels on our roof. From the very first contact, the staff was... professional, responsive, and timely. I was always kept apprised of progress of our project. It was completed on time, on budget, and passed all inspections. Installers, electricians, and staff were all pleasant to work with. I am particularly impressed Dylan Kowal who went above and beyond what could have been expected to make sure our needs were met and we were not sold anything we didn’t need. I cannot recommend this company more highly.read more
William OConnor
William OConnor
17:10 18 Aug 22
I started the solar due diligence process in February. I spoke with four companies and am very happy I took the time... to pick the right solar supplier. Convert Solar made solid commitments and met every one of them. Dylan, the representative, was incredibly knowledgeable and professional; the installation went better than expected; and the system is generating more than I thought it would. The entire team was a pleasure to work with. Convert Solar gets my heartiest recommendation!read more
Mark
Mark
15:03 25 Jul 22
Had the sales person come out. Def not pushy but signed up. Installation was great. I did have a prob from where the... placement of the panels was diff from the plans. I also did not like how line was ran on the side of the building. I mentioned this and they came out and rerouted the wire on my concern.....def a recommended company for meMark Sread more
Bob Marietta
Bob Marietta
13:56 20 Jul 22
I had a great experience with Convert-Solar. Every aspect of the process went smooth. They offered me a great price,... were experts in solar and installed a solar system without issue. The installers went above and beyond. They routed a cable through my attic in such a way to optimize the cosmetic experience from the exterior. Highly recommend this company. After the system was installed, I discovered solar had an added benefit of reflecting or absorbing heat. My house was cooler and the HVAC didn't have to work as hard to keep up.read more
Garry Johns
Garry Johns
16:43 12 Jul 22
Just had my power company come out and change over to my new meter for solar. Immediately called Convert Solar. They... were fabulous! walked me through final process with turning the system on while answering all my questions as well. Finally, they helped me with the application download and setup.Now, I am solar! These guys and Earth Right Mid-Atlantic have been outstanding, prompt, and quick from the very beginning.Thank you very much!!read more
Bruce Frickey
Bruce Frickey
17:09 20 Jun 22
After almost a year of enjoying my Convert Solar installed system on my house I called with a quick question. Jordan... answered quickly, looked up my account and gave me what I needed. The energy production from my roof has been great, along with the continued customer support from Convert. There is a real benefit from choosing a local company established in the community when purchasing a system you expect to use for 30 years!read more
Tyler Ryan
Tyler Ryan
22:43 13 Jun 22
Let me preface and state that I am individual that seeks out local business as opposed to big chains. I had already... made the immediate decision to get solar on our new home the day we had moved in. When we began calling local solar companies, those that we did meet with did not give us exactly what we were looking for. They were either not giving us enough panels, offset, or to much in terms of pricing vs competitors. When I contacted VA energy Solutions not only did they hear us loud and clear they understood our urgency to immediately get the ball rolling.When we had met with Steven I had instantly told him that I wanted as many panels as possible so that we can get our offset as close to if not over 100%. After initial inputs and testing and then coming back later on after they had gotten drone footage, they were able to get 62 panels on our home. This put our offset at ~90% and mind you this is with many many trees around us that were blocking potential energy from hitting our panels. We have since gotten down some of the trees and are still working on getting rid of the other trees that are blocking the panels at sunrise and sunset, once the said trees are down we should easily be at 100% offset if not extraordinarily close.On the day of the installation for the 62 panels the workers had arrived at our home at 7am, and they did not leave until almost 9pm. These workers wanted to ensure that the panels were installed on the day of and not a day later, they worked through such high temperatures. We had given them lots of water, and Gatorade and even snacks for how hard they worked on getting everything done. It was surreal with how much they pushed themselves to ensure that the job was done on the same day. Our installation is an uncommon one with the way our roof is and with how many we had to be installed mind you. Overall the experience has been great and we are looking forward to being able to have our 100% power once we get the rest of the trees down. It is going to be great to see the lack of an energy bill from dominion once we are at that point.read more
Tyler Ryan
Tyler Ryan
22:43 13 Jun 22
Let me preface and state that I am individual that seeks out local business as opposed to big chains. I had already... made the immediate decision to get solar on our new home the day we had moved in. When we began calling local solar companies, those that we did meet with did not give us exactly what we were looking for. They were either not giving us enough panels, offset, or to much in terms of pricing vs competitors. When I contacted VA energy Solutions not only did they hear us loud and clear they understood our urgency to immediately get the ball rolling.When we had met with Steven I had instantly told him that I wanted as many panels as possible so that we can get our offset as close to if not over 100%. After initial inputs and testing and then coming back later on after they had gotten drone footage, they were able to get 62 panels on our home. This put our offset at ~90% and mind you this is with many many trees around us that were blocking potential energy from hitting our panels. We have since gotten down some of the trees and are still working on getting rid of the other trees that are blocking the panels at sunrise and sunset, once the said trees are down we should easily be at 100% offset if not extraordinarily close.On the day of the installation for the 62 panels the workers had arrived at our home at 7am, and they did not leave until almost 9pm. These workers wanted to ensure that the panels were installed on the day of and not a day later, they worked through such high temperatures. We had given them lots of water, and Gatorade and even snacks for how hard they worked on getting everything done. It was surreal with how much they pushed themselves to ensure that the job was done on the same day. Our installation is an uncommon one with the way our roof is and with how many we had to be installed mind you. Overall the experience has been great and we are looking forward to being able to have our 100% power once we get the rest of the trees down. It is going to be great to see the lack of an energy bill from dominion once we are at that point.read more
Lynn Miller
Lynn Miller
18:56 10 Jun 22
I knew for my new home I wanted Solar and I interviewed several companies before deciding on Convert Solar. Why... Convert? First, they educated me on solar not to sell me but to explain how it worked, what questions I needed to ask them and others and where to look for independent information. Then I asked them who their strongest competitor was and they immediately gave a name of a company that i had heard was good. I interviewed the other company and liked them a lot and their pricing was the same. So why again? Because they took multiple steps to educate me. Have had follow up time to talk with me way after the sale. Oh, and my solar works fantastic in that Convert estimated that solar would only cover about 78% of the cost of power at the house, today it is covering 100%.read more
JAMES FAST
JAMES FAST
18:40 10 Jun 22
Excellent experience. No gimmicks of "discounting" the cost by my tax incentive. Everything went according to plan... with exception of needing to get a roof vent moved. I pointed this out to the sales folks and they should have just told me to take care of that before installation rather than saying it was going to be fine. Installers had to stop and come back another day to finish after I got the vent moved.read more
Todd Bollinger
Todd Bollinger
18:25 10 Jun 22
The roofing contractor they use likes to add parts without discussing it with the homeowner before installation. Which... led to an unexpected $1600 bill a month later. Secondly, be sure you review all of the contract. The tax credit is non-refundable, meaning it just reduces how much you owe (if you owe anything to begin with).The solar is great as it just replaces the electric bill which will only increase while this bill will eventually go away. The salesman is responsive. Overall it will be a good investment but the communication could be better.read more
Nash Thakker
Nash Thakker
16:06 10 Jun 22
My experience with Solar Energy was A+ with Convert SolarTony was great and very helpful; he gave me an awesome deal... which was much better than anyone in the solar market. He explained everything and showed comparative data from the start and handled our 1,000+ questions that we had.Convert solar team did an awesome job installing the panels; the crew was very professional and walked me through the entire process during installation and adjusted the solar panel according to the way we were anticipating. Overall, this project required very little from me once I made the initial choices and was managed well from start to finish. The timelines were met, the build was fast, and it looks good. The quality of consulting and professionalism were excellent. The electrician also conducted excellent work (wiring the panel) and explaining all the information. The best part, they also cleaned up everything (inside and outside) the house after installation (left no debris behind). We are happy with the installation and looking forward to many years of solar bliss. I would recommend Tony for Solar needs and his team to anyone. Thank you to everyone on the team. Great job!read more
Joe and Amal Hall
Joe and Amal Hall
16:34 27 May 22
We got solar panels done on our very first home and it was definitely a big risk and and a big decision.We... interviewed many solar companies but eventually found honesty and real customer service with Convert Solar. Our salesperson was Jeremy Davis and my husband and I were so pleased with the work they did. Many solar companies try to confuse you and aren't clear about certain terms in the contract and what they provide. With Jeremy, he proved us wrong. All our questions were answered and explained extremely well (an we were very detailed with the contract). Jeremy provided a customer service that we did not experience with any other solar power company. He truly wanted the best for us and our home and his enthusiasm for solar and his career showed through every conversation.I highly recommend convert solar. They offer competitive prices and strong customer service that puts them above the rest. Our panels have been doing well and we couldn't be happier.If you work with convert solar, ask for Jeremy - he will make your experience 10x better.read more
Dylan Hunger
Dylan Hunger
16:29 17 May 22
I worked with Convert Solar to get a system that was installed five years ago by a different company (that is no longer... in business) repaired. I specifically worked with Jordan, and I must say he was fantastic. The system was completely non-functional due to a "DC Isolation Fault" (it is a SolarEdge system). Jordan had everything up and running again in just a few hours, he cleaned up behind himself, and answered every question I had. Would have went with them initially, if I knew about their business in 2017. Would highly recommend their services to anyone that is seeking them.read more
William Weatherly
William Weatherly
00:46 03 May 22
I would like to start by saying I’m a very Skeptical person with anything new that I don’t fully understand. With that... said I really appreciate the professional approach that Convert Solar had with the initial call and throughout the whole install process. I want to especially shout out appreciation to Freddie(our salesman) who took the time to explain everything so that we felt completely comfortable. I would strongly recommend using this company to take care of all your solar power needs.read more
Xavier Manzeralla
Xavier Manzeralla
23:08 25 Apr 22
I’m leaving a review now, after having my solar panels installed about a year and a half ago by Convert Solar. I am so... happy to have gone with this company for my solar panels! I love that they are a Virginia company, and they have never let me feel like I just spent a ton of money with a company and then was forgotten about. They have been just a call, text, or email away, for any of my questions about my system, and I just wanted to let everyone know - I couldn’t be happier with this company! 😊read more
Pete Kern
Pete Kern
23:46 15 Mar 22
Convert Solar!!! Especially Jordan (Tech Guy) and Mara (spelling? Customer Service). They do a great job!!! I have had... my 28 panel solar array for about two years and I am starting to see a massive impact to my electric bill. Very Happy with Convert!!!Shopped around to a few Solar companies and Convert is the standard!!!read more
Monique Farrington
Monique Farrington
12:29 08 Mar 22
The interactions during my entire process of installation was remarkable! I appreciated the professionalism, work... ethic, timeliness, attention to detail, and responsiveness of this company. Julie, my project manager was EVERYTHING! She was able to quickly get my needs met and questions answered. I am so thankful too to those who were tasked to tend to my needs. After my install and inspection, I had a coincidental (we discovered after troubleshooting, thoroughly) power outage to only 1 section of my home. Hunter and his supervisor figured out the problem and fixed it (unrelated to the solar panel install). They went above and beyond. For this too, I am so grateful! I highly recommend Convert Solar when you decide to go solar! 🙂read more
Jack Kauffman (Vegantreehugger3)
Jack Kauffman (Vegantreehugger3)
20:19 11 Feb 22
We are so happy with our solar system. We have had it for two years and love that we are doing something for the... environment. The system was well planned and we have just a little more solar power than our consumption these last two years. Their service has been above expectation. Twice in the two years our inverter failed and once they came out to replaced it before we were aware that it was not functioning properly. They are just as good with their warrantee service and support as they were with the planning and installation of the system.read more
Chris Long
Chris Long
19:14 27 Jan 22
I'm ecstatic to share my experience and install with Convert Solar! Fred and Pierre gave an awesome presentation to my... wife and I and answered EVERY question and concern that we had! Install was today and I couldn't be more pleased and happy with the professionalism and work done! Roofers/Panel install (Matt and his team (sorry I cant remember all of your names) ) were super professional and explained the process before they started! I hovered a lot (sorry lol) but I had so many "what if's" circling in my head and I didn't want a rush job! Matt and the team didn't mind and continued to make me at ease with their work! The Electricians Robert and Cameron were awesome! The level of anxiety I feel whenever it comes to electricity and the thought of having to do anything inside of my electrical panel were intensified when adding wires, junction boxes and power sources to the mix! But these two gentlemen quickly extinguished those thoughts of uncertainty and doubt with their knowledgeable explanations, installation and all around professionalism! A few more steps are needed before the system is completely up and running but I write this review from my couch, relaxed and without any cares or regrets! Thanks Convert Solar, everyone mentioned and those that were here but I didn't get your names! My wife and I appreciate you all!read more
Heather Gotliboski
Heather Gotliboski
13:30 17 Nov 21
Convert Solar has kept us informed every step of the way, fully and patiently explained the process of going solar, and... have been extremely responsive in each encounter with them to include coming out to our home 1 hour after reporting a panel error and fixing it immediately! They even followed the visit up with a phone call to ensure great service!read more
Andrew Guzman
Andrew Guzman
02:37 15 Nov 21
My experience with Convert Solar has been amazing. Fred MacArthur was a wonderful salesman that explained the entire... process honestly and did not hold anything back. The install crew were super professional and had the install of 20 panels complete within 5 hours. I have had an absolutely great experience with the company and 10/10 recommend it for anyone looking to convert!!!read more
Tal Day
Tal Day
18:55 12 Nov 21
We retrofitted an existing home with a southwest exposure in Virginia's Northern Neck in spring 2021. The first step... in the process was a visit by a sales representative who inspected the site. This included looking at rafters in the attic and running a drone to construct a heat map of the roof surface. He also looked at a year's worth of utility bills. With that information he furnished an estimate which we accepted and the install was scheduled. The installation crew consisted of four people to install roof panels and an electrician and assistant to connect into a home system, through the transfer switch for an emergecy generator. The entire install took 4-hours. This was a well-planned, custom installation that was efficiently implemented on-site. Outstanding!read more
robert caley
robert caley
16:11 11 Nov 21
Sales representative was great , knowledgeable and answered all my questions. The guys showed up on time as scheduled.... My system was installed and operational the same day. I highly recommend Convert Solar. My electric bill is only about $9.00 per month and that is for the utility service and taxes. Love it, Thank you Convert Solar!read more
Samuel Dillon
Samuel Dillon
14:53 11 Nov 21
My experience working with the folks at Convert Solar has been truly awesome! Mara Gianini did a fantastic job leading... me through the many steps in the project from helping with the technical specs through the installation process and the inspection/certification effort. I could not be more pleased. I have to say also that I was particularly impressed by Winston and his installation crew. Their level of professionalism was evident from the moment they arrived at my home until they packed up for the day. They answered all of my questions, were responsive to my concerns, and were incredibly polite and well spoken. My hat is off to the entire Convert Solar team.read more
Rosana OBrien
Rosana OBrien
15:50 25 Jun 21
Installation crew was spectacular! Got all panels and electrical connections nicely done in less than a day! Job... completed looks neatly done and works very efficiently! Finance and price is very affordable. No money out of pocket was needed! Bow i am just enjoying producing my own clean energy and no more power bills! Love it!read more
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