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    Is your roof right for solar?
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    Is your roof right for solar?

    Many Arizona homeowners wonder, is their roof right for solar? Every roof is unique from style, size, shape, and material. There are many factors that can determine if your roof is suitable for solar.

    When looking into purchasing a solar system, consider these tips below to see if solar is right for your home.

    1. Shading

    Shading can play a major factor in the production of solar energy. If your roof is shaded by a tree, it will reduce the amount of sunlight exposure your panels will get. Having less sunlight exposure will result in lower energy production. However, this issue can be easily fixed by trimming the trees. Sunny Energy’s home solar designer will let you know if we suspect some shading on your system.

    1. Roof Material

    Every home is designed differently including roof types. There are many different kinds of roof types that are great for solar such as concrete, composite, curved tile, flat tile, asphalt shingle and metal. However, not all roof material is a good fit for solar. For example, roof material such as clay tile is too brittle and may be easily damaged during installation. Sunny Energy will let you know after our initial inspection for solar on your home if we have any roofing recommendations.

    1. Orientation

    The orientation (azimuth) is the direction that your roof faces. The best solar production is on a south facing roof, but west or east also work very well. In fact, a west (or sometimes an east) orientation will result in lower energy production, it may help you save more money by producing energy during times when the cost of electricity is highest! We do not usually recommend installing solar on a north facing roof, but sometimes it makes sense to put some of the system there. Sunny Energy’s design team will help you through these decisions for solar on your home.

    1. Square Footage

    How much square footage your roof has available plays a major factor into how many solar panels can be installed on your roof. For a residential home in Arizona, we find that the average solar system size is 8 kilowatts (kW). A good rule-of-thumb says you need 60 to 100 square feet of roof space, depending on obstacles, shaded areas, roof design and complexity, for each kW of system size. Before Sunny Energy commits to installing solar on your home, we’ll check the roof and let you know our recommendations.

    1. Roof Age

    The solar panel warranty is 25 years, and they will usually keep working well beyond that amount of time. If your roof is still under warranty and it’s in good condition, it is perfect for solar. If your roof needs to be replaced soon, you may want to replace it prior to installing solar. You can replace your roof after installation however, it will involve removal of racks and panels and re-installation which may be costly. Sunny Energy’s initial field inspection for home solar includes an assessment of your roof, and we will let you know if we find anything of concern.

    Sunny Energy can help Arizona homeowners save with solar. Sunny Energy was named a top solar installer by Solar Reviews and a top solar contractor by Solar Power World.

    We can help design the best solution for your home and help you understand if your home is best suited for solar. Give us a call for a hassle-free solar consultation.

    Call us today at (480) 257-3283.

    How to save on your utility bill during off-peak hours for APS customers
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    How to save on your utility bill during off-peak hours for APS customers

    As the hot summer months approach in the Valley of the Sun, APS customers are noticing a huge spike in their utility bills. Some APS customers don’t know that they can lower their utility bills by using most of their energy during off-peak hours.

    What are off-peak hours?

    APS customers on the TOU-E Saver Choice rate plan are charged about $.11 per kWh during off-peak hours, verses about $.25 per kWh if the consumer were to use electricity during on-peak hours. Off-peak hours for APS customers are weekdays Monday-Friday 8pm-3pm, all day Saturday and Sunday, and most holidays.

    APS customers can take advantage of the off-peaks hours in several ways:

    1. Do your chores during off-peak hours

    Do your chores later in the day, after you eat dinner or before you go to bed, when you wake up in the morning and on weekends. Running the dishwasher or doing laundry late at night, earlier in the day or on the weekend can help you save more on your electricity costs.

    2. Use ceiling fans

    When you leave your home during on-peak hours, adjust your thermostat and leave your ceiling fans on. This will allow your home to maintain reasonable temperatures and use less demand from the grid.

    3. Take advantage of rate plans offered by APS

    Saver Choice plans offered by APS allow consumers to adjust their energy use to fit their lifestyle while also taking advantage of lower cost off-peak hours. There are three different plans available: Saver Choice Tech, Saver Choice Max and Saver Choice Plus.

    For more information about Saver Choice plans visit here: https://www.aps.com/en/ourcompany/ratesregulationsresources/serviceplaninformation/Pages/residential-sheets.aspx

    4. Combine rate plans with solar + battery storage

    Combining solar and battery storage with rate plans, such as Saver Choice Tech or Saver Choice Max, will help you save energy during on-peak hours and use more of the energy you produce during off-peak hours.

    • Saver Choice Tech and Saver Choice Max rate plans

    These rate plans are for consumers who are looking to expand their savings even more with solar + battery systems. These rate plans have three different parts: a demand charge, an energy charge for the amount of energy used, and a basic service charge. The energy charge is as low as $.04 per kWh, keeping the overall cost down as long as demand is managed during peak hours.

    5. Contact Sunny Energy

    Sunny Energy can help Phoenix homeowners save money during both on-peak and off-peak hours by installing solar + battery storage on their home. Sunny Energy was named a top solar installer by Solar Reviews and a top solar contractor by Solar Power World.


    Call us today to learn more: 480-257-3283

    Sunny Energy Founder Earns Industry’s Most Prestigious Certification
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    (TEMPE, May 29, 2018) – Joseph Cunningham, founder and director of operations for Tempe-headquartered Sunny Energy, has earned the solar industry’s leading recognition of installation expertise from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®), and is now a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional.

    NABCEP is the most highly respected and well established national certification organization for renewable energy professionals. Having designation as a Certified NABCEP PV Installation Professional helps set Cunningham and Sunny Energy apart from other solar companies as it is widely recognized to be the most important certification of its kind in the solar industry.

    PV is short for photovoltaic. PV systems produce electricity from sunlight. Most people have used a solar powered calculator or garden light, and seen solar panels on roadside signs, but PV panels can be configured to produce enough energy to power a home, school, business, or even serve as a small power plant feeding electricity into the grid. As the cost of PV systems has declined sharply over the last few years, more and more households, municipalities, and companies are “going solar.” NABCEP is a mark of quality assurance that the consumer can use to know that they are choosing a qualified contractor.

    “We are honored to have earned this designation,” Cunningham said. “Sunny Energy is excited to offer customers the added confidence of knowing that their photovoltaic system installations will be completed to the highest standards in the solar industry, something we have done since our inception.”

    “One thing you can be assured of when hiring a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional is that your project won’t be their first,” said Richard Lawrence, executive director of NABCEP. “Anyone who makes the considerable effort required to earn NABCEP certification has documented their training and experience as part of the eligibility process. They have also made a very real commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice. I am delighted to welcome Joseph Cunningham of Sunny Energy to the ranks of the industry’s leading solar professionals.”

    Sunny Energy is a residential solar company that is dedicated to helping homeowners save money on their electric bills. The company focuses on delivering superior performance by using the best design, installation, equipment, and financing options to ensure the best combination of value and performance.  Each project is customized to provide homeowners with the most advantageous option to produce their own clean and inexpensive energy.  With offices in Arizona, California and Texas, Sunny Energy provides solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair. The company has been named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine for the last three years. For more information, call (480) 257-3283 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar.

    About NABCEP

    NABCEP is a non‐profit organization governed by a board of directors consisting of volunteer representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. NABCEP’s mission is to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners by supporting and working closely with stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. To learn more visit www.nabcep.org.

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    SRP Customers: Ways to maximize your savings with solar + battery storage
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    SRP Customers: Ways to maximize your savings with solar + battery storage

    Temperatures are climbing in Arizona, and so are utility bills! As summer heats up in the Valley of the Sun, here are 3 ways to make sure you’re maximizing your energy savings.

    1.Make your own energy – go solar

    As energy costs rise, more and more Americans are looking to become energy independent. By going solar, homeowners are producing their own clean, inexpensive energy and taking control of their personal energy. You don’t have to be at the mercy of your utility company’s price hikes.

    By installing solar on your home, you can make your own energy – lowering your electricity costs and protecting yourself against rising electricity prices. Many homeowners are surprised to find out how affordable it is to install solar. Solar is the only home improvement that pays for itself, adds value to your home, and continues to provide returns on investment.

    What’s even better? Going solar has a positive impact on the environment because instead of burning fossil fuels you’re generating your own clean energy and dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    2. Don’t give your energy away – add battery storage

    With solar, any energy you don’t use goes back to the grid. But you don’t have to give away your earned energy. You can now store it! Adding battery storage to your home solar system can help you save even more money on your utility bill. By storing electricity, you can use your own energy during peak usage time when energy is more expensive, or to offset peak demand costs if you have demand charges from your utility.

    No matter what the utility companies do to reduce solar incentives, eliminate net metering or increase rates, solar with storage helps you become more independent, and helps reduce your utility costs. And in the event that the grid goes down, your family won’t be left in the dark!

    3.Take advantage of savings and incentives – act now, space is limited!

    The Salt River Project (SRP) recently released an incentive for existing and non-existing solar customers that will help them save even more on their utility bill and will allow the consumer to control their demand especially during peak hours. https://www.srpnet.com/newsroom/releases/050118.aspx

    SRP is offering an up to $1,800 rebate for new and current solar customers who add a battery storage system to their solar system. This opportunity is only available to the first 4,500 customers – so act fast!

    Combining solar and battery storage for your home can help you and your family become energy independent. How do you get started? Sunny Energy is recognized as an award-winning solar company and is a certified LG Chem installer and is one of the only certified Tesla PowerWall installers in the state of Arizona. Our team of industry veterans can help you maximize your energy savings.


    Call us today to learn more – 480-257-3283

    Sunny Energy was featured on Arizona Family discussing the growth of battery storage in Arizona. Watch the full interview with Arizona Family here: 

    APS Rate Hikes and the New Hidden Solar Incentive
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    Protect Yourself from Rising APS Rate Hikes with this Hidden Solar Incentive

    While temperatures have cooled down, utility bills are still rising thanks to a APS rate increase that went into effect in August.

    APS Customers Shocked by Increasing Utility Bills

    Many customers are frustrated after seeing an increase of 10% – 15% on their monthly bills.

    Today, the Republic reported on these increases after hearing from APS customers who are getting their bills following the rate changes: “This is literally taking food directly out of my mouth,” Phoenix customer Ron Geddling wrote to the regulators after getting his first new bill. “This is absolutely the worst robbery of my money I have ever seen … I will now be going hungry in order to make APS a little richer.”

    Hidden APS Solar Incentive

    But not all APS customers are seeing increasing electric bills, in fact some have taken advantage of an APS incentive that has helped them drive down their electric bill to nearly zero.

    Most people don’t know that APS also added a fantastic new incentive for new solar customers. Called the export rate, it allows new solar owners to sell energy from their solar system at a rate that is often higher than what they would pay APS. And APS will guarantee that this rate will not change for at least ten years.

    “Many homeowners in Arizona installed solar this summer in advance of the APS rate hikes. They are enjoying the savings today but it isn’t too late to protect yourself and your family from these risings costs,” said Joe Cunningham, Director of Operations at Sunny Energy. “We’re helping homeowners take advantage of the APS incentives and build a solar home system that helps them lock in savings today and not be at the mercy of rising rate hikes.”

    To learn more about how your family can reduce your electric utility bill to nearly zero, contact us.

    There’s no cost to find out – call today (480) 257-3283

    Check out our previous blog post: Sunny Energy Recognized as Top Solar Contract in the U.S.

    DERA, A New Non-Profit Trade Organization In The Solar Power Industry
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    A new non-profit trade organization in the solar power industry has been formed by four leading solar companies in Arizona and in cooperation with Arizona State University. This new organization, Distributed Energy Resources Alliance (DERA), is devoted to the development of distributed energy resources. This includes battery storage, solar energy management, and technologies that benefits Arizona residents and local businesses.

    Sunny Energy is one of the four founding solar companies of DERA. Sunny Energy’s very own Director of Operations, Joseph Cunningham, serves as DERA’s president. In addition to Sunny Energy and Arizona State University, local solar companies Elevation Solar, SouthFace Solar, and PV Advanced Concepts have all taken part in the creation of DERA, and each company has a member on the board of directors.

    DERA’s mission is to promote the advancement of distributed energy resources, especially home solar, business solar and battery storage, so that consumers can continue to enjoy making and using their own electric energy. DERA is technology agnostic and it’s goals include a variety of activities that ultimately result in unhampered growth of home solar, business solar and other distributed energy technologies that help reduce peak hour energy usage, that promote grid stability, and that help everyone save money.

    The non-profit trade organization’s initial goals that they would like to further educate stakeholders in the Arizona market are:

    • Work with companies who strictly sell home solar and business solar to understand the importance of combined solar, energy management and battery storage
    • Help educate Arizona home solar energy owners and potential buyers about the benefits of combining home solar with other distributed energy resource technologies
    • Understanding distributed energy resources (DERS) may be attractive, and adopted by, consumers, as well as what drives them away
    • Working with utility companies to help grow products, rate plans and other strategies to direct them in the adoption of DERS
    • Help technology companies understand the Arizona market and the associated new opportunities available in terms of products and services

    DERA represents all groups – Arizona home solar owners, business solar owners, utility companies, solar businesses and technology companies, to advance in the future of distributed energy. DERA is looking to expand by seeking members from other Arizona solar companies, college students and faculty, and technology companies.

    Very often, we hear about utility company changes to rates, incentives, solar initiatives, and more that appear to be aimed at negatively affecting solar. While utility companies do need to protect their businesses, most of these changes are due to the impact renewable energy, in particular solar in Arizona, is having on the electric grid. The electric grid was not designed or built to handle two way traffic, but distributed solar generation is just that. And, distributed solar generation has grown much faster than anybody ever anticipated.
    Consumers want home solar and solar for their businesses. Home solar buyers are driving the adoption of home solar, business solar and other uses of solar much faster than anybody anticipated. Home solar provides individuals and families with independence, control over their
    futures, choices, environmental benefits, health benefits and incredible cost savings. Home solar is something everybody can use, most people would like to have, and it’s only a matter of time before more people get electric energy from home solar than from the electric grid.

    DERA’s goals include development of a holistic approach to unhampered growth of solar in Arizona, especially home solar, by including complementary technology. This technology, some of which is already developed and in use, can actually make distributed home solar energy generation, battery storage, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and energy management beneficial to the grid and utility companies. If done correctly, new business models will benefit consumers and utilities, allowing home solar and business solar growth to continue with no restraints.

    What are some benefits Arizona home solar owners can expect from this new formation?
    Distributed solar energy generation, especially by Arizona home solar owners, has grown far quicker than anybody expected it to. This is because consumers want it. They want choices in how they get energy. They want savings. They want to have more control over their future. They want to help the environment we live in. Because home solar has grown so quickly, and utility company and the electric grid technology was not ready, they have been forced to respond with new rate plans to encourage new distributed energy generation technology and to encourage consumers to change energy usage behavior. These changes have happened so quickly, without adequate technology to help, and without adequate consumer education, that consumers are frustrated.

    DERA’s goals include the development of complementary technology and other consumer products, complimentary policy and utility facilities, along with new business models, that will offer Arizona home solar owners more choices, greater savings, better control of their energy use, while helping to modernize the utility grid.

    The organization’s first appearance was at the Arizona Energy Transformation Conference at Arizona State University on April 13th, 2018. Expect to hear much more about DERA’s involvement with home solar users, home solar installation companies, how solar technology companies, policies concerning home solar use, and utility programs for home solar adopters.

    Since Sunny Energy is one of the founding board members of DERA, with over ten years of experience installing over 3,000 home solar systems, Sunny Energy home solar buyers, and those just interested in learning more about home solar, can learn more about this holistic approach to generating and using more home solar energy by contacting Sunny Energy now.

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    Kristina Preston Named Assistant Project Manager for Sunny Energy
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    (TEMPE, March 14, 2018) – Kristina Preston has been named assistant project manager for Sunny Energy, one of Arizona’s largest providers of residential and commercial solar energy systems.

    Preston is now responsible for helping guide Sunny Energy’s customers through the installation process.  This includes: submitting applications to local utility companies for their approval, submitting proper documentation to financing/leasing companies for their approval and communicating with customers throughout different stages of their project, keeping them informed of where they are in the process.

    Preston has been with the company for three years.

    Terry Rials, Sunny Energy’s director of field operations, said, “Kristina’s track record with the company, highlighted by her discipline and detail-oriented approach to our customers’ installations, will be an asset moving forward.”

    Sunny Energy is a residential solar company that is dedicated to helping homeowners save money on their electric bills. The company focuses on delivering superior performance by using the best design, installation, equipment, and financing options to ensure the best combination of value and performance.  Each project is customized to provide homeowners with the most advantageous option to produce their own clean and inexpensive energy.  With offices in Arizona and Texas, Sunny Energy provides solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair. The company has been named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine. For more information, call (480) 257-3283 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar.

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    Export The Savings Into Your Wallet With APS
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    Did you know there is an even bigger way to save with APS?

    If you are an APS customer, you can benefit from a new APS solar incentive called the Export Rate.

    This compensation from APS for your solar energy, is guaranteed by APS not to change for at least 10 years.  Act now because the current export rate is due to expire in August.

    How the Export Rate works:

    1. As a new solar owner, you will be guaranteed a flat rate of $0.129/kWh for the excess solar energy you produce, if you purchase solar before the current Export Rate expires in August, 2018.
    2. You will be guaranteed, by APS, this flat rate for the excess solar energy you produce for the next 10 years.
    3. Combined with some of the new APS rate plans, there may be times when the cost of energy from APS is less than the amount they pay you using the Export Rate.
    4. If you wait to install solar after the August deadline, you will miss out on the current Export Rate.

    Contact us today to see how solar can help you save with APS: (480) 257-3283

    Sunny Energy Recognized as a Top Solar Contractor in the U.S. and Top 3 Local Phoenix-Area Solar Contractors
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    Sunny Energy Recognized as a Top Solar Contractor in the U.S. and
    Top 3 Local Phoenix-Area Solar Contractors 

    How can somebody find the best solar company in Arizona to work with for their home?  That was the first question the owners of Sunny Energy asked themselves when they started a solar company a few years ago.  The four owners all had about ten years of experience each, in solar, in Phoenix, Arizona, doing solar installations.  Each of them has unique skills in contracting, financing, manufacturing, global solar standards, software and general business operations, that combined, has helped them create one of the best solar companies in Phoenix, and in the U.S..

    Each of us has worked for other solar companies in a variety of capacities, and we realized what solar companies should do, and more importantly, what they should not do, to gain and maintain an excellent reputation.  When the four of us finally decided to start our own solar company in Arizona, deciding how to do it was easy.  There are five guiding principles that we live by every day:

    1. Educate customers on what makes for a good decision to buy solar

    3. Solar does not make sense for every homeowner, so we let them know

    5. Offer fair prices to consumers for home solar

    7. Do quality work installing solar, the first time

    9. When we make a mistake on a solar installation, admit it and correct it

    11. Periodically review our solar install work, make improvements, and go back to number 1

    Consumers looking for a solar company to install solar on their home, find a lot of confusing information.  They might hear from a friend or neighbor about their experiences with solar, or home solar experiences they heard about.  Consumers also get a lot of misinformation from solar sales people from other solar companies in Arizona.  This information on solar installation ends up being confusing.  Unfortunately, many people tend to hear mostly what they want to hear about solar companies in Phoenix, rather than information that can really help them decide whether or not solar at home is right for them.  Sunny Energy’s quality control team calls each new customer within days after they purchase a system to ask questions, answer their questions and to make sure they have an accurate understanding of what they are buying.

    Some of the more prevalent misconceptions about solar and solar companies in Arizona include:

    1. Solar is free. This is not true, but some people will say solar is free because the amount of money used every month to pay a utility can be used to make loan or lease payments for a home solar system.

    3. You can eliminate your electric bill with solar. Unless you are completely off-grid and not connected to the utility grid, a home solar system will not eliminate your utility bill.  You still need to be connected to the grid for power for your home when your solar system is not working, like at night, or when solar is not producing as much energy as you need, like on a cloudy day.

    5. Solar leasing for your home is the best way to go. Purchasing solar for your home is the best way to go.  Neither statement is true, for everyone.  There are many factors to consider when buying or leasing solar for your home.  Solar leasing may be best for some people.  A solar purchase, with or without financing, may be best for some people.  And, solar in Arizona may not be a good choice for some people.

    7. The solar incentives are gone. Not true.  There is still a 30% Federal tax credit, and a 10% State of Arizona solar tax credit, capped at $1,000, for homeowners buying solar.

    9. Utility companies have made it difficult for homeowners to buy or lease solar in Arizona. This is not true.  APS replaced an incentive called net metering with a new incentive called an export rate that pays you for excess energy from your home solar system.  SRP just announced some favorable rate and incentive changes for home solar.  TEP is still working through rate plans and incentives for home solar.  It’s actually a very good time to buy solar in Arizona.

    11. Solar does not add value to your home, and selling a home with solar is more difficult. Not true.  If you own your home solar system, it does add value to the home.  Home appraisers are adding value to home appraisals for solar in Arizona.  The savings of a lower electric utility bill to a new owner of a home with solar is very valuable.  Utility savings of just $250 per month, when solar on the home produces most of the energy used by the home, is similar to borrowing $50,000 less, on a 30 year mortgage, at 4.5% interest, when considering the difference in monthly payments.

    13. It’s better to wait until better solar in Arizona is available. Not true.  Solar technology is getting better, prices may come down, but solar purchased for a home today will produce energy and savings for 30 years or more, regardless of what technology is available a few years from now.  If you wait until the technology is better, you may lose years of these savings from your home solar system.

    15. Arizona home solar takes so long to pay for itself, the solar panels, inverter or other equipment will break, before it does. This is usually not true, but a good system analysis will show you how it works for your home.  When we analyze a home solar system in Arizona, we’re looking for payback in 5 to 9 years for cash purchases.  If we don’t see that kind of return on investment, we will not recommend solar for the home.  Most solar equipment is warrantied for 10 to 25 years, and solar companies in Arizona provide at least a 2 year workmanship warranty.  Sunny Energy selects equipment that has a 25 year warranty, from stable companies like LG, Hyundai, Tesla and SolarEdge, whenever possible, and we warranty our work on home solar systems in Arizona for 10 years.

    17. Home solar is too expensive in Arizona. This is not true, but it does depend on many factors.  Sunny Energy usually recommends home solar when the return on investment (ROI) is around 10% to 15%.  This is better than nearly any investment commonly available to individuals.  Home solar in Arizona is also a great hedge against rising utility rates.  Solar in Arizona is an investment that should be considered carefully, using good information, from several reputable sources.

    Sunny Energy tries to educate solar customers in Arizona, but we educate ourselves first.  As the solar business changes, we try to keep up with it, to help our customers make the best decisions about installing solar on their homes.  The principals of Sunny Energy stay involved in solar industry standards organizations, like SunSpec, NREL and Sandia Labs, all on a voluntary basis.  The owners are also members of AriSEIA, an Arizona solar energy organization, and they maintain a Board seat and the office of President of the Distributed Energy Resource Alliance (DERA), an Arizona solar, battery storage, energy management and EV charging organization.  We learn the best in solar, and we pass it on to our home solar customers so that they have the best information available to make good decisions on buying solar for their homes.

    Sunny Energy is not trying to be the largest solar company in Phoenix.  We do not have the highest prices for home solar, nor do we have the lowest prices among solar companies in Arizona.  We sell high quality equipment.  We have very high installation standards.  We provide excellent customer support.  All of this allows us to sell solar in Phoenix, and the rest of Arizona, at very reasonable prices, while remaining profitable.  We have been profitable every year we’ve been in business.  We do not incentivize any employees to sell solar for prices higher than they should be, or to consumers who we do not feel will benefit from solar at home.  In fact, we do incentivize our employees to find ways to reduce costs, reduce sales prices for home solar systems, and for Sunny Energy to remain profitable.  We are here for the long term, to maintain a good, stable business, protect the investments our customers make in solar purchases for their homes, and to provide a good living for our employees, and ourselves.

    We understand that installing solar on the roof of your home is a big responsibility.  We treat every home, when we are installing solar, as if it were our own.  Our work quality standards are very high.  Our home solar installations must also look good.  A single service call, because of poor workmanship, on a home solar installation, can wipe out our profits.  We install solar correctly, exceeding industry safety and quality code standards whenever we can.  This eliminates call-backs and makes our customers very happy home solar buyers.

    Mistakes do happen when installing solar, and we have our share.  When we do make mistakes, we readily admit it, and we correct it.  But, we do not stop there.  We take additional steps to make sure we do not repeat mistakes made on home solar installations in Arizona.

    Periodically, we will analyze our solar installation process, the solar equipment we use, the solar training provided to employees, any mistakes made, and new solar installation tricks learned.  These reviews may be as often as daily, or weekly, depending on the issues.  All of this is a learning experience so that we can improve solar installation for homeowners in Arizona.  It’s used to improve our work quality, reduce work times, reduce solar installation costs and the prices we charge, and to educate our solar customers so that they can make informed decisions about solar for their homes..

    Please don’t just take our word for it.  We have been recognized, in 2016 and 2017, as one of the top solar contractors in Arizona and the U.S. by leading industry organizations, including Solar Power World.  The article below is from 2017, but we’re working on improving our standing as the best solar company in Arizona for 2018.

     July 28,2017

    The Solar Power World Top Solar Contractors list includes Tempe-based solar firm

    TEMPE, ARIZONA—Coming off the biggest year ever for U.S. solar installations, local installer Sunny Energy is proud to be named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine. Sunny Energy achieved a rank of 188 out of 500 solar companies.

    The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States. Produced annually, the Top Solar Contractors list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar developers, subcontractors and installers within the utility, commercial and residential markets. The list was released on July 25.

    “The 2017 Top Solar Contractors list features 500 of the best solar contractors in the United States,” said Kelly Pickerel, managing editor of Solar Power World. “From solar hotbeds on the coasts to the up-and-coming Midwest solar market, every installer adding even the smallest solar array to the grid is making a positive impact on our communities. We’re proud to recognize these companies and their efforts to bring solar power to U.S. homes and businesses.”

    The U.S. solar market installed more than 14,700 MW of solar in 2016, nearly doubling the capacity installed in 2015. For the first time ever, solar was ranked as the No. 1 source of new electric generating capacity additions brought online throughout the year. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predict the cumulative U.S. solar market to nearly triple in size over the next five years. By 2022, more than 18 GW of solar photovoltaic capacity will be installed annually, and Sunny Energy will continue to be a major player in adding solar to the grid.

    Sunny Energy is a residential solar company that is dedicated to giving homeowners a choice in how they power their home, all while helping them save money on their electric bills. Founded by industry veterans who have sold nearly 1,000 MW of solar combined since 2008, Sunny Energy is committed to providing world-class customer service, installation, design and equipment selection so that homeowners can rest assured they have the best system for their home and their family.

    “Going solar is about having a choice in your energy, a choice in your savings, and a choice in your future,” said Sunny Energy Director of Business Development Chris Wood. “We are proud to be named one of the top solar contractors in the U.S. We’ve never focused on being the biggest but we’ve always focused on being the best in the industry in customer satisfaction and giving homeowners a choice in how they power their lives.”

    About Solar Power World

    Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors—including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets—grow their businesses and do their jobs better.



    Sunny Energy LLC
    Solar Power World
    Kelly Pickerel, managing editor


    Welcome To Our New Website!
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    Welcome to Sunny Energy’s brand new website!

    We hope you are as excited as we are to have this new site. Our goal is provide our customers with an easy to navigate, user-friendly way to satisfy all of your solar needs.

    If you are ready to go solar, or just looking for more information, we’re here to help. Start by looking at our services and financing options. Also, please don’t hesitate to contact us so we can get started on your solar system or answer any questions you might have.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Contact Us
    • 2414 W. 14th Street, Suite B
      Tempe, AZ 85281
    • (480) 257-3283
    • contact@sunnyenergy.solar