Baker Electric Solar Review

High Quality Service with Decades of Experience

Baker Electric Solar was founded by Baker Electric, a company with an excellent reputation in Southern California for supplying electrical power for more than 75 years. The company has kept up with the times by making solar power a priority and now provides commercial and residential properties with solar energy. The focus is on sustainable power in a local community, and the high quality of service is reflected in the multitude of awards they have won.

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Residential Properties

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Baker Electric Solar Highlights

  • 10 industry awards won since 2011

  • SunPower Elite dealer

  • 75 years of experience in electrical power

Pros

  • Provides high quality SunPower panels

  • HERO financing plan

  • Multi-award winning plans & service

  • Custom designed solar package

  • Baker Bonus Program

Cons

  • Only provides for Southern California

  • Only high-end expensive panel options

Expert’s Score Breakdown

Overall rating: 4

  1. Equipment: 4

  2. Installation & Monitoring: 5

  3. Efficiency: 4

  4. Cost & Savings: 3.5

  5. Customer Support: 4

Equipment

Baker Electric Solar supplies and installs SunPower panels. The SunPower brand is one of the best known on the market. The company has close ties to Stanford University and a lot of the advances it has made in the solar power industry have come from engineers there. The crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells are a combination between the higher efficiency and quality of monocrystalline and the more affordable balance of the silicon. The black cells used blend in much better with residential rooftops and are more aesthetically pleasing. The glare that many solar panels produce is also heavily reduced.

Panels equipment

The SunPower panels are made using a patented structure known as Maxeon cells. They are copper based and, unlike many other panels, there are no lines on the front of the panels, again making them much nicer to look at. The copper foundation dramatically reduces corrosion and makes them more durable to all weather conditions, meaning your panels last much longer at a high efficiency.

Installation & Monitoring

Baker Electric Solar is ranked at the highest level by SunPower. As an elite level SunPower dealer, it has been recognized as providing high quality service both in the installation and product care and customer service. The expert engineers are kept up to date with training and new technologies. Your expert engineer will design your custom solar panel system to fit your residential power needs. The company will then take care of all the permits from your local government and oversee any roof repairs that may be necessary before installation. Once your panels are installed, your system will be monitored 24/7 by the SunPower unique monitoring system that alerts your locally based engineers at Baker Electrical Solar as soon as there is a problem. They might even know before you do, and because they only service the local areas in Southern California, there are no delays to fixing your panels. The panels come with a 25-year warranty that is upheld by Baker Electric Solar.

Efficiency

The SunPower E-20 panels provide 20% efficiency and the X-series solar panels operate at a 21.5% efficiency level. The efficiency is measured by the amount of light that hits the panels and is then converted to power. Baker Electric Solar states that the panels yield a 24% efficiency level but this is an exaggeration and unlikely based on the industry records. Currently the highest efficiency output level is 22.04%. Most good panels only put out at 15%, so the SunPower all-black solar cells are highly efficient and at the top end of the market.

Enviromental stats

Baker Electric Solar cares deeply about the environmental impact other forms of energy are creating, and invite you to see what a difference you would be having on environmental factors if you choose to lease or buy solar panels. The chart above is just one of the resources on their site.

Cost & Savings

Baker Electric Solar is based in San Diego, one of the cities that is part of the Department of Energy’s initiative Solar America. It is one of 25 Solar Cities and there are more incentives to go solar here than in many other parts of America. This incentive is on top of the federal tax credit of 30%.

Baker Electric Solar does not provide prices up front because every system is tailored to the customer. The prices for full residential solar systems made by SunPower range from $15000 – $ 40 000.

There are three available options for acquiring solar power:

  • Monthly Lease – you’ll pay a price every month to effectively rent the equipment that provides your solar power. Baker Electric Solar will retain ownership of the equipment.

  • Prepaid Lease – this is an unusual option where you can pay up front for 20 years of power. You’ll pay a fixed, very low rate for your electricity and you won’t own the equipment.

  • Purchase – you can pay outright for the equipment and own your solar power system and all the power it produces. This will immediately add value to your property.

The Baker Bonus Program is another incentive to go solar and to tell your friends. If you successfully refer someone to use Baker Electric Solar, they will give you a $400 Visa gift card.

The financing used is HERO – a method specific to Southern California. Rather than paying bills as usual, your solar power can be added to your property tax bill and will ensure that your tax credits are taken into account.

Customer Support

There are a few ways to get in touch with Baker Electric Solar. You can use your monitoring system to register a problem directly. This will let them know through your account that an issue has occurred and someone will get in touch with you to arrange an engineer to fix any problems. You can fill in a form online or telephone the company. The operating hours are 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 4pm Saturday. The engineers really are experts and the industry awards that have been won by the company are a testament to the quality of customer service as much as the quality of the products they provide. Baker Electric Solar even offers a tour of their facility, so you can even get in touch in person.

Conclusion

Baker Solar Electric may be a provider of panels from a larger company, but it retains the local, community feel to its business. The company’s great reputation and history providing power has served them well in branching out into solar energy. Baker Solar Electric work with local businesses, charity partners and residents to provide renewable, affordable power.

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