Wholesale Solar Review

Homegrown Company Offers Affordable Solar Power

Wholesale Solar is a family-friendly company that provides the best service for homeowners looking to invest in a renewable energy source. The company was started by a family who wanted to live a more sustainable life and has grown from there. The major selling points are the variety of panels and systems available, the friendly customer service and the genuine feeling that at Wholesale Solar they care about providing affordable options for eco-friendly people.

Best For:
Residential Buildings

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Wholesale Solar Highlights

  • Discounted rates – retail & wholesale prices

  • 100% employee owned

  • Can buy full solar packages or individual components

Pros

  • Lower prices

  • Regular flash sales

  • Simple sign up process

  • Brand comparison table

  • Offers grid tied and off grid systems

Cons

  • Customer service is not 24/7

  • No installation provided

Expert’s Score Breakdown

Overall rating: 3.5

  1. Equipment: 4

  2. Installation & Monitoring: 2

  3. Efficiency: 4

  4. Cost & Savings: 3

  5. Customer Support: 4

Equipment

Because of the wholesale nature of the company, Wholesale Solar stocks a number of different brands at different prices. The systems the company offers are varied and range from whole packages – including panels, inverter, generators, backup generators, batteries, cables etc. – to buying any of those components individually. Some of its panel options include:

  • SolarWorld Solar Panels, available with silver or black components to blend in better with your surface. These panels also have a 25-year warranty.

  • Astronergy monocrystalline photovoltaic modules with output ranging from 95W-305W.

  • LG Mono solar panels with an output range of 300-315W.

They offer systems for any business or residence, including bulk buying for large businesses, and niche purposes like RVs or Marine systems or hybrids for solar and wind solutions.

Types of solutions

There are also off-grid vs grid tied inverters. Off-grid means you’re not connected to the electrical grid so you’ll be relying solely on solar power (or other forms of renewable energy such as wind power if you have access to it). Grid tied means you’ll get some of your power from the electrical grid and some from your solar system. You can also choose from a grid tied system with a battery backup or a grid assisted system. These are variations on how much power is taken from the grid and how much is generated from your solar panels.

Installation & Monitoring

This is the weakest part of Wholesale Solar. Although the company is available for customer support in terms of answering questions and talking through problems, it encourages customers to install the solar systems themselves. Wholesale Solar advertises that over half of its customers install their own systems and others hire external help. The components and packages come with 10-25 year warranties depending on the brand you buy and all the equipment goes through company checks and is subject to industry standard checks, too. The company has a step-by-step guide to installing your system and recommends talking to one of their experienced agents to help you. They also recommend following your city codes to ensure you install your system safely and within regulations to avoid problems later. Many of the full systems you can purchase are fully manufactured in the USA, so you always have the option for home turf products.

Efficiency

Efficiency in photovoltaic (PV) solar panels is measured by the ability of a panel to convert sunlight into usable energy for human consumption. You should be looking to get the highest efficiency possible for your space. Depending on the panel you choose, your efficiency levels may vary. Most panels offer a maximum efficiency of around 15%. The most recent advances in solar panel technology have shown the highest efficiency of approximately 22% but these are the most expensive panels on the market and may not all be available via Wholesale Solar. There are some resources on the website which can help you decide which panels are going to offer the best efficiency for your home or business.

Sizing calculator

You’ll be advised on what the most efficient panels are for your home or business based on the location of your property, how much sunlight you get, which direction your building faces and the size of your roof.

Cost & Savings

  • Bulk buying solar panel pallets range from $5850 - $10 000.

  • Full solar panel systems range from $10 000 - $47 000.

You can buy or lease solar panels from Wholesale Solar. They offer a number of different mono panels at varying prices. These range from the cheapest to buy, such as Topoint JTM 190-72M Silver Mono Solar Panel at $190/panel to the most expensive options like SolarWorld SW280 Black Mono Solar Panel at $357/panel.

Wholesale Solar also offers multiple financing options and provides a comprehensive list of solar incentives by state, which will be discounts on top of the 30% federal tax credit for using solar power. Wholesale Solar complies with the Federal Housing Administration office guidelines for PowerSaver Program loans and provides a list of banks that take part in it.

Customer Support

The customer support is thorough and the design technicians are very experienced. Many of the employee/owners of the company have solar panel systems installed in their own homes and live by the products they sell. This makes them ideal to talk you through issues you might have starting out with or maintaining your solar panel system. They are only open Monday – Friday 8am-5pm PST by phone, but you can contact any time via the online form or by email. You’ll still have to wait until business hours resume to receive a response but your response will be informed and friendly.

Conclusion

Wholesale Solar retains the feel of a family run business while managing a national presence. The costs stay low and the quality of service stays high. Although there’s no installation provided, the advisors will help you maintain your solar system once the product has been installed. Employees at the company really understand the solar panel systems and how to help you work out the best options for your home.

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