We’re excited to have quality local contractors available to install solar photovoltaic systems for area homes, farms, businesses, and institutions. Check out our Northeast Iowa Renewable Energy Map to see tremendous activity.
Solar Installers listed are Energy District sponsors and partners:
Based in Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa. Decorah Electric is a major sponsor of the Energy District. They are not yet NABCEP certified but in the process.
Based in Decorah,Winneshiek County, Iowa. A builder of sustainable homes, Massman Construction have added solar installations to their services. They are not yet NABCEP certified but in the process.
Perry Novak Electric is a family-owned electrical contractor and equipment services company in Northeast Iowa. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, they specialize in commercial and industrial electrical projects. They are not yet NABCEP certified but in the process.
12645 Hwy 18, Postville, IA 52162
100 3rd Ave SW, Waukon, IA 52172
Blake Electric, Inc. is a full-service electrical contractor specializing quality and dependability. Our number one priority is to meet and/or exceed our customers’ needs with superior service at an excellent value. By satisfying our customers, we continue to prosper and grow, building a more secure future for our people. We work hard to maintain our reputation as a leader in our field.
2601 W Briggs Ave
Fairfield, IA 52556
Simpleray is NABCEP certified. Their mission is to be the “one-stop solar solution” that simplifies the design, procurement, finance, and installation of solar. In other words, they make solar simple.
1755 Radford Rd
Dubuque, IA 52001
We design and install solar energy systems for homeowners, small businesses, and large commercial clients, as well as governmental and non-profit organizations. Our services include every major aspect of system design, installation, and activation (see Our Services, below, for more details)
Wadsworth construction specializes in bringing sustainable residential and light commercial construction to the Decorah Area.
Choosing a Solar Contractor
1. Learn as much as you can about solar, talk to home or business owners that have been through the process, and always do EFFICIENCY FIRST! Efficiency and renewables should be part of every integrated energy analysis and plan.
2. Start LOCAL, but get at least two, possibly more, bids for your project so you can compare quotes, recommendations, and ask for clarifications.
3. Ask each installer to include in their bid/report:
- Site assessment regarding shade, roof, mounting, and interconnection issues
- Identification information on brand/models of hardware, including panels, inverter, racking, etc.
- Warranty information on hardware components, labor, maintenance (and what happens if the manufacturer goes out of business?)
- Itemized quote including panels, inverter, other hardware, permitting/connection, and labor
- Proposed system size in kilowatts DC, and estimated annual production in kilowatt hours AC
- All-inclusive price per DC Watt installed cost to you – this is the bottom line figure for comparison, you’ll want to know any caveats, and how “firm” the price is, NOT counting incentives
- Financial/economic summary showing how available incentives will likely impact your final outlay IF you’re able to take advantage of them, and what your final simple payback MAY be
- Ask your installer if they are NABCEP certified– (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners). If they aren’t certified, you may want to ask for references from other clients to verify the quality of their work.