Nova Solar Testimonials

Hear what others have to say about their experience with Nova Solar.

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Highly recommend. Nova Solar team was highly responsive, very easy to communicate with, helpful with understanding the details of the system, before the installation. The installation went as planned in one day, and the system was set up and ready to go. After the installation, the team continued to guide us in next steps in getting the electric company to switch us over to net-metering and ensuring we were able to understand the output of the system. We’ve just signed up for SRECs, with the help and advice of the Nova Solar team, and I expect that to go without a hitch. It was a pleasure working with this team.
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We highly recommend Nova Solar as a trusted company with a knowledgeable team. We solicited bids from four different solar installers. Nova Solar stood out from the rest in value. We made the right selection, from receiving the proposal to the activation of our solar arrays, Nova Solar made the process efficient and seamless. Always anticipating our time commitments, the Nova Solar team took care of everything. Thank you, LB, Robert, Max, Barklie and everyone else who was involved in our successful project.
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Very satisfied customer. I chose Nova after accepting bids from 6 other companies that do business in southeast Virginia. Everything went smoothly and on schedule. Kudos to my project manager, Kodie and his team for providing information and quickly responding to my (many) inquiries. Sam and Ryan did an outstanding job with the installation and answered my questions. Very professional crew. Thanks again for making this a low-stress, pleasant experience!
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An excellent experience working with Nova Solar. We reviewed options and companies for solar as our new home was being built. We decided to use Nova Solar. They were helpful from beginning to completion. We had problems getting approval of the solar panels from our HOA. Nova Solar worked with us to provide all the necessary information and reconfiguration to get the approval. They managed all the building and electrical permits and all the necessary inspections. Once the panels and system were set up, they kept us advised on the status of Dominion Energy getting us connected. We were very impressed with the guidance they gave us on setting up the monitoring system and engaging a company to obtain Solar Renewable Energy Credits. They even provided a completed sample Federal Income Tax form for the tax credit and provided the completed form and guidance on applying for our county’s property tax relief. Highly recommend.
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They will take care of everything. Your install will go smoothly, and they will use the latest technology. This is a local company, they understand how to work with our utility companies, consider that before you choose a provider. Not everyone understands the details of how Loudoun or Fairfax County works with permits and tax exemptions, Nova Solar does. I don’t understand why you would pick a different company.
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We had a fantastic experience with Nova Solar and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to choose them for our solar project. From the beginning, Jake, our project manager, stood out as an exceptional professional. His extensive knowledge, support, and prompt responsiveness to our questions made the process seamless and enjoyable. Jake worked closely with us, providing multiple quotes and ensuring that we got the best fit for our needs and budget. One of the most impressive aspects of our journey with Nova Solar was the speed and efficiency of the installation process. They secured all necessary permits within just a few weeks, and the installation team was on-site and ready to work within a week of receiving final approvals. This was a much faster turnaround than any other company we talked to. We went with 47 panels and Nova Solar was able to install everything in one day. Everybody on the Nova Solar team was extremely friendly and professional. Even after the panels were up and running, Jake and the team continued to be extremely helpful. Their willingness to address any post-installation questions with the same attentiveness as before truly sets Nova Solar apart. I couldn’t recommend them more if you’re looking at solar!
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Bobby R

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I waited seven months to have enough data for a meaningful review. Note: Rating scale of 1 to 10 with 1=abysmal to 10=outstanding), I selected Nova Solar. Even though they were not the least expensive quote, I determined they were the best value (used Aptos panels that put out 440kw vs. the fairly standard 380ish kw for others plus Enphase Q7+ inverters for each panel), local, most informative on the pre-sale without any pushy salesmanship. Pre-install. Overall 9. I was supposed to get the install Nov-Dec 22 but there was a significant delay in getting permits from Fairfax County (VA) as they “changed their system over” and “Lost Nova Solar’s application” for my project. The Nova Solar team did the best they could to push the county, but I am convinced that their surge they saw at the end of the year (to make the tax season on time) plus the County issue were compounding factors. In any case, I made a few calls myself to the county plus the Nova Solar calls, and the permit finally (and almost magically after the new year) arrived on Jan 23. This is the only very minor ding on the whole experience (and not wholly NS’s fault, to be clear) The rest of the process was through email with my assigned project manager, Jake very responsive to any communications throughout, with detailed, well thought out comments that were vert constructive to my understanding of project status. Install. Overall 10. The team was on time and finished installing 48 panels in one day. Great crew. Knew what they were doing and got right to it with no wasted time. I am handy, and they were very tolerant of my interest (thank you!) at the site. System performance Overall 10. Since installation 7 months ago, we have generated 12.3Mw-hrs. That is stunning. This is a grid system (no battery pack, but maybe later). My electric bills have been $7.03 per month since Feb 23. I still have credits stored up in the grid, even with the heavy HVAC and swimming pool use. This, plus the SRECs sold so far, make solar a really super investment (so far, and remember, I waited 7 months for this review for a reason). Post-install. Overall 10. NS filed all of the SREC paperwork on time and got the system registered. Be advised: it takes about 4 months before your SRECs register in the system and you actually sell one (which btw is automatic- with the proceeds going direct into your bank account. Magic). I have not had any system issues yet, so no way to judge NS responsiveness on that count, but I did email one time to comment on the system performance, and, of course, got an email, back from Jake the very next day. A good sign in any case! Nova Solar has earned my coveted “highly recommend” rating. There are plenty of choices out there and I am sure others could do a fine job, but I am certain that Nova Solar did an excellent job.
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Outstanding company. They handled everything professionally and on time. You can’t go wrong with them. I highly recommend them..

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John C

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My husband and I are very happy with the solar panels installed by Nova Solar. We had panels installed on our boathouse roof to provide power to our home, something we should have done way sooner as our bill has been significantly reduced. They were professional, informative, timely, and communicated clearly throughout the process. We highly recommend Nova Solar without hesitation.

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Lisa E

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We received 5 bids — 3 through Energy Sage and 2 from local providers we called directly, including the hometown favorite that dominates solar installs in the Charlottesville area. We selected NOVA Solar based on a combination of $/Watt ($2.84) and technology. The hometown favorite was actually the most expensive and was unwilling to commit to exactly which panels they would use, although they did have a very slick sales representation. When pressed, they sent me data on the panels they were currently using, but wouldn’t commit to using these. Here’s the comparison: • NOVA Solar: $2.84/W using 360W REC Alpha Black panels with 92% guaranteed power output after 25 years • Hometown Favorite: $3.30/W using 315W Mystery Brand panels with 80% guaranteed power output after 25 years. Not even close. While we selected NOVA based on cost and technology, they were also super easy to work with. We iterated the design to something that is downright elegant and blends right into our roof. Then they took care of all the permits and paperwork. Installation was quick — took a single day. In short, NOVA made it extremely easy for us to go solar. Zero regrets. If you are in the Charlottesville area, do yourself a favor and contact NOVA Solar before you blindly sign with the hometown favorite.

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Jeff R

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Read the other reviews and you will see the quality of the people, the installation, and the product. There is no high pressure sales group – when you are working on a quote you are talking with the people who do the work and know the equipment. No “I need to ask someone about that question.” If you are really interested in solar, they are ready to work with you. Yes, it is a good value. Value is not just the prices ($/watt) but also their level of care and diligence. I did plenty of research before signing and couldn’t be more pleased with making the right decision to go with Nova Solar.

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Matthew P

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When I decided to install solar panels at our Fairfax county home, I had several criteria for the company I would select: technical expertise; locally owned; a good reputation; and a company that did the design and installation itself, and did not contract out any of the work. Nova Solar clearly met all these criteria. I found that they are a local company, not a franchise, in business for many years, with an excellent reputation. My first phone conversation with Barklie was quite long. I had already looked at the technical specifications for the panels and inverters Nova Solar used, and those that other companies used. I asked many technical questions about the hardware they offered, what specifically he recommended for our house and why, what my other options were, etc. It was clear to me from this conversation with Barklie that he had a very in-depth knowledge of solar equipment, the installation process, and the process of getting a solar system approved by the county. I was also assured that Nova Solar employees would be doing the design and installation of the system. Jake, our project manager kept me informed of the progress with the design, and the status of the permit application. A last-minute change in the position of the panels to accommodate a sun tunnel was easily accommodated. The installation went very smoothly, and was completed in less than a day. All my questions about the electrical connections, location of wires, and the monitoring system were answered in detail. A few questions came up after the system started to produce energy. My e-mails to Jake were all answered very promptly and to my complete satisfaction. All the people at Nova Solar are very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. I have been very satisfied by the system they installed, and have no hesitation in recommending Nova Solar to anyone interested in solar energy for their home.

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Rick F

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I picked energysage as my primary source for input about decision who I will go with solar solution and I am glad that I did. After several days of researching/reddit-ing etc I ended up with small family business Nova Solar. Few emails were exchanged, quotes were delivered in timely manner and sales person – one of the owners of the business – was very nice in explaining how this whole process works. He addressed all my concerns and tax questions. Later, once installer was picked up we sign the contract and everything was done electronically. Another round of approvals etc went pretty quick since I live in small county. The day when crew arrived onside was really nice and sunny. They had a perfect temperature for work and they claimed to be out of the house around 12.00pm which made me smile. They were pretty close though. Electrician finished his part 2 hours later than predicted but frankly I was expecting them leaving after full working day. They cleaned everything, did not leave a single piece of junk behind. Within few days, local representative from electric company showed up and swapped the meters, I pulled the lever and my system is producing energy now. Overall: timing – I have not noticed anything going out of the schedule. Price – price was a number which would be done by most installers. I did not want to pressure installers on the price because once agreement is done, both sides have to be satisfied in order to keep good relationship. Project management – weekly reports about the status were great idea. Even if there is a problem, I would have been notified for sure. I strongly recommend these guys to deliver your project due to fact that this is a small business and they’re local. They will probably give you an average price but we all have to live and I believe that in case there is a problem with the system they’ll act the way they delivered the project. Thanks Nova Solar !

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Dan C

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Best experience with a company I have ever had!!! Did everything over phone and email with ZERO sales pitch. After dealing with several other companies that was a welcomed approach. They took the lead with educating my HOA on the current laws and providing any and all requests for information. My HOA is now in the process of updating their laws. Their knowledge and professionalism is top notch. They had my 31 panel system up in less than 8 hours and took the time to answer the myriad of questions I threw at them. All with a smile on their faces!! I HIGHLY recommend this company. You will not be disappointed. Thank You Nova Solar.

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Daniel R

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I could not be happier with Nova Solar. I decided to go with Nova because of their initial responsiveness: they were willing to educate me on the options and immediately signaled that they were a company I could trust, that would be responsive to my needs, that would communicate in a timely manner, and that could get the job done quickly and efficiently. I was not disappointed. Nova quickly and effectively managed the permitting process with our local authorities, and despite complicating factors due to summer weather and distance to the site, we were able to schedule an initial site visit and installation much more rapidly than I expected. They communicated regularly during the process and I always received a response within a day when I reached out with a question. The system is now up and running and generating loads of electricity! I also think it’s worth mentioning Nova’s ethos as a company. Nova Solar is in this business for all the right reasons: they value the environment and are quite knowledgeable about the ever-developing options for renewable energy. A small, family-oriented company, they also seem to have happy and empowered employees. I cannot recommend them highly enough!

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