CNY Solar/K&A Solar Construction Overview
CNY Solar is a solar energy equipment supplier, service, and installations company that operates in direct partnership with J&A Electrical Construction LLC in New York, USA. The company was established in 2009 and partnered with J&A Electrical Construction LLC in 2020. Like many renewable energy companies, they are both small-sized.
CNY Solar provides low-cost solar energy services for residential homes and high-cost solar solutions for commercial properties and businesses.
CNY Solar Services and Specifics
Based on reports and information from the company’s official website, CNY Solar contracts J&A Solar Construction to carry out all solar equipment supplies, installations, repairs, and maintenance for their clients. This partnership was established in 2020, so newer clients commonly get confused during communications because of the recent merger.
J&A Solar Construction is a subsidiary of J&A Electrical Construction LLC, formed as a product of the partnership with CNY Solar in 2020.
CNY Solar provides the following variety of renewable energy services:
CNY Solar offers the following solar installations:
- Ground-mounted non-adjustable units.
- Standard metal roof mounts.
- Asphalt shingle roof-top mounts.
- Standing seam metal roof mounts.
- Pole-mounted manually adjustable units.
- Flat rubber roof surfaces.
Solar Equipment Supplies
CNY Solar offers solar equipment supply/procurement services for both residents and business owners.
Solar Repairs or Upgrading
CNY Solar offers repairs and maintenance for systems that have exceeded their warranties and upgrading services for residents or businesses with outdated solar technologies.
Community Solar Services
Typically, this service is designed for residential households. Residents won’t need to install solar panels on their roofs. With a subscription plan (or repayment plan), they’ll be allocated a portion of the power generated by the community’s solar farm, and the electricity will be received via the normal electric grid.
Renewable Energy Consultancy
Free energy analysis and consultancy services are also offered as an incentive to potential clients.
Based on reviews from external databases, customers have commended CNY Solar for the quality of their installation services, timeliness and professionalism during every phase of their service.
Solar Panels and Services offered by CNY Solar
CNY Solar offers solar equipment from solar manufacturers that give a 25-year warranty on their products.
Specific Solar Panels Offered
CNY Solar provides solar panels from brands such as:
- Q CELLS
These solar manufacturers offer a 25-year product warranty for their solar panels.
These brands manufacture solar panels with the best efficiencies (average of 20%) in the world and offer the best warranty deals in the solar market.
Specific Types of Solar Offered
CNY Solar installations are grid-tied, and they provide the following types of solar services:
With this service, CNY Solar offers low-cost solar solutions to residents for their homes.
CNY Solar offers and recommends energy-saving solar strategies for business owners.
Some communities in New York have built solar farms to provide cleaner means of generating electricity for their members. Residents who wish to opt for a community solar subscription plan can do so through third-party companies like CNY Solar.
CNY Solar has received mostly positive feedback from its customers, most of them residential. The amount of feedback currently available is not sufficient enough to qualify CNY Solar’s services as excellent. Nevertheless, the company has been praised largely for its installation services and employees’ professionalism.
Installation costs and process
Based on information from their website, a good estimate for CNY Solar’s pricing would be $2.70 to $3.30 per watt, depending on the following factors:
- Energy usage
- Site layout, and
- Size of the system
Generally, there are better prices out there on the market with competitors whose offers go as low as $2.32 to $3.00 per watt. Still, with the solar incentives available in New York, the cost of CNY Solar’s services is drastically cut to about a quarter of the initial cost.
Residents and business owners in New York state are eligible for the following solar incentives:
- $0.50/Watt for the maximum 25kW per site/meter.
- 26% Federal Tax Credit
- 25% State Tax Credit
- 15-year real property tax exemption
- Sales Tax Incentive
- $0.35/Watt up to 750kW
- 30% Federal Tax Credit
- 15-year real property tax exemption
- Sales Tax Incentive
Commercial/Farm customers may also qualify for MACRS Depreciation and USDA Grant. Additional Solar Grants are available for some dairy farmers.
CNY Solar, through J&A Solar Construction, partners with the following companies to offer solar financing for customers:
- Energy finance solutions (EFS) – for loans between $1,500-$25,000.
- LightStream Loans – for loans within $5,000-$100,000.
- Sungage Financial Loans – for loans within $7,500-$100,000.
The cost of CNY Solar’s services is not as cheap as their competitors’ but the incentives and financing available cut it down to a very competitive level. Anyone interested in doing business with them is advised to take full advantage of those opportunities to save up more than half of the initial costs.
- Based on current reports and customer feedback, CNY Solar now operates through J&A Solar Construction; this partnership was established in 2020.
- J&A Solar Construction is a subsidiary of J&A Electrical Construction LLC, an electrical contractor company in New York state.
- CNY Solar and J&A Solar Construction have their own websites but share the same company address. It was confirmed that CNY Solar closed business around 2020 following difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic but resumed operation after partnering with J&A Solar Construction that same year.
- CNY Solar is not BBB accredited, but according to their website, they are NABCEP certified.
- The company’s contact details are publicly available. These include their street address, email, and phone number.
CNY Solar has done a poor job of clarifying its organizational structure after its partnership with J&A Solar Construction. Nevertheless, newer customers have overlooked this after working with J&A Solar Construction, with most of them giving the partnering company very positive reviews for their solar installation services.
CNY Solar customers benefit from a 25-year product warranty, which is far above the industry standard of 10-12 years. Their customers also get 5-year parts and labor warranty on their installs.
Customers have expressed much satisfaction with their maintenance services, especially during system upgrades. Also, their customer service is both responsive and supportive.
The SolarEmpower View
CNY Solar is a solar energy solutions company in New York, USA. The company partnered with J&A Solar Construction in 2020 and has been operating through them ever since.
According to their website, the company has profound experience with over 1000 completed projects in Central New York, but there isn’t sufficient information on their website and other external databases to back this claim. Despite this shortcoming, the company has still received mostly positive reviews online.
We recommend that anyone interested in doing business with CNY Solar, should exercise due diligence by:
- Verifying the company’s relationship with J&A Solar Construction, and
- Verifying their certification with NABCEP, among other precautionary measures.
The table below is a summarized review of CNY Solar:
|Location||New York, USA.|
|Partnership||J&A Solar Construction (subsidiary of J&A Electrical Construction LLC)|
|Services||Solar Installations (Residential and Commercial), Community Solar Services, Solar Repairs and Maintenance, Solar Equipment Supplies, Renewable Energy Consultancy|
|Solar panel brands used||SunPower, LG Solar, Panasonic, REC, Q CELLS, Silfab, Solaria|
|Cost||Range of $2.7 to $3.3 per watt (before solar incentives)|
|Product Warranty||25 years|
|Parts and Labor Warranty||5 years|
|Legitimacy||NABCEP licensed, Closed and reopened business in 2020 – currently operates through J&A Solar Construction|