Energy Concepts Corp Solar Overview
Energy Concepts Solar, commonly referred to as ECC Solar, is a mid-sized electrical and general contractor headquartered in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The company began operations in 1991, and its founder, Cary Lane, is still very much involved with the business.
Serving the areas in New Mexico and West Texas, residential projects comprise over half of the work they do. Over the last 4 years, they have completed more than 63 projects in solar installations and about 55 projects in house additions. Focusing on best price and best quality, the company has been lauded by many of its longstanding customers for professionalism and dedication.
Their business structure appears to blend cost-saving and providing good but not excellent products.
Solar Panels and Services Offered by ECC Solar
Specific Solar Panels Offered
ECC Solar supplies solar panels by SolarEdge with optimizers built in, unlike other panels where the optimizer is separate and has to be integrated into the system. This allows more power from individual panels, as well as faster and simpler installation. With these panels, there is usually one inverter for a string of solar panels. SolarEdge’s 300W Smart Module has a conversion efficiency of 18%, which is not quite the best in the market.
They also supply solar panels from SunPower, which have an efficiency rate of 19%, slightly better in comparison to SolarEdge panels.
Specific Types of Solar Offered
Residential off-grid: The company thrives in this market, and it comprises the major part of its business. They custom design installation to meet the customer’s needs, whether the requirement is to be removed from the grid completely or installed at a remote place with no connection to any grid at all.
Grid-tied: For both residential and commercial customers, they provide a cost-effective and reliable solar system. Owing to their extensive experience in the business, the components they install are tried and tested and will be designed to meet the customer’s energy and mounting requirements. Having been in the industry since 1991, it is certain that they have a fairly good idea of what works and what doesn’t.
Utility installations: For electrical co-ops and solar community projects, ECC Solar offers small, utility-scale PV systems in the 1-2 MW size. They have a temporary workforce that is flexible and can meet the needs and demands of customers and developers around New Mexico and west Texas.
Installation Costs and Process
Customers who reviewed the company did not make specific mention as to whether they paid the quoted price or not. They stated, however, that the company fared well compared to national installers. One reviewer stated that despite ECC Solar being priced more than other companies, they chose them for their professionalism and knowledge and the promise of price and quality that matched.
ECC Solar has created a long partner relationship with solar manufacturers, which allows them leverage in obtaining good products at reasonable prices. An installer who has special access to manufacturing companies tends to benefit customers in a huge way.
The company works with local credit unions, national banks, and specialty remodeling lenders to offer financing options.
ECC Solar is a legitimate company as it is:
- Licensed in the state of New Mexico, License Number EE98#83194.
- Certified as a PV installer by the NABCEP.
- JE98 licensed.
- Transparent with its contact details.
Many of the reviews we saw were from customers who have been with the company for 10 to 20 years. They have been in business for a long time and are certainly legitimate.
One reviewer stated that ECC Solar continues to provide maintenance on a service they provided ten years ago. They seem to have a long-standing relationship with their clients. Newer customers reviewed them as responsive and readily accessible.
Their products have the standard manufacturer’s warranty, and although we could not ascertain exactly what their installation warranty is, the testimonials of clients who have been with ECC Solar over the years would suggest a warranty for the duration of the system’s given lifetime.
The company does appear to provide good and constant maintenance, and we did not come across any negative reviews regarding their response to customer issues.
The SolarEmpower View
ECC Solar is a company with many years of installation experience behind it. Although they offer reasonable prices, we find that the products they supply are not of the best quality. In the solar panel quality category, they could do better with efficiency-rated panels of at least 20%. These are widely available and reasonably priced, which would not compromise much on ECC Solar’s pricing standards.
With regards to maintenance, they appear to have a good track record, and their dedicated service is commendable.
They had an overall 5-star rating in reviews. We would advise you to exercise a little caution if you decide to use this company, perhaps even ask that they get the top-of-the-range efficient panels.
Phone: (515) 526-3372
- 617 5th St, Las Vegas NM, 87701
- 310 Southgate Ct Suite B, Las Cruces NM, 88005
Email: [email protected]