Energy Select LLC Overview
Energy Select LLC is a small, community-based, full-service energy firm offering energy-conserving and energy-producing solutions based in Leonardtown, Maryland. The company focuses on helping families and businesses in Maryland improve their energy costs by providing various services, utilizing government incentives, and other rebate options, to maximize returns on their customer’s investment.
Founded in 2002, the company has a staff complement of over 25 employees, a current annual revenue of less than $5 million, and excellent customer reviews. Although possessing a low BBB rating, the company has an array of certifications, verified licenses, and partners, making them stand out from the competition.
Energy Select LLC Services and Specifics
Specific Solar Panels Offered
Although not explicitly stated by the company, experts and previously verified permits show that their associated product manufacturers are LG, IronRidge, SolarEdge Technologies, and Silfab Solar – all of which, besides IronRidge – are industry recognized as Tier 1 solar manufacturers. IronRidge is, however, highly recommended by experts.
LG Solar Panels
LG Solar panels are developed using some of the most advanced and cutting-edge technologies available in the solar industry. The award winning “NeON” range is the company’s most popular line, and comes backed with an incredible warranty that promises unmatched product performance.
Silfab Solar Panels
Silfab Solar manufactures high performance solar panels that feature 9-busbar technology to maximize energy collection and conversion, while its half-cell design improves performance and durability.
SolarEdge Solar Panels
SolarEdge solar panels are equipped with the company’s own Power Optimizers that are specifically designed for maximum energy production, easy installation, and easier servicing over the lifetime of the system. The company combines its industry leading DC optimization technology with enhanced module performance to ensure that users receive maximum module output.
Specific Types of Solar Offered
One aspect that makes the company stand out is its range of products. These include:
Solar Electric Systems
The company offers a range of commercial and residential systems (including farms) based on your requirements and available space. Installation options include a ground-mount, pole-mount, or rooftop solar system, and customization options include different routing and colors.
According to Energy Select LLC, they specialize in LEDs and have completed over 700 commercial lighting retrofits in Southern Maryland. This service is mainly directed to commercial customers, with different rebate programs available based on the business size. LED lighting services include indoor lighting and commercial LED signs.
Using a combination of measurement tools, technical knowledge, and energy conservation programs, Energy Select LLC produces a detailed written report and associated proposal to achieve the customer’s intended goals. This is available to commercial and residential customers and can include existing and new construction. Retrofits done by the company include:
- Additional insulation
- Air sealing
- HVAC equipment replacement
- Commercial Electrical Contractor services with expertise in energy reductions and clean energy production
Energy Select LLC is a Qmerits local Southern Maryland Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Installer and installs solar electric car charging stations and integrated charging cords at homes or businesses. Mobile apps are available to check the charging status and schedule reminders and alerts, and their ChargePoint chargers allow customers to ask Alexa about their charging status.
Solar Battery Backup
On their website, Energy Select LLC states that they use Tesla Powerwalls and LG-Chem batteries, and previously verified permits show that the company uses Enphase inverters – all industry-recognized tier 1 manufacturers.
Energy Select LLC Installation Costs and Process
The average cost of solar panels in Maryland is between $2.65 and $3.25 per watt. This means that a solar system that is 5 kilowatts in size would generally cost between $9,000 – $12,000 to install. Energy Select LLC does not advertise a specific cost for its solar installation since its system’s costs vary depending on factors such as the design, size, and materials used.
Customers have expressed their content with Energy Select’s pricing and there are several mentions of the company being affordable compared to competitors. Here is an example:
|“I hired Energy Select to do my install at my townhome which was a difficult install. They helped me obtain financing, took care of all of the install including changes that needed to be made, lined up the rebates and SREC credits, full stop shop! They use quality panels and batteries at reasonable prices.”|
Energy Select LLC pride itself on its competitive pricing, which is achieved in a few ways:
- Provides an instant estimation for solar systems and a no-cost lighting analysis.
- As the company is a licensed contractor in Maryland, customers are protected by the State’s Home Improvement Guaranty Fund.
- Help residential customers take advantage of the Maryland Residential clean energy grant program, Solar Renewable Energy Credits, the 26% Federal Solar Tax Credit, Maryland Property Tax Exemption, Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System, and Maryland Net Metering.
- Helps customers take advantage of multiple EV Charger and LED lighting Incentives.
- Commercial customers have access to funding opportunities, including C-PACE and Tax Equity Partners.
- Helps farm owners take advantage of the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans and Grants, Commercial Federal Solar Tax Credit, Accelerated Depreciation, Maryland Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program, Maryland Solar Renewable Energy Credits, Maryland Property Tax Exemption, and Maryland Net Metering.
- Works with local utilities to tap into rebate programs.
- Offers commercial customers a solar referral program as a revenue maker or as a solar discount program.
Energy Select LLC is legitimate. Evidence to support this include:
|Energy Select LLC holds a verified active license #112196 in Maryland.|
|Maryland Home Improvement License #133726
Maryland Master Electrician #447
Maryland Contractor’s License #18168299
|Energy Select LLC is BBB accredited.|
|The company holds a NABCEP Certification.|
|The company is BPI accredited Building Analyst, an MD-PACE registered contractor, and a Pearl Partner.|
Awards and Accreditations:
- Affiliations/ Partnership – Maryland Green Registry, Maryland Sign Association, Building Performance Institute, Energy Star Business, Leonardtown Business Association, Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Charles Counties Chambers of Commerce.
- Manufacturer Certification – LG Home Battery Certified Installer, Generac PWR Partner, and Sungage Financial Certified Partner.
Energy Select LLC products carry a standard manufacturer warranty which typically covers up to 25 years from the time of installation. The company matches this with a 25-year workmanship warranty to cover labor and any issues encountered post-installation.
The company does not say whether they offer any form of maintenance plans with its systems – meaning customers may either rely on third-party organizations to maintain their systems or ensure the company provides maintenance guarantees.
Energy Select LLC prides itself on its everyday high standards and ability to identify the best returns for the customer’s investment, which are seen in its customer reviews. After an extensive search, there were only four one-star reviews, 2 of which have seemingly been resolved. This is also reflected in their BBB rating, which states that their low rating is due to a failure to respond to 2 complaints filed against the company.
The rest of the customer reviews, across all platforms, were five or 4-stars and mentioned the company’s employees to be professional, considerate, prompt, and highly recommended. Customers also highlight their excellence, personalization, easy service, and great customer service; however, when SolarEmpower emailed, the company did not reply.
|Solar Panel Warranty||25 Years|
|Workmanship Warranty||25 Years|
|Power Production Guarantee||Unspecified|
The SolarEmpower View
Despite being a smaller company, Energy Select LLC offers various services and is one of the few companies offering systems and personalization options tailored to the exact needs of their customers in Maryland. With their excellent customer reviews, credentials, partners, and community focus, we highly recommend the company and deem them a worthy long-term investment; however, do we also suggest customers clarify the terms of maintenance and confirm their best method of contact.
|💲Cost: 9/10||✅Legitimacy: 9/10|
|⭐️Quality: 10/10||📞Customer Service: 9/10|