Nickels Energy Solutions Review 2024 - NY Solar Specialists?

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Updated on 2023-08-01

Nickels Energy Solutions Overview

Nickels Energy Solutions is a mid-sized solar installation company based in Syracuse, New York. The company was founded in 2015 by brothers Steve and Kevin Nickels, who were born and raised in Syracuse, NY.

Nickels Energy Solutions provide design and installation of residential, commercial and ground mounted solar panels and have developed a name for themselves as a company that provides quality above price. The company is regarded very well by previous customers and relies heavily on ongoing referrals for a large quantity of their business.


Nickels Energy Solutions Services and Specifics

Specific Solar Panels Offered

Nickels Energy Solutions work with many different panels, depending on their clients’ needs. 


Panasonic Solar Panels

Nickels Energy Solutions are certified as Panasonic Solar Authorized installers. Panasonic solar panels are considered high quality, with a high price tag to match. Their efficiency rating is from 19.1% – 21.7%, and come with a 25 year warranty.

Panasonic Solar panels have been around since 1975, and is one of the most recognizable names in the solar industry. The company specializes in creating the half-cut HIT Module solar cell which is used in their newest line of solar panels, the EverVolt series. 


SolarWorld Solar Panels

Among others, they also offer SolarWorld’s “All Black” Panel. They are a good looking, US made panel that comes with a 5-year workmanship warranty and 25-year linear performance guarantee.


Specific types of Solar offered

Residential Solar: The company is fully committed to bringing solar energy solutions to homeowners in New York state and educating them on the environmental and financial benefits of solar energy on their property, while providing high quality solar installations.

Commercial Solar: This service is designed for business organizations. It targets business owners who wish to opt for more economical energy-saving strategies to maximize profit long term.


Additional Services

  • Solar shingles
  • Roof-mounted solar systems
  • Pole-mounted solar systems
  • Solar skirts
  • Solar Trim
  • Snow Guards
  • Battery Backup
  • EV Chargers


Installation Costs and Processes


The average cost of solar panels in New York is between $3.15 and $3.50 per watt. This means that a solar system that is 5 kilowatts in size would generally cost between $13,000 – $18,500 to install. Nickels Energy Solutions 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.

Nickels Energy Solutions customers report that they are happy with the costs of working with this company. Although they are not the cheapest in their area, they are competitive, and focus on a great customer experience and quality installations.

Here’s a customer review that illustrates this well:

“My Wife and I have kick around the idea of solar on our newly constructed home. We had concerns with the appearance of the solar panels on roof and the cost. We visited a trade shows in the area and was very pleased with chatting with Dick Scheutzow from Nickles Energy Solutions. When we sat down with Kevin Nickels and Dick Scheutzow, they outlined the cost savings for our home, tax credits, and with our concern of the appearance of the solar panels on our roof and provided us with personal statistics. Any question (Working in the renewable energy business I had a lot!) they returned and were able to answer and built our confidence level up extremely. Steve Nickels then arrived to evaluate our roof and attic. Steve was very professional and personable.”
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Nickels Energy Solutions also offer $0 down payment financing if the cost of installation is a barrier for their customers.



Nickels Energy Solutions has been registered and licensed under the company laws of the state of New York since 2015.
The company has been BBB accredited with an A+ rating since 2016.
Nickels Energy Solutions has an impressive portfolio of completed projects that can be viewed on its website
The company holds a NABCEP Certification.
Nickels Energy Solutions is run by two brothers Steve and Kevin Nickels. Steve has a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, he also has his Photovoltaic Installation Professional certification, as well as years of experience in the industry.
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Awards and Accreditations:

  • NYSERDA  – Approved Contractor, Approved Installer
  • NYSERDA  – Gold Status
  • EnPhase – Gold Installer
  • Certified Member – Solar Energy Industries Association

Nickels Energy Solutions has a large and active online presence.  They also have a perfect 5 star rating out of 27 on one review site and appear to be very transparent about their operations.  They have been operating for over 7 years and have a very happy customer base, which leads us to believe that they are a legitimate and reliable business.



Nickels Energy Solutions use good quality solar products that carry a 25 year warranty and stand by their work, providing a 10-year workmanship warranty. Nickels Energy Solutions also provides the customer with a 10-year transferable warranty that covers the power production of the system.

Nickels Energy Solutions will come out and assess each client’s individual needs. If the roof has too much shade, they can also design and install ground mounts and offer solar trackers that follow the sun’s path to give you the highest amount of sunlight and return for your investment.

Customers report that Nickels Energy Solutions is an extremely responsive and helpful company. They are easy to get in contact with, and are willing to answer any questions regarding the design, installation, and will even assist with local government rebate applications.

Nickels Energy Solutions offer free quotes, and previous customers have reported that they happily came out to their property on multiple occasions, and gave multiple quotes for different set-ups to see what would work best for them.

Key Points
Solar Panel Warranty 25 Years
Workmanship Warranty 10 Years
Power Production Guarantee 10 Years
In-house contractors Yes
Free Consultation Yes
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The SolarEmpower view

Nickels Energy Solutions are a great solar installer for people who are happy to pay a bit more for a superior customer experience and a quality build. They are a legitimate company that have many add-ons and other products that make this business a convenient and reliable one stop shop for all of your power needs in New York.

💲Cost: 8/10 ✅Legitimacy: 10/10
⭐️Quality: 10/10 📞Customer Service: 9/10
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Service Types

Solar Panel Installation


What payment methods do Nickels Energy Solutions accept?

The company accepts cash payment and all major credit cards. They also provide flexible financing options.

What are Nickels Energy Solutions operating hours?

The company is open Monday to Sunday from 07:00 - 19:00.

Nickels Energy Solutions Solar Details

Licensing Information


7485 Morgan Rd
Clay, NY

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November 16, 2022
Worthy of an unqualified recommendation…
Worthy of an unqualified recommendation and an unequivocal "job well done."
We had our first power outage this morning at 4:30 AM but we were unaware of it until later this morning as the system kicked in seamlessly.
Working with Kevin, Steve and all of the NES crew was a pleasure.
If you are going solar.... go NES!
Joe Pistell
Joe Pistell
April 15, 2022
I rarely leave reviews and…
I rarely leave reviews and when I do its for only the best or worst experiences. NES IS THE BEST SOLAR TEAM SERVING CNY... PERIOD. Buying solar is a very complex decision, read below and choose wisely. NES owners Steven & Kevin Nickels were involved with every step, no detail was too small. NO PUSHY SELLING, they do their homework, present it and let you decide. They did forecasts, designed the system, filed for permits, their install team executed the install flawlessly, and at the end, they trained me on the app, reviewed all of the solar tax documents they'd prepared for me, they instructed me on how to follow-up with Nat Grid. All 'after the sale' questions were answered fast.

SUMMARY: Solar is expensive and complex, I will recommend NES because you just can't execute Solar any better.

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