"The installation of the solar panels have caused a substantial savings in my monthly electricity bill. To me, the knowledge that much of my energy consumption is from a clean, renewable source is very satisfying also."
"With the electricity being generated I'm already getting a 3% return on my investment. I can't think of many safe investments providing that high of a return and with electricity projected to go up, I expect my return will only go higher. What I most like about this system is the monitoring done on each panel. Each panel has its own inverter and is monitored over the internet to show whether it's working and how much electricity is being generated.
"APS added a PV system to my existing home and I couldn't possibly be happier. They worked with me to get exactly the system that I wanted. They let me be as involved or uninvolved in the process as I wanted. The parts that were important to me are exactly the way I wanted them, and they handled the details. Their installation team was fast, friendly, and did high quality work. They were willing to work with me to get the equipment installed in the position and method I wanted it. If at any point I wasn't completely satisfied, they would not let me accept it until I was absolutely thrilled. APS set the standard for customer satisfaction; I wish everyone was this easy to deal with. I recommend them to anyone considering a PV installation. You guys are amazing! I would just like to take a moment to tell you how thrilled I am with the service I got from your company, particularly Mr Redwine and Mr Beerman. It's quite an unusual combination ofnames, but they were fantastic representatives. Jeffs willingness to work with me is what sealed the deal when I was picking between your company and SRE. I had my heart set on a Xantrex XW inverter, Jeff made it happen. The SRE representative kept trying to tell me what I wanted, instead of asking me what I wanted. That's what cost them the sale and thats why you guys got it. After the sale, Mr Beerman left me absolutely glowing with satisfaction. In particular, when they initially hung the inverter, I just felt like it was a little too
low. It was totally aesthetic. I told them "Eh I just kinda wish it was a little higher". I wasn't insisting on it; I probably would have accepted it as-is, but that wasn"t good enough for Kevin. He and his team moved it without complaint. It is things like this makes the difference between a satisfied customer and an ecstatically happy customer.
My attic fans are installed and Kevin and Anthony did a wonderful job. I've run across several contractors in my day but they were both the most professional. When coming into my home, they thoroughly wiped their feet and greeted my wife as they proceeded to my attic. It's the little thing that make a big difference. They spent time with me to answer any questions I may have how the installation process would work. So far, this was a good purchase and I look forward to going home tonight and seeing the fans at work. Please thank them for me for their work and professionalism.
"I am happy to give a statement regarding the services provided to us by APS. Weare in the process of building a new house in the country about two hours from Houston. I was referred to APS by another solar provider who could not meet our schedule. From our first meeting with Martin Bannister, we were sold on the company. Martin was professional, honest and direct in his description of the services APS could provide. He was willing to make the drive to our building site and the company installed the solar panels in a timely and professional manner. The budget proposed by APS was reasonable and competitive, and in addition, they helped secure the rebate from our electric provider for us. As for the investment, since installation, we have a positive balance with the electric company! I highly recommend installing solar panels for a cleaner, greener future. I also highly recommend APS for meeting your solar energy needs."
"My solar experience has been extremely rewarding to date. The installation went very smoothly - thanks to APS for taking the time to make my wife and I feel comfortable with the install process. From the first month, I noticed a reduction in the power bill and continue to be amazed by the monthly savings the system generates. With regard to maintenance over the last year, we have not had to do a thing - the system just continues to work flawlessly day in and day out.
"Today it has made it to 103 and yesterday was 102, I just cannot believe the weather now. I'm totally glad that we have those panels. I have no idea how much my bill would be without them...I do know 39 dollars is a good deal though!
Jerry & Janet Jellison
"Solar panels were installed on west-facing roof. I asked APS to install as many as would fit, in spite of partial shading from neighbor's tree in late afternoon. Yet performance has exceeded expectations, providing 73% of electric needs instead of projected 62% (not including electric car charging).
My solar system will save approximately 215,695 pounds of CO2 emissions over 30 years. Other renovation features on my home: Elk brand "cool colors" roofing shingles; solar-powered attic fan; radiant barrier paint inside attic; Celbar insulation in attic and under floor; triple pane windows. "
"APS is wonderful. Their service and responsiveness to my questions is always prompt. From start to finish they not only helped me understand the ins and out of solar power but helped me navigate the sometimes frustrating and slow moving process of energy rebates and special solar financing. Their employees were always on time, thorough and professional. I've definitely recommended them to my friends and neighbors and if I can ever expand my use of solar energy - I'll definitely use them in the future."
"We were planning a LEED home project with three town homes and wanted to include an energy generation facility to offset total home energy usage. Solar PV was the way to go since these homes were going to be four floors with the roof level above the tree line. We contacted APS and they were helpful in ensuring our roof design would be designed optimally to harness the sun's rays and size a PV system for this size of a home that would have a good rate of return for the future homeowner. We quickly decided to move forward and all the steps along the installation process to commissioning went smoothly. Our new homeowners at these homes are now enjoying reduced electric bills as well as selling back any extra power produced back to their electric company. We would definitely recommend APS to anyone looking for these types of professional services.
Pankaj Wadhwa, Director Green Mode Designs, LLC
"Hello and good morning! I have been waiting for my electric bill, so I called CPS, and they said that my electric bill was at ( 0 ) and asked if I wanted a paper bill, so they are sending a paper bill. It should arrive sometime this week. We are now in SA until sometime in December when we`ll be heading back up to RR for a while, again... This is what I had figured out so far - my bills for this same time last year were about a little over $900.00, and this year they are about $124.00!! As you can see it's been a great savings for us to go with the solar power system. What was really nice, was it was making power even while we were away! When I get my paper bill, and if there is any information on it about the power, then I can send it to you if you like... Hope you have a good Turkey day!"
Janet & Jerry Jellison
"I have been keeping a record comparing three items that are involved in our power usage since adding the solar panels, replacing our insulation in the attic, and replacing single-pane windows with double-pane windows on the south and west side of our house.
The solar panels installation was completed in June. We have an all-electric home. Here is how the comparison looks for the last half of this year (July – December):
(1) Monthly average high temperatures have been as follows:
July (+5°); August (+5°); September (+5°); October (-2°); November (+2°); and December (-3°)
This means that that the AC or the heater should have run more than it did for these same months in 2010. HOWEVER . . .
(2) Our monthly Kw of electricity usage has been just over half of what it was in 2010, as follows:
July (53%); August (56%); September (50%); October (51%); November (69%); and December (44%)
(3) Our monthly electric bill for these 6 months has totaled $739.71 LESS than we paid in 2010, as follows:
July ($169.66 less); August ($145.22 less); September ($165.60 less); October ($139.33 less); November ($54.73 less); and December ($65.17 less)
We thought you might be interested in using these figures as you talk to prospective customers. We are quite pleased with the results of our solar panel additions and other energy-saving additions. Your counsel through the process was terrific . . . even on items that your company would not be supplying.
Thanks for helping us with this project, and we hope to be using you again in the next year on a new project!
Mike & Charmayne McAlister
"I love my solar panels...makes me the earthy one on the block. And on our sunniest days I was making 150 kw hours a week!
Here's to a wiser and kinder 2012!
"THANK YOU for always keeping us informed. You were a god send. Our electric bills are decreasing, yea!
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with APS, including the quality of the product and the professionalism of the people. Everyone I met, including you, Martin, Ralph Parrott, the foreman and the workers were extremely professional, friendly, and polite.
I also enjoyed and appreciated being selected as a stop on the ASES Houston Solar Tour. I had so much fun, I offered to do it again next year.
Thanks again, and Merry Christmas to you and all the folks at APS.
"The panels are great! Everyone is very impressed by modern look (and secretly envious of why they had not thought of it). I may even have a referral or two for you. Thanks again!
"I enjoyed meeting and talking with you last Saturday before the tour started. I think the tour went extremely well, and there were lots of people truly interested in solar.
I recommended APS every chance I got, and lots of cards were handed out. I want to reiterate and congratulate you for hiring top notch people. Every one of them are totally professional and they do an excellent job. Martin Banister is the best Sales Rep I've ever dealt with, and I trust what he says 100% because of his honesty. Having worked for IBM for 30 years, I have been exposed to a large number of reps, and Martin is among the best of them. Thanks again, and I hope you get some new business out of the tour.
"I have been very impressed with the professionalism of everyone at APS and my electric bill has been cut in half! I highly recommend APS. "
"I am very satisfied with the work your company has done and the additional help with the financing.
"We were planning a LEED home project with three townhomes and wanted to include a energy generation facility to offset total home energy usage. Solar PV was the way to go since these homes were going to be four floors with the roof level above the tree line. We contacted Ralph and he was helpful in ensuring our roof design would be designed optimally to harness the Sun's rays and size a PV system for this size of a home that would have a good rate of return for the future homeowner. We quickly decided to move forward and all the steps along the installation process to commissioning went smoothly. Our new homeowners at these homes are now enjoying reduced electric bills as well as selling back any extra power produced back to their electric company. We would definitely reccomend APS to anyone looking for these types of professional services.
Pankaj Wadhwa, Director Green Mode Designs, LLC
"We are happy with the reduction in our utilities from our system. It was a good experience with out salesman, Brian Shapiro.
We are happy we went to solar electric and solar hot water heating. We have seen an estimated reduction of 50-55% in our utility bills. The only regret we have is not getting the monitoring system so that we could physically see our system working. This I believe should be a part of the package otherwise you will not ever know if a panel is gone out.
"Hello and good afternoon , well at present time we are in Red River NM, and have been here for a while now and as far as I know for now it looks like we`ll be here for another month or so. I would love to assist you in any way to help to spread the word about APS and the solar power systems. As we travel around, we are seeing more places using solar systems. In my opinion, if a company has just an 8-5 working space, it would make since to have a big enough PV system to take care of the daily power usage. Thank you.
Jerry & Janet Jellison
"Hope you are well and selling lots of solar.
I thought you might be interested in my actual solar production for 2011 vs. the estimate you provided. And I'm pretty sure I got the calculations right this time.
The estimate was for the 25 panels to provide about 62% of our electricity needs, based on an average monthly consumption of 775 kWh (9300 kWh/yr). That would be an estimated solar production of 5756 kWh.
Actual percent was right on the mark -- 61%.
But we used about 10% more electricity, 10,262 kWh, probably due to charging my Leaf most nights for the last 7 months.
The solar panels did a great job though, with the meter showing 6268 kWh for 2011 -- 9% more than estimated!
So 6268 / 10262 = 61%.
Interestingly, 57% of the solar production was fed back into the grid.
Hope these numbers help. I'm very pleased with my system!