Solar Testimonials ...
"Solar is THE way to go in sunny California. Interviewed 5 solar contractors in May, selecting Synergy Solar & Electrical Systems, Inc. www.SynSolar.com for their good offer and expertise. Great guys from the owners: Jeff Mathias and Michael Pane, to their young crew: Gustavo, Chaz (Jeff's son), and Conor."
"I am very impressed with the quality of the workmanship your guys have done. I am a pretty picky guy when it comes to work around my home. I am especially aware when the work being done is of the electrical type. I can not criticize one thing you (Synergy) guys have done. You are "the best" as far as we are concerned. Thank You for the great job!"
"We have been working with Synergy for close to a decade. Their installation and service of three off-grid systems on our ranch has been exceptional.
Synergy is our recommendation for any solar or electrical job."
"...I almost never recommend a contractor. But this one deserves a thumbs up.
Synergy Solar and Electrical Systems of Sebastopol.
These folks recently replaced my main electrical panel and reinstalled my solar array after an experience with a very bad roofing "contractor."
Our experience with Synergy was just the opposite. The estimating process was thorough. The bid was fair. And the reinstallation was done professionally, and fast. The crew arrived when promised. They were highly skilled and professional in every respect. When done they left the workspace and our property spotlessly clean.
It's so rare these days to find contractors (licensed and otherwise) whose prices are fair and who do what they say, when they say it will be done and, when finished the results are above expectation.
We recommend them without reservation
Synergy Solar and Electrical
Ask for Jeff or Michael. Great guys."
" We found all of Synergy employees to be very personable, friendly, informative, and careful. They answered our questions so we could understand everything. Jeff took care of all the permits and PG&E paper work. And it worked very well because we were able to refinance our house, which dropped our interest rates, so we even saved more money. They worked effectively - all the work was done in 3.5 days. I highly recommend them."
" Project ran great from start to finish, and all the staff and construction crew were very professional. We were given a detailed proposal at the start, detailed updates throughout, and follow up support at closeout."
" Working with Synergy Solar was an absolute dream. I honestly kind of dreaded getting solar because I thought that the process would be long, complicated and labor intensive. Our experience could not have been farther from my fears. From the first telephone call, to the numerous questions that we had for them to being ushered gently through the permit process, the whole experience could not have been easier or better. I wish I had more projects for them!!"
" We interviewed three solar companies before choosing Synergy. We were impressed by Jeff's knowledge and business like approach. He answered all our questions and address our concerns. He designed a system that fit our needs and explained the installation process.
Mike and his crew were prompt, friendly, efficient, reliable, hard working professionals that installed our system with practiced attention to detail. Synergy exceeded our expectations!"
" Synergy employees answered all of our questions completely and without the slightest sales pressure. We were impressed with the promptness and quality of the work by all of the employees."
" I was completely satisfied with working with Jeff and everyone else at Synergy. All the work was done excellently and exactly on the time table specified. In fact, my system was up and running ahead of schedule. I was especially pleased with having everything explained to me in an cogently and intelligently. I did not know much about solar energy systems, but do have a background in science. Jeff explained things to me at the appropriate technical level and anticipated many of my questions and concerns. He was articulate, smart and comfortable to interact with. He took care of all the business aspects including permits and communications with PGE. He made the entire process easy and stress free. I was also delighted with Synergy's generosity in contributing $500 to Analy High School's Science Department. I would enthusiastically recommend SYNERGY to any homeowner who is considering solar energy. Moreover, he has assured me that he will come out and visit after the system has been working for one year. I appreciate that committment. "
"Synergy could not be a better company. They are local and small and provide fantastic service. Due to a job postponement, they moved our project into the resulting vacancy and were able to draw up the plans and obtain a permit within a day. The entire installation took only a day-and-a-half. The workers were prompt, quiet, courteous, and efficient. They cleaned up the job site daily and were a pleasure to have around our home. Jeff's knowledge and professionalism are admirable, and his entire process from beginning to end was stellar. We are left with a great new solar system and a battery of documents reflecting every step of the operation."
"They completed the project in the time frame agreed upon.They addressed my questions promptly.They handled all the communication with the county and the utility." and "System is generating more power than predicted in spite of unseasonable cool temperatures."
We want to thank you and your staff for the excellent design and installation of the roof-mounted solar system at our house. In just under a month, we have silently generated over 1 MWh of electricity, doing our small part to reduce dependence on foreign energy sources. All aspects of the project were executed flawlessly. The Synergy crew was fantastic, working with PRMD (Permit Resouce Management Dept.) and PG&E as required, and answering our endless technical questions.
There were several reasons we decided to install solar with Synergy. We were interested in a local company that used local resources. The Enphase equipment, designed by our neighbors in Petaluma, provides up-to-date electricity production status information. It is effective in a variety of shading conditions, maximizing production on these foggy Sebastopol summer mornings. Also, the Sharp panels are assembled here in the United States, which was a big plus for us. Synergy employees live and work here in Sebastopol. As parents of Analy student athletes, the contribution made to Analy Athletics on my behalf to the Synergy Community Solar program was an unexpected bonus. The attached photo shows the Analy football team in our yard prior to the synergy installation.
Our primary reason for installing solar was as an investment. With the bond, stock, and real estate markets feeling more like a roller coaster than a sensible place to grow our retirement nest egg, installing solar will not only add to the value of our home, it will reduce our monthly expenses, and is a great hedge against rising energy costs. One less thing to pay for in seven years as the price of energy increases! Synergy provided competitive pricing and a secure return.
You guys did great - you are free to use us as a reference as needed."
"Averi and I are proud to help launch Synergy Solar's Plug into the Sun SEP initiative - their new solar program that donates much needed dollars to the Sebastopol Education Foundation. We have three children in the Sebastopol school system and fully understand the growing need for funding. As a local green business owner, we've always been interested in reducing our carbon footprint, and as a Go Local Sonoma board member, it made perfect sense to go with Synergy as a local company. Our solar installation was just completed, and the experience was flawless with virtually no money out of pocket. Now that this unique program is off the ground, our community has a venue to reduce energy expense, protect the environment, and give significant amounts of money to our local schools--an amazing win, win and win situation. The Synergy staff made the entire process easy from start to finish, and we are pleased with the design, installation and the service. Our solar installation is an investment that has added to the value to our home, reduced our monthly expenses, and helped to preserve the environment while supporting our schools."
Chief Executive Officer
"I was very favorably impressed with the Synergy Solar team! From design and bid presentation, installation, and hook-up, everything went smoothly. We have a wood shake roof that took extra effort to work with, but they did a great job. All the wiring is in our attic so the look on the roof and from the street is very nice. And all were super friendly and respectful of our house and garden. I am very happy with our array and happily recommend this company."
"We had a malfunctioning roof integrated system installed by the home builder and Synergy did a great job assessing the situation and installing an excellent panel array replacement. I highly recommend Synery Solar for great service and quality."
"When I need solar on my home, I knew I would use Synergy. They had been one of our customers at DC power for many years, and I respected the quality of their work. Synergy came out to my house and worked with me to designing the best locations for my system. In addition I had Synergy replace my old Zinsco Meter Main as part of this project. The Synergy crew did not disappoint me. They showed up when they said they would, coordinated with PG&E and minimized my need to be involved. If you have a solar project, Synergy is the one to call."
"Synergy Solar provided the professionalism and expertise needed to make the installation of our solar system as simple and owner friendly as possible. Synergy Solar was really effective in planning the system, specifying details needed for the permitting, evaluating the existing electrical system for the most cost effective interconnection, install and the subsequent follow-up. Synergy Solar was there for us with thoughtful suggestions, electrical expertise and high quality craftsmanship. We highly recommend them when telling friends, or anyone who asks, about our new solar system."
"Totaly Satisfied! All work was done as planned in a timely fashion in a professional manner and lines of communication were excellent at every phase of the project."
My Solar Home Benefits
Sebastopol Independent Charter School
"This summer I had a solar power system installed at my property. I wanted to lessen my carbon footprint, and didn't want to miss out on the financial assistance being given right now at federal, state and county levels. PG&E charges will rise over the years while my payment has now been made for decades. In the meantime I'm not depending on fossil fuels for my electricity.
I obtained 3 bids from highly reputable companies and went with Synergy Solar. Jeff and Michael and their crew were great to work with. They made the process very easy for me, worked smoothly and efficiently and provided a great product. Jeff handled all the paperwork for the rebates, PG&E, the county, etc. so I didn't have to become an expert on all the programs and procedures, myself. He told me where to show up and what to sign! And on top of all this, Synergy donated $500 to our school. I couldn't be more pleased with my choice and Synergy's work and I hope that some of you will go solar, too!"
" The system is working great, so great in fact we had a $280 credit on account at true up time. So we replaced our propane water heater with a hybrid electric. According to the specs of running the new water heater we should nearly use up this overage and save approximately $500/yr on our propane usage."
"Synergy Solar has installed 5 PV solar systems for Earthtone Construction projects this past year. Earthtone stakes its reputation on the quality work we do and the professionalism of the trade partners we bring to each project.
Jeff and his team have brought their unmatched expertise and skill to bear time and again to our clients' projects. Jeff brings his extensive practical knowledge and helps guide our clients in sizing, locating and designing their solar systems. Synergy's installation crews are tidy, safe, courteous and professional.
Synergy's focus is not only on the sale, but on building good systems and running a responsible and sustainable business. Their products are sourced domestically as much as possible and each element of their work is well thought out and well executed.
The whole Synergy team is a pleasure to work with.
Through Synergy's cash to schools program, the projects we have collaborated on have raised over $3000 for local schools."
" Synergy was a great company to work with. The process was personable and professional. Synergy got the job done faster than we expected even with some unforseen situations. They were very patient with us as well during a longer duration of work than they expected. I was home during a lot of the work and the staff was friendly and professional."
" Synergy has been one of our distribution customers for many years. We work with many solar companies and when it came to installing solar on our home, I chose Synergy to do the installation. I had the design and products, but needed help with the physical installation, electrical wiring and paperwork processing. The Synergy crew was friendly and easy to work with. Synergy did a great job, exceeding my expectations. Would not hesitate to use Synergy again and will refer them to my friends."
" I am well pleased with Synergy's work on our solar and breaker panel installation. They were professional, prompt, reliable and pleasant to work with."
" We couldn't be happier with our experience with Synergy. Solar was something we always wanted but didn't know would be so easy and possible. Jeff and his staff made every step of the way seamless and simple. They answered all of our questions, were professional, prompt and so helpful. They handled all of the details and made it so easy. Thank you!!"
" We just wanted to let you know how happy we are with our new solar panels and with the high level of professionalism and care exhibited by your staff.
It started with Jeff who worked with us to design just the right system for our needs and showed us how we could maximize the return on investment from our solar panels; to Mike who worked with us on the correct placement and wiring of our system; to Chaz who promptly handled the County inspection and to the crew who left our roof and garage looking better than when they arrived. We could not believe they cleaned the top of the roof with a hand broom and dust pan before leaving! We love working with local west county vendors who source America where possible, especially ones who do such an outstanding job!"
"I recently installed a solar system on my house. I also made other energy efficient upgrades in an effort to lower my carbon footprint. Being a new homeowner I had recently secured a loan for my house and had no additional funds for these upgrades. I was able to use the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) to fund these upgrades. I would encourage anyone who is interested to look into the program as an option to fund renewable energy or energy efficient upgrades."
" I am delighted I chose Synergy for my solar project, and would recommend that anyone investigating a solar project speak with them. Jeff was clearly ahead of the "pure sales" people I met with. He was able to explain his suggestions clearly, and investigated thoroughly before giving us a proposal. This meant the proposal was individualized and considered, not based off Google Earth with theoretical numbers. The installation was fast, efficient, tidy, and friendly with great communication and follow-up. The price was very competitive. Five star in every way.
" I investigated local companies and asked for several quotes.
I chose Synergy because their representative, Jeff Mathias, was non-intrusive (no car salesman)
and knowledgeable as well as competitive. Jeff advised upgrading the breaker box and pointed
out a few other technical issues. Also included was a connection to a solar water heater installed
at the same time.
Synergy always stayed in contact by phone or email, and confirmed all work executed on my property. If there was an open question, Jeff handled all that with a call or an email in no time - the communication was great. The Synergy crew came in and had the installation done in a day. The entire installation was executed as expected and on time. All garbage was cleaned up and the quality of the installation was great.
All in all, I have to say it was a great experience to work with Synergy, and I would work with them any time again. I would like to advise anyone else to look at this company when it comes to Solar or other electrical jobs.
" Synergy Solar have just completed the installation of our solar PV system to our home in Sebastopol. We could not be happier with Synergy.
Jeff's thoroughness and expertise were evident from his first visit to our home. He analyzed our usage, explained the best system options to us and then presented a written quote within a day or two, complete with payback analysis for the system for both self-financed or SCIEP financed options.
Installation was scheduled for 3 weeks later and was performed by a professional, polite and productive crew over 3 days. Their work was tidy and performed with care, skill and attention to detail. Best of all...Synergy made a $500 donation to our kids school...how cool is that!"
"The system is new and it is still cool to check the inverter and see how many KW I produced each day and how many lbs. of carbon emissions I saved the atmosphere."
"Proposal was on target, the quality of installation and workmanship were very good and there was good communication throughout the whole process. I recommend Synergy to anyone looking to add solar power to their home."
" ...I interviewed four companies and received quotes from three.
I chose Synergy because you were the only one who presented a plan that was based on fact. You listened
to what we wanted to accomplish, did your due diligence as to the path through the multiple panels, and
came up with a plan that made sense.
"When it came time for the installation, Synergy was on the job with the correct materials, a plan that had been reviewed and approved by all, and your guys did a great job.
"We look forward to reaping the benefits for years to come.
"Our thanks to you and Mike and the entire Synergy crew."
"P.S. And in the process found a reliable and professional electrical contractor to help with my projects around the farm."
"I began looking at solar for my house after speaking to Len Greenwood, who runs the Green Career Pathways Program at Montgomery High School. Len recommended we look at Synergy Solar & Electrical Systems Inc, and I am glad we did. I met with Jeff Mathias, of Synergy, and discussed my needs. The proposal he presented was detailed and thorough. Upon selecting Synergy, they worked with me and our homeowner's association to site (choose a location for) the panels.
Michael and Jeff did an excellent job of keeping me informed throughout the process. Michael led the installation team, coordinating the Synergy Team, and the Sub-contractors (for tractor work, concrete pouring and chip mulching). The Synergy crew was on-site, coordinating all the inspections, and I did not need to vary my schedule at all. The end result was more than I could have hoped. The system looks good, and even in the dead of winter I am realizing a significant savings on my electrical bill.
I am very happy with my solar system; I am lowering my carbon footprint, while saving money. Synergy was great to work with and I would recommend them to anyone looking to install a solar system.
"In 2010 I decide to make the move to Solar, choosing Synergy as
my solar provider. I wanted to install a 22 panel system, and have the capabilities to add
an additional 11 panels as funding permitted. Synergy prepared all the paperwork for financing
with the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP), the rebate paperwork for the CSI, the
inter-connection paperwork for PG&E and procured the permit from the County of Sonoma.
As part of this project I put on a new roof and Synergy coordinated with the roofer, installing
the new footings before the roof was installed. The first 22 panels were installed
as planned and I decided to move forward with phase two in June of 2011. The design from Synergy
worked like a charm. The inverter was correctly sized, and the wiring and footings were already
in place to handle the expansion. My experience with Synergy has been fantastic, they came
when they said they would, and did what they said they would do.
"You guys (Synergy) have been great, always did what you said you were going to do, Just like the old days (before you were born)!"
"It has been an extremely pleasant experience dealing with Synergy. Every facet of the proposal, communication, installation and follow-up has been handled with great professionalism, care, and friendly, polite expertise. I am experiensing better results than expected, dropping from 1,500 kwh per month, to the minimum PG&E has (zero). Super company."
"Synergy installed solar panel's on our home and our rental property. Synergy made dealing with the Sonoma County Energy Independance program, the City of Santa Rosa and the McDonald Historic District absolutely painless. Synergy guided us through the process and developed a plan that fit our needs. Synergy's team is thorough and organized, delivering the work on schedule and on budget. We are delighted with Synergy's work and have recommended Synergy to several friends!"
"Wow, thank you. You guys were great! I wish you much success with your future endeavors.
"The guys at Synergy are true pros. We received three solar bids and we chose Synergy because Jeff and company not only turned in the most competitive bid, but showed the most concern and dedication for helping us reduce energy costs without losing a cent in year one. They walked us through the process of selecting a solar system for our needs and securing a Sonoma County Energy Independence grant. Synergy worked within our deadlines and finished right on time. All of the Synergy employees were always friendly, courteous and non-intrusive. Top notch service from a locally-owned company."
"In 2009 we began looking at solar, one system to power our
house and the other to power our well. Synergy has been doing electrical work on our property
for many years, and was the logical choice to consult with on this project. We ended up designing
2 ground mount systems, and now, almost 2 years latter, they have been running without a hitch.
Synergy came out after a year and reviewed their financial projections with us. They did a physical inspection of the systems and offered us additional ideas on how to improve our energy usage.
Financially, we are saving over $5,000 a year, generating power from the sun, and lowering our carbon foot print. Synergy has been a true partner with us, every step of the way. From the financial justification, through installation and Synergy's follow-up after the installation, the whole Synergy Crew has been a pleasure to work with.
Our property has great natural vistas, and we consider the gleaming panels a pleasing aesthetic addition given the knowledge of the energy we're producing and saving."
"Thank you so much for your reassuring manner, your professional attitude and response to every need I had. I have the highest regard for your work."
"I am completely happy and satisfied with the job. You and your team are great!! You represent a work ethic that you should be proud of in today's climate. It truly has been a pleasure!!! Any recommendation will have your name on it"
"Synergy saw us through the process, start to finish. We were away at a swim meet and returned to find the installation complete and our meter running backwards"
"Just thought you might like to know how well the system is working.
Last year our January bill was almost $600. For the whole year so far, our bill is less the $300 and the
meter is still running backwards. At our annual pay up time with PG&E, we will have little
or nothing to pay. The system is working great.
"We evaluated 3 solar companies and chose Synergy due to their overall proposal, communication and professionalism. They were pleasant to work with and made the whole process simple."
"We are extremely impressed with this company.
Jeff and Mike run an excellent operation and truly understand what good service is all about.
"Dear Synergy Solar and Electrical,
I would like to thank you all for a job well done on our new 36-panel solar system in Occidental. We are very happy with the outcome of your work. It will make us happy for many years to come. In addition, I would like to say that throughout this entire process, Synergy always surprized and delighted us with your professionalism, knowledge and timeliness. I have been entirely impressed with your company, and will heartily recommend you to my friends.
"We just finish our first year after installing our solar system with Synergy.
Your sizing of the system was right on. Our total electrical usage costs for the year was $12,
saving us almost $6,000 over the previous year.
WOW....nice, thank you again."
"The guys from Synergy did a fantastic job during every aspect of the project. Their attention to detail was far more than I had expected and the quality and appearance of the solar display, racking and the mounting of the inverters and meter couldn't be better. Even though the weather didn't always cooperate, the job was completed in a very timely manner. As far as the financial benefits go, my PG&E bill went from $650 to $118 and that's in the middle of winter. I can't wait to see what this system will do in the middle of summer!"
"Synergy gave me excellent customer service at every step in the installation of my
solar system. We received bids and interviewed five different solar companies before choosing
Synergy. There was no pressure to buy when Jeff visited our home. He handled all of the paperwork
for SCEIP. Those in charge of SCEIP at the county office knew that all of my paperwork would
be in order because Jeff has a reputation for excellence at the County Office.
I have heartily recommended Synergy to everyone who asked me about our solar installation. I have only praise for the work being done by the Synergy crew with their thoughtful, friendly manners.
A satisfied Synergy customer"
"As a former project manager for a general contractor, it was very satisfying when the Synergy crew showed up at my own home, and within minutes I could tell that I could relax, step aside, and let them do their work, knowing everything would be done well, and done right.
I congratulate you (Jeff) and Mike on running such a solid, professional operation."
"This month marks the 2nd year since Synergy installed our solar. Thanks to the Jeff, Mike and the guys at Synergy Solar, the process was very simple and quick once we made the basic decisions about where and how we would install the solar. Jeff walked us through the SCEIP program for financing. At the end of our first full year, our "true up" with PG&E came to us owing about $160 for the whole year. They did not "quit" us once the system was in place, but have come out to check the system and make sure all was well and to help us optimize our energy production. These guys are true "pros". We knew (about Synergy from) ... the electrical side of their business (when we had them do) ... extensive new wiring in our remodeled kitchen and great room, and did a great job there too. We are very pleased, thanks guys."
"Synergy is the ideal company to work with. For our solar installation, they took care of everything from planning the project, to processing the paper work with the county. All we had to do is agree to move forward with the project. Synergy prepared a study of our power usage, designed a system to meet our needs, and then checked back with us a year later to review our energy usage to be sure the system they designed performed as expected. It's clear Jeff and Mike are thoroughly knowledgeable and from our experience, they are a pleasure to work with."
"Working with Synergy Systems has been a pleasure from initial contact to completion of our new 30KW solar system, installed to power our small winery, office and cave complex in Napa Valley... All components of the system are first class materials and installation, and the crew were a delight to work with. They were knowledgeable, courteous, tidy and efficient. We are hoping to add on to our system in the future, and would willingly work with Synergy Systems again. Our very first electrical bill following the connection of our solar energy system showed a zero balance due for energy consumption!"
Araujo Estate Wines
"My bill was over $250/month, between my main house and an 'all electric' rental unit. With the addition of solar, I no longer have an electric bill, the system will pay itself off in under 7 years, and I have a great positive cash flow. The 30% federal credit really helped out, spreading it over 2009 and 2010."