Ben is a great, reliable and trustworthy business owner. He has been in the solar industry for years and has worked from the ground up. It is evident that he is very knowledgeable of not only practices in the bay area but also of what is going on in the industry.
Going through Avatar Energy Solutions has its advantages. They do not have specific contracts to buy from any particular solar or financing companies so they can negotiate to find you the lowest rate. It was nice not having to call all the different solar companies in the area and have to do comparison shopping with multiple sales people. Ben gave me multiple quotes from different business's so I knew I was getting the best deal. He even referred and negotiated with a roofer for me as well!
Ben cares about his customers long after their purchase. I was so happy with my experience I referred my parents to him as well. After a few months of install Ben checked in with them again to see how they were enjoying their solar. He took a look at their solar output and noticed that PG&E had put them on a different solar rate plan. Ben suggested they switch plans and now they are saving even more money!
I can not say enough good things about Ben. If you are thinking of going solar or just have some questions I'm sure he would be happy to help.
I engaged Ben Banash with Avatar Energy Solutions to install our solar energy system. I found Ben to be very competent and knowledgeable about solar energy systems. He educated me about our system and answered all the questions that I asked. Ben and his team installed my system in a timely and professional manner. My system is producing electricity and the savings is very substantial. I was very impressed with Ben's high standard of workmanship, financial knowledge and expertise and would like to thank him with this letter of commendation.
Mary A. - El Cajon, CA
Daphne - Oakland, CA
Ben did a great job on our sytem. The install went smoothly and we are very satisfied with the end result. We would recommend Avatar to anyone looking to purchase and instal a PV system
Norb J. - Lakeside, CA
James M. - San Diego, CA
Been meaning to write this for a while.... I contacted Ben after learning he was running his own solar business. Ben has been in the industry for many years working for one of the largest solar firms. I believe in shopping small businesses as they seem not to treat you like just a number. I am a hard man to please when it comes to major projects. I had already done quite a bit of homework before contacting Ben. We went over everything in great detail. When it comes to panel selection, there are tons of options available these days, some installers limit your choices.
Once we determined the amount of viable space we had to work with, Ben helped me figure how we can maximize electricity production while minimizing system cost. I have an electric car pool pumps and central a/c. All this in a modest sized house w/ pool solar and tubular skylights also on the roof presented a challenging configuration. Additionally my house was built over 45 years ago and the electrical panel was already maxed out and the brand of panel we had was known for being a bit of a fire hazard. With the installation of the solar system 21 panels,we completely replaced the old power panel. The whole job was knocked out in less than 3 days and we are producing more than we consume. Our system is grid tied and we own it. We will receive a 30% tax credit and additionally write off the interest on our loan.
Ben was very helpful throughout the whole process from planning to execution. Thanks again! Now the electric utility and the gas station can suck it.
Ben We had a great experience with Avatar. Ben explained to us everything we needed to know about solar power. He helped us figure out the right system for our needs and didn't try to over sell us. He has been a pleasure to work with before, during, and after installation. The installers were very courteous and professional and did the work quickly, without any mess.
Our Avatar solar system is now up and running and saving us tons of money on our electric bills.
Solar power is the way to go and Avatar is a great locally-owned business to do the job. I recommend them very highly.
Daniel M. - Oakland, CA
Reuben H. - Oakland, CA
I have just completed an excellent experience with AVATAR Energy Solutions.
They were excellent on all fronts including:
- Ben provided Excellent communications and information with sales/contract/project management. Ben was extremely helpful and patient provided me with many options for lease or purchase of various configurations. I finally decided on purchasing a 2.4 KW system with 8 panels of 300 watts each.
- Metin and his installation team provided Friendly, Professional communication and Excellent workmanship. Consistently on-time and prompt with clear communications. They took extra effort to make sure all aspects of the installation were completed properly and attractively.
I highly recommend Avatar Energy Solutions based on my excellent experience.
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Christian N. - Pinole, CA
I am beyond satisfied with the service provided by Avatar Energy Solutions. Ben is extremely knowledgeable, professional, courteous and friendly. He was able to answer all of my questions expediently and in great detail. I compared a couple different companies and Avatar was definitely the best deal for the solar system that I wanted. While dealing with Ben I felt very comfortable and did not feel pressured at all. When I finally made the decision, everything went smoothly and Ben was ready to help at every step of the process. The installation was extremely fast (4 hours!) and he stopped by to check on things after they were finished. The workmanship was great and the install was very clean. I will definitely recommend him to those are looking into solar.
Carlos N. - Antioch, CA
We moved into our house a year ago and always knew we would end up getting solar as we would have to use the ac in the summer months. After we got a $400 bill we knew it was finally time to get solar. We had pool solar on but It always seemed that the pool was not as warm as it should have been. We are so thankful that we found Ben because he got up on the roof and confirmed it. Our pool solar had been painted over when the past owners were getting ready to sell the house.Ben was able to not only help us to get solar but also was able to replace our pool solar. Ben checked around for the best prices and wanted to make sure that we could still keep some pool solar up with the new panels. he was always in contact with us weekly and if we had any questions at all he was available to answer.
I did not know much about solar or options with solar but after talking with Ben and how knowledgable he is I feel like now I am very educated. He really cares about his customers and wants them to be happy. Ben's office is out of Oakland and we live about an hour away. He came out and met with us multiple times and was there for the whole process. I couldn't have trusted someone more than Ben. The whole process was very fast and the installation took about 4-5 hours. We are very satisfied going with Ben at avatar energy solutions and our system. If you have any questions at all you should definitely contact Ben. You will not be disappointed.
I am extremely satisfied with the service provided by Avatar Energy Solutions. Ben made the entire process so easy. He was always available to answer any questions I had, and I had a lot. I talked to quite a few other solar companies and Avatar was able to offer me the best system for the best price. While dealing with Ben I felt very comfortable knowing he had my interest in mind. If I need to, I would work with them again and have already recommended them to family and friends.