Switching to solar can seem a bit overwhelming, and you probably have a list of questions like; “How do I choose the right solar company?” “What size solar system will my house need?” “How do I finance my system?” “Does it matter if I source local or out-of-state?” or, more commonly, “Where do I even begin?”

Thankfully, we’ve got answers. Choosing the solar company that fits your needs should be the first step to achieving the solar home or business of your dreams.

What to Look For in a Solar Company

It’s important to choose the right solar company for your home or business, and Cedar Creek Energy is here to help. This means doing some research. A few key points to watch for when researching solar companies include:

  • Location
  • Affordability
  • Trust

Let’s dig into these:

Location—Why Sourcing Local Matter

Sourcing a local solar company is the best way to ensure you’re getting the best bargain on your solar array. Local solar companies will have more knowledge on the rebates and utilities specific to your neighborhood, saving you more money. A local solar company will also be available in the years ahead to answer questions or perform maintenance.

No Outsourcing

When you choose to work with a local solar company, specifically Cedar Creek Energy, there is no outsourcing. If you choose an out-of-state solar company, the chances are higher that they will outsource their contractors to cut down on their transportation costs.

At Cedar Creek Energy, we ensure the quality remains consistently high with our in-house team of experts. You’ll get to know us and work with our team every step of the way.

Affordability—Local Rebates and Utilities

The location of your solar company ties into its affordability. As stated earlier, local solar companies will have more familiarity with the local rebates and utilities available to your area.


In Minnesota alone, there are 235 different utilities that make up our grid. Out-of-state contractors likely won’t be informed on all the different utilities subject to your area. At Cedar Creek Energy, we pride ourselves for having a deep knowledge of which utilities offer what bonuses and rebates. Plus, we’ll handle all the paperwork and even submit it for you.

Lesser Known Grants

Since we’re a local Minnesota-based solar company, we know where to find the grants and funding for projects of all types and sizes. There are little known grants that we alert our clients to that are often specific to their county or city, but not advertised.


Even if they’re not advertised, we know about the commercial/residential financing programs for each level—city, county, state, and federal.


Trust—Locality and Referrals

Finding a trustworthy solar company is, arguably, the most important component of your solar project. Trust, like location and affordability, also ties into sourcing local. By choosing to source a local solar company you’ll know their level of trustworthiness based on the community they’ve worked with. By sourcing locally, you can also use referrals as a way to determine trustworthiness.

Our customers trust us because we have a strong commitment to our clients and we treat our clients like we, ourselves, would like to be treated, and because of that core value, many refer us to their family and friends. Referrals offer a new level of trust that won’t correlate to a non-referral out-of-state company. Plus, we’re Minnesotans, so you know our interactions will be honest, pleasant, and friendly. Minnesotans helping Minnesotans: it’s what we do.

Another great way to determine the trustworthiness of a company is their online presence. Does the company have any reviews on its website? Are the reviews good? If they’re lacking in digital presence and their reviews are negative, you’ll know they’re probably not the best company to work with. At Cedar Creek Energy, we take pride in our five-star reviews and happy customers.

You could be a happy customer, too! Contact us today for your free solar bid. We’ll discuss the best practices, which system is right for your home or business, how to finance your solar project and answer any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cedar Creek Energy