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    A Story of Sustainability

    On a flight to Phoenix, our now CTO Joe Messner looked down from his window and saw thousands of rooftops without solar. “How strange,” he thought, “for a city that averages more than 300 sunny days every year.” Inspired, Joe contacted his friend and colleague, Russ Patzer, and together they scratched out a business plan on the back of a napkin to harness Arizona’s most abundant natural resource and change how people power their lives.  

    This was the beginning of Sun Valley Solar Solutions and exactly the type of challenge that two former Intel engineers like Joe and Russ just love. Russ took the lead on all business operations as CEO while Joe focused his efforts on the technology side.

    Today, Sun Valley Solar Solutions’ mission can be traced back to that singular airplane moment that ignited Russ and Joe’s imaginations. We combine cutting edge and reliable technologies with fully tested installation techniques to deliver a clean, affordable energy alternative to the people of Arizona. Since our founding, we’ve helped thousands of businesses and homeowners reduce, or even eliminate their electric bills, while ensuring a cleaner and more sustainable energy future for generations to come.  

    An Investment in Quality

    Today’s best solar panels will operate at peak efficiency for decades. As a result, when you decide to go solar, you’re making an investment that will deliver financial and environmental returns for many years. We started Sun Valley Solar Solutions with the intention of installing only those products that are trusted around the world as the best in their category.

    We back these products with a highly-accredited team that is fully certified and trained in the latest installation practices. Because we’re based right here in Arizona, our experience ensures that our systems are fully optimized to withstand the Sonoran Desert climate. Once the installation is complete, we back our work with a fully-staffed in-house service team.

    The Right Stuff

    When a couple Intel engineers wrote the plan for Sun Valley Solar Solutions on the back of a napkin, they left nothing to chance. They understood then, as they do today, that recruiting and training the best talent is critical to ensuring happy customers.

    Our founders are 100% committed to ethical business practices and we work hard to recruit people who share these core values. We understand the importance of educating our customers, rather than simply selling to them, and are proud to report that more than a third of our business comes from referrals.

    Our team is passionate about sustainability and understands how technology can make the world a better place. This is the solid foundation from which Sun Valley Solar Solutions continues to thrive.

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    Sun Valley Solar Solutions’ in-house design team will customize a totally unique
    solar energy solution that’s optimized specifically for your home and lifestyle.

    Solar’s Most Qualified


    Delivering quality begins with being the most qualified

    Every Sun Valley Solar employee takes tremendous pride in their work and believes in a cleaner and more sustainable energy future. Education and training is not only encouraged, but required and provided for key leadership and technical positions. After all, we were founded by engineers, so we know first-hand that delivering quality begins with being the most qualified. When you work with SVSS, you’re working with the best and brightest.

    Industry Certifications

    • SunPower Commercial Dealer
    • SunPower Elite Residential Dealer
    • NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales Professional
    • NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional
    • RISE CSRP Certified Solar Roofing Professional
    • Certified Envelope Professional with the Building Performance Institute
    • Arizona Registrar of Contractors
    • SRP Preferred Solar Installer
    • Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer

    Don’t Just Take Our Word for It


    Look for and support opportunities to ‘wow’ our customers.

    This is one of our core company values and it hangs on almost every wall in the Sun Valley Solar office. Staying true to this value and delivering quality work to each and every customer has allowed us to become one of the most successful Arizona-based solar energy installers. We are very proud to report that over a third our business comes through referral and repeat customers. Give us a chance to earn your trust as well.

    Awards & Accolades

    • Five-time Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner
    • Rosie on the House Certified Partner
    • Five star customer satisfaction rating on Yelp
    • Accredited and A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau
    • #1 Residential Solar Installer 2016, Ranking Arizona

    A Sustainable Community

    Sun Valley Solar is passionately committed to providing renewable energy alternatives throughout Arizona, but our broader mission extends well beyond the bounds of our state alone. We are part of a thriving community working to reshape how people power their lives and businesses. Our professional associations give us access to critical industry data from around the globe, empower us with local and national influence over energy policy, and most importantly, strengthen our buying power so that we can offer our customers the best and latest technologies.

    Professional Associations

    • Amicus Solar Cooperative
    • US Green Building Council
    • Local First Arizona
    • Arizona Solar Deployment Alliance (ASDA)
    • Chandler Chamber of Commerce
    • Arizona Green Chamber

    Giving Back

    In addition to our global outlook, we also understand the importance of giving back to the local communities who have helped us thrive. We hold numerous Chamber of Commerce memberships throughout The Valley, including right here in our home city of Chandler. We also have an ongoing relationship with Habitat for Humanity and are very proud to report that in addition to our corporate donations, many of our employees have given their own time to this great cause.

    In 2016, Sun Valley Solar employees launched a fundraiser to establish an undergraduate scholarship and graduate level research grant through the ASU School of Sustainability. The scholarship and grant were commissioned under our founder’s names, and offered to help advance sustainability research and education right here in Arizona.

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