Going solar can be a great investment in clean, affordable energy and it’s increasingly popular. Residential solar installations increased over 400% in the US through most of 2021 compared to the year before, according to the Department of Energy.
But it’s a big decision to make in a crowded marketplace. While you should reach out to multiple installers for quotes, including local ones, it’s worth knowing the national players, too. Below we discuss what you need to know about ADT Solar.
ADT Solar became one of the largest solar installers in America when ADT purchased Sunpro Solar in 2021. It became ADT Solar in April. It offers a price-match guarantee and 25-year warranties for many of its products. The announcement by LG, Sunpro’s preferred provider, that it would no longer make solar panels injects some uncertainty for the company going forward, but ADT Solar might make sense if you live within its sizable and expanding service area.
ADT Solar is still a new brand, though much of the former Sunpro’s commitments appear to have carried over. That means ADT Solar offers strong warranties, a price match guarantee on installations and a fair selection of products. You should get quality equipment that shouldn’t be more expensive than competitors (though there are caveats to the price match). ADT could be more upfront with its prices (though that’s true of almost every solar company) and it will be interesting to see where things stand after it finds a new preferred solar panel and the acquisition of Sunpro isn’t quite so new. Of the companies we’ve reviewed so far, ADT has the highest rating.
No review should take the place of getting multiple quotes (including local installers) specific to your property. This review is as well researched as possible, but doesn’t rely on any hands-on testing. I didn’t go through the ordering process with ADT Solar or any other solar company, so your experience may be different from what’s written here.
ADT Solar offers panels for purchase, but not via lease or. If you purchase from ADT, you’re likely to get quality panels, at least in the near term.
Before its purchase, Sunpro’s preferred panels came from LG. LG made some of the best and most widely used panels in the industry, but recently it announced it will stop manufacturing panels in the spring of 2022. The company will continue to honor warranties on its panels, but soon you won’t be able to put them on your roof. What that means for ADT isn’t completely apparent.
Other solar companies, like Sunrun,, too. LG’s announcement is a major shakeup, and companies haven’t had time to adapt, as of when this was published. An ADT spokesperson said in an email that the company is selecting panels that have 25 year warranties and will be backed by a 25 year production guarantee by ADT.
ADT Solar offers two preferred batteries, the Tesla Powerwall and Enphase’s IQ batteries. The Tesla Powerwall is a battery widely used by solar installers. It can provide 13.5 kilowatt hours of energy in total at a rate of 5.8 kVA continuously or 7.2 kVA for 10 seconds at a time. Powerwall promises 70% capacity over 10 years regardless of how much the battery is used as long as it’s used just to back up your house. Enphase IQ batteries come in two sizes as well. The IQ Battery 3 can hold 3.36 kilowatt hours of usable energy and release it at a continuous rate of 1.28 kVA or 1.92 kVA during a 10-second peak.
Enphase’s IQ Battery 10 contains three of its smaller counterparts. That makes for a total capacity of 10.08 kilowatt hours of usable energy, a maximum release rate of 3.84 kVA and a 10-second maximum of 5.7 kVA. While the Powerwall is bigger and can release more energy at once, both batteries can have more units added on. If a Powerwall was too small for your needs, you could purchase a second, or third. The same goes for Enphase, though you can add in smaller increments by adding one IQ Battery 3 at a time.
ADT Solar also installs Enphase microinverters, which operate with over 97% efficiency. Enphase also offers system monitoring through a smartphone app. Through the app you can monitor your system performance, see where energy is flowing between your house, solar panels, battery storage and the grid. You can also view the performance of individual panels, take your home off the grid, and configure your system to save the most money or use the least amount of energy from the grid possible. The app is well liked, scoring a 4.7-star rating in the App Store and 4.2 on Google Play. (I did not test the app.)
ADT Solar offers a couple of warranties above and beyond typical manufacturers warranties, a 25-year production warranty and a 25-year workmanship warranty. An ADT spokesperson said the production guarantee is specific to each array and included in individual contracts. The labor warranty guarantees that the system will be installed “according to the reasonable standards of care and diligence generally practiced by solar installation companies” on similar installations in the same area, a company spokesperson said. That guarantee seems pretty general, but a 25-year workmanship warranty is much longer than other companies.
ADT doesn’t make the average prices of its installations public and a spokesperson declined to share that number. Solar panel installations vary in price from state to state. The median cost in 2021 according to the consulting firm Wood Mackenzie was $3.28 per watt, but others report significantly lower numbers. EnergySage said solar installation averages ranged from $2.33 per watt in Arizona to $3.43 in Washington, DC.
Regardless of the average price in your area, ADT is likely to compete as it offers a price-match guarantee. Within 30 days of signing an agreement with ADT, if you can submit to them a cheaper quote from a competing installer, ADT will honor that price and throw an additional $150 dollars your way. There are a few stipulations: The solar arrays offer “the same products and workmanship or equal specifications” and provide the same “benefits of ADT’s workmanship, installation certifications, background and drug-testing program for installers.”
ADT has a large and growing footprint. The company currently operates in 23 states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. It further reports service is coming soon to six more states: Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia.
You can get in contact with ADT through a short online form, which authorizes the company to contact you via phone or email. ADT then conducts a site visit and presents you with a quote. ADT operates with in-house install teams, which have been trained by the company to install its system, ADT said in an email.
As with most major purchases, it’s best to check out multiple options before choosing one solar provider over another. If you need to finance your panels,, too.
ADT’s price-match guarantee means it should be as affordable as other installers. On top of that, while you’ll need to read the details of the warranties you’re offered, 25-year production and workmanship warranties are longer than most on the market. While ADT Solar is fresh off a change in ownership, ADT’s preferred brands are high quality and have a strong track record. After LG announced it would stop making solar panels, ADT has yet to land on a new preferred panel, but appears to be aiming for a top-end panel with a 25-year warranty. Among the major solar providers, ADT appears to be a good choice.
While I researched as deeply as was reasonable, it’s important to note that I didn’t go through the purchasing process or get any hands-on experience with an ADT installation. Solar installers are difficult to review in a traditional sense, and this overview doesn’t rely on any independent, empirical testing by CNET. Be sure to do your own research into the best fit for your home and include smaller, local installers in your search.