Go solar with the Santa Cruz leader in commercial projects

Sandbar Solar is the premier solar installer for commercial and municipal projects in Santa Cruz County. With years of experience on large, complex projects — NHS Skateboard, the Wrigley Building, and Plantronics to name a few — organizations rely on us for the expertise and efficiency in installing cost-saving solar systems. From design and permitting through installation and maintenance, we build customized rooftop, ground, and carport systems.

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Why Sandbar Solar for businesses and municipalities?

  • Completion of hundreds of commercial solar projects
  • Largest, most experienced crew in the Santa Cruz area
  • Affordable systems that save your company money
  • Taking on the challenging projects others pass on
  • High-quality materials and guarantees on our work
  • Providing multiple options for systems and financing

Unmatched expertise and professionalism on commercial projects

As a leader in the solar photovoltaic industry since 2004 — many of our in-house experts have more than 20 years of experience — Sandbar Solar has a complete understanding of the “going solar” process. We have built both on-grid and off-grid systems, and we have worked with and supported partners through both innovative financing structures and challenging project environments.

From the conceptual feasibility stages of a project, through installation to final commissioning and interconnection, Sandbar Solar offers valuable perspective to a project. Our pre-construction services experience in the development of implementation plans for solar integrators and clients is a significant contributor to ultimate success of a project. Sandbar Solar is prepared to deliver.

Project support areas include the following:

  • Feasibility assessments
  • Incentives and rebates
  • Pre-construction services
  • System design and documentation
  • Construction management
  • Module installation
  • Electrical installation and point-of-connection grid interconnection
  • System commissioning and inverter start-up
  • Ongoing maintenance and support

Electrical services for commercial and industrial projects

For solar and non-solar projects, Sandbar Solar provides the construction industry professional electrical services. Understanding the challenges of electrical construction and working closely with our clients and their project considerations, Sandbar Solar provides value through pre-construction assistance and ultimate timely and competitive delivery of services.

As a merit shop contractor and WECA member, Sandbar is able to work in the private sector as well as the public works/prevailing wage marketplace. Our crews are professionally trained, certified, and experienced in the work we perform.

Electrical construction services include the following:

  • Pre-construction services
  • Budgetary and schedule review
  • Energy efficiency upgrades
  • Equipment hook-ups
  • General electrical installation
  • Low-voltage infrastructure wiring
  • Instrumentation and control wiring
  • Sub-panel additions
  • Tenant improvements
  • Lighting retrofits
  • Service and support

What Customers Say About Us

Years ago we investigated getting solar panels, but decided to look into it again this year. We had already spoken to a few other companies when we met with August, our Solar Consultant at Sandbar Solar. August was wonderful at giving us honest information and helping us to get what we needed. He helped compare which solar panels were best for our usage. We followed up with our own research and choose the Panasonic panels offered by Sandbar because because of their high efficiency. The communication with the Sandbar team was excellent through the entire process. The installation crew was polite and installed our system in two days! It was less than two weeks from signing our contract, that our system was installed. It is an absolute joy to see our meter go in reverse piling up credits for a lower electrical bills. I would highly recommend working with Sandbar Solar!read more

Yasmine Nadel

Yasmine Nadel
00:46 17 Mar 17

Sandbar is one of the best Santa Cruz solar companies in town, hands down. Scott and his team are experts at what they do. I've witnessed firsthand their attention to detail, and stellar customer service. A solar panel installation for your home will take place without a hitch because Scott will make sure nothing falls through the cracks. These guys know what they're talking about. They've been around for a long time, which is reassuring. Even if you live in San Jose or anywhere over the hill they can service you. They've helped me and my friends switch to solar, and I'm so glad we did.read more


00:58 16 Feb 17

It's been a year that I have had my solar. Sandbar installed it in a timely manner. They were less than the other companies I had checked out. I even had a problem with one of the panels. They fixed it so fast. No charge. After this year I got my bill from PGE NO charges due for electric. Sandbar had put up the right amount of panels. I'm so happy!read more

loretta ivison

loretta ivison
22:15 26 Oct 16

Professional ethical and highly recommended. I'm an electrical engineer and I expected detailed answers to all my questions and they delivered. They are craftsmen in their trade and have my complete trust.I did ask the town inspector (Los Gatos) about them when he came out to inspect the installation, he indicated to me that he never has a problem with the multiple Sanbar installs he has approved.read more

Jack Millerick

Jack Millerick
20:37 22 Jun 16

Joshua Escobedo

Joshua Escobedo
00:11 30 Nov 16

Working with Sandbar was great. They were significantly cheaper than other bids we received, finished our project quickly, and answered all of our questions. The installation was so fast that they finished it in one day before our young child's afternoon nap. The entire team was friendly and helpful. They made everything so easy for us. Can't recommend them highly enough.read more

Andrew Ow

Andrew Ow
16:26 16 May 17

The system Sandbar installed has been up and running for about 8 months. To say that I am pleased with the resulting power bill from our utility company would be an understatement – from $600 to $50. The system is dramatically out performing my expectations. I checked the Solar Edge monitoring system frequently and get a sense of contentment each time.read more

Charles Gjers

Charles Gjers
20:07 20 Jul 17

Working with Sandbar was excellent. We were kept informed about every step. I have not had the installation long enough to learn how much I am saving. Will have to give final evaluation after the :tru-up " bill.read more

Janet Perry

Janet Perry
17:45 20 Jul 17

Sandbar is a huge supporter of our community here in Santa Cruz. They brought their solar trailer to our LogJam surf contest this past weekend and provided all the power for the entire production. In past years we've had to use a fueled generator and it was amazing to have only the sun giving us our power this time. It's silent, no fumes and looks incredibly cool on top of that. Sandbar provides the trailer to dozens of other events in the county each year, and are committed to giving back to the community in a ton of other ways. Not only are they great at what they do - they're also one of the most generous neighbors you could ever want. We love Sandbar!read more

Michael Matkin

Michael Matkin
19:11 05 May 17

Sandbar was awesome. They communicated with me through the whole process. The install crew were friendly and fast. I couldn't be happier.read more

Deborah Rich

Deborah Rich
22:42 13 Jul 17

A good friend of mine recommended Sandbar Solar and I can truly say it has been a wonderful experience in the pre-work, installation and subsequent maintenance of the solar panels we installed in our home. It was so seamless and easy from start to end and in particular want to call out August Materazzi who patiently answered each and every question I had through the entire process And it feels great to be able to generate my own electricity and not rely on PG&E 🙂read more

Sridhar Narayanan

Sridhar Narayanan
03:05 15 Dec 17