We had Eric install solar for us about six years ago. This year we wanted to add some panels and battery backup, and obviously called NexGen. Eric patiently walked us through a complete cost/benefit analysis and explained pros and cons for us to consider. After we made our decisions and signed our contract many things started to happen that we were so grateful to have Eric and his team on top of. Rebate qualification? Done! Coordination with SCE? Done! Permit approval? Done! Installation, system check and follow-up inspection by Eric? Done, done and done! NexGen, Eric and his entire team (the second time we’ve had the pleasure of Zack as site foreman) are all pro. Their pricing is competitive. Their service is fantastic. Delivery was on time.
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We had nexgen install solar panels recently, and we had an awesome experience. They were so helpful and informative. Their work was efficiently done, and they’ve gone above and beyond what we expected. And they’re a local company. I highly recommend reaching out to them.
I am completely satisfied with the entire process of my solar electric system project. After being hesitant about going forward with quotes from a few of the large companies, I called NexGen based on all the great reviews on Yelp.
I had a phone consultation with Eric and his advice seemed logical. He gave me options of different costs and equipment. I wanted the best so it would last and give me trouble free energy, and it wasn’t much more money.
I went with REC Alpha panels with Enphase micro-inverters and a new 200 amp electric main panel. The system is working fantastic. You can see each solar panel’s electric output in 15 minute increments on an app or computer program.
Why you should consider NexGen Construction
1. They call back promptly if they don’t actually answer your phone call.
2. Job was finished promptly and all authorizations / inspections completed within 45 days (Up and running with SCE approval -Permission to Operate. Not a promise but that was my timeline)
3. Everyone was very considerate, professional, and accurate. They would tell you when they would arrive (they would be on time) and the install plan for the day.
4. Top quality panels and equipment used. Installation procedure is a clean look (no cables running over the roof) Modern look all black panels. Great job Zack.
Thank you NexGen
Eric and his team did a great job with our home solar installation project. The entire project ran smoothly with Eric making himself available throughout the process to answer questions and explain things to us. We appreciate that NexGen is a locally-run business that differentiates itself by offering outstanding customer service. We would enthusiastically recommend NexGen to our friends and neighbors and plan to work with them again in the future on a battery storage installation.
It was my original intention to obtain three quotes for installation of my residential solar system. I first contacted Sunrun through Costco. My experience with Costco’s in-store salesman was generally positive. That’s where the positivity ended – right there in the store. He then scheduled a virtual presentation with their technical staff. That presentation did not go well. The technical staff member started off on the wrong foot by asking me to provide info I had already submitted on-line and emailed to the in store salesman. Then she asked me whether I would like a quote for an outright purchase, a loan or a lease. I requested quotes for all three so I could compare alternatives. She said her software could only provide one quote, not three. During the next hour, I asked numerous questions, many of which the tech salesperson was unable to answer (including why she was proposing to place solar panels on the north facing roof of my home). I followed-up our virtual conversation with a detailed email requesting further information. I never heard from Sunrun again.
For my next quote, I reviewed solar contractor recommendations on the social media site Next Door. After seeing several positive recommendations for NexGen, I decided to contact Owner Eric Helgeson. He promptly scheduled a virtual meeting with me followed by an in-person meeting at my home, at which time his accompanying staff members surveyed and measured my roof in preparation for coming up with a proposed solar layout. Within a few days, Eric presented me with several digital layouts with different panel quantities and locations. Eric then worked closely with me in coming up with an economically optimal design – not one which overproduces more energy than I need at my expense. He also presented battery options to me, but noted that a battery basically doubles the price of the system, while only providing limited back-up power for essential electrical components during an outage. Eric made it clear that purchasing a battery may not be in my best interest given its very high costs. He suggested a better option might be to install a battery at some future time when costs are likely to drop. Costco/Sunrun did not do this. They only tried to sell me a complete system with a battery at double the price. Once Eric and I agreed on an efficient design, the final price was a few thousand dollars less than Costco/Sunrun’s quote (excluding the battery). Eric also uses better quality Enphase equipment and installs micro inverters at each series of panels instead of a single micro inverter for all the panels as Sunrun was proposing (a less costly approach for them but not for the consumer).
So now, per my original intention, it was time to obtain quote No. 3. However, I was so pleased with Eric’s professionalism, honesty and integrity, that I decided to speak to three local references of recent NexGen installations. All were very pleased with his work and had only positive things to say about him and his crew.
instead of getting a third quote, I called Eric and told him the job was his. The contracting process was seamless with all documents being signed on-line electronically. Once the contract was signed, Eric handled all the City permitting and coordination with SCE.
After the City permit was issued, NextGen’s crew began work and completed the project in two and a half days. They showed up at my home at the agreed upon time each morning and cleaned up the job site each day before leaving. No problems arose during the time they were at my house and there were no change orders or other surprises.
When the job was done Eric took the time to answer all my questions and also showed me how to use the Enphase app. The app is very user friendly and can be downloaded onto your smart phone, tablet or computer.
The system has now been operating for two months without any problems.
If you are considering the installation of a solar system, I highly recommend you give Eric a call. He and NexGen will not let you down.
After reviewing over 5 different options for solar, I decided on NexGen because of Eric’s no-pressure approach, the time he took to make sure I understood what I was buying and why he proposed my options this way, and his price was competitive for a higher quality system. His install team was efficient, clean and kept me informed the whole time. They handled every aspect of the install, permit and made sure I understood what was occurring. Eric has been available to answer questions even after install and reinforced the trust I placed in him for solar. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
I had a new roof and Solar system installed roughly two years ago, I have not had one issue. The work was done professionally and looks and works like it did the first day it was installed. Eric (the owner) was super cool and easy to talk to, he was prompt and I’ve referred customers his way ever since. If you are thinking of getting your roof done or getting solar for your house call them.
This company is the real deal. Solar installation five years ago. Have had a couple issues that ended up not related to the solar system and Eric was still there to help figure out the problem. They are the best, from the first meet to years later. Make yourself happy and feel confident in the long run! Choose NexGen Construction!! You won’t regret it!
Eric Helgeson, NexGen Construction’s owner was very helpful in educating me on solar. He spent this time helping me come up to speed even though he knew I was not ready even to decide if solar was right for me much less sign a contract. This was in June. I spent that month and July checking out installers and confirming that solar was a good investment for me. I winnowed down companies to three candidates.
NexGen Construction gave me a good deal. But more important the dealing with them both in my investigative stage and in the purchasing process made me feel confident in their product and service. I felt it important that my provider was a full service company, not a contractor who relied on fleeting subcontract labor.
It is five years later when I write this review. Three of my friends have also used NexGen Construction for their solar installations. I believe they have also passed down the recommendation to their friends. All of us are totally satisfied with the work and product.
The system has consistently been out performing its estimates by somewhere between 5 and 20 percent a month. My electricity costs are essentially nothing now, so I am saving over $2000 a year. This is based on the cost of electricity five years ago. I have not recomputed based on today’s rates, but rest assured the savings are greater now. These savings are equivalent to a tax free investment that returns better than 10% a year. Where else can you find that kind of a safe investment?
Eric Helgeson did an amazing job educating my wife and me about all the options in products and design. Eric worked very closely with us getting the needed permits from the city. The solar panels have exceeded expectations. I highly recommend that folks seriously consider solar panels and when you decide to move forward, I highly recommended you call Eric at NexGen Construction. Eric and his team of installers are terrific.
I picked NexGen Construction because their Yelp reviews were stellar (check them out yourself) and I felt that Eric Helgeson (the president) was a no BS guy I could count on. He didn’t disappoint me. My installation started on Thursday morning and by Friday afternoon I was making electricity. The NexGen Construction crew was a great bunch of guys. Everyone spoke English and happily answered any question I had. The installation is very clean looking with wiring going thru the attic instead of strung across the roof like I’ve seen with so many other solar installations.
The following Monday Eric came by to show me how to monitor my system and answer any remaining questions I had. The HB city inspector came by the same day and signed off on everything. I can’t believe how quickly this all happened. I have total confidence that this guy is going to be there if I have any problems. He always answers his cell and there is no runaround when you try to reach him. The ball is now passed to SCE to do their thing with my billing.
Great planning and installation. We had solar electric for our home and solar thermal installed for our pool. I am attimate about getting what I pay for. NexGen Construction presented a good explanation of how things would work, was at my home when they were scheduled and completed the 2 installations without a hiccup. I would recommend NexGen Construction to anyone considering solar or thermal and looking to save money.
Eric did a great job on our solar panel installation. Returned phone calls promptly. Recommend him for any solar project.
NexGen Construction just completed a fantastic solar installation on our home! We really enjoyed working with Eric, Zack and crew. Working with Eric is like working with family. He provided exceptional customer service from start to finish. We’re very appreciative and the install went great.
Eric Helgeson at NexGen Construction did our solar. In March I send Edison a check for about $50. That covers city taxes, CA fees, and whatever misc. charges are on my bill for the year. At the end of the year Edison sends me a check for any amount left over and any energy our panels generated that we didn’t use.
NexGen Construction completed my solar installation about one month ago. As a general contractor, I set very high standards. NexGen easily met and exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t be happier.
Eric gave us a bid last year, and updated it when we decided to move forward with the solar project in 2019. NexGen Construction worked seamlessly with the roofing contractor and the fumigation company, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the process and the result. Highly recommend!
Let There Be Light! I recently had a new solar system installed on my home by NexGen Construction. Working with Eric and his team was a pleasure. From the initial meeting to completion of the project, every step was carefully explained, with all of my questions answered. I needed to have some extensive repairs done to the roof prior to installation of the solar panels and these were performed quickly and efficiently by Robert and his crew. Eric and Robert were kind enough to accommodate me in their busy schedules in order to make sure all work was completed before bad weather moved in. As with any big project, there were some minor glitches, but these were taken care of right away. I really appreciated how clean everyone left the job site each day. What I thought was very helpful was that all of the paperwork for permits and approval by the power company was taken care of for me. After hearing from friends who used other installers about how long it took for their systems to be approved, I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly my system was approved and up and running. Once everything was installed, Eric showed me how to use the system monitoring software which allows you to see how well the system is performing and informs you of any problems. So far, I am very pleased with the results.
(This is going to be a long and detailed review, so buckle up.)
We first got a solar photovoltaic quote from one of the larger companies in the industry. The quote was fairly reasonable, but the sales rep took sort of a “cookie-cutter” approach, and the system he proposed was not really tailored to our individual needs and wants. (I think it was largely a software-driven analysis.)
Based on a couple of recommendations from neighbors, we then got a bid from NexGen, a very experienced and successful local company right here in Los Alamitos. Eric, the owner of the company, came out and spent a lot of time with us asking about our present electricity consumption patterns and our future needs (since we were installing air-conditioning). He prepared three different proposals: one that would take care of 91% of our anticipated power consumption, one that would cover 100%, and one that would cover 120%.
Interestingly, he advocated the smallest of the three proposals, even though that was the lowest-cost alternative (and the least profitable, from his perspective). He explained that the terms of the Southern California Edison solar power buyback program meant that if we were to generate a lot of extra power and sell it back to Edison, it would take us a long time to recover the extra cost of the surplus solar panels. Thus, it is smarter to have a system that covers most (but not all) of the homeowner’s annual consumption — much better “ROI” (return on investment).
Frankly, I was very impressed with Eric’s candor. It was in his interest to “upsell” us, but he refused to do so, even though I was initially in favor of the “bigger is better” theory.
I should also add that we were impressed with his choice of equipment: he uses EnPhase panels, each of which comes with a “micro-inverter.” By contrast, the larger company’s proposal involved a single “string inverter.” The problem with one big inverter is that if there are performance problems with any one of the solar panels, the entire system’s productivity is either reduced or eliminated. With “micro-inverters,” each panel is essentially independent of the others in the array. (I may have gotten some of this terminology wrong, since I am not an expert, but you get the idea.)
After we accepted NexGen’s bid, their crew came out promptly and did a great job on the installation. We were getting a new roof at the same time as the solar was installed, and the crew worked well with the roofing contractor to coordinate their projects. Eric and his technicians were very responsive whenever we had questions or comments. His chief installer, Zach, was particularly impressive — a real expert.
Just to show this is not a phony “canned” review, I do have one minor complaint – because our home has no attic and no crawl-space, some of the conduit for the solar array had to be strung under the eaves of our house. There was no way to avoid this, but I wish they had warned us in advance that the cables would be exposed.
The same is true of the new solar circuit breaker box mounted on the wall of our house: it is required by the building codes, and it is not small. We will figure out ways to disguise both the conduits and the control panel. But just be aware that depending on how your house is configured, the installation might look sort of industrial.
So far (after a month or so of operation), the solar array is performing at least as well as advertised, and probably better. We have not yet gotten an Edison bill that shows our net usage per month, but the data displayed on our new electric meter is very encouraging — the meter runs backward during the day, even when we are running our air conditioner.
In addition to our photovoltaic system, we also had NexGen install a new set of solar thermal panels for our pool. It is also performing well.
Bottom line: we are very happy that we went with a local but experienced solar firm. They have a great reputation in our community, and they have a strong incentive to provide good service in order to maintain that reputation. I do not think that a bigger company would have been as responsive or as honest. (Plus, with the big firms, you have to pay for all of their advertising and sales expenses — all of that overhead is baked into the price.)
If you are thinking about solar, you should to talk with Nexgen Construction before you sign a contract with somebody else. Eric Helgeson, the owner, was very helpful with design the system to meet our needs, budget, and the aesthetics of the system and our home. He explained the technical and financial aspects of the project and answered all our questions (several times I think). Very transparent. No pressure. When we did decide to go ahead with the project, Zach and the crew did a great job with the install. They just finished installing 16 solar panels on my roof. Very professional. They let me, and encouraged me, to inspect any portion of the project. Nexgen is a local with lots of history in the area, not a fly-by-night company. Highly recommended.
Eric Helgeson from NexGen Construction came to our house to talk about putting solar on the roof of our house. Eric did a great job discussing with us all of our opinions for the various size systems that would fit our home and electric energy usage, as well as explaining how much each system would potentially save us on our electric bill, and the estimated time frame the system would pay for itself. Eric also went into great detail explaining all of components that make up the PV system that his company installs as well as their warranty and financing options. By the end of Eric’s presentation we knew we wanted to go with NexGen Construction. Eric’s attention to detail and NexGen Construction’s use of microinverters as well as their use of the pv panels without the grid lines sold us on going with NexGen Construction for our project. We felt the products they install are the latest technology, and the installation crew along with Eric did a fantastic job. We will absolutely recommend NexGen Construction for anyone looking to go Solar.
I cannot say enough great things about NexGen Construction. From the initial informational get together to the installation and final debriefing, NexGen Construction knocked it out of the park. Eric and his team are genuine, approachable and honest. I work the night shift and they went out of their way to accommodate my sleeping pattern and my crazy dogs antics. Eric was able to personalize the solar system, payment plan and installation to my family and my needs and schedule. If you are looking to install solar panels, look no further, you cannot go wrong with NexGen Construction!
I got my panels from NexGen Construction. I only had to deal with Eric Helgeson, who does everything (sales, engineering, inspection, programming and pricing). What I got was higher output panels (less panels). Also, got micro-inverters (each panel has its own inverter). Other systems just have one. Advantage is that I know if each panel is working.
I put off writing this review for 3 months, because I wanted to see the impact on our electric bill. Now we can confirm that we are ecstatic with our choice to go solar and use NexGen. We did a lot of studying and comparisons before our purchase. We focused on companies that our friends had used, and been happy with. It came down to a couple of them, but the tie was broken because NexGen uses panels with micro inverters, which appear to be a better choice.
Our prior electric bills were approximately $250 per month, now they are $13, which is essentially tax and fees. We have an electric car, so no more gas or electric bills to drive about 1,000 miles each month. Their systems are purchased, so the initial outlay is a lot, but you don’t have the multitude of problems from leasing. As of right now, we will also get a significant tax rebate, so the price will be much less.
The installation was fast and easy. It only took about 2 days to install, and we were on the grid shortly after. Eric and his crew were outstanding to work with. They were clean, tidy and respectful of our property and neighbors. Eric went over every detail with us and walked us through every step.
You should absolutely choose NexGen. We are thrilled that we did.
We used NexGen Construction for the solar on our home. I can’t speak more highly of their knowledge and professionalism. Eric Helgeson walked us through the entire process, explaining everything clearly. His crew was courteous and exceptional. I would highly recommend them without question.
NexGen Construction https://nexgenconstruction.com/ did ours…very happy with them.
From the very start Eric was honest, patient, and knowledgeable about the whole process. I had already gotten 2 other quote from other solar competitors and Eric was never pushy and always willing to answer any questions I had regarding my possible installation. When I finally decided to move forward with solar I knew Next Gen was who I was going to go with, from his friendly service, to his knowledge on the products and of course this price as well. His installation team was very polite and friendly, always cleaned up there mess every day and made any adjustments to my system as I requested. Over all I am clearly happy with the service I’ve received from Next Gen and would definitely recommend them to all my friends and family. Last note… After completion I asked him to review another property I have downtown HB, after he reviewed it, he came to the determination that it would NOT be in my best interest financially to obtain the solar at that house do to location, roof space, and my ROI (return on investment) one last reassurance that Eric is a very ethical man and will not take to work without letting you know the facts.
Thanks again, -Rocky
We compared the purchase option for solar panels between a national company and NexGen, and NexGen provides better terms for this option. In working with Eric, we found him very knowledgeable, responsive and proactive. From start to finish, this project has gone smoothly and with great service. We highly recommend NexGen for your Solar project!
THE VERY BEST!
We first used NexGen for our solar panel installation a little more than 4 years ago. We interviewed many companies and are so happy that we went with NexGen. Eric answered all our questions about solar and never pressured us. He gave us realistic figures for the yearly savings and pay-back timeframe. He walked us through the various rebates and tax credits. He and his team are all professionals and went well beyond what we were expecting. A couple of years later we called NexGen to install solar heating for our swimming pool and now this year we asked them to install a charger for our new electric car as well as three additional roof panels. These guys are amazing! Their work is first class and along the way they have also upgraded our service panel and pool pump. Eric and his team are always available to answer our questions and will even come by to see if we’d like our panels cleaned.
I just cannot tell you how great it has been working with Eric and NexGen. We put in our solar system in February 2012 and have NEVER had a problem. Recently, I needed some information about the installation and could not find the information I needed. I sent a text to Eric and immediately received an answer and a copy of my original bill of sale. Now, that is service!
The best contractor I’ve ever worked with! Including some alternate plans (we went with his original), Eric was very responsive from the quoting phase all the way through the final sign off. His staff was on time, very professional and even dealt well with our little pack of four dogs. Strong recommendation for the whole team.
Highly recommend NexGen Construction. Eric Helgeson, the owner, was terrific. It’s a local business and they did a great job sizing exactly what we needed and with the installation. Eric is an electrician and also wired a 220V line in my garage for charging my electric car. Good luck!
We had a great experience with Nexgen last summer with our solar. Be sure to get several estimates, they can really vary depending on how the rep calculates the data.
Yes! Contact NexGen Construction! Ask for Eric Holgerson like we did and we went from $460/mo. to $16/mo. We have a pool pump and AC. He also got us a good deal on a new roof (we needed one anyway) prior to installation! He gives a GREAT presentation and it is NOT a high pressure sell ! Hope that helps!
Solar panels are a commodity (everyone’s basically able to install/service them). We had solar panels installed by Nexgen Construction. It’s a local company, and Eric was extremely helpful in the process. Most companies are trying to make money off of solar leases. Highly recommend Nexgen Construction and Eric Helgeson.
I had a excellent experience. I am 2 years in and the system is performing flawlessly.
We’re having Solar installed and are using Nexgen Construction. So far we are very pleased and their customer reviews are great. They were recommended by a friend of mine.
Hi, we had 16 panels installed by nexgen construction 4 years ago. Price was amazing and i saw a true payback in under five years. Installation was seamless and quick. Quality of panels have been consistant in performance over 4 yrs. No hard sell or game playing. Highly recommended. Electric bill went from $230+ per month to pay 400.00 per year.
NexGen Construction in Los Alamitos did a great job for us – we just got a check from SCE for $71 for our excess generation last year! 20 year full warrantee – more than 8% annual return on our investment for 20 years – “just do it” 😋
We got a one year loan at zero interest and then paid it off. The system pays for itself (due to almost zero electric bill) in about 5 years. We estimate about $100,000 positive cash flow over 20 years. Eric at NexGen will give you a comprehensive idea of the complete picture.
These guys are rock stars! I can’t say enough good things about this company. I’ve used several solar companies in the past with different homes, and none compare to NexGen. Eric (the owner) is just outstanding, he and his team go above and beyond to make sure your happy with your system. He takes the time to explain every step, every option and makes sure your getting what you expect. I had a few existing issues with my house that made install a little more challenging, but Eric didn’t hesitate to say he and his team would handle everything and not to worry. Well, He was right. His team was very professional and polite. They arrived on time, cleaned up before they left and did an outstanding job. If your looking for solar, don’t look any further. I’ve dealt with the other players out there, this is the team you want…. you wont regret it! (Yelp)
I’ve had solar installations in the past from big companies with mixed results, but recently used Nexgen construction. Eric (the owner) was involved from beginning to end and explained every step and every option as we moved along. He and his team are extremely professional and friendly (I might add a local company also, so nice to help local businesses). I would recommend them to anyone looking for solar installation. I cant say enough good things about this company!! (NextDoor)
After researching many solar companies, we decided to go with NexGen.
Eric Helgeson, the owner, personally walked me through the entire process, step by step. He explained the process clearly, in language that I could understand. His crew was on time and professional.
I highly recommend using NexGen for solar installation.
Had the best quote and did the work properly with the best materials for my job. Eric was good about communication and answered all my questions. I recommend him.
After reading all the reviews here, I contacted Eric @ NexGen Solar and from the beginning to actually installing solar panels, Eric has just been amazing. We got our roof changed as well and Eric took care of everything.
I have worked with many home contractors for other projects and Eric is right at the top of the list. He is patient, intelligent and very easy to work with.
Too happy !
I was reading the previous reviews & they are right on!!! We really liked Eric (with a C) proposal was first class, no hidden fees – what he says he means!! The guys were awesome & clean and work was done quick. We will continue to work with Eric in the future and we know where to find him – chuckle
Wonderful experience & super exciting to see the electric panel go backwards!! Eric will follow up with us periodically & if we have any questions he is right there!!
Thank you Eric & guys!!!
J & V
5/5/18 Update: Eric Zack & Grady completed the install of our pool solar. Another fine job!!! These guys are so great to work with! J & V
I’ve looked at solar for over a decade. The price was never quite right till now to make me pull the trigger. But I did over the years use Yelp to review solar companies. I got used to seeing horror stories about taking forever to get a system installed, not being able to get a hold of someone, systems not producing what they should, installers smashing roof tiles, etc. Then I saw Yelp reviews for NexGen. Everyone was stellar. I’d pretty much made up my mind by that point, but that sealed the deal. I was not disappointed. My install went amazingly fast. The crew was great. Everyone spoke English and answered any questions I had. Eric was always easy to reach. My install started Thursday morning. I was making electricity Friday afternoon. The Huntington Beach inspector signed off on Monday. I love looking at the website to monitor how much electricity I am generating. I am so happy with the whole experience!
NexGen is as good as it gets! Great owner who you’ll work directly with and who oversees the work. Delivered exactly as promised, was honest for any possible limitations and was more knowledgeable in solar than any of the other four company’s we spoke with. His team was friendly, on time, cleaned up daily, and they completed the project as promised and on time. Eric has a great understanding of all things electrical and his people are NOT subcontracted. We had a roof, panels, upgraded electric box and when they discovered our water heater was leaking and dripping under our house, they took care of that too. I would recommend them as the best solar company in the area and to my friends. If you have any questions feel free to message me. We had our project completed Dec 17′.
I took proposals from nationally known companies and Nexgen for my solar project. I picked NexGen because I found Eric to be very personable, knowledgeable, capable, and gave a very competitive proposal using hi quality materials. The installation process went well, and the installers were very courteous, communicative, and kept a clean worksite. Eric excels at quick, responsive, communication with excellent follow through. I have no problem recommending NexGen for any residential solar project.
Eric is a pleasure to work with. His communication and drive to make sure every customer is happy is amazing. I look forward to working with him again soon. Thank you Eric.
Great company to work with! The entire staff is friendly and the customer experience is phenomenal! 10/10 would recommend!!!
I just had NexGen Construction install an additional solar system on my house. I called them up on Monday and talked to Eric to get an estimate, and the installation was complete on Weds of the same week! I have 5 new solar panels with micro-inverters. If you are thinking of going solar, now is the time. The installed price per KW for this system is about half what I paid 12 years ago for my first system, and the technology is much better. NexGen was responsive and did a beautiful job with the install.
WOW WOW WOW – I can’t express my gratitude to Eric and his Crew from the first call for a very thorough email quote to the last visit walking is through how our solar will work and how we can follow the production of solar!!! We fell like we an extended family!!!! The professionalism and the knowledge that Eric has is impeccable!! My uncle being a senior and has been take advantage of Eric came in and walked him through every step of the process and put it in terms so that he could understand what is going on and the product he will receive!!! MAHALO NUI LOA for an awesome job done and most importantly taking care of my uncle when he at time in his life (senior) where companies take advantage of him!!!
We went solar in May, and I can’t say enough great things about our experience with Nex-Gen. Eric, the owner, is fantastic! He is patient and answered all my questions (sometimes a couple of times). He gave me an initial quote after talking to me for awhile on the phone, and then came on out to make sure we were good candidates for solar (not too much shade, etc.) Next, he walked me through all of their guarantees. I feel very safe and confident that we have the very best coverage and support that we could have hoped for! The crew was just as great. They finished right when they said they would, and the whole process was far less disruptive than I expected.
Eric and his team at NexGen installed solar panels, a pool pump and a new breaker board at our home. Everything NexGen did was as promised with high quality and care for our home. All the work was done on time and on budget. Communication and follow-up by Eric was excellent and greatly appreciated. I highly recommend NexGen if you are installing solar panels in your home or business.
Eric is really knowledgeable on his field who will design the most efficient solar system to meet your situation. His team performed a unimpeachable installation, they did everything they promised plus went out their way to replace couples of broken roof tiles damaged by previous Direct TV installation. What a outstanding speedy service!! We have solar system producing power in 7 days from signing the contract to city final inspection. At first we are kind of debating should we choose the bigger solar company instead but after research we decided to give them a shot since they are in business longer than most of competitor, also for been small and local they are able to respond any future issues much quicker.
NexGen installed solar panels on our two story single family home as well as a townhome we own. We interviewed a number of companies and found Eric to be very qualified and fairly priced. When you’re meeting with Eric, you’re working with someone that has designed and installed solar panels so he knows the products. For the townhome, we had to go through an HOA which had rules that required a couple of design considerations. Eric did a great job and was very responsive to questions that the HOA had. The city signed off on the permits with just one visit and we received permission to operate from Edison in one day on one property and two days on the other all because of Eric’s handling of the paperwork.
These guys are great, I talked to two big solar companies and two smaller ones. I went with nexgen construction and couldn’t be happier. They were quick to get to work, worked very hard to do things right, and went out of their way to fix things they saw that had been done poorly previously by other contractors. You could spend a lot more but you won’t find any better, and honest people to work with.
A few years ago, after many years of researching, I hired NexGen to install my solar panels. They had the best warranty and the best quality in the industry. I was very careful in my choice and I do not regret it. I know that they are small company, but their personal attention and customer service outperforms any of the big players in the industry. Plus, they are local and are very attentive to their customers needs. I highly recommend them to anyone who is in the market for solar. You wont be disappointed.
-Senator Tony Mendoza
They installed a 29 panel set up on our house. Very professional. SCE took a while to get their paperwork through (Eric kept on top of it) and they did not even mention payment until we were happy. I wish I knew it would be that easy. We are generating and very happy.
When it comes to choices in hiring a company to design and build a homeowner’s solar energy program here in So Cal, we are extremely fortunate to have many to pick from. Too many, some might say as it’s a daunting task to go through one’s necessary due diligence in order to make sure you choose the right firm, especially when solar programs are somewhat new to the remodeling industry with most homeowners having at best, knowledge of the basics but little else. Fortunately, in todays day and age of computer technology, there are sites like Yelp who at the very least, can cut your research time in half by giving you relatively unbiased reviews of firms being considered.
This is exactly what we did and in doing so, ran across NexGen Construction. Rarely do you find reviews this glowing, not just here and there but virtually every one! Thus my phone call to hear what the folks at NexGen had to offer. Eric Helgeson (owner) came out to my home in Mission Viejo and gave me a terrific education on what would be the right system for us. Having been in sales and sales mgmt. for many years before retiring, I kinda know when someone’s just throwing out a canned presentation (boilerplate) and simply working for the signature on the dotted line. Well, that’s not the case here. He really knows his subject, is as honest as it gets and is a just plain nice guy – a combination rarely found today.
One of the big problems you can find out too late is there’s more to installing solar than putting up the panels. Yes, the dreaded paperwork, permits and Homeowners Association sign-offs. In NexGen’s case, that was no problem as all of that was taken care of by their most capable office staff and Eric’s personal trips to the City of Mission Viejo’s planning offices.
Now, on to the solar installation itself. A big plus is their materials are all state of the art top line panels and micro-inverters whereby each panel’s performance can be monitored online. As to his construction crews, they were superb. Every afternoon before leaving, our home was left spic and span. Each of the four crew members, Grady and Roberto included, were courteous, friendly and as helpful as it gets as they even did a few roof/tile repairs gratis over and above the solar installation which wasn’t expected but most appreciated. An added bonus is that NexGen is not one of the huge national mega solar installers w/ high advertising and marketing expenses subsidized and paid for by guess who – you the homeowner, thus the total costs were right in the ballpark (read: very, very reasonable) especially considering the quality of the materials used throughout the whole process. Btw, what a pleasure it was to finalize the project and realize there were NO hidden fees or additional charges as the price we agreed on was the price I paid out the door.
After final inspection by the City of Mission Viejo, we’ve now got our electrical meter running backwards with a well connected online monitoring system showing daily (hourly, too!) power production which is a wonderful sight to see thanks to Eric and NexGen’s skillful installation. No, I have no ulterior motive in giving this most positive review other than wanting to give credit where credit is due.
We just had NexGen Construction design and install our solar system and the experience was amazing. They are truly deserving of their high ratings. Eric, the owner, seems to care greatly about the quality of his work and the satisfaction of his customers. It was very important to me that my solar system was not only functional and reliable but also aesthetically pleasing. Eric was the only solar contractor that seemed to have similar goals. I requested quotes from three local companies, all with great reviews and similarly priced. Two companies sent solar sales people to give me my quote, Eric the owner of NexGen came himself. 2 weeks after that visit my system is up and running providing me with clean energy and looks great. Thanks NexGen!
First of all Eric is honest straightforward with no hidden costs. His price target was on the money. Eric took the bull by the horns and got the job done in less time than promised. He even replaced a bunch of pre-existing broken composite roof tiles to boot. I’m extremely grateful for knowing Eric and his team. I had no problem handing him over the cash for a job well done. What is the result you ask? Well so far we’ve had a negative bill almost every month except December, which was $75. I think it was gloomy and the Christmas lights stayed on the whole time. I just feel sorry for the poor schmucks that go to the big solar companies and pay a lease for the power they generate. That is where they stick it to you.
My quest for a solar system took almost two years. During that time the one name that kept coming up as THE company to go with was NexGen Construction. Eric was informative, educated me about aspects of solar with which I was unfamiliar, but thankfully there was never any sales pitch or pressure. Eric presented a review of how many panels we would need to be practically self-sufficient, a graph of expected solar production, and written guarantees for the panels and inverters used. The job on the house took 5 working days, final inspection on Day 6, and permission from Edison to operate granted on Day 8. Kudos to Eric and his crew! The guys arrived on time and they were amazing.
We normally do not write reviews but Eric and his crew were so awesome we felt everyone should know. Eric gave an honest and fabulous presentation. His system was superior to the larger companies. We have never had such great customer service. His guys were polite and hardworking. We were on the grid in about 10 days. We love seeing our low low electric bill.
100% satisfaction with the crew, system, and Eric.
Had a very good experience with this company. Eric was a very capable electrican. Installed my inverter and even waited out a rain storm to complete the work . Good job and completed in a very timely fashion. The company has stayed in contact and Eric has made sure that all components are working properly.
Eric & his team at NexGen are fantastic to work with. They have a very high quality product & excellent service. Our solar energy system was custom designed based on our energy usage history – our system will totally pay for itself in about 5 years. We expect to save about $125K during the 20 year warrantee period because our net electric bill will be ZERO – this is huge because our investment in our own home late system will pay us much higher returns than the same $$ invested in a moderate stock/bond portfolio. This is a great way to save money. My advice??? Call Eric today!
I am very pleased that my husband and I chose to go with NexGen for our solar installation. Eric was the perfect person to meet with so that I could choose the right solar package for my needs. He never tried to do a hard sell. He answered all of my questions and brought up many points that I didn’t even know to ask. He never pressured us to finalize the contract, but waited for my call after giving me all the paperwork to read. When we decided to purchase our system the installation was very quick. The crew was extremely courteous and neat. They even made sure they replaced roof tiles for us that had been broken by a fumigation crew the week before. They worked around my schedule.
Eric and his team were AWESOME! Our Solar quest was two years, and we kept backing off because everyone was “selling” and confusing (yes, selling a lease in some instances, or the opportunity with an “independent” energy company – uugghh). Anyway, this last go around I dwindled the prospects down to four, made appts and listened to three… and we didn’t even hesitate to go with Eric. HONEST, informative, and he listened to us. We were installed in less than three weeks and are so happy. If you are “shopping” give Eric & Nexgen a consideration, you will not be disappointed. He earns all of these 5-star ratings I found before we hired him, and I am so happy I wanted to add one myself. Thanks Eric & crew!!!
Eric and the team at NexGen took great care of my solar installation. Planning and communication was great. When there was a snag at the city, it got handled quickly and without hassle. The prices were appropriate, the service was flawless and they are local enough to be accessible. I sincerely encourage you to use NexGen if you are considering a Solar installation.
I have nothing but good things to say about Eric and Nexgen Solar. I called him early April and asked for a quote. We discussed leasing vs. purchase and I decided to purchase the panels. His price came in a lot lower than the nearest competitor, and that is using American made panels. He came to my house and made some measurements and 2 weeks later, he told me he was going to install the panels. And I never even gave him a cent of deposit. The crew was punctual and clean and most importantly – very respectful. They finished the install in 3 days. By the 4th day, SCE was there inspecting. We got approved right away so I am producing electricity in about 4 weeks!!! I can monitor the electricity produced by the panels every hour of the day if I want to.
Compare that to my neighbor’s friend, who leased the panels. They were installed in her house since December and it hasn’t even been approved for use yet.
If you are looking to install Solar Panels and enjoy cheap electricity – give everyone a call first and then call Eric. I’m sure you’ll have him do your panel installation.
We purchased a home one year ago that has solar panels previously installed by NEXGEN. Needless to say we did not know anything about the system as we were not there at installation. We assumed all was going well as every electric bill this last yet was still in credit mode. Yeah Solar! Yesterday we received a $1700.00 bill. What? I guess we assumed that was how it worked, but I reached out to NEXGEN and told them and Eric came out the very next day. It seems that somehow the system has been off this entire year. Eric took the time to fix the WHOLE system. He then took the time to sit down with me to explain the system and how it works. He then spent additional time going over my bills with me to show me what to look for in efficiency and inefficiency. If this is not superior customer service as well as pride in your company I do not know what is.
Thank you Eric and NEXGEN!
This experience could not be better ! After checking around we decided to stay local with NexGen Construction. It was a great pleasure to deal with Mr. Eric Helgeson. He explained the process, the timeline, costs etc. . No ” BS “, straight forward, very professional. After we sealed the deal he inspected our roof, got the necessary permits and his crew started the installation. We are still amazed how quick everything went down ( 2 weeks from the moment we shook hands to going Green ! ) and not a single ” hiccup “. Thanks again to Eric and his crew for an outstanding job !!! The Stiller family, Los Alamitos.
We just had 26 panels installed by NexGen. Eric and his team did an excellent job of installing these panels with no exterior “plumbing”, which makes the entire job look much cleaner. They also relocated some plumbing vents on the roof to allow for a continuous run of panels, instead of a panel here and a panel there to accommodate the existing vent locations.
Eric did a great job of instructing on the ins and outs of solar, sharing with SCE, and differing rate structures. His crew arrived when they promised, they were friendly and professional; they even did a good job of cleaning up after each of the days they were here.
Eric and NexGen also did some electrical repairs for us at no added cost. They even have promised to come clean the panels when requested (a much-appreciated perk for someone my age!)
My wife and I are very pleased with NexGen and the work they did. We would recommend them to anyone who asks.
We went solar in May, and I can’t say enough great things about our experience with Nex-Gen. Eric, the owner, is fantastic! He is patient and answered all my questions (sometimes a couple of times). He gave me an initial quote after talking to me for awhile on the phone, and then came on out to make sure we were good candidates for solar (not too much shade, etc.) Next, he walked me through all of their guarantees. I feel very safe and confident that we have the very best coverage and support that we could have hoped for! The crew was just as great. They finished right when they said they would, and the whole process was far less disruptive than I expected. Our first bill was $3.56. WOW!
We installed our solar panels with NexGen in June. Eric, the owner, is incredibly easy to speak to and is not a hard sell salesperson which was great. He is very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. His crew was friendly and neat during installation and went beyond what they had to do by replacing roof tiles broken during fumigation. The best part is our electric bill. Our first complete month came in and it was $1.38. Working with NexGen on this project has bee so easy and the results are incredible. I would recommend NexGen to anyone looking into solar.
If you are tired of paying soaring Edison bills this company is top notch. Honest and reliable from start to finish. Eric and his team are great. They are all very professional and do a great job. They go above and beyond to ensure that the job is done quickly. The only regret I have is that we didn’t call them sooner! Thank you NexGen construction for all your hard work!
This company is extremely honest and reliable. The actual owner of the company is the person who comes to your home to sit down and speak with you. The OWNER not some salesperson actually told us that it wasn’t cost worthy for US to get solar because our current electricity usage is actually very low because of a CARE program we are on. He didn’t try to talk us into buying something we didn’t need just for his own profit and he was up front and honest about why we wouldn’t be saving money. AGAIN NOT because solar isn’t awesome but because we are on a low rate plan with Edison. Other companies tried to pressure us into leasing and never once told us we wouldn’t really benefit. WOW just WOW
After doing extensive research about the many, many companies that offer solar installation, we narrowed the choices by reading reviews on the usual review sites, and going to company websites. All the companies we considered offered free onsite estimates. Many had somewhat mixed comments. NexGen Construction, however, had seemingly impeccable reviews. I visited their website, and submitted information for a generalized analysis, which was sent to me by email. Eric, the owner, called me to discuss my query. I was very pleasantly surprised with his demeanor and generous time spent answering many questions. We discussed everything from decisions about type of equipment, design of system capacity, general usage history and patterns, changing time of usage, e.g., pool filter pump timing. Every response from Eric was thoughtful, informed and made me feel that his goal was to see we ended up with exactly the right system, design, capacity and results we desired. By contrast, one of the other companies we contacted kept emphasizing that they could beat any bid from any competitor — without considering our needs. For example, Eric described the difference between string and micro-inverters, and the pros and cons of each. That turns out to be a critical subject, as we want minimum maintenance (string inverters have a shorter life), maximum information (micro-inverters allow individual panel performance, real-time, but cost more)., To cut the system cost, ‘we can beat any other bid’ salesman steered us to string inverters. For another example, Eric showed us how building to 80% of our apparent need would result in (substantially) 100% offset to our bill, simply by usage adjustments. Other bidders were happy to sell us all the panels that we could fit on our roof. Fortunately, after Eric educated us, and after we did further research, armed with Eric’s info, we found Eric was absolutely spot-on. His advice helped meet our needs.
After signing the contract, Eric quickly scheduled site engineering, and everything after flowed quickly and flawlessly. Great install crew who knew their stuff; neat, quick, clean, polite. Always called before showing up; always explained any delay (waiting for a city inspector), careful attention to detail (conduit aligned properly, and not haphazardly attached). Three weeks after first meeting Eric, we are producing solar, and are able to monitor it – panel by panel, total system output, updated every five minutes, with historical data that can be played to show effect of clouds that showed up, moved on, etc. Fantastic!! And, my SCE bill forecast is plummeting (even though we’ve only recently turned the system on). What excitement to see the SCE meter showing the usage indicator pointing to the street, meaning, the electricity is flowing from our system to the grid, and not from the grid into our house.
As for Eric and NexGen Construction, I couldn’t be more satisfied. Five stars doesn’t go far enough to express our satisfaction.
NexGen installed our panels eight months ago, and we have been very pleased with both the process and the results. We had investigated solar and a new roof about five years earlier contacting the highly recommended company which had done the installations for a client of mine who had built a completely off the grid home. When a sub-contractor who was sent to give the company an estimate on removing our old roof told us privately that we still had another five years left in our roof, we dropped the project and were subjected to quite a bit of high pressure selling from the solar company.
This year it became obvious that it was time for a new roof. The roofer highly recommended by neighbors had Eric talk to us. Working with him was a pleasure, and everything has worked out as he explained. There was not any pressure to oversell a system and he and his men worked well in co-ordination with the roofers. I have recommended them to other friends.
My Wife and I met with Eric today about purchasing a solar system from NexGen. He couldn’t have been more helpful. He answered all of our questions and gave us an excellent presentation on how solar works and the savings we will see on our electricity for years to come. We’ve looked at other companies and NexGen has risen to the top because of Eric’s attention to detail.
I used Nexgen 2 years ago to have solar installed. My savings have been amazing!! My electric bill for the whole year the first year was $625 and the second year $550. My bills used to be $350 a month in the summer and $250 most ither months. I couldn’t be happier. Eric the owner is great. Totally honest, responsive and did great job. He is also a general contractor and after our solar i had him do some work inside the house. I had 3 companies bid my solar and the other 2 were like used car salesman, Eric was nothing like that. Eric gave me a long list of refernces and I called numerous references and they all had great things to say too. I highly recommend him.
NexGen installed our Solar Panels in August of 2010. We received several quotes and decided to go with NexGen because they were the most professional in their presentation. Eric does not hard sell you, he gives you many options and his estimates of performance are not over stated. The installation was very smooth, all the employees are very polite. Each day Eric informed us what was happening that day, he kept us well informed of the process from the start to finish. Since SCE put us online we have not paid one electricity bill.
We have had solar installed by Eric for over a year now. Installation was clean and detailed, exceeding expectations. Our system has been outperforming Eric’s estimate reducing our monthly power bill from $230 to $40. This yields a true 5 year payback.
If there were 6 stars, I would give NexGen a 6 star rating!. We have had our solar for over 2 years and I am thrilled with the energy savings, money savings, service, etc. I researched solar for many months and attended an Edison seminar so that I would be knowledgeable. Here is why you should use NexGen. Eric is not a salesman. He is the business. He is the one who will come out, find out what you need/want and help you to understand what all are the options. He won’t over sell. Eric is an excellent teacher. He was the only rep that helped us understand what would be best for us. We were able to get American made panels. We were able to make repairs to our roof as part of the project and benefit from the Federal and Edison rebates to the fullest. Service was EXCELLENT. He did what he said he would do and he did it on time. Since we went online with our solar, our largest bill has been $1.91 to Edison. Our monthly cost (we used our own line of credit) is less than what we paid Edison before and we will be paid off in less than 5 years. From then on, our total out of pocket will be $1.91 per month. Plus we get a rebate annually from Edison. I have referred 5 friends to NexGen and all 5 have selected NexGen for their solar projects. Can’t get much better than that!
I had a consultation with Eric and heis as professional but on a friendly level as it gets. I have not agreed to purchase anything and he never once was rude or tried to act like he was reading if I was interested. He doesn’t try to sell you. He educates you based on what your energy usage is. Goes very indepth about solar and the benefits. My wife and i are definitely considering NexGen as our solar company. If you are looking for solar I suggest you don’t make a decision until you have a consultation with him.
I began researching solar in June, partly because my daughter and son-in-law had installed panels on their new home and partly because I expected to come into some cash shortly that needed to be invested somewhere.
NexGen was one of the first companies I contacted. Maybe even contacted them too soon–I was still doing my research and did not have the money yet. But that was not a problem. Eric answered all my questions and did not pressure me for any action. In fact, I really learned a lot about solar from Eric. He is quite knowledgeable and very willing to share that knowledge.
He sent me a preliminary proposal which sat around while I continued my research. I finally narrowed down my choices and NexGen was one of the final three. Eric came out to my home and surveyed the install. He revised his proposal plan so that it both met my solar generation targets and my wife’s ascetic concerns. He left me with a revised proposal and four local references.
Everyone of the references I spoke with had high praise for both Eric and the work his company did for them. For me that coupled with his proposal was a clincher. I called him and we agreed a deal over the phone. When I asked when he wanted his initial deposit he said he would stop by after filing the plan with the City.
We are still executing the plan Eric provided. This week my new service panel was installed and the solar arrays connected. Next week is rough inspection, so things should be wrapping up shortly.
First update: Right now we are generating about three times the power we are using. (Of course, the day is not hot, so the AC is not running.) Eric was out today to prepare for the stucco work around the new service panel.
Second update: All done but for waiting on the bureaucracy, then I will start getting credit for the extra power I am now giving SCE. But even without that I will have a significant bill reduction for August.