Testimonials

Over the last 10 years, Consolidated Solar Technologies has installed over 3,000 solar panel systems in New Mexico. We're proud of our team for consistently doing such great work. And we’re grateful to our customers that have switched to solar with CST.

With our lifetime regional-best workmanship warranty and local roots, we have long-standing relationships with our customers. They speak out regularly about the great work we do for them.

When you read the following solar testimonials, read them for several things:

  • testimonials about CST’s customer service and work ethic,
  • solar panel reviews for the different styles of panels we offer, and
  • solar system reviews on savings and how the system functions as a whole once it’s installed.


    "We really trusted our experience with our sales rep, Lou Kinnelly. He was extremely informed and experienced and very clear in providing information we needed to make our decisions. The system is working better than expected."

    - David Forlano, 2016

    "CST solar was professional.  The estimates on price and engineering specifics were always honest.  I am happy with the results and the system, although small, is keeping my electric bills to a net zero.  It cannot be seen from the street because it is a low profile system-this pleases my neighbors."

    - Brian Cassidy, 2016

    "I chose to go solar for financial and environmental reasons.  All the CST personnel were knowledgeable, professional and easy to talk with.  Once approved,  my system was installed quickly and has worked very well - before yet another rate increase."

    - Bob Dodge, 2016


    "Very professional, helpful, and polite from start to finish."

    - Griff Lechner, 2015


    "Great product and service!"

    - Charlie and Adel Nelson, 2016

    "Great salesperson. Good installation. Responsive construction coordination."

    - Tom Anderson, 2016

    "I am very satisfied with my experience with CST. They were always honest and respectful."

    - Craigen Higgins, 2016


    "Your customer service is excellent. It was a joy to work with the CST people."

    - Kathleen Weston, 2014


    "I absolutely love my system. Rather than the $335 flat PNM monthly bill, I now receive $65-130 from PNM! I was very impressed with your quick service. On two occasions (about a year apart) the system "kicked off." I called -  your service man was there within an hour and had me up and running 15 minutes after he arrived. All at no charge. When I had a new roof installed your folks made an appointment, removed the system, then came within two hours of the new roof being finished and had the system up and running quickly! I just wish PNM allowed more than a 10kw home system without penalizing us on the carry forward credit."

    - David Anderson, 2016

    "CST Solar met our every expectation and fulfilled all their promises to us. We researched the product they provide and determined that it is the best in the industry. Also, we wanted to own our solar system, so an excellent warranty was important to our decision to go with CST Solar. The 25 year warranty they provide is better than what is offered by many of the other companies we investigated. The financial arrangements they helped to provide could not have been better or easier to obtain. Our only regret is we didn't do this with CST Solar years earlier when our friends first recommended it. And we do like the tiny electric bills we get now."

    - Ernie Hawes, 2016

    "CST Solar staff were completely helpful throughout the entire purchasing and installation process. I felt as though I had all the information I needed to make an informed decision about the size of the system and related equipment. There was one glitch when the panels I had chosen were on back-order, but CST offered me options and incentives that made the wait for installation tolerable. My system has been up and running for more than four months, and so far there haven't been any problems. I check my SunPower online monitor every day, and am amazed to see how much power we're generating and how much CO2 emissions we've avoided. Makes me happy to be doing something to help the environment!"

    - Deborah Jones, 2016



    "I have just received your bill for the completion of the work your company was contracted to do for me. Before I pay what is owed and end our present agreement I wish to share some information. You are presently (today, I believe) installing a new system for my uncle and his wife, Ted and Pat Arrington. I have sung your praises and trust that their experience working with you and your company is half as pleasant as mine has been. If this is the case, they will not be sorry with who they chose to do the job. I am working on my mom and hope to have her calling you soon as well. I would like to commend you (and your employees) on having made it through the long haul this past 3 to 5 years. it has been a very difficult time economically for most companies such as yours. I sincerely believe that your ability to weather the storm has been owed to some very tangible values I have witnessed this past two months. One is your willingness to take on projects that aren’t necessarily easy, but that need to be done and being creative in figuring out how to make it happen (referring here to the reconfiguration of my 10 year old system specifically). Second would be the down-to-earth while still courteous and professional way in which you treat others. And not just the potential customer, but more importantly your employees. I can say with confidence that they all emulate the example you set. I have nothing but positive things to say about each and every one of the individuals I had contact with, from the people answering the phones (Crystal, Chris, John, etc), to those emailing estimates and setting up work efforts (John, Larry, Chris, Rachel, etc), to the delightful crews that actually did the installation work here on my farm (thank you Brian, Cody, Russ, Mitch, etc). I am so grateful for all of you! If there is any way I can be of service or support to you and your team in the future, please do not hesitate to let me know. Given that my original system was over 10 years old, you know that I value and believe in the importance of solar energy. But change is scary and hard and people will not be willing to give it a try if it is difficult to make happen. You and your employees obviously work to make it easy, relatively painless ($4k obviously isn’t a small amount) and well worth it. Thank you most sincerely."

    - L. Kelly White, El Nido Farm – South Valley


    "Great company and great people.  Easy purchase and install.  Thanks."

    - Floyd Harris, 2016

    "Overall a VERY positive experience! Three years in, I would do it again in a heartbeat!!"

    - Doug and Marilyn Rhodes, 2016

    "We have had our system for 4 months and it is performing excellent."

    - Ernie Simpson, 2016


    "I just updated my solar earnings file, and noted that our system has produced in excess of the warranty by 6%, 6%, and 7% the 3 years we’ve had it. And you can’t beat the checks FROM the utility company! Best investment we’ve ever made. Thanks for the guidance on it."

    - Michelle Ummel, 2014


    "The sales people were knowledgeable and loved that CST took care of all the tax credit paperwork. Installation crew were respectful."

    - Chuck Chandler, 2016

    "The team meet my goal of high quality service and products a reality. I wanted top quality, top level effort and felt at home with this team. Thank you CST!"

    - Gordon West, 2016

    "Very happy with sales, service, and any help with questions of anything I needed to including monitoring setup.  WOW!    Just a wonderful, a top notched company!  ☀️☀️☀️☀️"

    - Fletcher Fuller, 2016


    "Love it."

    - Marilyn Christenson, 2016


    "The Sales rep was great he always returned my calls and listened to my concerns. The technicians were very friendly and explained what they were doing and why. The supervisors that came to check the work being done were very friendly and addressed my concerns in a professional manner. Even the secretary/office lady went out of her way to assist me.  Every one was great."

    - Liandro Trujillo, 2016

    "All of the folks (sales, installation, maintenance, etc.) at CST were very professional. They always kept me up to date on the status of the project. The crews were friendly and always on time. They were very knowledgeable about the product and installation. They coordinated with another contractor (electrical) and things moved smoothly. We are very pleased with the professionalism and dedication to service that CST provides."

    - Richard Sertich, 2016

    "CST has the best product in our market. They have the best installation personnel. They know what needs to be done so that after three days of work, we had an electric meter running backwards. From choices my neighbors have made recently, I can appreciate even more the quality of CST's work. We would not hesitate to work with CST again and highly recommend them to anyone who wants to switch to solar."

    - David and Karen Hagermen, 2016


    "Great salesperson. Good installation. Responsive construction coordination."

    - Tom Anderson, 2016


    "High quality system and top notch professional installation and great customer service - even after the sale."

    - Fred Robinson, 2016

    "Consistent good service during and after the sale. Very happy with the finished product."

    - Gerald Harrell, 2016

    "I am extremely satisfied with the whole experience and performance."

    - Steve Shope, 2016



    "I am very grateful to Rick Ferrari for the great help he has been to me since I first engaged CST. I had been exploring solar for a long while and had had several of your competitors come to my home to give me estimates. Everyone provided information that was consistent with what I had been learning. However, Rick was unique in that he wasn’t trying to sell me a product. He sold me on CST, which included the solar system I selected. He has been remarkably professional from the beginning through the installation and at closing. He has been my lifeline all along, and I have the confidence, now, to call on him in the future with any concerns. Because it’s very apparent he believes in your Company and the importance of the customers you serve, I really believe I can trust in everything I’m told. Rick is to be congratulated for a job very well done."

    - Anonymous


    "I installed solar because I saw it provides a good return on the monies invested. It increases my cash flow as my electric bill is $0 plus PNM sends me a check now instead of the other way around."

    - Howard Hudson, 2016

    "Great Company to do business with. No problems with the system in the 2 years it has been in operation. No out of pocket fees to the electric company, most months they pay me $20-30 dollars."

    - Jimmy R. Hart, 2016

    "The sales person was very informative. He knew the product well and explained everything in detail. He answered all of our questions thoroughly and completely. We love our CST Solar and think the investment was well worth the cost."

    - Linnea Peterson, 2016


    "I chose to go solar for financial and environmental reasons. All the CST personnel were knowledgeable, professional and easy to talk with. Once approved, my system was installed quickly and has worked very well - before yet another rate increase."

    - Bob Dodge, 2016


    "Excellent company with superior service after the sale."

    - John and Dorothy Kruse, 2016

    "Excellent experience."

    - Karen and Robert Sweeney, 2016

    "Extremely pleased with CST service and professionalism."

    - John Sandoval, 2016


    "The salesperson was very knowledgeable and helped us every step of the way during the process of purchasing and installation. Even after that he has always been available to answer questions. We have been saving in our electric bills and helping the environment."

    - Lauren Gonzales Bosc, 2016

    "When shopping for solar systems, I was pretty uninformed. I felt that CST provided me with valuable and accurate information which helped me make the decision to add a SunPower system to my home. The value we have received has made our experience positive. Thanks CST."

    - Paul Bearce, 2016

    "I was pleased with the inverter and its warranty. I was glad to know that 1 panel could fail but other would remain functional. The installation dates were reasonable and the installers were punctual. Home monitoring was easy to set up."

    - Pamela Daffern, 2016


    "The sales people were knowledgeable and loved that CST took care of all the tax credit paperwork. Installation crew were respectful."

    - Chuck Chandler, 2016


    "Competent and reliable."

    - Ken Giove, 2016

    "I am very satisfied with my purchase and the performance of the system I have installed."

    - William Wages, 2016

    "Love it."

    - Marilyn Christenson, 2016


    "It was all excellent. Good service, reliable, easy to work with. They told us what to expect and that was what happened. Service after the installation was great."

    - Ted Wilcox, 2016


    "We had seen CST's ad, at Home Depot, and we requested a salesperson to check out our home for Solar. Brent stopped off, and did a  complete calculation. After going over everything, we signed the contract. With all the paperwork done, we were good to good. The installation went very smooth, and the installers were great. One helpful thing was the tax rebate, that we got, when we did our taxes. Also, the low electric bills we have been getting. The last one was $17.39. We are very happy that we made the move to Solar."

    - James Snyder, 2016

    "I had a friend at work who had a CST system installed and he shared all the info about his system and the savings. Based on his recommendation we contacted Mike and had him Comey out to fill us in. Mike started the process of site evaluation and made several recommendations. After a consult we made a decision on the system. The financing went extremely smooth, as did the installation. The crew was very efficient and did an excellent job. Our system has performed as designed and we have experienced no problems after about 3 1/2 years."

    - Bill Jones, 2016

    "We had a very positive experience with CST from the salesmen, Peter Vanderbilt and Dave Thomas to the engineering staff to the technicians doing the actual installation. We appreciate the fact that it is being computer monitored and is really a hassle free system. You are welcome to use our system as a demonstration area for perspective clients. A good working relationship is also maintained with our LaPlata Electric Company. We appreciate all your help and support.  Please let us know how we can continue to help you."

    - Al and Jo Myatt, 2016


    "Very happy with sales, service, and any help with questions of anything I needed to including monitoring setup. WOW! Just a wonderful, a top notched company! ☀☀☀☀"

    - Fletcher Fuller, 2016


    "It was all excellent. Good service, reliable, easy to work with. They told us what to expect and that was what happened. Service after the installation was great."

    - Ted Wilcox, 2016

    "We have never paid a PNM bill since its installation plus having received some $100.00 per year in pay-backs from PMN."

    - Larry L., 2016

    "My experience was great. Your salesman was knowledgeable and your installation crew knew exactly what they had to do and how to do it."

    - Richard Reid, 2016


    "I wanted to write this letter of appreciation to both you and your firm for the outstanding work performed installing a solar system at my home last month. The crews were all both courteous to the surroundings and very professional and thorough with the installation of this system. I was full of questions during the installation, but your crews always welcomed my questions, and answered them professionally. To date, my system has performed as promised without any issues. I have recommended your firm to my neighbors, and I know that one of them has already contracted with your firm to have a system installed on their home. You can please offer a copy of this letter to other future customers asking for references, and they are free to contact me anytime to discuss my experience with both the products and services. I want to thank you and your firm for being a stand up company with very high integrity in your services and products. You and your firm has made this decision to add a solar system to my home a simple task, and wish everyone at CST the best. Please keep doing what you are doing and you will receive many more letters like this one as proof, you are doing all you can to be the best in this business! Thank you."

    - Tom Ansara


    "The entire process was very professional and responsive.  From the salesperson to the installers I felt they were very responsible.  Follow-up was there, and any questions I had were answered.  And in the over 2 years we've had the system we've had not problems."

    - Michael and Kathy Shackley, 2016

    "Overall the CTS experiance was very satisfying. The installation process was very professional but took a little longer than expected. All the people we dealt with were very sensitive to our needs and willing to hear us out. Would do this again in a heartbeat. Wished we had gone a little bigger but did not have the budget for it."

    - Dave Bates, 2016

    "Our first CST home meeting with Mike Putman was so informational. It pretty much sealed the deal. Every aspect from financing, design, installation and operation was thoroughly explained. The installation was very professional. The operation, for 17 months now, has confirmed our cost savings and environmental issues. Thanks so much."

    - Kathlynn and Donald Elder, 2016


    "Consistent good service during and after the sale. Very happy with the finished product."

    - Gerald Harrell, 2016


    "CST are a group of true and friendly professionals. Great job!  Thank you & God Bless."

    - Richard Verderame, 2016

    "All around great job. Great service after the sale."

    - Jesse Allen, 2016

    "Very professional, helpful, and polite from start to finish."

    - Griff Lechnera, 2015


    "All around great job. Great service after the sale."

    - Jesse Allen, 2016


    "We were very pleased with the expertise, consistent communication, and the service driven dedicated CST staff. Our experience will help us promote CST as the solar solution for others interested in purchasing a system."

    - Bill Monthan, 2015

    "You exceeded my every expectation with professionalism, punctuation, and assistance with all federal and state paperwork. We thank you and God bless."

    - Richard Verderame, 2015

    "We searched for a SunPower dealer and CST was one of the two in N.M. We asked for bids from both contractors and CST offered a much better overall package. Lou Keniley was terrific! Best experience with a contractor, ever!"

    - Robert Fox, 2015


    "Excellent company with superior service after the sale."

    - John and Dorothy Kruse, 2016


    "We chose CST because of the financing and the efforts that Craig did to help us traverse the process to get the installation approved. The installers were fantastic! They answered any questions that we had, and to the best of my knowledge the installation is great."

    - C.C. Wright, 2015

    "To tell you the truth, I don’t see where you could do any improvements, I think you folks have all the bases covered. We checked your track record, and your company has a very good rating. That is why we went with you guys. Keep doing what you’re doing!!"

    - James Snyder, 2015

    "I just updated my solar earnings file, and noted that our system has produced in excess of the warranty by 6%, 6%, and 7% the 3 years we’ve had it. And you can’t beat the checks FROM the utility company! Best investment we’ve ever made. Thanks for the guidance on it."

    - Michelle Ummel, 2014


    "Your customer service is excellent. It was a joy to work with the CST people."

    - Kathleen Weston, 2014

    "During the past few years I have used many different contractors for various projects. CST provided better service, from start to finish, than all of the other home contractors combined. How refreshing!"

    - Michelle Chavez, 2014

    "I wanted to send you a quick note to tell you that Mike Garavaglia has been excellent at helping us with any service issues. He is always responsive and makes us know that we chose the right company in choosing CST. We appreciate your hiring excellent people like Mike."

    - Lillian Snyder


    "CST has the best product in our market. They have the best installation personnel. They know what needs to be done so that after three days of work, we had an electric meter running backwards. From choices my neighbors have made recently, I can appreciate even more the quality of CST's work. We would not hesitate to work with CST again and highly recommend them to anyone who wants to switch to solar."

    - David and Karen Hagermen, 2016


    "My experience has been very positive and my electric bill in my 4000 sq ft home averaged about $400 winter and $700 summer. Now I receive a check from PNM because my panels produce more electricity than I use. CST placed my panels on my pitched roof so that they enhance the looks of my home instead of being a distraction. The tax savings made this a very good investment in our energy future. CST did everything they promised and in the time they said they would."

    - Jess and Gina Constant, 2014

    "Both Debi & I are completely satisfied, with the product, and the people that helped make it work. The installers were aces, in my book. Larry was on top of things. Curtis, and Orlando were awesome. Mike had all the answers, and paperwork. He told me, if I had any questions, on the paperwork, he’d stop off. The girls in the office were most helpful. Last, but not least, our sales rep. [Brent] did a fine job. Brent steered us in the right direction, and I thank you for that. I’ve dealt with a lot of different companies, and you were a straight shooter. We knew what to expect, and you guys had us up & running in no time. Thanks to you, and all the people at CST."

    - Jim and Debi Snyder, 2015

    "My name is Peter Chevalier and I have decided to choose your company as my solar installer. I just wanted to commend Mike Putnam on his job well done and making this sale. Mike was the first quote I received. However, I also received quotes from Enchanted Solar, 310 Solar, Positive Energy, and Affordable Solar. I didn’t know if I really wanted to spend top dollar on SunPower. Mike overcame that by selling me your company and overcame competition through facts and professionalism. I just wanted you know what a good employee you guys have. Thanks."

    - Peter Chevalier, 2013


    "CST are a group of true and friendly professionals. Great job! Thank you & God Bless."

    - Richard Verderame, 2016


    "Richard Yazzie Jr., Joey Otero and Calvin Fernandez were the crew sent by CST to install our solar panels. They finished today and what fun it was to see the meter moving backwards. Both my husband David and myself were in the Navy and we were both in Electronic ratings. I mention that because we appreciate a good, clean install; we know how important planning is and that there is real craftmanship and attention to detail involved in a superior installation. We would recommend this team to anyone who asked. They were prompt every morning and worked hard through the day. The installation itself is as good as we had hoped. The electrical instruments on the north wall are clean, everything is in conduit and Richard spent some time explaining the function of the elements and what we can expect in the days ahead. Thank you for selecting this team for our installation, they were true professionals."

    - Karen Hagerman

    "Just a quick line to let you know the quality that I am seeing from the installation crew. I have been in the trade for 30+ years now and I can honestly say that I am very confident in the team that you have here at my location. Brian has showed pure professionalism throughout the entire process. Jerry and the apprentice have followed directly behind him and have offered a complete package when it comes to a TEAM. I often mentor Apprentices and I had the privilege of watching the team work yesterday afternoon. All hands were busy and constantly looking towards restoring the power to my house yesterday. They stayed until the conversion to the new panel was complete and would not leave until I verified all was well. It’s hard to find such quality these days and I felt compelled to let you know. Thanks for all, and I am looking forward to the completion of said project in a much quicker turnaround than I had originally expected. GOOD job guys, and thanks."

    - Dale Candelaria, 2013

    "This panel alignment scheme you provided looks perfect. I like having as much of the panels near the roof peak as possible. I really appreciated your friendly, yet professional, attitude when you came to our home. Those attributes go a long ways with me & will definitely add to my passion for solar power & CST as a premier company to do business with in New Mexico. As you probably saw, there are a large amount of potential customers here at Jubilee & I think if you (CST) play your cards right that the owners here will be eager to join the solar powered home team. I will see if the Jubilee owners will allow CST to do a full blown presentation at our community center (aka: the Villa) as well as an open house at our residence. This is a great opportunity to educate as well as gain business contacts. It’s a win-win situation. Please do pass this email up the CST ladder to let your bosses know what a great job you and Lou have done so far."

    - Danielle and Karen Garnich


    "The Sales rep was great he always returned my calls and listened to my concerns. The technicians were very friendly and explained what they were doing and why. The supervisors that came to check the work being done were very friendly and addressed my concerns in a professional manner. Even the secretary/office lady went out of her way to assist me. Every one was great."

    - Liandro Trujillo, 2016


    "I was really pleased with their initial new plywood mounting board, and conduit routing. It looks like these guys are genuinely proud of their 'plumbing' of the electrical lines. The work is 'clean', and smacks of ingenuity. They’re doing something radically different with the mainline, but it looks cool, whatever it is. Threaded connections, very first class."

    - David K. Mitchell, P.E.

    "Just wanted to say how much I appreciated the courtesy and professionalism of your installation crew. They always arrived promptly, worked hard, and never failed to clean up after themselves at the end of the day. My solar panels and set-up look and function great; I will certainly recommend CST to my neighbors and friends. Again, thank you for providing such excellent personnel."

    - Lucinda Scarlet

    "Recently I had solar panels installed at my home. I would like to take this opportunity to comment on your crew that did the installation. They were very professional, knowledgeable and a credit to CST. I recommend them highly for a job well done. The crew Billy, Ben & JP are to be appreciated."

    - Cecil S. Padilla



    "Thank you for Paul Trawinski! From the first day we met him, he had our best interest in mind! He answered EVERY question my husband asked him (hubby has 37 years as an Electrician) and never batted an eye. Paul knows your solar systems and is one of the most refreshing young person we have met in a long time. He kept us updated every time there was one, answered every email we sent to him, or phone call we made to him. This young man is truly an asset to your company Mr. Hauser! He deserves a 'reward!' Then, as if being a good 'salesman' wasn’t enough, he showed up the second day Russ and Joey were installing our system and provided us all with lunch! What a great surprise that was! I hope you and your company do these kind things for your employees, to show them how much they are appreciated. Russ and Joey are excellent employees! My husband is a perfectionist, and was so very satisfied with their work. Please reward them for making us very satisfied with our system. We are, of course, spreading the word about CST to all we know and those who ask us about our system. Thanks again Mr. Hauser, and don’t forget: Reward those wonderful employees. Blessings to all."

    - Dee Yeager-Bovenzi, 2013


    "I want to commend these young men on the time they spent here on my property, as well as, the respect they extended to me, my dogs, the property, my neighbors, and neighborhood. They were very hard working, product knowledgeable and diligent in the installation of the solar system I purchased from your Company– adding to the confidence I need for having made this large investment and addition to the environmental friendliness of my home. I did take the time to engage each one of them individually while, also, observing each work. What most affected me was their pride in and commitment to CST. Please congratulate each on my behalf."

    - Le Martinez

    "Daniel’s team visited my home yesterday to fix a problem I didn’t even know I had! One of the fuses had blown. Daniel worked on the original installation and as before was quick, professional, and thorough. My system is well on track to pay out in 7.5 years. We are very pleased with its operation and reliability. In May I actually produced more power than I consumed and in March had a 2590 KWH month (lots of sun). I want to thank you for monitoring the system and a quality installation. I want to compliment you and your staff for an excellent job!"

    - Ed Urbanski

    "Your crew from truck number 20 installed 13 panels on our roof and built the electrical connections last Friday the 13th. We wanted to express our appreciation for the great job they did. Richard Yazzie, Cody Simpson and JP worked well together, were very organized and proceeded to assemble the panels efficiently. The installation passed PNM’s inspection without any problems. Please thank the crew again for us. We are looking forward to getting the system operational."

    - Harold G. Wall


    "The sales person was very informative. He knew the product well and explained everything in detail. He answered all of our questions thoroughly and completely. We love our CST Solar and think the investment was well worth the cost."

    - Linnea Peterson, 2016


    "Please pass on my compliments to Carlos and Dave for the installation they performed on my home recently. I appreciate their attention to the details, their eagerness to communicate what they were doing to a very curious customer, and their willingness to work with me in the placement of the electrical boxes and meter and the routing of the wiring to the boxes. The overall result was a pleasant worry-free experience for me and and an aesthetic installation."

    - Andrew Petney

    "Just wanted to say how much I appreciated the courtesy and professionalism of your installation crew. They always arrived promptly, worked hard, and never failed to clean up after themselves at the end of the day. My solar panels and set up look and function great; I will certainly recommend CST to my neighbors and friends. Again, thank you for providing such excellent personnel."

    - Anonymous

    "Carl and his crew did and excellent job of installing the solar power system. Their work and work habits are first class and once we got the county electrical inspector here he quickly signed off on the installation. The next step is to get EPE to come out and install meters. If EPE needs any more info with “original ink” customer signatures, let me know, I can deliver what they need to the office in El Paso."

    - Jerry Billington


    "I was pleased with the inverter and its warranty. I was glad to know that 1 panel could fail but other would remain functional. The installation dates were reasonable and the installers were punctual. Home monitoring was easy to set up."

    - Pamela Daffern, 2016