Pingo Solar intends to make solar purchasing transactions more frictionless and less costly for homeowners, by launching an easily-navigable do-it-yourself (DIY) online platform and effectively removing salespeople from the process. The platform, which was officially launched on July 4, provides an alternative to the traditional solar installation sales process by allowing homeowners to directly calculate costs, customize their rooftop solar setup, and then submit their installation order entirely online.
The platform integrates with Google Maps, and enables homeowners to zoom in on overhead views of their homes and—through a smart software overlay from Pingo Solar—to click and drag to see suggested locations for the solar panel arrays. The system aims to get homeowners the best possible pricing scenario, by taking into account multiple data sources, including pricing data collected from the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) combined with real time market data.
The start-up is headquartered in California, wth a leadership team consisting of CEO David Yoo and board advisors Jerry Slavonia, Steve Chan, and Kang Ahn.
“In our eyes, the customer is the most important part of any business equation, and deserves to be rewarded as such,” says Yoo. “Pingo is the result of this belief—the notion that every consumer should have access to honest information and comprehensive tools that lets them decipher what is the best long term solar choice for their individual needs.”
The company offers support from their customer service team along the way, and says homeowners can expect to see their solar system installed within 30 to 45 days after reserving or purchasing the system online. During that interval, Pingo will work behind the scenes with getting the solar system engineered, and will also facilitate submission through the requisite local building permitting process. Their process includes dispatching a site auditor, reviewing the electrical panel for compatibility, and making preparations for the final installation. Pingo notes that they are a licensed solar electrical contractor in the states where they have operations.
Potential customers can check the Pingo Solar website to see if the service is available in their area.