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"We heard about Thirsty Lake from a neighbor who recently had solar panels installed on his house. He sang praises for Jeff Wongstrom, and highly recommended him. I had already spoken with one other solar company which I liked, but I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a second opinion. I’m so glad we did! Not only was Jeff less expensive than the first company, he also gave us a bigger inverter which meant we could easily add more solar panels at a future date. His is a hands on kind of company, and he does the work himself with an assistant. He showed up when he said he would, and always left the work site clean. He explained about the solar discounts we could get from the federal and state governments. And when the system was installed, he gave us a tutorial on how it worked. But I think the most important thing about Jeff is that we trust him. He knows his stuff, and we never worried that we were getting an inferior product. He is friendly and open, and I know if we ever have any questions, he will be available to answer them. If you are considering installing solar energy on your home, we highly recommend you talk with Jeff Wongstrom of Thirsty Lake Solar. You won’t be disappointed." Beth Loftis, Bozeman.
"I have a small, off-grid cabin of about 600 ft/sq. I did not have a lot of experience with solar but wanted to use it for everything except heat, which was wood and propane. Jeff is as professional and efficient with his work as anyone I have dealt with...as his ratings indicate. I was also impressed with his willingness to answer questions from time to time and provide me with all the necessary reference material that I need to educate myself. Now, a year later, I am even more impressed with how well the system is working and how little maintenance I have had to perform. I am also a lot more educated in using solar energy (although I have a lot to learn), thanks to Jeff taking the time to explain answers to questions and the written material he has sent me. I highly recommend that he be considered for any solar project that a home owner has." Don Rees, Fortine.
"This was one of the best experiences I have had with a contractor. Everything was as I was told it would be. Work was exceptional quality. Price was good, even a little less than we originally were told. Work was completed on time and system was operational in a very timely fashion. Work done and the installation are high quality and complement and blend well with our roof and structure." John York, Billings.
"Our solar is up and running and we couldn't be happier, we're excited to see the difference in our energy bill. Jeff and his crew were courteous, timely, neat, methodical, and professional. Jeff took the time to explain everything and at the end of each workday they cleaned up everything. They also kept the worksite neat during the day. We've had so many neighbors comment on how nice the solar looks and even had the architectural committee of our HOA tell us it looked great and that they worked so neatly and quietly, you didn't even realize they were there! We have recommended Thirsty Lake to everyone we have spoken with about the solar." Mark Westerberg, Bozeman.
"We've had our system up and running for a few weeks now, and it's working beautifully. Our neighbors recommended Jeff and Thirsty Lake Solar--we've been completely happy with their service. Jeff is punctual, affable, professional, and he's an excellent communicator. We recommend Thirsty Lake without the least hesitation." Noy Holland, Choteau.
"A neighbor recommended Thirsty Lake Solar to us, and we were extremely happy with their work. Jeff was responsive and knowledgeable, and took the time to sit down with us and explain the whole process, how the system works, cost considerations, etc. He was very organized and made everything easy for us. Highly recommend!" Jana M, Bozeman.
"Having Thirsty Lake Solar install my solar system is the best decision I have made. My only regret is that I did not do this sooner. I highly recommend Thirst Lake Solar they are very professional." Deva McNight, Augusta.
"Everything was done professionally, at the bid price, on time, and completed in one day. Jeff and crew are top notch. It just couldn''t have been any better and the system is producing over 100% of my average use." Len Kopec, Augusta.
"We highly recommend Thirsty Lake Solar! Very professional, efficient, and responsive. Jeff did a great job walking us through the whole process. The installation was very quick, and they left everything spotless. Great to work with them!" Amy Cory, Bozeman.
"Our one year anniversary of going online with net metering occurred 5/8/2016. In that year we generated 10,837 kWh and used a net grid electric of 224 kWh. Our renewable contribution was 97.8% of our total electric use. Very satisfying results. Best, Dan Flanagan." Ulm.
"Jeff was fantastic to work with. He was patient and worked with us to design the perfect system to operate our small farm allowing for future farm operations and the flexibility to install battery back-up as the technology matures. The quality of the products Jeff selected for our system were excellent as the quality of the installation. Jeff and his staff were excellent and the work was accomplished on schedule. Jeff''s prices are competitive but he was the only installer who took the time to visit us and ensure the system was going to be perfect for us. Choose Thirsty Lake Solar and you will be pleased." Don Zimmerman, Kalispell.
"We just reached our one year anniversary since the completion of the solar installation and going on-line with NWEnergy on April 7th. BULLSEYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We generated 59 kWh more than we used for the year. Pretty darn close to the target of 100% that you calculated last spring! Good work and many thanks." Jim and Mel, Bozeman.
"Jeff Wongstrom is an awesome professional to deal with. I give him and Thirsty Lake Solar a 6-Star rating, as a 5-Star rating is just not enough to cover his superb service! From calculating your solar energy potential to cleaning up after installation, every phase of the project was done with caring diligence. Jeff is very personable, knowledgeable, competent, precise, efficient, trustworthy, and prompt. Did I forget something? Oh ya, he is also very passionate about working for the betterment of our planet. So much so, that Jeff offers a 3% discount to Montana Wilderness Association members going solar and donates your savings to MWA."
Rick Kerr, Choteau.
"From the outset of our project planning, Jeff showed great knowledge about solar photovoltaic and all of the available system options. He provided three options for us to consider, offered good justifications for each and helped us make a decision. His installation went very smooth, despite our remote location, and our system is meeting our needs and exceeding our expectations. Great follow-up as well." Alan Peura, Polebridge.
"Jeff is very experienced and professional. He helped us choose and design a system that will meet our immediate needs, and a system that can grow with our family''s future needs on our off grid property. I feel like Jeff did a great job managing our expectations with an off grid PV system. He was able to install our system in a very timely manner. Jeff is also a licensed electrician. He takes no shortcuts and makes sure everything is up to code. I am very happy with our Thirsty Lake Solar experience. So much so I look forward to getting the rest of the house wired by Thirsty Lake. I know who I will be calling when we decide to install our second array."
Aaron B, Three Forks.
"From day one, Thirsty Lake Solar has exceeded our expectations. Jeff came to our property and gave us a very thorough bid, which was a welcome change from the other companies we contacted. Throughout the whole project, he was responsive to requests, communicative regarding timelines and scheduling, and pleasant to work with. The state electrical inspector even made favorable comments about his work! We couldn''t be happier with our experience. Highly recommended."
Jessica Denby, Belgrade.
"Jeff has been great to work with, fair and honest on work and pricing, work done in a very timely way, willing to work around your schedule, and knowledge on systems excellent. Floyd B, Libby.
"Not only did Jeff of Thirsty Lake Solar install our PV system fast he also did it correctly. Everything was done exactly as he said it would be. We are most impressed with his professionalism and with his conservation ethic. On our behalf he has made a donation to the Montana Wilderness Association, thereby giving back to the planet, which is our primary motivation for going solar in the first place. We strongly recommend Thirsty Lake Solar." Bill & Polly Cunningham, Choteau.
"The entire project, beginning with my request for information and estimate to completion, was amazingly speedy. Any questions were answered and information as to whom to contact at the local electric company was quickly given as well as all necessary paper work was provided. I am very pleased with the services of Thirsty Lake Solar."
Joy Des Rosier, Whitehall.
"My experience with Thirsty Lake Solar included a thorough site analysis, clear information and answers to all my questions, reliable scheduling, a clear and thorough proposal, efficient installation and city approval, and pricing exactly as quoted. The whole process was fully explained and very organized. A bonus to me was a discount and a donation by the company to a non-profit organization I belong to." Dean Littlepage, Bozeman.
"Our experience with Thirsty Lake Solar was a completely positive one from start to finish. The two elements that have been most valuable to us are the onsite visit to bid the project rather than a google earth analysis and Jeff''s continued communication with us even after the project is complete. If we have any question Jeff is great about getting back to us. We highly recommend Thirsty Lake Solar." Lee Barhaugh, Choteau.
"We are very pleased with the 8.8kW PV system installed by Thirsty Lake Solar last month. At every step in the process, from initial site inspection through job completion, we appreciated the professional advice and installation quality. I''ve worked on energy engineering projects for over 25 years and have a high level of expectation for a five star job. I give Thirsty Lake Solar a 5 star rating without hesitation." Dan Flanagan, Ulm.
"Excellent installation on (3) separate roof surfaces.
Very pleased with the process and the results. Today the sun is shining !" Jim Madden, Bozeman.
"Very quick top quality installation at a fair price. Jeff is a great guy! One system went on an office building and one on my house. Both systems are sized to be net zero. I charge my electric cars from the arrays" Richard Weaver, Transition Town Bozeman.
"This is my second time using Jeff at Thirsty Lake Solar. He is easy to work with, quite knowledgeable of the ever changing technology, and priced right." Pete Oliver, Archer Construction
"Excellent and professional services. I highly recommend this installer." Jo-An Lindstrom, Bozeman
"We have heard back from your references. All of them provided exemplary testimonials about your work, the quality of product that you have installed as well as your attention to detail and follow-up...we are very impressed!" ARP
"Thirsty Lake Solar made the whole process incredibly easy. They are very professional, clear in their instructions and helpful in providing information. The install was quick and easy. I would strongly recommend them to anyone who is interested in getting a solar assessment and pursuing a PV system for their home or business." Yve Bardwell, Dropstone Outfitters, Choteau
"My home is in a development with a very picky architectural review committee(ARC). Thirsty Lake Solar was very careful to design and install a system that met the high standards required by the ARC. The work was timely, the communication professional, and the implementation very clean and well done. Highly recommended. David Vap, Bozeman.
"Thirsty Lake Solar was friendly and competent. They conducted a prompt site assessment and quote which outlined available options. They accommodated my schedule and completed the job swiftly with no glitches." BM, Bozeman
"Being a civil engineer I tend to be a hard grader on things like this. Based on Thirsty Lake Solar's design and installation for my home I'm giving them the highest possible rating across the board. Jeff was professional, friendly, honest, and extremely competent throughout the entire process. I would recommend Thirsty Lake Solar to anyone who is looking for an excellent PV system installer. Dale White, PE, Bozeman
"Very satisfied with the work performed by Thirsty Lake Solar providing our remote guest camp with a solar electrical system that is easy to operate and addresses the full spectrum or our needs. Worksite was left immaculate with thorough support materials for maintaining equipment and operation." Meg Nicolo, American Prairie Reserve, Malta
"Jeff did an excellent job installing our 5.25 kW system. He kept us educated about each step in the process including our grants and tax credits. In a little over 2 months, we have produced over 2000kWh." Anders Lewendal, Anders Lewendal Construction, Bozeman
"Jeff did a wonderful job installing and explaining my solar equipment. He was timely and thorough. I would hire him again in a minute!" Jacquie Persons, Bozeman
"Jeff, dependable, trustworthy, and on time kind of person. Jeff took the time to explain how the power system would work and what we could expect from this project before we ever started. He was very honest with his cost estimates and time for completion. He was very patient to answer all of my questions, and there were many questions because I am not familiar with things electrical. We are so very pleased with our new solar power plant and the way it performs. All work and installations far exceeded our expectations." R. Dunagan, Judith Gap
"Jeff from Thirsty Lake Solar was awesome! His workmanship, attitude, and skill level were far above the normal contractor/installer level. Every question was answered fully and completely, with full details on why and why not. He was extremely honest, dependable, and trustworthy. His products were of the topmost quality with a proven track record. I am a very satisfied customer" John S., Kalispell
"Thank you for the excellent install of the solar equipment and related electrical devices and wiring and electrical service upgrade. Your attention to detail was highly appreciated as was your professionalism and knowledge. Also, thank you for the total cost adjustment as it was noticed and appreciated." John S., Kalispell
"Thirsty Lake Solar, Jeff and his staff, were all a pleasure to work with. They went the extra mile, made sure the job was clean and complete. I can highly recommend this business and I look forward to working with them again." Mark Rehder, Farms for Families, Livingston
"Jeff Wongstrom worked with us in a professional way. He was knowledgeable, diligent, and efficient. I heard about his business from another satisfied customer" Katy Meyers, Kalispell
"Very professional, organized, friendly, informative, and efficient service. Extremely happy with the results." Rob Warren, The Grass Chopper, Bozeman
"I enjoyed all aspects of my interactions with this company and its owner Jeff Wongstrom. He and his assistant worked extremely hard in installing the system in ground that was rocky, hard, and dry. The system is elegant and simple to use. We are extremely pleased with the outcome and our ability to offset much of our electric usage." Dennis Prager , Clyde Park
"Jeff and his crew were a real great group to work with. Highly recommended." Dan Ruggles, Bozeman
"I am very pleased with the whole process of this solar installation!!!" SM, Bozeman
"Overall it was a very positive experience." Gordy Gollehon, Auto Body Specialties, Bozeman
“Communication by email prompt, clear, answered all questions succinctly. Work was done amiably and completed as estimated. Installer was a fine man to work with in all respects, including knowledge, skill, professionalism.”-Nancy Owens, Basin
“We would highly recommend him.” –Jerrilyn Whitmeyer, Trego
“I was entirely satisfied working with Thirsty Lake Solar. Jeff was very helpful in explaining the various aspects of the solar grid tie system so that I could make an informed decision. The work was done well and Jeff was available whenever I had a question. I can certainly recommend Thirsty Lake Solar to anyone in the region who is interested in making their home or business solar.” –Rita Collins, Eureka
“Jeff was great to work with. I have recommended him to others and will continue to do so.” – Ross Holter, Flathead Electric Co-op, Kalispell
“What can I say other than you get what you pay for. Thirsty Lake Solar got the job done right the first time and did a clean job. This was a LARGE system but it went in quickly and it works flawlessly.” –Mark, Columbia Falls
“Thirsty Lake Solar did an excellent job! We were unsure about solar and really had a tuff time deciding if we wanted off grid solar electricity or grid electricity, but are so pleased with the solar performance that we will always use alternative energy vs. grid electricity.”-MC, Trego
“Jeff is excellent and I have recommended him to several people already. This is the third or fourth time he has worked for me. He is always right on with everything. I would give him a 5 star rating, on a 4 star scale.” –Mark, Columbia Falls
“Thirsty Lake Solar was very knowledgeable and provided great resources. The installation was very neatly and professionally done with the most up to date systems.”-LC, Polebridge
“Jeff is professional, courteous and did an excellent job. I would recommend him to anyone.”-Dr. Peggy Parker, Troy
“Thirsty Lake Solar knows how to get it done and gets it done right. They are there for as long as you need them for maintenance, questions and upgrades and are willing to work with whatever quirks that exist with your current system if you are upgrading.”-SC, Eureka
“How we now wish we had accepted your help from the very beginning. The system design, integration of system components (batteries, inverter/charger, PV arrays with generator backup) now makes perfect sense. Looking back now, we may not only have spent more on the system we are now stuck with but, most certainly, avoided many subsequent problems. Your comment that you see 'several red flags', now makes perfect sense. You were right from the beginning--I should have listened to you and at least asked what the "red flags" were that you tried to warn us about.
Please accept my sincere apology for not accepting your advice and warning.”-SR
“Jeff was great to work with. I have recommended him to others and will continue to do so.” – Ross Holter, Flathead Electric Co-op, Kalispell
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