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Do It Your Way & Live Unbound

What started as a family business in 1992 in California has grown into a leading nationwide renewables energy company now headquartered in the Pacific Northwest.

Originally named Wholesale Solar, we changed our name to Unbound Solar in October 2020 after Wil VandeWiel was named CEO of the company.

Today, Unbound Solar continues to redefine the way people buy, install, and benefit from renewable energy. We’re here to help individuals and communities harness renewable energy solutions on their own terms.

With equipment from over 50 different manufacturers, we design and deliver solutions that give people exactly what they need based on their unique requirements. We care deeply about our customers and offer lifetime support for each and every solution we sell. From the first phone call to installation and beyond — we’re there every step of the way.

We proudly operate as a 100% employee-owned company through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and donate a percentage of sales to charities focused on making our world cleaner, safer, and healthier.

Our corporate operations are currently based in Ashland, Oregon with remote sales and service personnel living and working throughout the United States.

Our Mission

To provide tailored solutions backed by lifelong support empowering people, communities, and businesses to control the way they harness clean energy.

Our Vision

A world where clean energy is powered by individuals, ingenuity, and independence

Our Strategy

We differentiate ourselves by making things personal, with authentic human interaction at all stages of the process. We are committed to taking good care of our employees and, in turn, our employees are committed to taking good care of our customers.

Self-Reliance. Independence. Sustainability.

Having designed and delivered over 20,000 residential solar installations that produce more than 100 MegaWatts of energy, Unbound Solar provides in-depth subject matter expertise to property owners looking for Off-Grid, Grid-Tied and Battery/Back Up solar electric solutions.

Reliable. Honest. Expert.

Whether you are a homeowner looking for the fastest return on your solar investment or an installer, contractor or homebuilder who wants to partner with a reliable, honest solar solutions expert, we pair you with an experienced design technician who collaborates with you on a solution tailored to fit your needs.

And, with access to equipment from 50+ reputable manufacturers, you are able to get the best solution that meets your needs without all the compromises you need to make working with other companies.

More Choice. Total Control. Lifelong Service.

In business for nearly 30 years, you can count on Unbound Solar to be your solar solutions partner every step of the way – from the time of our first conversation through design and installation. And Lifetime Support means that we will be there for you, even after your system is installed. Guaranteed.

Testimonials

Kind words from our happy customers

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Mike Stegeman:

” I purchased my second solar grid tied system from unbound solar in 2020. Brent was very helpful and gave me quotes for multiple configurations before I made the final decision.

The whole process was easy and I will work with unbound solar for any future systems or upgrades. “

Jeffrey Scott:

” Unbound solar was great to work with on my installation. Even after making changes to my design after they provided me drawings, they were happy to provide me revised drawings to submit to my utility – free of charge.


There were a couple of minor racking hardware components that I didn’t receive, but had not initially realized. On those items, they were quick to get me the parts I needed, no questions asked. I would recommend to anyone looking to build their own system. “

Reed Humphrey:

” Unbound Solar (which was Wholesale Solar at the time) did a great job helping me get my off-grid system planned and installed. Wil was super helpful during the design and fulfillment stage of the project, and Jeremy was very responsive when I had questions about some of the more obscure features of my inverter.

If you’re willing to put in some time on research and installation, these folks can help you build out a system for far less than you’d spend contracting it out. Would definitely use them again. ” 

Kurt Lopez:

” I purchased a system from them and received excellent customer service and a great price. Wire transfer payment can feel scary when your buying online but they are legit, no need to worry. 

I had two issues during my project and both were handled swiftly and very helpfully. One was a shipping issue which is not their fault and they worked it out for me as soon as I brought it up. The other was a quantity issue which they sent me the correct amount free of charge once I pointed out there error.

Overall they were great to work with and I have bragged to everyone, even the county workers where I was getting my permit from. ” 

Do It Your Way

Do it your way & Live Unbound. That’s our promise.

In our nearly 30-year history, we have worked with thousands of customers who didn’t want to settle when it came to their solar electric system.  While some people are looking for specific equipment from certain manufacturers, others want to defer to our recommendations. And, there are customers who want to act as their own Project Managers, customers who prefer doing everything themselves — with many somewhere in between.  

With Unbound Solar, you have the control  to Do It Your Way.

What Does It Mean to Do It Your Way?

You have a choice on how best to manage getting a new solar electric system. You can hire a full service, turnkey provider, you can do it yourself from beginning to end or you can Do It Your Way – which means taking on as much or as little of the project as you would like.  

And, by Doing It Your Way, your total solar costs will be lower and your return on investment much faster. 

Large Equipment Selection

Most other providers have relationships with a small number of manufacturers; so, you don’t have the ability to choose specific equipment that meets your needs. With Unbound Solar, you can choose equipment from over 50 manufacturers.

Customized Electrical Diagram Support

An electrical diagram is an invaluable resource during the permitting process and system installation and will be required for the permitting and inspection processes. For our packaged systems, a standard electrical diagram is included, but if you need this diagram customized to your unique needs, we offer that service as an additional option to your overall solar solution. 

Individual Permitting & Interconnection Agreement Guidance

You may have questions throughout the permitting process, and the interconnection agreement process if you are connecting your system to the electric grid. In addition to providing a free Solar Permitting Guide, Unbound Solar is at your service throughout the process to help answer any questions you may have as you gather the needed documentation and complete any necessary applications.

Personalized Installation Insights-

Whether you are installing the system on your own, hiring local contractors or a combination of the two, the Unbound Solar team is just a phone  call away to answer any questions for you. We can even help as you identify and select contractors to be part of your installation team. Our team of Solar Experts is available Monday – Friday 6 AM – 6 PM and Saturdays 8 AM – 5 PM Pacific Time.

Lifetime Service Guarantee

For those who purchase full systems, Unbound Solar remains your solutions partner throughout your lifetime ownership. Whether you need help troubleshooting issues, understanding your manufacturer’s warranties or connecting with equipment providers, we work with you from the time you receive your equipment directly from us, through installation and long after it has been operating.

Giving Back

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Improving the health and wellbeing of our customers, employees and the environment of the communities in which we live, work and play is an important aspect of our Unbound values. This is why we donate a set percentage of sales to a number of different 501c3 non-profits whose vision and mission align with ours. 

And, true to the spirit of Doing It Your Way, if you purchase your solar electric system from us, we will ask which non-profit you would like us to donate.  This ensures we are supporting the causes that are most important to you.

Disaster Relief

From wildfires to hurricanes and COVID relief, Center for Disaster Philanthropy mobilizes funds and resources to help disaster-hit communities across the U.S. rebuild, recover and become more resilient.

Environment

For every $1 donated, 1 tree will be planted — with over 4 million trees planted in 2019, One Tree Planted helps reforestation efforts around the world.

Hunger Relief

For more than 40 years, Feeding America’s mission is to end the fight against hunger by responding to the needs of individuals struggling with food insecurity in the United States.

Careers

Join Our Team

As a leading, well-established solar solutions company headquartered in Ashland, Oregon, we are always on the lookout for great people to join our growing company!  

At Unbound Solar, you will work with a team of highly skilled solar professionals dedicated to putting customers’ needs first.  We’re focused on being the best solar solutions company in the industry, and are seeking team members that can balance resourcefulness with ingenuity, and independence with a collaborative spirit. We want to grow our team with sharp, enthusiastic and innovative professionals that are excited to come to work each day to collaborate with co-workers, partners and customers.

We believe in sharing profits with our employees, embracing diversity and fostering conditions that allow employees and their communities to reach their full potential.  Alongside a 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), we pride ourselves on offering a solid benefits package, to include a competitive salary, 401(k) match and medical, dental, vision and life insurances. Plus, you’ll be treated to a fun work environment and an office setting filled with amenities.  

If you have experience and skills that match any of our open positions, and want to join a growing company that is pioneering the energy revolution, we look forward to hearing from you today!

Open Positions:

Accounting Clerk

Ashland, OR

Assembly Technician

Mt. Shasta, CA

Content Specialist

Ashland, OR — Some travel required

Procurement Coordinator

Ashland, OR

Partnerships

Let’s Be Friends

The Unbound Solar eco-system of people and companies we work with are important to our vision to help create a world where clean energy is powered by individuals, ingenuity and independence.  From over 50 leading equipment manufacturers to installers, contractors and homebuilders – focused on providing tailored solutions and lifelong support empowering people, communities and businesses to control the way they harness clean energy.

If your business would like to partner with Unbound Solar, let us know.

I am an equipment manufacturer that would like to talk to Unbound Solar about carrying our equipment.

I am a solar installer, and I would like to talk to Unbound Solar about purchasing equipment for my customers.

I am a homebuilder, and I would like to talk to Unbound Solar about becoming my solar solutions partner for all my new home builds.