“Based on our contact with several references, we opted to contract with Brightside for our solar installation. Needless to say we were not disappointed. Matt Piva and his crew are the consummate professionals and a pleasure to work with. Timely communication and responsiveness are hallmarks of this operation. Matt not only provided a very detailed proposal but spent considerable time reviewing it with us. All our questions were answered and concerns addressed prior to commitment. Absolutely no pressure to proceed but plenty of reasons to move forward. Matt was able to begin the project several weeks prior to his estimate and work proceeded well within his projected timeline. Our system has been fully functional since completion and Matt remains responsive to any and all questions.”

Grace P.

“Matt and his team are simply the best if you are looking to install solar panels in the Steamboat Springs area. They made sure everything was exactly the way that we wanted it, from start to finish, and they walked us through the entire installation process, every step of the way. We would highly recommend Matt and his team if you are looking to install solar panels. They are very knowledgable and professional.”
Ben B.

“The Brightside Solar team did an outstanding job on our residential solar installation. We were extremely pleased with their technical expertise, customer service and attention to detail. They were always prompt with their response to questions. The scheduled installation was made on time and on budget. We highly recommend Brightside Solar.”

Mark C.


Our experience was very good from first contact to final checkout. The team was very helpful in guiding us through the process of feasibility, contract proposal and installation. Communication was excellent and crews were conscientious and courteous.

The pricing committed to in the contract was honored 100% even with the inflationary environment and supply chain issues existing during our contract period.

I requested a North American solar panel manufacturer and that request was honored with a high quality product.

“Matt and his team were knowledgeable, helpful, provided great service and were prompt with all of our expectations. Any question we asked was answered thoughtfully and thoroughly and we couldn’t be happier with the end product.”

Andrew W.

“Matt and his crew installed a 25KW solar installation on our property last summer and I couldn’t have been happier with the process or the outcome

Matt was instrumental in helping us to arrive at the right design, making decisions on things like which technologies to deploy, battery system or not, style of installation (roof, rack, or pole mount), and placement. To the design table, he brought pragmatic advice about the state of technologies, was sensitive to our aesthetic, overall power requirements, site placement selection, and was patient with our design decision making. I couldn’t have asked for better coach and counsel to design and ultimately deliver a solar solution that not only is performing above estimates (8% better than originally modeled to date), but actually adds to the aesthetic of the property and that we’re proud to have onsite.

Matt is a perfectionist in every aspect of the install, from the technical implementation, to the placement, to the aesthetic (e.g. color of posts), to the client communication. One thing in particular that stood out was his professional approach to communication with the client. I can’t tell you how many Steamboat contractors show up at your place unannounced at 7:30 in the morning… ‘we’re here’. Yeah, thanks for the heads up. That is not Matt. In each instance where his crew would be onsite, i received a text or a call the afternoon before indicating when precisely they would be onsite, confirming that was ok, and indicating what they would be doing. I was kept in constant awareness of the pace of work and the schedule. The process was crisply managed, the result was superb, and the outcome operated as or better than expected

Matt has been fantastic in post implementation support. From the spring/fall angle tunings, training me how to monitor the system’s production, to making himself available to answer any and all questions about operations, he’s been there for me. I couldn’t be happier.

While there are options in Steamboat for your solar requirements, there is only one choice in my mind if you want thoughtful design, certainty and quality of outcome, and value after the implementation, and thats Brightside Solar.”

Paul B.

“We are thrilled with our solar system and highly recommend Brightside Solar. Matt’s professionalism and attention to detail made our project run smoothly and worry free. During the design phase, we needed guidance. Matt helped us every step of the way, completing several proposals before we found the right fit. His kindness and patience are evident. We cannot say enough good things about Matt and Brightside.”

Sarah P.

“Matt provided a detailed solar assessment and proposal for our house and followed up with an excellent installation. We were looking at floor radiant heat options and found that the 6 KW solar array he proposed would offset the load for an electrical system and be less expensive than a hot water system. Brightside personnel were very professional and efficient with the system being installed on budget and on time. I highly recommend using Brightside!”

Buz C.

Between us reaching out to Brightside Solar and producing Solar Energy took less than 2 months. Throughout the process, everyone was very professional, we were always informed when someone was working on our property, what they were suppose to do and what the next steps were. Matt made sure we were ok with every step and pleased with the work results. He not only answered all our questions, but gave us good recommendations. We are very happy with the whole project and are now proud solar energy producer. We highly recommend Matt and the team from Brightside Solar for any solar project in Routt and neighboring counties.

Karen P.

“From the moment that I met Mr. Piva and throughout the design process, installation, permitting, testing, connecting it to the grid and be able to monitor the usage via my phone. I was impressed with the level of professionalism that he employed and the short time that it took to complete this installation. I will recommend him and his company to anyone that is thinking about installing solar panel in their homes.”

Rebecca C.

“I highly recommend Matt Piva and his team! They were very professional. Patient, thorough, explained everything completely, and went above and beyond what they promised. I also think the cost was very reasonable.”

Arnie S.

Excellent attention to detail. Highest quality installation. Wise counsel. Timely communication. Sensibly priced particularly with regards services and product delivered. Would strongly recommend their services to all.

Chris L.

“If you are considering a solar system in the Steamboat Springs area go with Brightside. The customer service is excellent. No hard sales pitches, just a smart and knowledgeable team that takes the time to explain the pros and cons and design a system to suit your particular needs. Matt Piva’s estimate of our power generation was spot on. They installed the system quickly and with little disruption. But what makes these guys unique is the follow up and their availability after the system is up and running. They give you access to a remote monitoring system that allows you to see, in detail, how your system is functioning and how productive it is. They are available any time for questions and Matt spent over 30 minutes with me, months after install, walking me through the monitoring system so I understood how it works and I could see all the power we are generating (and the CO2 emissions we eliminating). Whether you are considering solar to reduce your electric bill or reduce your carbon footprint, these are the guys to call.”
Peter W.

“We are happy to recommend Brightside to anyone wanting a solar panel system. In fact, we have already recommended Brightside to several of our neighbors. Matt Piva, Leigh and the other people at Brightside are very professional and helpful. Matt in particular was careful to listen to us and to explain to us the process and the system. Unlike many construction contractors, Brightside beat the deadline for installation and met the contract price even though issues not under Brightside’s control probably cost Brightside something additional. Brightside coordinated its work with another contractor installing a backup generator at the same time so there were no problems with integrating the systems. I watched a part of the installation and was very impressed by the people working on the installation. So, as stated, we strongly recommend Brightside for solar panel system installations.”

John M.

I recently built a new home and performed the general contracting myself. Of all of the various trades, contractors and vendors that I worked with Brightside Solar was easily, and by far, the best of them all. I was kept thoroughly informed throughout the entire process and Matt provided an exceptional educational experience on the entire system. They always showed up when they said they were going to and completed each phase of the work on schedule or ahead of schedule. I truly appreciate Brightside Solar’s professionalism, quality or work and dedication. Thank you for the great job!

Charles S.

“I monitor our system nearly every day and it has outperformed my expectations. Even with all the snow we received in December and January, we are “net positive”, currently producing more than we are using. I couldn’t be more happy with the installation.”

Scott C.

2.8 kW Grid Tie

“We recently had Brightside Solar install a solar energy system on our roof and we couldn’t be happier with the experience. Matt had every quality you would want someone with whom you are working to have. He was knowledgeable, friendly, responsive, and honest to name a few. Our system was installed well ahead of schedule, without any (negative) surprises and is now delivering energy to our house. I would highly recommend Matt and Brightside Solar to anyone considering a solar energy system!”

Jesse B.

“Matt and Brightside competed a large roof top 45 MWh project for Mountain Valley Bank. The projected production, payback and budgeting were accurate. The quality of the project is top notch. Most important was the high level of professionalism. Matt does what he says he will do, does it on time, does it on budget and is highly communicative thru the whole process from inception to planning to completion to monitoring. I highly recommend anyone considering either a commercial project or residential project to work with Matt and Brightside Solar. Easily the most professional subcontractor on our project.”

Wade G.

“The Brightside Solar team was able to help us get up and going with solar at our remote hunting camp, that previously just ran on a generator. After watching the installation, I’m sure glad I went with these guys. The amount of time and required detail for a proper solar array and battery system was much more than I would have guessed, and more than I would have liked to have dealt with. Brightside solar has also been very accessible for follow-up as we learn to work with the system.”

Beau B.

5.4 kW Off Grid

“We recently had Brightside install a residential roof solar array, and the experience was outstanding. As we were out of town for the entire project, we primarily relied on email for communications. The project design and bid proposal were easy to understand, and the installation was completed quickly and on schedule. All the inspections, engineer reviews and communication with YVEA were handled by Matt Piva and his team. We are extremely pleased with the completed system. The aesthetics and installation exceeded our expectations, and the system is performing just as expected. We would recommend Brightside and Matt without reservations.”

Jeff and Lynne C.

“The Schwartzes of Steamboat Springs could not be more pleased with the recent 6.7 kwh solar array installation completed by Mr. Matt Piva and Brightside Solar. Our situation was a little different than some because we already had a 3.26 kwh solar system and we wanted to add additional capacity to reach or exceed net zero for our electrical usage. Brightside Solar came up with an excellent solution for adding more capacity in an efficient manner. Brightside installed 21 panels of Sunmodule SW 320 solar panels in a standalone array in our back side yard with a separate inverter that does not affect the initial solar system with its own inverter. The new system is anchored in concrete and engineered to withstand the strong wind and snow loads that occur in our area. Throughout the design and installation process, Mr. Matt Piva provided outstanding customer service, carefully explaining and documenting his proposals, working efficiently through the county planning department and permit processes, and keeping us fully informed of progress at every step of the way. In addition to designing and installing the new solar array, Mr. Piva also examined our existing Unisolar thin film array on our roof to determine if it was meeting its capacity. He identified some problems, implemented solutions, and we are now producing electricity at the optimum capacity of both systems. We strongly recommend Brightside Solar for your solar requirements in northwest Colorado and would be happy to provide additional information about our experience with Brightside Solar to those interested in adding solar solutions to their home or business.”

The Schwartzes

“Recently had Brightside install our system. Matt was very professional through all phases of the project from quotation to hand off. Communication was excellent and timely, installation was neat and clean. System is performing as promised and I couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend Matt and his crew at Brightside Solar.”

Frank H.

“Brightside Solar provided a worry-free installation. They handled all the subcontracting and coordination with the local utility. The project was managed with the utmost of professionalism, courtesy, and efficiency.”

Damaris C.

7.68 kW Grid Tie

“Talked to Matt about doubling our solar array. Excellent information on advantages and disadvantages of various mounting systems. Made decision and got quote. Installation was done very professionally with close communication for typical retrofit issues (finding sewer line, old system power line, etc). Progress was rapid and soon I was watching our electric meter run backwards. I enjoyed the experience, felt very comfortable with the knowledge of the contractor and especially appreciated his wonderful customer service. Oh, and it came in right at budget (kind of unusual in my experience with building!).”

Jim D.

“Ed and Pegge Warwick highly recommend Bright Side Solar and Matt Piva. We are totally off the grid with solar electricity and a generator backup. Matt answers phone calls and emails promptly, and sometimes can give us information by phone, which saves a service call.

Brightside always comes ASAP when we call with an issue, and are always friendly and courteous. They are extremely knowledgeable; they know their stuff, and are up to date on current information about batteries, and our solar electric system.

When they come, they are very thorough, and proactive when they see potential problems.Matt explains things very clearly, and has helped us tremendously with our own skills in maintaining the system.

Thanks Matt and Brightside Solar for excellent service!”

Ed and Pegge W.

Off Grid