45 Solar Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

45 Solar Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a solar business in 2021?

We put together 45 of the best solar businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other solar businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a blogging business ($60K/year)

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio over 3 years ago, a blogging business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

I am a licensed attorney in India and right after my master’s in law, I started working with a leading company as a lawyer. I worked there for about two years before I quit my job to become more location independent.

Choose a niche in whatever you start. It is critical for streamlining your efforts and make money.

My job paid me well but I worked 12 hours a day, I was exhausted by the end of each day, spent my weekends sleeping and I almost quit the things I liked to do - for example, sketching, yoga, traveling, etc.

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Chhavi Agarwal, on starting Mrs Daaku Studio ($5,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a solar energy business ($7.2M/year)

David Gomez from California, USA started Clean Energy Solutions almost 8 years ago, a solar energy business.

  • Revenue: $600,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: California, USA

As far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to have my own business. I didn’t go to college (besides a few junior college classes). Instead, I started working in sales, first selling car insurance for a few years, and then making the jump into mortgage loans. After a few years of gaining experience, I opened up my own mortgage company and rode the wave of the mid-2000’s real estate boom. It was an incredibly lucrative time and it seemed like it would go on forever. However, by the end of the decade, the good times were over and the recession hit. Although I hung in there and we did extremely well for several years in a down economy, I still ended up having to shut down my company. During this time I experienced some of the most challenging times of my life and career.

After rolling with the punches, I started looking for the next business opportunity to get involved with. A friend of mine had been telling me for several years about solar power and how renewable energy was the future. After doing some research, I realized what a great opportunity it was.

  • There’s an unlimited amount of solar energy.
  • Solar is clean energy compared to fossil fuels that damage the environment.
  • Solar energy is a cheaper source of energy than fossil fuels, in the majority of markets.
  • Power purchase agreement (PPA) allows a homeowner to get a solar system without having to actually purchase the system. There is not a purchase loan or lien required on a client’s home.

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David Gomez, on starting Clean Energy Solutions ($600,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a solar products selling business ($39.2M/year)

Examples of a successful solar products selling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar products selling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar products selling business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Yi Li's story on creating Renogy a read:

Hello, my name is Yi Li, and I founded Renogy. Renogy is a renewable energy company that specializes in providing DIY solar solutions for everyday life—whether that is to power an off-grid vehicle or an at-home backup power supply.

Our products are especially popular with customers ages 40-60 who are either looking to outfit their vehicles with sustainable power for weekend boondocking trips or their RVs for retirement traveling. However, due to rising trends in sustainability, minimalism, and cross-country travel, we've become increasingly popular in those ages 20-40.

Renogy started in my apartment during my third year as a Ph.D. student—now, just weeks away from our 10th anniversary, it's an international company that makes $60 million a year.

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Yi Li, on starting Renogy ($3,265,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a solar panel installation business

Examples of a successful solar panel installation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar panel installation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar panel installation business ➜

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5. Start a solar system repairing & maintenance business

Examples of a successful solar system repairing & maintenance business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar system repairing & maintenance business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar system repairing & maintenance business ➜

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6. Start a solar products distribution business

Examples of a successful solar products distribution business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar products distribution business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar products distribution business ➜

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7. Start a solar product marketing business

Examples of a successful solar product marketing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar product marketing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar product marketing business ➜

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8. Start a solar farm business

Examples of a successful solar farm business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar farm business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar farm business ➜

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9. Start a solar consulting business

Examples of a successful solar consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar consulting business ➜

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10. Start a solar panel cleaning business

Examples of a successful solar panel cleaning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar panel cleaning business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar panel cleaning business ➜

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11. Start a solar energy auditing business ($12K/year)

Examples of a successful solar energy auditing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy auditing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar energy auditing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Willie Jiang's story on creating SolarFeeds a read:

Hello, my name is Willie Jiang. For a long time, I have been a digital marketer, especially as an SEO specialist. But in March this year, we launched a two-sided marketplace called SolarFeeds, the “Alibaba for solar” if you will.

Our primary “product” is a platform that aims to connect solar installers and suppliers. On this platform, solar suppliers can display their product catalogs, while solar installers can post about their new projects. After browsing through the available products, installers can invite suppliers to submit a quote. Installers will then have the opportunity to compare the prices offered by several suppliers before making a decision.

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Willie Jiang, on starting SolarFeeds ($1,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a solar energy university business

Examples of a successful solar energy university business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy university business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar energy university business ➜

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13. Start a financial products production business

Examples of a successful financial products production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a financial products production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a financial products production business ➜

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14. Start a third party service provider business

Examples of a successful third party service provider business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a third party service provider business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a third party service provider business ➜

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15. Start a solar projects business

Examples of a successful solar projects business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar projects business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar projects business ➜

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16. Start an informational products production business

Examples of a successful informational products production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a informational products production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an informational products production business ➜

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17. Start a financial consulting business ($144K/year)

Examples of a successful financial consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a financial consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a financial consulting business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Evan Bleker's story on creating Net Net Hunter a read:

My name is Evan Bleker, I’m an investor and entrepreneur. I started a company called Net Net Hunter, a membership community focused on a niche value investment strategy. The core of the strategy is buying cheap stocks, incredibly cheap stocks.

We now offer a list of roughly 1000 international net-nets and filter through them by hand to identify the top 40 or 50 to focus our research efforts on. Along the way, I’ve collected a lot of bits and pieces written about net investing and packaged them into a learning resource. We added a community forum to share ideas and help members connect. This has been very popular. Investment analysis came later.

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Evan Bleker, on starting Net Net Hunter ($12,000/month) full story ➜

18. Start a solar products invention business

Examples of a successful solar products invention business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar products invention business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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19. Start a solar brokerage business

Examples of a successful solar brokerage business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar brokerage business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar brokerage business ➜

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20. Start a solar products manufacturing business

Examples of a successful solar products manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar products manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar products manufacturing business ➜

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21. Start a nutritional advisory business

Examples of a successful nutritional advisory business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a nutritional advisory business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a nutritional advisory business ➜

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22. Start a solar appraisal business

Examples of a successful solar appraisal business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar appraisal business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar appraisal business ➜

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23. Start a solar energy powered cars manufacturing business

Examples of a successful solar energy powered cars manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy powered cars manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar energy powered cars manufacturing business ➜

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24. Start a solar panel sales and distribution business

Examples of a successful solar panel sales and distribution business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar panel sales and distribution business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar panel sales and distribution business ➜

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25. Start a solar energy cooker manufacturing business

Examples of a successful solar energy cooker manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy cooker manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar energy cooker manufacturing business ➜

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26. Start a solar energy wristwatches manufacturing business

Examples of a successful solar energy wristwatches manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy wristwatches manufacturing business:

Learn more about starting a solar energy wristwatches manufacturing business ➜

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27. Start a solar balloons manufacturing business

Examples of a successful solar balloons manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar balloons manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar balloons manufacturing business ➜

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28. Start a green house farming business

Examples of a successful green house farming business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a green house farming business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a green house farming business ➜

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29. Start a solar energy calculators manufacturing business

Examples of a successful solar energy calculators manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy calculators manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar energy calculators manufacturing business ➜

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30. Start a saline water manufacturing business

Examples of a successful saline water manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a saline water manufacturing business:

Learn more about starting a saline water manufacturing business ➜

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31. Start a solar hot water heating system manufacturing business

Examples of a successful solar hot water heating system manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar hot water heating system manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar hot water heating system manufacturing business ➜

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32. Start a solar chimneys business

Examples of a successful solar chimneys business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar chimneys business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar chimneys business ➜

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33. Start a salt production business

Examples of a successful salt production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a salt production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a salt production business ➜

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34. Start a portable solar energy powered chargers/power bank business

Examples of a successful portable solar energy powered chargers/power bank business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a portable solar energy powered chargers/power bank business:

Learn more about starting a portable solar energy powered chargers/power bank business ➜

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35. Start a solar flashlights manufacturing business ($12/year)

Examples of a successful solar flashlights manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar flashlights manufacturing business:

Learn more about starting a solar flashlights manufacturing business ➜

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36. Start a solar road studs manufacturing business

Examples of a successful solar road studs manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar road studs manufacturing business:

Learn more about starting a solar road studs manufacturing business ➜

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37. Start a solar energy expos organizing business

Examples of a successful solar energy expos organizing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy expos organizing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar energy expos organizing business ➜

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38. Start a solar tubes manufacturing business

Examples of a successful solar tubes manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar tubes manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar tubes manufacturing business ➜

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39. Start a solar trash compacting bins business

Examples of a successful solar trash compacting bins business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar trash compacting bins business:

Learn more about starting a solar trash compacting bins business ➜

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40. Start a solar energy heated pools production business

Examples of a successful solar energy heated pools production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy heated pools production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar energy heated pools production business ➜

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41. Start a solar energy powered street lights business

Examples of a successful solar energy powered street lights business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy powered street lights business:

Learn more about starting a solar energy powered street lights business ➜

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42. Start a solar energy powered tents manufacturing business

Examples of a successful solar energy powered tents manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy powered tents manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar energy powered tents manufacturing business ➜

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43. Start a solar energy powered children's toys business

Examples of a successful solar energy powered children's toys business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy powered children's toys business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar energy powered children's toys business ➜

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44. Start a solar energy powered gadgets business

Examples of a successful solar energy powered gadgets business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy powered gadgets business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar energy powered gadgets business ➜

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45. Start a solar energy powered traffic control lights business

Examples of a successful solar energy powered traffic control lights business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar energy powered traffic control lights business:

Learn more about starting a solar energy powered traffic control lights business ➜

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