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How to Choose a Solar Contractor

By Edited Feb 20, 2014 0 0

If you have made the decision to install solar panels on your home or business, then you’re well on your way to offsetting some or most of the costs of your electric bill. However, you shouldn’t have just any old solar contractor come into your home to install your solar energy system. Instead you should take the time to consider several different solar contractors before making a final decision. Being selective about who installs your solar panels could be the difference between a great long-term investment and a waste of money. 

Below are several tips that will come in handy when choosing a solar contractor for your project.

Experience Counts

As ‘going green’ has swept the world in recent years, a number of firms have popped up to capitalize on the increased demand for solar power. While some of these firms are dedicated to providing only the best products possible, others are more interested in making a quick buck – these are the solar contractors that you want to avoid. Selecting a company that has been around for at least 5 years usually does the trick, and don’t hesitate to check their references with the Better Business Bureau, online review sites, and past customers.

Training Also Counts

Just as important in a solar contractor as experience is training. C-10 licensing is an absolute must. It is essential to understand that regularly licensed electricians won’t be up to the job of installing a solar energy system on your roof. Solar panels are basically miniature power plants so special training and education in their installation is required. 

Compare Prices

Pricing for solar energy installation can be a little confusing. Many of the shadier companies will try making the size of their systems seem bigger and more efficient by talking in DC (direct current) watts. They should only be talking in AC (alternating current) watts as this is what home appliances run off of. Get a pricing proposal for your project in AC watts, and then shop around with it at similarly sized and experienced companies - doing this will give you an excellent idea of the reputability of the solar company that you are dealing with.

Know Where the Panels Are Coming From

If you’re installing solar panels at home, then you’re probably all about self-sustainability. For this reason you should make sure that your solar panels were constructed in your own country, to support both the local and national economies. Don’t go through a solar contractor that gets their solar panels from a foreign country.

Understand Warranty and Service Agreement Specifics

Warranties and service agreements are always a little bit murky, and that is especially so in the world of solar energy. For this reason, it is especially important to take extra time in looking over both documents. Make sure that your warranty covers both the materials used to construct your solar energy system and for the service that constructed it. As far as service agreements go, some companies will guarantee that your solar energy system will produce certain amounts of energy. These are usually good companies to go through as they will actually pay you if your solar panels don’t produce the energy that they said they would.

 

Choosing a reliable solar contractor or solar company to install solar panels on your home is all about taking as much time as you need. Don’t rush a decision as solar panels should only be installed by experienced and trained professionals. Follow the tips above and you’ll be sure to choose a good solar contractor for your job and reap the rewards of your solar energy investment.

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