Did you know energy produced by solar means is set to rise 14% year on year over the next decade? As fossil fuel use becomes more untenable and prices rise, solar panels are a great alternative. But how do you find the right company to install them?
Unfortunately, not all installation experts are as good as the next. Read on as we discuss our tips on choosing solar services.
1. Shop Around
The first tip is to get quotes from a few solar installation companies. You should also be willing to question them and ask for their advice. You may get totally different recommendations from different companies.
Comparing installation fees is one of the main factors that will set companies apart. Get recommendations from friends, neighbors, and colleagues who have had solar installed. You can even drive around the neighborhood looking for panels and ask the occupants who they have used.
2. Go Local
There are numerous benefits of choosing a local company with solar installation experience. One is that you are bringing business to the local area. After this, a local company will know the laws and regulations for the state.
They will be able to advise you of any incentives, either through tax returns or funding towards green energy. In addition, they will know the right panels for the weather conditions and the hours of sunlight. You can find more information here, particularly if you live in subtropical areas such as Florida.
3. Go for Great Service
There are a number of ways to check how good service is before you choose a company. Start by looking at online customer reviews. You should be able to find these on local trade forums, social media, and Google.
After this, head to the company website. A good company should have testimonials on there ready for you to read. They should also be able to provide you with a number of examples of jobs they had done previously.
4. Ask for Certification
With the low price of solar panels and their efficiency, solar is booming. Unfortunately, that means many companies are trying to capitalize on it. Not all of them are qualified to do so.
You need a company that has certifications at both national and state levels. The biggest group is the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Choosing someone affiliated with them shows that a certain standard has been attained, and they will be up to date with the latest solar technology.
5. Ask Them to Explain the Contract
Like any contract, you should not sign it unless you know what you are getting into.
A company that has experience installing solar panels and cares about your trade should have a transparent contract. Read the fine print, and ask them to explain it to you in layman’s terms, setting out what is covered, and what happens in the event of damage or an accident.
Choosing Solar Services
Now you know what to look for when choosing solar services, start the search. Remember to ask their advice on panels before you make a purchase. Get clear pricing so you can create a budget for the installation and equipment combined.
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