Choosing a Solar Installer

Investing in a solar power system is a considerable investment. That’s why you need to make sure that you choose a solar installer that your are comfortable with and feels right for you. Due to the rapid expansion of the solar market, you now have many options and alternatives to choose from. Criteria varies from experience and credentials to the installer’s availability, quality and warranty insurances.

When engaging with a solar installer watch out for the following:

solar-contractorProfessional credentials. Make sure the solar installer is licensed and authorized to carry the project to completion, all the while being able to provide you with references and testimonials from previous clients. If it helps your peace of mind, do some additional research on the installer. Look for reviews, opinions of buyers or professional distributors.

The installer’s availability. Whether or not he is willing to make time for a home visit and offer you all the information that you need in order to make a knowledgeable decision. The on-site evaluation is beneficial if you have any other questions on how you could save money on energy or what the total energy potential of your home is. If you solar contractor isn’t inclined to evaluate your requirements and curiosity, it’s probably best that you find someone else.

Quality of components. Modules manufactured in improper conditions, may perform differently under various circumstances. If something goes wrong with your solar system, the manufacturer might not honor the warranty. In this matter, be sure to check that the company is either an authorized distributor of solar panels or has acquired them through a local authorized wholesaler or distributor.

Warranty. The average warranty offered for the vast majority of the solar panels is around 20 years. Ultimately, the longer it is, the better. A low warranty period points out the lower quality of the panels. Companies should also offer limited warranty, of about 5-10 years for storage batteries, inverters and workmanship.

The decision of choosing a solar installer shouldn’t be taken lightly. Take all the time you need and invest some of it in researching the matter beforehand. It will make you more perceptive and sensible to anything that may seem insufficient or inadequate.