BEYOND DOLLARS / WATT Key Metrics for Comparing and Evaluating       Solar Power System Quotes                            ...
$/Watt Isn’t The Only MetricWhen shopping for solar photovoltaic (also known as solarpanel, solar electric) systems, many ...
Workmanship Warranties• Warranties often ensure that there is no additional  out-of-pocket risk in the first few years of ...
Technology Choices• All equipment is not created equa.• Equipment choices impact:   – Production levels   – Reliability• P...
Installation Quality• Installers vary in quality• Ask questions about quality assurance• System performance is dependent o...
Installer Reputation• Ask for references• Check third-party ratings and reviews (i.e.  www.energysage.com/supplier/install...
Solar Electricity     Production Estimates• Ask how much solar power your new system will  generate in the first year (in ...
Shade Mitigation• Shade due to trees or other obstructions impacts the  amount of electricity produced• Ask installers how...
Installation Date• Most property owners want their systems completed  and interconnected yesterday  – Understand and agree...
Attention to Aesthetics• Pay attention to how your installation will look  –   – Are the panels positioned in the same dir...
Experience and Commitment• You want an experienced installer• Ask questions:   – How long he or she has been installing sy...
Customer Service• Pay attention to how the installer treats you during  the pre-installation process. This is an indicator...
EnergySage Can HelpGoing solar is an important financial decision and price isn’t the onlyfactor in determining the succes...
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Focusing solely on price when evaluating solar power / solar photovoltaic / solar PV system quotes can leave money on the table. Looking at several other metrics will ensure that property owners maximize the value of their investment and get the best financial returns.

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  1. 1. BEYOND DOLLARS / WATT Key Metrics for Comparing and Evaluating Solar Power System Quotes www.energysage.com
  2. 2. $/Watt Isn’t The Only MetricWhen shopping for solar photovoltaic (also known as solarpanel, solar electric) systems, many businesses andhomeowners focus mainly on price. To that end, dollars perwatt is a key metric when comparing quotes because it allowsthe consumer to adjust for differences in system size. Whileprice is certainly an important factor, maximizing the value ofyour investment both financially andenvironmentally, involves consideration of severalother, equally important factors. Here are some that we thinkare vital to making the right decision. www.energysage.com
  3. 3. Workmanship Warranties• Warranties often ensure that there is no additional out-of-pocket risk in the first few years of system ownership www.energysage.com
  4. 4. Technology Choices• All equipment is not created equa.• Equipment choices impact: – Production levels – Reliability• Production and reliability are critical to generating solid financing returns www.energysage.com
  5. 5. Installation Quality• Installers vary in quality• Ask questions about quality assurance• System performance is dependent on the quality workmanship www.energysage.com
  6. 6. Installer Reputation• Ask for references• Check third-party ratings and reviews (i.e. www.energysage.com/supplier/installers/search ) www.energysage.com
  7. 7. Solar Electricity Production Estimates• Ask how much solar power your new system will generate in the first year (in kWhs)• Calculate the production ratio for each system quoted – Divide the annual expected kWhs by the system size (in Watts) – compare the results across quotes and inquire about any differences www.energysage.com
  8. 8. Shade Mitigation• Shade due to trees or other obstructions impacts the amount of electricity produced• Ask installers how shade will be addressed – micro-inverters – Tree removal (check out: http://blog.energysage.com/should-you-cut-down-trees- to-improve-solar-panel-performance/ ) www.energysage.com
  9. 9. Installation Date• Most property owners want their systems completed and interconnected yesterday – Understand and agree upon a timeline – A large backlog of installations may affect your decision to work with a particular installer www.energysage.com
  10. 10. Attention to Aesthetics• Pay attention to how your installation will look – – Are the panels positioned in the same direction? – Will conduit and wiring be hidden or visible?• Choose an installer wiling to go the extra mile. Will they: – Hide conduit in fake downspouts? – Paint it to match the roof shingles or siding?• Aesthetics are important to most property owners so ask how these issues will be handled www.energysage.com
  11. 11. Experience and Commitment• You want an experienced installer• Ask questions: – How long he or she has been installing systems – How many systems similar to the one you are considering they have installed? – Is it a solid company? Will they still be here in the long term to honor warrantees? www.energysage.com
  12. 12. Customer Service• Pay attention to how the installer treats you during the pre-installation process. This is an indicator of what your experience will be like once the contract is signed.• Responsiveness• Effective communication• Meeting deadlines www.energysage.com
  13. 13. EnergySage Can HelpGoing solar is an important financial decision and price isn’t the onlyfactor in determining the success of your investment. It’s important tolook beyond $/watt when making your final decision so you canmaximize your financial returns.If you’re looking for help, the EnergySage Solar Marketplace can helpyou to solicit and evaluate multiple competitive quotes to make sureyou choose the one that’s right for you.By automating this process and providing information that is key to thedecision-making process, our Solar Marketplace makes shopping forsolar easy for the consumer. If you’re ready to start the shoppingprocess, you can access the Solar Marketplace here. www.Energysage.com www.energysage.com

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