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How to Choose a Solar Company


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Choosing the right solar installers can be difficult. There are several things you should consider before hiring a solar company. This article will let you know the important details about finding the right installer for you.

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How to Choose a Solar Company

  1. 1. How to Choose a Solar Company There are several things you should consider before hiring a solar company to install your solar PV system, whether it’s a home or commercial design. Be aware of all the different things you should look out for and ask about. You want to make the most informed decision when it comes to investing a solar system. It is a lot like buying your own car. You wouldn’t want to purchase a car from a dealership that tells you half the truth and leaves out important information. It is quite an investment and should be dealt with responsibly. Are They Insured And Bonded? It is always smart to check if the solar company you’ve chosen to work with has liability insurance. The liability insurance covers and protects you as a customer from any mishaps that may occur throughout the installation process, such as work damages that may occur to your house or injuries that may occur. When a company is bonded and insured, it means the contractor is obligated to cover those mishaps. If they fail to do so, it falls on a bonding company to compensate you for the damages. Either way, you’re protected.
  2. 2. Do They Offer A Warranty? High-quality solar panel systems can last a long time, though natural wear and tear is inevitable. Most solar installation companies offer some type of warranty; it will vary from company to company. For example, some companies may offer a 25-year warranty for solar panels. Some solar installation companies guarantee their products have the potential to last up to 50 years—not many household products have that kind of life span. As an adult, you’ve come to learn that you can’t predict unplanned expenses, so don’t take a chance with an investment as large as solar panel systems. Make sure to discuss warranty packages with your solar company. This will ensure that you’re investment is secure. What Do Their Reviews Say? You wouldn’t go to a new hair salon without checking the reviews online, right? You wouldn’t dare venture to a new restaurant without wondering what people in your community have said about it. So why take a chance with your solar panels? Before moving forward with the installation process, check out what their current ratings are. Are they listed on trusted sites like Angie’s List or the Better Business Bureau? Look at other reputable customer review sites you trust. Don’t be afraid to ask for references as well. Chances are, if they’re a quality company they will be more than happy to give you some. Are They NABCEP Certified? The NABCEP is a non-profit founded in 2002. This non-profit works with renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. The first Solar PV Installer certification exam was administrated nearly 12 years ago. The Solar Heating Installer exam was first given in 2006. The NABCEP is dedicated to providing a program that certifies systems for their quality and integrity. This certification is only granted to the best quality systems with the highest standards. This organization maintains polices and procedures created to maintain and promote renewable energy efforts, worker safety and skills as well as consumer confidence. What’s The Average Installation Timeline? The installation process can be a tricky one. The length of time it might take to complete the entire process will vary widely depending on local regulations and permit requirements. Some cities put requests through within a few weeks, some can take months. Whatever the case may be, it is important to be included in each step along the way. So what exactly does the installation process entail? The first step in this process requires an application and approval step. This refers to the estimated time it will take for a customer to be approved to finance the project. If you plan on paying the full installment in cash, you get to avoid this first step.
  3. 3. The next step would be the inspection of your home. This inspection is a detailed review of the site to make sure it is a feasible project. After the review and designs are set, it is time to apply for permits, which again varies by location. In states where solar is growing due to tax incentives, like California and Texas, the permit offices may be bombarded with requests slowing down the process. However, once the permits do go through the physical installation of the panels is very quick. A good solar installer with lots of experience can get the panels up and running in just a few days. Ask For Their Health & Safety Records The solar company you decide to work with should be able to grant you any information you request such as health and safety records. Occupational safety, emergency preparedness, occupational injury and illness, hygiene and machine guarding are just a few of the things that a solar company should keep an eye on. You want to work with a company that values its employees and practices safe installations and labor laws. Do They Offer Free Monitoring? Be sure to ask about options for monitoring your solar system. Some solar installation companies give customers the ability to track what their system generates in terms of power as well as the amount of energy that is imported from the grid. The ability to monitor is very telling of many things like how long your showers are and if you’ve left your air conditioning unit running longer than you should have. This allows you to gage how much these choices are affecting your utility bill. Access to real-time data saves people a lot of money annually. Wouldn’t you want to know how much energy you’re system is producing you—and in the long-run how much money it is saving you? Whether you choose to install a solar system at home or at your business, make sure to do the necessary research. This research might seem time consuming, but in the grand scheme of things it may lead to the best possible solution. Be informed and know full well what your options are as an investor in alternative energy solutions. Revolve Solar is a leader in the solar industry. Located in Central Texas and Northern California, the focus is on customer service for both residential and commercial clientele. Saving the world and your money one system at a time. For more information visit their website today.