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Tips for Finding a Solar Installer

Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013 at 6:31 pm by Solar Energy USA

Home solar panel installations are fast becoming more affordable and more accessible. The internet and local marketplace has been flooded with companies claiming to be the best around. With all of this overwhelming solar installer information how can you distinguish which companies are truly the best? Below are a few tips for finding a solar installer to help you decide:

1. Look for accredited and certified solar installers

Better Business Bureau (BBB), North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and local affiliations like a Chamber of Commerce or a Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) or an American Solar Energy Society (ASES) chapter are all good places to start.


2. Seek a solar installer with a proven record of success

How long have they been in business? Are there any outstanding negative customer claims? How many solar customers do they have in your area?

3. Ask the solar installer for customer testimonials

A good company should be able to provide you with a list of satisfied customers. But the real good solar installer can share some negative experiences too. It is important to ask about negative experiences to determine a solar installer’s dedication to customer service and satisfaction.

4. Request a copy of the solar installer’s warranty

How many years is the solar installer guaranteeing their solar panels will produce power? If there is a malfunction what is covered under the warranty and for how long? Most solar installers will provide 2 warranties: 1 covering labor and roof leaks with the 2nd covering system parts and components.

And on the note of warranties you’ll also want to find out what brands are offered. Afterall, the solar panel warranty is only as good as the manufacturer who backs it.

5. Expect an in-home consultation

Solar panel production will vary based on site conditions like roof pitch (steepness), orientation (direction), shading from nearby trees or structures, and a few other variables. Because of these factors you should expect (and request) that a solar installer visit your home for the most realistic expectations.

6. Ask about tax paperwork and other form-filing related to solar rebates

A federal tax credit covering 30% of total cost is available for home and business owners that install solar panels. Additionally, many state and utility incentives are available in certain markets. Ask your solar installer about the solar incentives and rebates available in your city and find out to what extent they help with the filing process.


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