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Solar Buyers Guide

Last updated 4/4/2019

Guide to Buying Solar Panels

Are you ready to make your solar purchase? EnergySage’s Solar Buyers Guide will help you evaluate solar panel quality, choose solar panels for your home, and find the right installer.

Why every solar shopper should get multiple quotes

When you review multiple offers from solar companies, you save money. EnergySage data shows that solar shoppers who compare quotes on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace can save up to 25 percent on their solar energy system. Learn more about how comparing quotes guarantees the best price.

How to choose a solar installer

It’s important to find a solar company that you trust. EnergySage can help you find an experienced and qualified installer.

How to choose a solar installer

Questions to ask your solar installer

How to choose solar equipment

EnergySage helps you select high quality solar panels and inverters for your solar panel system.

How to evaluate solar panel quality

Selecting solar panels

String inverters vs. microinverters vs. power optimizers

Profiles and reviews of solar panel manufacturers

Get the best deal on solar installation

Every solar shopper should get multiple quotes before making a decision. People who register their properties on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace receive multiple offers from qualified, pre-screened solar installers in their local area. With EnergySage, high-quality solar installers compete for your business, and you can save 20 percent on average as a result.

FAQ: Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?

Since the amount of power your solar system generates is a direct result of sunlight, it will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy. Your system will not produce any energy at night. You won’t experience any power interruptions. To find the answers to more frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ section.

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SEIA Resources for Solar Customers

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has developed resources to help solar customers make informed decisions about whether and how to go solar. Take a look at their Solar Customer Resource Portal to find guides on rooftop solar, community solar, and land leases for large solar installations.

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Compare the best offers from solar installers near you. Enter your zip code to find out what typical solar installations cost in your neighborhood.

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