Once you have decided to go solar and made a determination about your equipment and financing options, the final step is choose a solar company to complete your installation. Going solar is a significant investment, and as with any other big purchase, it is important to work with someone that you can trust.
The EnergySage Solar Marketplace connects you with qualified, pre-screened installers in your area at no cost. As you consider different solar company reviews, use the following questions to help you find the right installer for your particular needs.
The vast majority of solar installers should provide you with a quote for your solar energy installation before they conduct a site visit. You should not have to provide them personal information – like your Social Security number or date of birth – in order to receive this quote. Use your early conversations with them as an opportunity to ask questions that verify their business practices and experience level.
EnergySage ensures that all solar installers in the EnergySage Solar Marketplace have the necessary credentials and insurance policies in the states where they operate. If you’re not shopping for solar with EnergySage, be sure to ask installers about their licenses and qualifications.
Whether you are shopping through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace or not, ask the following questions to get an idea of an installer’s experience level.
While most solar energy systems will require virtually no maintenance and will operate without any problems for their 25- to 35-year lifespan, you should be familiar with your installer’s replacement or repair procedures in the unlikely event that something does go wrong.
If you choose a solar lease or PPA, you will have an ongoing relationship with the installer for the duration of the agreement. Ask the following questions to ensure that you understand the specifics of your lease.
Once you receive a quote from a solar installer through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, you can schedule a site visit to discuss your options and confirm your quote. The site visit is a good opportunity to verify that your solar installer is someone that you like and trust. Meeting your installer in person is a chance to interview your installer face-to-face and begin to build a relationship.
If you have any concerns about the condition of your roof, you can also confirm during the site visit that your installer will conduct a roof inspection prior to installation and let you know whether any work needs to be done.
Reputable installers recognize that going solar is a big decision and should not pressure you to sign a contract on the same day as your site visit – be wary of those that use high-pressure sales tactics. Use your site visit as an opportunity to seek clarifications from your installer in-person, answer any outstanding questions regarding your quote, and confirm that the company is one you are comfortable doing business with.
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