Questions You Should Ask Your Solar Panel Installer
Investing in solar can be a big decision, but there are a lot of cost savings from the move. Before you want to make the leap to solar, there are a few questions you should ask your solar panel installer. Price should not be the only thing you consider, and any company that gives you a lower price than others may not be your best choice. Newer companies may not truly understand the price it costs for installing panels properly and may give you a lower bid, but always remember the rule of thumb: You get what you pay for. It’s possible that another company won’t fix the first company’s mistakes so you would need a completely new install. It’s best to get panels installed correctly the first time, so you don’t have to waste money in the process.
How Long Has the Company Been Installing Solar?
You should go with a company that has been around at least three years, and the longer the better.
Are You Licensed and Insured?
Ask to see the license and proof of insurance and make sure they are licensed and insured in your state. If the company can’t provide this information, you don’t want to work with them.
Do You Subcontract?
If you hire someone, you want to make sure that the company you are hiring is going to do the install. If they are subcontracting, make sure you know the subcontractors are insured and licensed as well and have the right accreditations.
How Do You Adhere to Electrical Codes?
The codes will vary by state, so it’s important that your installer knows the codes and will be able to adhere to them.
What Are the Warranties from the Manufacturers?
Ask about both the module and inverter and who is manufacturing them. Look up these companies online to know if they are reputable, and see if there are reviews and testimonials so you are getting the best system. Check the warranties on the equipment as well as with the company who is doing the install. Ask about the racking, mounts, and fasteners that will be used and if they have warranties as well.
Can You Have the Contact Information for References?
If there are unhappy customers, they will be sure to tell you. Not only should you ask for references and call them, but check online for reviews. You may even want to drive by the installs if they are local and see them for yourself in person. Taking your time to research the reviews and check references will make sure that you are truly getting a quality installation.
Can You See Photos of Similar Systems That Have Been Installed?
If the company can’t show you any reviews then they likely haven’t done a lot of installs, and that should be a red flag. While you won’t be able to see spotty work from just a photo, you can check to see how obstructive it is and if the install looks like something you want to live with on your property.
Doing your homework ahead of time and asking questions can give you peace of mind and help you save money in the long run, by preventing you from having to do expensive repairs on poorly installed equipment.