Deciding to install a solar system is a big decision. A solar system is a 30+ year investment, and it’s important to find a company that will stand behind their work and be around to honor any warranties. To help you select the best solar installer for your project, we suggest examining these five areas.
You will learn a lot about a company by reading and listening to their customers. Take a look at the company’s reviews on Google and Facebook. Ask the company for a list of customers that you can talk to. Look to fellow businesses, friends, and family for recommendations.
In addition, using websites like Glassdoor will give you a view of the company from an employee’s perspective. This gives you a glimpse at how the company functions internally.
Experience and Longevity
Like any purchase, you want to buy from a company that has a strong history of quality and reliability. Spend time researching their past projects. Make sure they are certified by leading solar industry organizations. NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) and SEI (Solar Energy International) are two industry organizations that provide training for installers.
Many panels come with 25 or 30-year warranties. Inverters come with 10, 12, 15, 20, or 25 year warranties depending on the inverter.
Look for an installer that goes above and beyond the manufacturer warranties to guarantee their work and the energy production of the system. These warranties are important for protecting and providing predictability for your investment.
Ask who would be working on your project. Full-service solar installers have in-house team members that complete every step of the project – design, installation, and ongoing monitoring & maintenance. Many solar companies use subcontractors at different stages of the project. These people likely won’t have the certifications and experience that a full-service solar installer will have.
Mission Statement and Company Values
The values and mission statement give you a glimpse into the DNA of a business and offer a gauge of how you’ll be treated as a customer. Find a company that has a vision that aligns with your values.
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