More than ever, there’s reason to consider installing a home solar system. There’s still time to take advantage of the Federal solar tax credit while the value of rooftop solar panels continues to increase. Yet, to gain the maximum benefit from a home solar system, it’s essential to choose a quality solar installer.
Unlike solar equipment and financing options which can be easily compared, it takes a little more homework to evaluate solar companies. Not all are created equal! Here are the characteristics to look for:
Qualified installers should have plenty of experience and training in installing solar energy systems. They should also have Solar PV Installation Professional Certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
Insurance and Licensing
Like all businesses, solar installers should have the necessary licenses and insurance policies in place. Common business licenses include general contracting, home improvement, electrician, and home performance. All installers should carry general liability insurance.
You’ll want to read reviews from past customers. A pattern of complaints is a clue that the company may not be a reputable as they claim to be.
A legitimate solar installer will offer a warranty on the workmanship that extends beyond the contract for operation and maintenance of the system. Remember, it’s better to pay a little extra for work from a qualified installer who offers a workmanship warranty.
Quality solar installers will rely sparingly on subcontractors, if they use them at all. Be wary of any company that shows up for an estimate but subcontracts out all the work. You want to know who is standing behind the installation.
A home solar system is a major investment in your home. You want to work with a company that takes the time to understand your goals and answer your questions. The best solar installers are advisors who will be there by your side to help you gain the full advantage of solar.
With the new year here, it’s a great time to install solar. Call Cool Blew Solar today at 623-234-2836 for a free estimate.