Choosing a solar company can be a daunting task. There are so many different options out there, and it is hard to know what you should consider when choosing one. In this blog post, we will give you 8 tips for how to choose the best solar company for your needs!
Do your research on solar companies in the area!
There are many different things to consider, and you should do some online research before making a decision.
Make sure you find out about any complaints against them as well so that you can be confident they will take good care of you.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of solar companies popping up that have little experience and are only in it to make a quick profit. You’ll want to avoid those and seek out the experts instead.
Find out what kind of warranty is offered
You don’t want to invest in solar panels for your home only to have them break and not be able to get a warranty.
You can expect a longer warranty (upwards of 25-years) on the panels and rack system. Other warranties like a leak warranty may be for a shorter period of time.
In addition, you should ask about what kind of warranties are offered on labor as well so there is less of a chance you’ll have to pay for the same repair twice.
The solar company should be willing and able to provide an answer right away and the answer will most likely be included right on their website.
Ask about safety standards and certifications
The solar industry has many standards and regulations in place to protect consumers.
Your solar company should be able to show you a certificate of compliance that includes being OSHA compliant.
Other safety standards include ensuring all employees are properly trained vetted for experience.
It’s also helpful for your solar company to provide a manual explaining how their system works after installation is complete so you’ll have it as a reference.
Get a Contract!
Generally, solar companies want you to sign a contract and pay before installation begins so be sure the terms are clear and fair. If you are considering financing, your finance plan will have its own set of documents for you to review.
The final consideration is cost – how much money can you afford to spend?
Solar prices can range from about $14,000 to more than $30,000. If you’re hoping for a solar system that will provide significant savings on your electric bill it is best to get an estimate of the monthly payment with and without going solar before deciding whether or not this expense makes sense for you.
For homeowners spending more than $100 a month on their energy bills, Cross Country Construction can almost always save them money. Especially considering the tax benefits, solar energy credits and increase in home value most people see when installing a new system.
Looking at these tips should help you determine whether solar power is right for your home. If it seems like a good idea, here are some more ways to make the process easier:
Research what companies in your area offer and then request quotes from them all so that you can compare prices and benefits
Ask friends who have solar about their experience with installation
Set up a consultation with one or two solar companies that seem like the right fit for your home
Remember, there are a lot of different variables you will need to take into account before making this decision. And if you have any questions at all – just give us a call at 815-315-0637. We’re happy to help.