Solar Is A Big Deal
Do you care who you buy a car from? Does it matter to you who sells you a house? Do you research the contractor you’re thinking about hiring to build you a house?
Of course you do. So, why should solar be any different?
Whether you purchase or lease a personal power plant for your home or business, it’s a big deal. Because even with no money down, you are still committing to a twenty year relationship with the company you hire. And with a purchase of a system, you’ll pay at least about as much as a good used car, so you’ll want to be confident about receiving expert service in case of a warranty claim. So, with so much at stake, you’ll want to make an informed decision. The question is: what’s the best way to proceed?
Choosing the Right Installer
The absolutely most important thing you can do is choose the right installer, because you can be sure the right installer will use the right equipment, right processes, and right procedures. You, then, won’t have to worry about becoming an expert just so you can be sure to hire one.
“Ha! That’s easier said than done,” you say. “How am I supposed to know which is the right installer?”
It simple, really.
Make Solid Business and Trade Reputation Number One On Your List
A thoroughly professional, responsible firm will be happy to provide answers to your questions, and be eager for you to see their fine work.
Ask to go see some of it, and in the meantime, be sure every company on your short list of candidates is:
Licensed, bonded and insured for all work done on your home and by the employees of the firm
Held in high regard by customers, permitting authorities and local utility inspectors (Call and ask. People talk.)
Self-sufficient in regards to having the expertise and people power for all major aspects of the job in house (i.e., uses no, or only tertiary, trade subcontractors)
Experienced, as demonstrated by a variety of different types of installations in their portfolios (residential, commercial, governmental, non-profit)
Financially secure (They will be backing a very long term warranty – 20 to 25 years. If their prices are way low, how will they survive that long as a business? Cheap is nearly always way more expensive in the long run.)
Work your list down to the best two or three companies in your area, and do not make the final decision based on price alone.
Above all, keep this in mind: good and bad installations start off with about the same basic materials, give or take an eye for true value and superior quality. Just like a gourmet meal and a dog’s dinner can start with about the same basic food stuffs (and often at about the same true cost.) It’s the mix of working materials with working knowledge and trade skills (or lack thereof) that transforms these things into what they ultimately become.
Which would you rather be served?