Unless you’re an experienced DIYer, when you make the shift towards solar power for your home, you won’t be just buying solar panels and inverters, you will need to find a reliable solar panel installation company to set up the system. They will help you calculate the size and number of solar panels needed for your home, install them at the right angle and connect them to the inverter and your main power box. So, how do you find the best company to set up a solar powers system at your home?
Here Are A Few Qualities The Company Should Have:
You don’t want your home to be the first project for a solar panel installation company. The more projects a company has under its belt, the more efficient and effective they will be. Experience should also be relative to your needs. For example, if you’re setting up a solar power system for a home, choose a company that works with residential projects not only commercial projects. The company will be able to calculate your solar panel requirements and set up a power system accordingly. Ideally, the company should be able to give you references of work they have done in the past.
The company should be registered and have the relevant certifications. The company should also be licensed to market and install solar panels. In case the company manufactures their own solar power system components, they should be licensed to do the same as well. The different components you will need include solar panels, a solar inverter, batteries and charge controller. The licenses required may vary from state to state. Installers may also need to have licenses for home contracting, electrical work and general contracting.
3. Market Reputation
You will of course want to work with a company that has a good reputation in the market. They should be known for the quality of products used as well as their service. The best way to evaluate a company’s reputation is by reading their online reviews. This refers not just to the reviews published on their website but also those on aggregator websites and review sites. A pattern of customer complaints left unanswered is a sign that the company does not value its customer relations. If possible, also ask people who have worked with the company about their experience. Some of the points you can cover include the behavior of the company staff and workers, time taken, ability to maintain timelines and after-sales service.
Warranties refer not just to the panels and other components but also the design and structure of the system. This typically ranges from 1 year to 10 years. Some solar companies may also offer a separate warranty on the operation and maintenance of the system. Check to see what all is included in the warranty and how many maintenance checks you can expect in a year. It is always a good idea to pay a little extra for a good warranty from a qualified installer.
5. Work Sub-Contracted
There are certain tasks the company may choose to sub-contract. The company should be transparent about how much work they outsource to sub-contractors and should be able to provide references for their sub-contractors. That said, be vary of a company that outsources almost everything or one that presents a contract with a different company name.
6. The Team
You should have a long lasting relationship with the installation company. They should take on the responsibility of not just installing the system but also maintaining the same. Hence, you should be comfortable with the team. You should know who to contact for any queries and maintenance requirements and most importantly, you should trust their opinion.
Going solar is a great decision for yourself and the world around you. It allows you to experience all the comforts of electricity without a high carbon footprint. Once installed, there’s no difference between the power generated by your solar panels and the power distributed from the main power grid. What’s more, there’s no worry about black outs. Depending on your location and needs, the solar panel installation company will be able to advise you on whether a grid connected or off-grid system is better for you. So, are you ready to go solar?