One of the toughest parts of the solar buying process is picking a solar installer for solar installation. Finding the right financing and correct equipment is easier, but it’s tough to find solar companies with standard metrics and reviews to help you make a choice. However, there are a few key things to look for when you choose an installer, including the following characteristics.
The Solar Installer Should be Insured and Licensed
First, a quality solar installer should be insured and licensed, and remember that the insurance policies and licenses required can vary depending on state – and in some cases – even county. General liability insurance is the minimum installers should have, and some of the business licenses to look for include electrician, home performance, home improvement, or general contracting licenses.
High-Level of Expertise in the Solar Industry
A key characteristic to look for in your solar installer is expertise within the solar industry. Check to see if they have the Solar PV Installation Professional Certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. The company you choose should have a certified individual on staff, and ideally, look for a professional on each crew with this certification.
A Proven Track Record
Although the booming solar industry has attracted professionals from a variety of backgrounds, when hiring an installer for solar installation, you want to ensure you’re working with someone that has a proven track record. Some contractors that have formerly focused on other kinds of projects are beginning to reach into solar installation, as well. However, as you look for reviews, specifically look for someone who has a great track record installing solar systems. You want someone who has plenty of experience installing your system. To ensure they have enough experience, ask them about the systems they’ve installed for previous clients.
Provide Warranties of Workmanship
The best solar installers offer warranties on their workmanship. These warranties are related specifically to the designing and construction of your system. Usually, warranties range between 1 and 10 years. Ask about the warranty on workmanship before you make a hire to ensure the investment you’re making in a solar system is protected with a warranty on work.
A Solid Reputation
Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out an installer’s reputation just by looking at reviews since customer reviews have the potential to be misleading. However, pay attention to the overall pattern of the solar installer’s reviews. Do they have a pattern of good reviews, or is there a pattern of customer complaints? If you see a lot of complaints, it’s a red flag that you may want to keep looking. Ask the installer about references and call them to find out about the experiences other customers have had in the past.
Purchasing solar and having it installed in your home is a huge investment, so it’s critical to ensure you find the best solar installer. Ensure you look for someone with these characteristics and qualifications as you make your decision. Remember, you want a professional that’s competent and someone you feel comfortable with as you make the smart leap into solar energy for your home. If you have further questions about reducing your electricity bills or solar installation for your home or business, the best thing you can do is explore your solar power options with a qualified professional. Contact HomePro Solutions today. We have the technical know-how and customer service expertise necessary to ensure that every solar power project is a success.