We want to help you make the best solar energy choice for your home!
As a homeowner, you probably feel like you’re receiving solicitations from the growing number of solar companies on the market. New offers via email, traditional mail, and phone flood into your world, causing you to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices.
So how do you select the right photovoltaic (PV) installer for your needs? We’ve written a free step-by-step guide to help you transform a sea of candidates into a much more manageable pool of solar offers for your home.
How to Choose a Solar Company
1) Only Use Licensed Solar PV Installers
If your PV contractor isn’t properly licensed, your installation won’t qualify for most federal and state solar incentives. Worse still, you won’t be able to connect your PV system to the utility grid, meaning you’ll have to invest in expensive batteries to enjoy 24/7 electricity.
Fortunately, every state has an electrical licensing board, so validating your installer’s credentials is easy. Some states (like California) even have a searchable database of solar contractors. To read more about the dangers of unlicensed solar projects, click here.
2) Only Use NABCEP-certified Installers
Short for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, the NABCEP is the gold standard when it comes to installation certification and training. While this accreditation is 100% voluntary, by choosing a NABCEP-certified contractor, you create another filter between amateur installations and high-quality workmanship. At Direct Energy Solar, every project is overseen by a NABCEP-certified professional.
3) Read Customer Reviews
Good or bad, every installation becomes part of a contractor’s portfolio. So you can use online review sites like Yelp or Angie’s List to start some of your background research. Unbiased solar testimonials are also a great guide, so read what others say about their own experiences with each installer on your list.
4) Choose Quality Over Price
Avoid the temptation of chasing hot deals and discounted panels. Instead, you should focus on quality and quality alone when considering solar offers. Solar is a long-term investment that provides decades of financial and environmental benefits. Twenty-five years from now, you’ll have completely forgotten the price you originally paid for the installation – but you will remember the benefits.
5) Always Look for Ironclad Solar Guarantees
Never hire any solar installation company that can’t provide the following 3 guarantees:
- Solar panel warranties: i.e. your panels will continue to operate (free of component-related defects) for a minimum of 25 years.
- Solar workmanship warranties: i.e. your installation will continue to operate (free of labor-related defects) for a minimum of 10 years.
- Solar performance guarantees: i.e. if your PV system underperforms, the contractor will correct the problem and compensate you for any losses.
To learn more about Direct Energy Solar’s worry-free guarantees, click here.
6) Avoid High-Pressure Sales Tactics
Cheaper electricity and a smaller carbon footprint — these solar-related benefits sell themselves. You should avoid PV contractors who pressure you into moving forward with an installation. At Direct Energy Solar, our approach is entirely consultative. We lay out the facts, run through the numbers, and allow you to make whatever decision is best for your home or business.
7) Visit The Website
Whenever a solar installer contacts you, you should visit that company’s website to make sure it’s clean, professional, and informative. Solar offers many incredible benefits, but watch for outrageous claims:
- Your installation can save you a lot of money, but going solar will not make you rich.
- Installing panels can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint, but rarely will you be able to unplug from the utility grid completely.
Be sure to also scan emails and flyers for exaggerated claims.
The Most Important Tip of All
Your solar experience should be easy and enjoyable. Under ideal circumstances your contractor should be able to:
- Provide a free quote, complete with costs, savings, and solar guarantees.
- Design a customized PV system that meets your needs.
- Handle all paperwork on your behalf, including permits, inspections, and incentives.
- Offer transparent financing — regardless of your budget or credit history.
- Install your system using high quality parts.
- Provide ongoing monitoring and maintenance.
To learn more about how we make going solar hassle-free, read about the Direct Energy Solar Difference. We also provide references if you ever want to connect with one of our many satisfied customers. Schedule a free consultation with our solar team today to learn more about solar offers for your home.