How to Choose a Solar Installer: 10 Things to Look For

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If you are considering installing solar panels for your home or business, it is essential to choose a quality installer. A good solar installer will not only ensure that your solar system is correctly installed, but they will also provide you with valuable guidance and support throughout the process. Here are ten things to look for when choosing a solar installer.

1) Specialty

When choosing a solar installer, you should look for a company that specializes in solar energy installations. Specialization is key, as it means the company has in-depth knowledge and experience in the industry and can provide you with the best service possible. Many general contractors may offer solar installation services, but it is always best to go with a company that specializes in solar panel installation and knows the ins and outs of solar technology.

2) Certification

Your chosen solar installer should be general contractor and electrical contractor licensed, insured, and they should also be certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). A reputable energy company should always carry liability insurance to protect you, the customer, in case of accidents.

3) Experience and Reputation

Choosing a company that has been in the industry for a while means they have more experience. They will also have a proven track record with previous clients. Reputation is crucial when choosing a solar installer, so be sure to check online reviews and ask for references. Checking a company’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating is also a good way to gauge its reputation. RED Group is proud to have an A+ BBB rating, which speaks to our commitment to customer satisfaction.

4) Warranty

Solar panels typically have two warranties: a performance warranty and an equipment guarantee. Your solar installer should choose reputable, financial stable companies that stand behind their warranties for the equipment as well as guarantee their own installation. A solar panel’s performance warranty will typically guarantee 90% production at 10 years and 80% at 25 years. An equipment warranty will typically guarantee 10-12 years without failing. Be sure to ask your solar installer what warranties they offer.

5) Customer Service

A good solar installer should have an excellent reputation for customer service. They should be responsive, helpful, and always available to answer your questions or concerns. You can check for customer reviews and testimonials on their website or other review sites to know the level of customer satisfaction they have provided to past clients.

6) Financing Options

Your chosen solar installer should be able to provide you with information on the available tax incentives, rebates, and financing options to help you offset the cost of your installation. This will make going solar more affordable and accessible for you and your home or business.

7) Real-Time Performance Monitoring

One of the benefits of a solar energy system is being able to monitor its performance in real time. A good solar installer should provide you with an online monitoring tool that allows you to view your system’s output and track its efficiency over time. This will help you ensure that your system is working correctly and allow you to track your current power and cumulative energy output for the month, year, and lifetime of your solar panel site.

8) Local Company

When deciding on a solar installation company, look for a company that is located within your city or state. Hiring a local installer will ensure they are familiar with the region’s regulatory landscape, building codes, permitting, and inspection procedures. RED Group is proud to be a leading solar contractor serving both North Carolina and South Carolina.

9) No-Obligation Consultation

Your installer should provide you with a no-obligation consultation to discuss your solar energy needs and answer any questions you may have. A consultative approach will ensure you receive a customized solar energy solution that meets your specific needs and requirements. This will also allow you to meet the team, see their work, and get a sense of their professionalism and expertise.

10) Customization and Flexibility

Your solar installer should customize your system to meet the specific needs and requirements of your home or business. They should also be flexible enough to accommodate any changes or additions you may want during the installation process. A good solar installer will work with you to create a system that meets your energy goals and aesthetic preferences.

RED Group: The Solar Energy Experts Of The Carolinas

Choosing a solar installer is a critical decision when installing a solar energy system. At RED Group, we are experts in solar energy installations and have a wealth of experience in the industry. Renewable Energy Design Group is dedicated to promoting renewable energy and exceeding our clients’ expectations. Contact us today to request a free consultation!