Solar energy is one of the most impactful ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and save money on energy costs. If you're considering installing solar panels on your home, choosing the right solar installer is crucial to ensure that your investment pays off in the long run. Here are some tips on how to choose a solar installer that fits your needs and budget. (We kept these in mind when designing EnergyScope, and choosing who to include).
- Get multiple quotes - Reach out to at least three different companies to compare pricing, equipment, and warranties. The installers will offer a free consultation, and provide you with a detailed estimate of the installation costs and financing options.
- The solar installer you choose should be licensed and insured. Being certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a plus, although many good installers do not have this certification. They should preferably be Authorized Installers for all major components being installed.
- Good track record - Customer reviews and testimonials online give a sense of the installer's reputation and level of customer service. The installers we choose to profile on EnergyScope all have much better than average reviews.
- Choose high-quality equipment - Solar panels are a long-term investment, so it's essential to choose equipment that is durable, efficient, and backed by a solid warranty. Installers profiled here generally use equipment that has a proven track record of performance, such as Enphase, SolarEdge, REC, Panasonic, and QCells.
- Evaluate financing options - Most solar installers offer financing plans that can help you afford the upfront costs of installation. Compare interest rates and terms to find a plan that fits your budget and doesn't require a large down payment.
- Consider local installers - Choosing a local solar installer can have many benefits, such as better communication, faster response times, and knowledge of local regulations and incentives. We always seek out local installers first to profile in EnergyScope.
It is worth taking the time to find a reputable and qualified installer who can provide you with a high-quality solar system that meets your energy needs. Start the process by reaching out to installers in your area.