Discerning the Solar Installer

Adrienne SorensenSeptember 12, 20187890

Discerning the Solar Installer


This is why it’s crucial to have the right solar panel installation company. It can be the difference between flawless solar power and an endless headache.


More Common Problems

Roof leaks are the common complaint from homeowners who had solar installed. A great installer will not void roof warranties, while actually helping protect the roof from rain, wind, snow, and even hail. Technical expertise, the actual solar equipment, and those system warranties all widely vary from installer to installer.


The good news is there are many more reputable solar installers out there, than bad ones. It is a good idea to research the best options for you. Here are some things to think about when choosing a solar installer. It is really common sense in every aspect of life, but do a little research,and look online. Search the company on Google, look to see what people say. Find out if there were problems, like leaks, or if homeowners were happy with the service. Find out how long the jobs took and if they were finished within the budget promised.


If you have friends or acquaintances who have a solar panel system, ask them how they like their system or if they have any problems with the installation. It’s old school, but word of mouth recommendations continue to be the most reliable for a reason. People trust their friends.

It is also a good idea to call the companies themselves and ask them if they outsource their labor. If they do, installation quality might be inconsistent. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners is an organization that certifies energy installers, including solar power PV technicians. To become certified, one must pass a written test and have solar installation experience.


Of course a certificate does not guarantee good work, but it does let you know that the solar power installer does have a certain level of knowledge and experience. It is beneficial to have the solar project supervised by a NABCEP-certified member, and ideally have a NABCEP-certified crew member installing the solar panels.


Solar power is a large investment, so it is beyond wise to protect yourself with a warranty. We don’t recommend you purchase a solar panel system unless it is covered by a warranty. Different equipment is covered by different warranties, and many installers also guarantee their work. It is still important to understand what is covered and for how long.


Project Turnaround Time

The downside to the solar panel explosion is that many installers have full schedules for months at a time. If you want your solar system installed soon, it is good to ask companies how long it will take to get started on the project, and then how long it will take to finish. If companies are spread too thin, it may take months before they can get around to your installation.


Because we work directly with solar manufacturers, we can help you get the lowest possible price on top-tier solar products. It is important to remember that installers offer different products. You might want some new sleek solar panels because they have a long warranty, or you might want an inverter or you may even want a battery to store electricity for use at night. Be sure to ask each installer what they have available so you can get the right system for your home.


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