How to pick the best solar panel installation company for your home
January 27, 2022at4:00 PM
So you’ve decided to switch to a solar power system for your home. But with so many solar installation companies out there vying for your attention, how do you choose the best one for your needs? We understand your sentiments. Solar panels are quite an investment, after all, and everyone wants the best solar system installed on their homes.
At SolarSwitch, we provide top-quality residential solar installations and pre-installation roof repairs for homeowners throughout California. Beyond installations, however, we’re also passionate about educating consumers about solar energy and its many benefits. In fact, we see ourselves as an information provider first and foremost.
With that in mind, here are our top five tips for picking the solar installation company for your needs.
1. Research about solar panels and solar-powered homes
There are tons of resources online about solar energy. Conduct a quick Google search and you’ll see articles about solar panels applied for residential use. If you’re not a reading-type kind of person, YouTube also has lots of videos explaining solar energy.
Having the basic knowledge about solar panel installations can help you better understand what you want in a solar installer.
2. Go for local installers
The advantage of going for a local solar panel installation company is that you have a direct point of contact nearby if you ever need help with your solar power system.
Additionally, municipalities impose different building codes and permits. A local solar panel installation company will already be familiar with the specific regulations in your area before installing the solar panels on your roof.
3. Don’t get swayed by cheaper offers
As with every other important purchase, the cheapest offer is not necessarily the best. Of course, price is an important consideration. However, when paying for something that you expect to serve you for a long time, it’s always a good idea to buy the best quality that you can afford at the time.
You could check comparison sites to understand the pricing structure for solar installation services. But at the end of the day, requesting a price quote from the installer is still the most reliable way to get an idea of solar installation costs.
4. Check out online customer reviews or ask past clients
Getting first-hand accounts from previous customers is a proven way to get a read on how the solar company conducts its business. Yelp is a great resource for checking customer reviews about solar panel installation companies in your local area.
Aside from online reviews, you can visit homes with solar panels and ask the owner about their installer. You can also visit the portfolio section of the solar installer’s website to see samples of their work.
5. Ask for licenses, insurance, and certifications
The most reliable solar panel installers today are NABCEP certified. NABCEP or the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners is the most prestigious certification program for solar panel installers in North America. NABCEP Board-certified installers hurdle an examination and adhere to rigorous standards before getting a certification.
Aside from NABCEP, the solar panel installation company must have a C-10 license, a registered business in the state, and relevant insurance policies.
Schedule your free consultation today
SolarSwitch is one of the leading solar panel installers serving residents of California, including
Salinas, Monterey, Seaside, Marina, Castroville, Gonzales, and San Jose. If you need a complete residential solar project set up for your home, we are the company to call.
Get in touch today to schedule a quick consultation with our solar installation professionals. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about switching to solar and the entire installation process. Call us at 831-236-6877 or send us a message through our contact form.