If you've done the research, have a great roof and are tired of paying your electric bill, the next step in switching to solar is choosing the right company to install your panels. With so many options in a growing industry, the choice can be overwhelming. In this article, we will outline a few important factors to consider when going solar, and demonstrate why it is always best to get a quote from an experienced, local company.
Bigger Is Not Always Better - Read Local Reviews
A quick google search for "best solar companies" will always yield national results. Because of their size, some of the largest installers in the country have great web presence and are thought to be trusted due to brand recognition. The reality is that at a local level, most of these companies are not delivering the quality installation and customer service that most people are expecting. In Denver, some of the larger, national brands have very poor reviews on Google, Yelp, and SolarReviews.com despite being "household names." These companies are also more susceptible to bankruptcies and changes of service.
Check The Company's Credentials
If you are choosing a local company, it is important to verify the company can be trusted. Always check to make sure the installer is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau and is properly NABCEP certified. Beware of fly by night contractors, unethical salesmen, and companies that have a history of over-promising and under-delivering. To ensure the quality of your system, it is also important to ask if the installation will be subcontracted and to only move forward with a company that utilizes in-house installers.
Look For Great Warranties & Customer Care
Solar panels and inverters do not require a lot of maintenance, but like all technology they do occasionally need repair. A 25 year equipment and performance warranty is extremely important when investing in your electricity with solar panels. Before signing a contract, it is important to know what kind of customer care you can expect when things go awry. This includes maintenance timelines, additional costs and overall customer experience.
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