How to Find a High Quality Solar Company Who Knows Your Name
You’re finally ready to have your panels installed. You’ve gotten quotes, chosen a site, secured financing, acquired the necessary permits and HOA approval, and your family is coming over this weekend to eat a dinner cooked on your electric stove powered by the sun. This is the last place you want something to go wrong.
Know your Solar Company History
Answering these questions can help you determine if the solar company you are considering will provide you with the best service in both the short- and long-term. Solar is a long-term investment, and you want a company that will be there to support you every step of the way, from helping you submit permitting requests with the appropriate government agencies to solar rebate processing to system maintenance post installation. Make sure your solar company is ready to partner with you for the life of your system.How long has your solar provider been in business? Do they specialize in solar PV systems, or are they generalists hoping to cash in on the rise of solar? Are they local or connected with the community? Will they remember you and your specific installation in a few years if you reach out to them with questions? Do they invest in training for their staff? What sort of certifications and accreditations have they achieved?
Personalized Solar Installation Matters
To make use of an old cliché, there is no “one size fits all” solar photovoltaic solution. Factors ranging from roof design to how much energy you want to save to your solar budget all must be considered when your solar PV system is designed, and expert solar installers will make sure that your solar system is ready to go.Because solar panels contain no moving parts, they are actually the piece of your solar photovoltaic system least likely to break (barring unfortunate wind and hail storms), but your solar panels won’t be saving you money and helping decrease your environmental impact if they fall off the roof. Solar designers and installers have the vital responsibility of making sure everything goes smoothly, and accomplish this through a comprehensive site survey, customized system design, and well-trained, conscientious installers.
The Value of a Workmanship Warranty
One factor to consider when choosing a solar technician is their workmanship warranty. While a solar panel manufacturer’s warranty guarantees a certain power output from the panel for a specified number of years, a good workmanship warranty from your solar PV installer is a promise that they are confident in their solar expertise.
A workmanship warranty in the solar industry typically varies in length between one and ten years, and it goes without saying that a longer warranty likely means that your installer is more certain about their design, construction, labor, and products.
Make sure to ask your solar provider what sort of guarantees they make in their workmanship warranty, and consider this when making the important decision to go solar.
Learn more about Valley Solar’s 10-year Workmanship Warranty.