With over ten years of experience as a solar integrator we have been able to see what seperates a good installer from a bad one. We thought it would be helpful idea to put together a list for people thinking about going solar.
These suggestions can also be useful for people currently involved in choosing a contractor in the construction industry. Take these tips and use them to avoid being taken advantage of in the selection process:
-Always get a competitive quote
-Beware of anything given for free with a solar purchase such as an iPad or similar. That cost will be worked into the price of your solar power system.
-There are no solar programs sponsored by the city or county of San Diego…or any city for that matter. These programs are marketing ploys made up by solar dealers and any rebates promised are again, worked into the price of your solar power system.
-Check social review sites like Yelp and Angie’s List to read actual customer reviews of your potential solar power companies.
-The Better Business Bureau is a good resource to reference also. Look for a solar power company with an A+ rating.
-Make sure your solar installer is a licensed contractor with a California contractor number. A C-10 contractor’s license is considered the gold standard for PV solar power installation.
-Make sure your solar installer is properly insured.
-Do not be pressured by salespeople to sign anything on-the-spot or prices that are good for one day only. Solar Companies that resort to those tactics are not around very long.
-Not all solar leases are created equal. Ask questions about escalators, what type of solar panels are being used, fine print, and hidden costs.
-Experience and longevity count in the solar business. Make sure who you select has a track record and significant solar panel installations under their belt.
Check out the website for more information on zero down leasing, information on how solar works, and getting a free site evaluation to see if going green is right for you right here at www.stellarsolar.net