Every year thousands of American homeowners choose to install solar panels to save money on energy. Solar panels have become very popular over the past few years, leading to many installation companies popping up. Some who have the necessary expertise and experience, and some who don’t. If you’d like to qualify for a rebate or tax incentive, you should only use a reputable company. These 5 questions should make the process easier.
How many solar panel systems have you installed?
Since newer companies have emerged to keep up with demand in the market there are several companies that don’t have that much experience. Not to say that these arent reliable companies but it certainly is better to find a company with a significant profile. Only use a company with 50 or more installations, and that has liability insurance. Follow up with their references before you make any decisions.
What is the output in kWh per year?
In a bid to get more customers loads of companies make preposterous claims. It also helps them justify their price. Before you choose a brand find out what their output is and weigh that against the initial cost. You only want to choose a brand that will be cost effective.
How long is the warranty on the panels?
Most solar panel systems have a warranty of 25 years. Top-of-the-line panels usually guarantee an output of no less than 90 percent after ten years and no less than 80 percent after 25 years. Be wary of any company whose panels don’t come with a warranty.
Your state may require that the company who installed the panels has a warranty on labor. If they don’t you’ll likely lose out on any warranty. A reputable company will include a warranty on labor for 10+ years. Before you decide if that is a good deal or not find out how long they’ve been in business.
What is the final price?
Don’t get separate pricing for parts, labor and rebates. Get a comprehensive price, so you can compare the total cost and kWh per year among providers. Taking into consideration warranties and servicing fees, the outcome should be that you choose whoever can give you the most output at the best price.
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