The Art of Choosing a Solar Company

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How to Choose a Solar Company

Choosing a solar company is a process. There are a plethora of solar companies, and the differences in these companies are even harder to determine. There are different types and brands used for each aspect of the solar array installation.

Getting the most out of the search for the best solar company means looking at the installer and the work they have done. However, it also helps to compare the products they offer.

Taking a Look at the Solar Installer

When it comes to determining a solar installer to work with, the previous work they have done plays a role. Customer ratings on trusted rating websites like the BBB or other rating outlets such as Google and Facebook reviews are where most customers go. 

Only considering the companies with the highest ratings would be easy. However, this method isn’t the most telling.

Other factors come into play when looking at customer ratings than how many stars the company has. Knowing these factors make finding a solar company to invest in an easy process. 

The Best Solar Companies to Invest In

The best solar company to invest in will do a quality solar panel installation, give a fair deal, and continue to take care of their customers after the installation. Although most solar companies promise these things, it isn’t always the case. Knowing how to compare a solar company solves this issue.

Comparing Solar Companies

The most common way to compare a company is through online customer reviews. What makes a review helpful is when the customer’s review is moderate instead of overly positive or negative.

However, most people don’t leave a review unless they have something negative to say, which gives a polarized view of the company. Complaints don’t mean customers shouldn’t consider the company.

All companies make mistakes. However, the handling of them sets great companies apart from the competition. Looking at some of the complaints and how the company responded to them will give a better idea of the company’s customer service. 

Another thing to consider is how many reviews the company has. If a company has a 5-star rating and a few reviews, it isn’t as telling as a company with 4.5 stars and 300 reviews.

After determining which solar companies look like quality companies, it is time to compare this smaller list of companies to each other. The best way to compare these companies is to get in-person solar quotes.

One of the best questions to ask is which product types and brands each company offers. Looking at the products and services and not just the price helps the customer compare apples to apples.

How to Choose Solar Panels and Inverters

Solar panels are often the only part of a solar array we think about. However, mounting equipment, an inverter, wiring, a net meter, monitoring and battery backup are all necessary parts of a solar array.

The most vital products to consider in a solar purchase are the solar panels and the inverter. Together these two products have the most impact on the amount of energy two homes with the same setup would have. 

Solar panels are the powerhouse of the array. If the solar panels don’t produce as much, the system won’t produce as much as a different system with the same number of solar panels. 

Inverters are the gateway from the solar panels to the home. An improperly sized inverter will be less efficient at converting direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). Resulting in energy loss and decreased electricity provided to the home. 

Solar Panel Reviews

There are many solar panel types and brands. One way to know which solar panels are better is to look at solar panel reviews.

The Importance of a Quality Inverter

Although inverter brands do matter, what matters more is the type of inverter and the sizing ratio. The most popular inverter types on the market include string, micro and optimized string inverters. Each has pros and cons to consider.

Another thing to be aware of is the sizing ratio that installers use. If the inverter is too small or too big, it can cut into the energy production and savings of the array.

Why People Choose to Have Solar Panels

In the end, the choice to buy solar is different for each customer. There are, however, a couple of universal things.

Most homeowners choose to get solar because they are aware of the environmental or economic benefits. As a result, these two selling points are the focus of most residential solar advertisements.

One reason why people have negative solar experiences is their preconceived notions of the process are different than reality. People often misunderstand things like qualifying for solar and the installation timetable.

What it Takes to Qualify for Solar

Once a customer is ready to get a quote, an appointment setter asks them some qualifying questions. These questions determine if the customer should get solar now or wait. They help the appointment setter know if the customer is going to qualify for financing, whether they can take advantage of the federal tax credit, and if their home is a good fit for solar.

Solar isn’t as financially appealing for those that can’t meet solar requirements. As a result, honest appointment setters either advise against installing solar on the residence or suggest the customer wait until they can qualify.

Solar Installation Steps

Homeowners can’t have the array installed right after they are determined a good fit for solar. There are legal hoops that the customer and installer need to go through first.

The solar panel installation process has six steps it can break into. Understanding the importance of these steps and how long it typically takes to go through them helps improves the solar experience. Often people that have decided to get solar and have a positive experience also had accurate expectations either from their research or the solar installer. 

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