Understanding solar designations will guide you to a qualified/reputable and certified Reno Nevada solar company. If you want a quality install, you will want to make sure the company doing it has the certifications to make it possible.
NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners)
NABCEP stands for North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Their goal is to raise renewable energy standards across all forms of energy development: from wind to solar. Their standards hold credential holders to high ethical and professional practice expectations.
Any contractor or Reno solar installer touting this designation on their website or for their employees is bound to be professional. Make sure that the company from whom you are considering getting your solar has contractors who are certified under the PV Installation credential from NABCEP.
Do bear in mind, however, that this is an individual certification, not a certification for the company as a whole. It may make it worthwhile to ask your solar consultant at the point of the appointment set how many of the workers and installers for the company actually hold this designation before asking for a no-obligation Reno solar quote.
Responsibility of a NABCEP-certified Company to Its Customers
NABCEP has a twenty-page accreditation handbook. Each certified solar company has to comply with these standards, and they are not easy for all Reno solar companies to abide by.
You should expect a certified company to provide a competent and timely service. If the company is not able to provide the service, they will do their best to find a qualified service provider.
You can expect that they will keep your information confidential. Count on accurate representations of the training and qualifications of their employees. They will also give you accurate information about the products and services fees that come with PV installation.
Contractor’s License Number
Nevada requires all contractors and installers maintaining and installing solar to get licensed. This license is issued by the Department of Business and Industry for the state of Nevada.
PV installers need to submit an application to the Division of Industrial Relations. To get their license they also have to pay a fee and pass a division proctored or approved test. Because the law requires licensing your installer needs a valid contractor license number. Not having one could mean problems down the road.
Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer
Not all homes that have solar arrays are compatible with battery back up. This can create a problem if you decide that you would like to get battery backup down the road.
Only Tesla or a Tesla Certified Installer can install and set up your Powerwall. If you are wanting battery backup, there are other options, but so far Tesla is still ahead of the game.
Getting your photovoltaic system through a certified Tesla Powerwall installer ensures compatibility should you want to go with battery backup in the future or at the time of your solar install. Although battery backup may not be in your current plans, prices will go down.
When battery backup becomes an option for you, we don’t want you to miss out because of your solar array configuration for your Reno NV home. Go Solar Group offers free emergency battery backup with each system they install. We ensure all our systems have the ability to connect to a Powerwall or other battery backup system.
Insurance – Up to $1 Million
Accidents happen and when they do life becomes far more complicated than anticipated. That’s why it is good to make sure that the solar company you are working with has a good insurance policy. This policy will cover the costs if something goes awry.
General Liability Insurance
Your solar installer should at least have general liability insurance. This policy will help pay for property damage and injury to third parties. While this is a valuable thing for any business to have, it especially matters for solar in the state of Nevada, because many homes require complex installs.
Common Things That Aren’t Included
There are some things that aren’t included in general liability insurance. Most General Liability Insurance policies do not cover moisture-related issues. Work that is under the temporary control of a contractor or work completed by a subcontractor could be an issue as well.
That’s yet another reason to go with a full-service solar installer like Go Solar Group: Having one company handle all portions of the installation means they will hold themselves to a higher degree of accountability.
You will want to make sure you know what type of insurance your Reno solar installation company has. If they contract out its work, that could make life even more complicated. You will want to know what insurance their contractors and subcontractors have.
Using a full-service company will ensure that you are dealing with one insurance policy. This will allow you to sleep soundly at night knowing that you have nothing to fear, and that all of what’s considered in an installation will be under the jurisdiction and responsibility of a single entity. Go Solar Group has an insurance policy that covers up to one million dollars.