Setting the expectation for your solar power installation is critical when purchasing solar. When people first look into solar, they may not be aware of the process, let alone the duration of the process itself.
Once you have decided on a specific solar company, it takes a little more effort to get the panels on your home than many expect. Setting the expectation for what is required to get you installed will help you throughout the process.
Going Solar in Utah: What You Need Before Your Residential Solar Install
Before you decide to get your system installed, you will need to know what size of system you need for your specific circumstance. The easiest way to know the size of system you will need is to request a free solar quote.
When you get a quote, the solar company estimates the size of the system your home requires; the size of the system will vary a little bit depending on the quality of the panels you’re considering. Most solar vendors sell panels from China, but Go Solar Group opts in for top-of-the-line German-engineered solar panels, which ultimately reduce the cost of the system because of the efficiency they provide.
When you go to set up your quote, it will typically entail a 10 to 15-minute phone call. In this phone call the solar company will gather the information they need to put together your solar assessment, including usage.
After gathering needed information they will set a time for their solar consultant to come to your home. In this meeting they will be informing you about their company and your proposal details. Be sure to listen for a unique value proposition that’s relevant to you; if this isn’t addressed in the assessment, that’s a red flag.
Solar quotes typically include the number of panels you will need, the interest rate and term of their in-house financing, and the total cost of your system. Installation is normally included in this price.
It is good to meet in-person and get a feel for the type of company that you are working with before you decide to have your system installed. You will want to make sure that you go over the things you find important when you meet with the solar consultant.
Solar consultations are meant to be educational. It’s okay if you don’t know everything there is to know about solar: The solar consultant’s job is to pick up where your knowledge leaves off.
If you have an idea of what to ask about when looking into getting solar, it will help you feel more confident in your decision. If you aren’t sure what to look for in a solar installer, you can get a better idea of the types of things to look for from our blog, Utah Solar Installs: Too Many Options. Now What?
Pre-Solar Power Installation Check
Once you have decided on a solar company, they will prep you for install. This means getting a site survey, acquiring permits, and completing paperwork.
If you go through a full-service solar company, you don’t really need to worry about this process. The solar company will do all the behind-the-scenes prep and let you know if they need anything additional completed in the process.
The speed of this process depends on your solar company getting the paperwork in, current power company’s cooperation with your solar company, and your jurisdiction’s processing timeline.
At Go Solar Group, emphasis is put on making sure that the customer is taken care of. As part of this process their engineer verifies the system design with you.
You will also have an opportunity to speak with the Install Team Lead to walk through the specifics of your system. For more information about what you should do before you decided on a solar company, you can look at Energy.gov’s article on Planning a Home Solar Electric System.
Utah Residential Solar Installation in 2018
Once all the paperwork is submitted and you have decided on your system design, it is time for the installation of your system. Installation shouldn’t take too long. Go Solar group is able to have your solar system fully installed within two work days or less depending on weather conditions.
Many solar companies contract their installers, but this isn’t what’s best for the customer. This makes it hard to gauge the type of service you are going to get from the solar company. Whenever possible, go with a solar provider with an in-house installation team that follows company protocol. The result? Wayne Sumner describes in his customer success video, when he notes the inspector has never had a problem with the Go Solar Group installation crew.
You will want to make sure that you know who does the solar install before you decide. This will help you know the quality of work to expect and who to contact if future issues arise.
Go Solar Group does their own installations. They require excellence from all their employees, which means better quality service and better maintenance for you, provided it’s ever needed.
If you decide to get solar though Go Solar Group, you can expect that floor coverings will be put down to prevent dirt getting into your home. There will also be a 15-30 minute power outage while they are installing. Not a terrible thing for an investment that can save you as much as $40,000 over the span of its lifetime.
Most installers will require attic access for the installation. You can also expect that there will be some loud noises during the install.
There should be some sort of post installation check that occurs when your system is installed. This gives you a chance to ask any questions about the installation and for them to walk you though the specifics of your system and how it works.
Go Solar Group makes sure that each customer walks through the system with the Team Lead. After the install you will learn about the commissioning of the inverter and where specifics of your system are.
These specifics include: AC and DC disconnects & when to turn them on, access points, your utility meter, and your utility company’s expectations. After you are installed an appointment will be made for your final inspection.
Solar Power in Utah Post-installation
Solar panels are not maintenance free, but they require very little maintenance. As you look at solar power installation companies, you will want to know what their warranties cover.
Finding a company that will not only install your panels, but help you when problems arise is necessary if you want to avoid headaches later on. Along these same lines, you will want to make sure that panel suppliers have a good warranty as well.
Most panels are predicted to last at least 25 years, but in case something malfunctions, you will want to know that the company you are buying form has your back. Go Solar Group will check in on your system a couple of times in the first year to make sure it is running right, and we also offer a 10-year installation warranty for issues arising from the installation, including a 25-year production warranty.
If you are a preexisting customer and you decide that you would like or need additional panels, Go Solar Group can make your addition a painless process. They can also remove and reinstall panels if you need to get your roof re-shingled or would like to move to a different Utah or Reno, Nevada home (Go Solar Group has just begun installing in Reno).
Each panel at Go Solar Group has a 25-year warranty, which means that you are covered for that duration of time. If there is faulty hardware or software/your panels are damaged, Go Solar Group has your back.
Moving Forward With Your Solar Installer Decision
Making the choice to switch to solar power requires considering lots of different aspects of the company you are looking into. Don’t let this scare you. More choices means a personalized fit specific to your needs.
If you would like to see what others experience with Go Solar Group, has been you can go to Go Solar Reviews.