Utah solar companies have proliferated in the past 5 years, many of which promising benefits to their buying demographic that have either gone unmet or were only partially accurate. The problem is not solar itself.
We all know solar’s numerous benefits, but how can solar prospects ensure they aren’t just going with the right companies, but also picking the company that is best for their residential solar needs?
3. Gauge the Qualitative Review Experience of Each Utah Solar Company Before Making the Decision
Like most investments, solar requires research, and of the ‘in-depth’ variety. Not only is it a significant monetary investment, it’s one as multifaceted as it is complicated. From gathering initial solar quotes from installers to understanding the home site surveys, solar prospects have as much legwork to do as the Utah solar companies involved.
The easiest way to do this isn’t just by looking at the number of stars next to each Utah solar company’s list of reviews, but the content of those reviews as well. Given the enormous complexity and size of the solar sales cycle, a four or five-star rating isn’t enough to encapsulate the entire experience.
A review of a solar company’s entire solar installation and quoting process is far more complex than leaving a review of a hair salon or dog walking service, so the floodgates are opened for misinterpretation on both the quality of the product and the service it demands. For more specific information on the technical details of what makes a Utah solar company great, see our periodic table of Utah solar power elements.
Oftentimes, (and this is particularly true of Utah solar companies), a three-star review is more positive than a four or five star review if you simply gauge the content of the review itself, and this begs the most important questions of all, especially as it pertains to the complexity of the solar sales cycle:
- Is the reviewer educated in the solar process, or is he or she complaining about something that’s standard solar installation procedure?
- Are the claims of foul play (if any exist) legitimized by multiple people sharing the same experience in the reviews section?
- Are the negative reviews’ claims legitimized by a complaint expressing the reviewer knows what he or she is talking about as it pertains to the Utah solar process?
In contrast to vetting overtly negative reviews, it’s also important to read between the lines of the positive reviews of Utah solar companies by asking the following questions:
- Are the existing positive reviews legitimate?
- Were they administered at the reviewer’s will and without incentive?
2. Understanding the Cost of Utah Home Solar Panels: From the Basics to the Complex
Your neighbor or friend who went solar with a Utah solar installer may be able to provide you with a qualitative gauge of his or her experience. However, even some of the most informed solar buyers cannot recount exactly which factors led them to opt in to a particular solar company. This is what makes customers like Steve Cummings an anomaly: he is able to recount what he loved most about Go Solar Group with relative ease in this video.
Utah solar companies are not as subversive on price as most in the Beehive state would think. They simply can’t provide consumers with an immediate quote because the price varies so drastically from Utah citizen to Utah citizen, and such is also the case with the savings to be earned from going solar. Here are a few key determinants of each factors for the typical Utah home:
Your electricity usage is one of the biggest determinants of whether A) solar is worth it in Utah and B) how much money you can save by going solar. If you have a hot tub or pool, and many people living in your home, you should be able to have a significant portion of savings from solar panels.
Central heating makes your home more energy efficient, and therefore helps compound savings Utah homeowners can make on solar.
Type of Inverter Needed
Your Utah solar company will be able to determine which inverter you’ll need based on the shading around your home. The typical inverter will centralize your peak solar production hours during midday, whereas a SolarEdge will distribute usage potential more evenly throughout the day. Inverters are a huge component of how your solar panels work.
Rely on a Solar Savings Calculator When You Feel Data Isn’t Enough, but Choose Wisely
Some Utah solar companies who’ve designed solar savings calculators on their websites have done prospects an unfortunate disservice: lying about what Google maps can and cannot calculate based on a home’s address.
This is why you should beware of solar savings calculators that claim they can calculate azimuth of your roof and exact sunlight exposure at the point of solar savings calculation, and without having done any site surveys on your home’s plot of land.
If you’re going to use a Utah solar savings calculator, make sure you use one that doesn’t overreach it’s explanatory power, namely when it comes to measuring things that calculate solar panel efficiency.
Shoot for using a solar savings calculator that gauges average home price increase, the amount of loan options made available to you, the state and federal rebates for any given area, and the typical monthly electrical bill you get from your power company. These factors alone are enough to give you a ballpark estimate. A more in-depth savings calculation can be given to Utah homeowners at the point of solar assessment.
1. Ask Yourself this: So, Should I Go Solar in Utah?
Yes, net metering returns have declined. but that doesn’t justify maxing yourself out on a DIY solar project or asking your friend who was once an ‘electrician’ to help you build and design a makeshift solar array for the rooftop of your Utah home.
The 1:1 return no longer exists as a credit for Utah homeowners, but the 90% savings you do receive from the credit still gets you enough return from any of the numerous Utah solar companies’ solutions. However, if you’re leery of the declining return on net metering rates for residential solar in the state of Utah, you can always opt in to solar battery backup, which now matters more than ever.