Knowing where to look for a quick solar panel quote in the state of Utah can be challenging. Here are a couple ways you can get a quote and what to look for when you manage to find a bid customized for you and tailored to your energy usage needs.
How the Solar Sales Process Works in Giving Solar Panel Quotes
Most solar companies go through lead source companies. Lead source companies give your information to several different solar companies after you’ve confirmed you’re interested, and then let the solar vendors compete for the customer.
Unfortunately, sometimes the customer didn’t request the information. Other times they aren’t informed that more than one solar company was going to call them. This can sometimes result in solar prospects being contacted too frequently.
You might be giving your information to a lead source company if you start filling out your information on an ad you saw for solar. If you get a call asking if you are interested in solar, this most likely is a lead source company as well.
If this is the way in which you have been introduced to solar, we apologize. Not being informed about being called by more than one company can be frustrating and misleading.
Finding the individuals who are most interested and qualified for solar is a difficult job. Miscommunication has caused some negative feelings toward the solar industry, but don’t let the industry process detract from your understanding of the power solar can have in your life, and in a number of ways: financially, environmentally, and more.
One Workaround: Using the Solar Calls to Your Advantage
If you have been contacted about solar, take full advantage of the opportunity you have when these incoming calls hit your phone. Solar calls are meant to be a benefit to you. If the solar company calling you offers a free quote, it doesn’t hurt to get one and see how the quotes match up with another company’s, or several other company’s assessments.
Getting multiple quotes from different solar companies will give you a better idea of what solar would cost for your home.
Getting a quote will also allow you to ask questions about the various products each company offers. If you are serious about looking into solar, you will want to know all your options.
There are tons of solar companies in Utah, so going with the first one that gives you a bid may not be your best option. Getting quotes from multiple companies will allow you to see what is best for your situation.
Other Ways to Get Utah Solar Panel Quotes
You don’t have to get solar through a telemarketer. The best way to look at solar options is by talking to friends and family that have had a good experience with solar. Oftentimes these discussions can provide more accurate insight than the telemarketers will offer.
What if you don’t know anyone that has solar, you ask? There are several sites that will give you a good idea of the quality of solar companies around you.
If you aren’t sure where to even start, energysage.com is a good place to go. They have a plethora of reviews and companies you can peruse at your leisure.
Looking at the social media and websites for solar companies will also give you a better idea of the quality of the company with whom you’re working. These are places that customers can give their honest opinion about a company.
Once you have found your top solar companies, you can often contact them directly to set up a quote. Setting a quote up through their website means that they will be the only ones that contact you.
To check out Go Solar Group reviews you can go to our Solar Reviews page.
Why Get an In-Person Quote?
Most people think of salespeople as pushy and don’t really want to deal with them. It is good, however, to note that not all solar companies are based off of high pressure sales, nor are they based off of sales people in general. For instance, Go Solar Group has no salespeople, just solar consultants.
When you go to set up your Utah solar panels quote, you can gauge from the person calling the type of sales philosophy their company follows. Here is a good way to judge the type of sales model that is being followed, and whether it’s tailored to your best interests:
Set up your quote over the phone. If the company is pushy when you go to set up the quote, the sales consultant will most likely have a similar tactic.
Talking to the inside sales appointment setters will give you a good idea about the company’s purpose and objectives. If they are knowledgeable and helpful then you are in safe hands.
Don’t expect the person you talk to on the phone to know all the answers. Knowing all the answers or where to get them is what the solar consultant is trained to do.
An advantage to having a solar consultant come to your home is that they can explain their proposal and look at the home. Getting an in-person quote gives you a chance to get a better feel for the company and ask any questions that you may have.
Just getting the price over the phone or an online quote is something that can be done, but it would most likely be a generic price. The reason why specific quotes aren’t normally given over the phone or online is because they require more work to be corroborated and verified.
Each home has different energy needs than the next, and that hinges not just on the size of the home, but the usage patterns of the people living inside it. You can have the same square footage as the neighbors and use twice as much energy for a variety of different reasons.
NV Energy did a good job of explaining how PV systems are sized when they wrote,
“PV systems are sold by sizes, and those sizes are measured in kW. kW means kilowatt, and that means 1,000 watts. Each kW of solar that you install on your home will generate around 1,850 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year.
A kWh is the unit of energy that makes up your electric bill. Remember that your yearly electricity bill is $1,200. Now, each kWh costs around $.11, so you are likely consuming around 10,900 kWh per year. Remember that each kW of solar can produce around 1,850 kWh per year, so you would need a PV system that is 5.9 kW” ( Solar-Understand the Process, 2018).
A good way to find out the size of solar panel system you will need is looking at your energy that has been used over the past year. This energy used is called your usage.
What To Look For In A Solar Quote
Each Utah solar panels quote is going to be a little different. When you get a quote each company will most likely tell you these things, and in a variety of different ways:
- How many panels they feel you will needs to meet your energy needs
- The interest rate and term of the loan they can offer you
- When you will break even with what you were paying for your electricity
You will want to ask what type of panels they are using and what watt peak (wp) the panels have. The watt peak is the maximum power that the panel can produce under optimal conditions. Asking for this will give you a more accurate picture when you go to compare solar bids.
Some panels produce more than others. Knowing that not every panel is the same will help you to decide if you are really getting a better deal.
As a side note, you will also want to know the type of inverter that is being used. For more information about inverters and panels you can check out our blog post entitled, Utah Solar Installs: Too Many Options. Now What?
Each solar company is going to give you a bit of a different interest rate and loan term if you aren’t paying cash for your system. What loan options you have will not only depend on the solar company, but also on your personal financial situation.
Most solar companies will set up a loan that is about 25 years in duration. There are some companies like Go Solar Group that can give you a loan that is between 12 to 15 years while still enabling you to go solar for zero down.
You will also want to make sure that you know whether you are being quoted for a system that you will be renting or owning. We have found that owning the system provides better long-term savings for individuals.
Making sure that you know what type of system you are getting and the rate and term of your loan is very important when comparing solar bids. One bid may seem like the better option at first, but after further investigation may not be what you were thinking.
The point at which you will break even with your electric company may vary from one solar company to the next. You will want to make sure that this is explained to you for each of the Utah solar panel quotes you receive.
One reason why breaking even could be different from one company to the next is the loan terms and the financing company through which the solar provider disburses loans. One loan may be for a different period of time. The interest rate of your loan could very between companies as well.
Taking into consideration when you will break even with each company will help you make the best choice. The difference between a couple of years or a lower interest rate could save you in the long run. However, Go Solar Group makes paying off a loan easier than most companies with the two solar referral program options we provide.
Time To Make A Decision on Your Utah Solar Panels
Once you have your quotes, you are ready to make a decision. Which company is the best option really depends on the person and what their needs and priorities are.
You will ultimately be the best judge of what is going to fit your needs. Having your quotes and information about each company will give you the tools you need, even if you haven’t known much about solar prior to beginning your solar journey.
We wish you the best of luck in making this decision and are happy to help you in any way that you need. If you would like a quote from Go Solar group you can fill out a quick guide on our website and we will call you to set up your free solar consultation.