There are many factors that come into play when trying to choose the right solar installer. You may have a variety of solar companies knocking on your door or frequently calling you. Choosing the right installer could either be smooth or frustrating. To avoid frustration, we’ve listed five things you should know when picking the right installer.
High on the list would be their expertise in installing solar energy systems. Ideally solar companies should be NABCEP Certified (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Certification). This would sort of be the cherry on top when it comes to a solar company, a gold standard. Although it’s not a requirement, you can confirm with the company you’re looking into or at least look into their reviews for their proficiency in installation.
Authorization and Security
Solar installers should have all necessary licenses and insurance policies, which vary by state and on occasion, local jurisdiction. Basic business licenses for solar installers include general contracting, electrician, home improvement, or home performance contracting licenses. General liability insurance would be the minimum to even start installing as a company.
Track Record and Experience
Solar is a rapidly growing industry that attracts professionals from so many backgrounds. So much so that many contractors that focused on other types of projects are extending their practice into solar installation. When looking into these solar reviews, I would make sure your installer has an established solar track record. They should be able to discuss and show you systems installed for previous clients.
Reputation in the Market
To notice undermining installers, a pattern of customer complaints is probably an indication that you should work with a different installer.