How-to-choose-a-solar-provider
Last update 08/13/2022

How to choose a solar provider?

Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia

Making the switch to solar power is a wise investment. A key choice to make for a seamless transition and impact on system performance is choosing the correct solar provider. Your provider oversees a variety of tasks, including initial estimate provision, financing coordination, system design, and installation, as well as ongoing maintenance.

Key factors in choosing a solar provider

Experience

Look for how many years they’ve been in business and how many systems they’ve installed. How long a solar provider has been in business isn’t the only sign of a good provider, but it helps.

Customer Rating

Customer ratings sometimes don’t tell the whole story, especially if the review is only about the initial phone call. But reviews and testimonials are good insights into overall customer service and response time. 

Workmanship

Look for certifications, licensed contractors, and photos of completed jobs.

Final Solar Quote

A good solar provider will be transparent. Make sure they list all your estimated costs with projected savings, system installation, maintenance costs, and product warranties to help protect your investment. 

Here you can learn more about the process.

System Components

Look up what panels and inverters they offer. Some providers have a wide range of types.

Timing

It’s a good idea to look at a solar provider’s average wait time for installation. Ask when they would schedule your installation.

Warranty

Make sure they provide product and performance warranties. Look for length in coverage. The standard is a 25-year warranty for solar panels, which leaves you worry-free for the duration of your lease or loan, or purchase. In fact, at Clever Energy, we offer a 30-year warranty.

Which solar panels should you install?

When selecting solar panels, review the following details with your solar provider:

  • Best value for your targeted savings: Depends on how much usable roof space you have, panel power production, and cost.
  • Aesthetics: Panel color and mounting systems can be beautifully designed to integrate well with your home architecture.
  • Panel manufacturer quality and warranties: Protect your investment by picking high-quality panels backed by 30-year warranties.

We recommend you to read this article if you want to learn how solar panels work.

Which solar inverter should you choose?

Inverters transform the solar electricity generated by panels (DC power) into useable electricity (AC power) for your home. Typically installed near your home’s electric panel, the inverter you choose should be determined by the design of your system.

Types of inverters include:

  • String inverters: Convert electricity from multiple panels.
  • Microinverters: Convert electricity from a single panel.

When selecting solar panels, review the following details with your solar provider:

  • Inverter manufacturer track record and warranties: String inverters typically carry a 12 – 15 years warranty depending if are string inverters or microinverters. 
  • Best fit for your solar installation: The choice of string or microinverter often depends on how much shade your roof gets. Discuss with the solar provider what makes the most sense for your situation.

How can you track the performance of your system?

Most providers include ongoing monitoring as well as maintenance services, in case something goes wrong with your system, to maximize the performance and savings of your solar installation over time.

Are you interested in receiving a free estimate to discover how much a solar system could cost for your home and how much money could you save? Click here to contact a solar expert.

Source:  https://sunroof.withgoogle.com/process/#choosing-a-provider

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Get a professional and honest solar quote

Diego and Jennifer, lead a team of solar experts with +7 years experience in over 22 different states in America. We would love to help you switch to solar the right way!

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Get a professional and honest solar quote

Diego and Jennifer, lead a team of solar experts with +7 years experience in over 22 different states in America. We would love to help you switch to solar the right way!

Get a professional and honest solar quote

Diego and Jennifer, lead a team of solar experts with +7 years experience in over 22 different states in America. We would love to help you switch to solar the right way!

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