A home solar system will be one of, if not the most significant investments that you’ll make in your home. At $20,000 to $30,000 or more, it’s not only a big upfront expense, but you’re counting on it to deliver 25 years or more of energy savings.
Whether you’re considering a local or larger regional or national solar contractor, make sure that you evaluate each company thoroughly. As you’re evaluating contractors, think about whether you are more comfortable with a local contractor or a more prominent regional or national brand.
Remember to start by understanding whether the company selling the home solar system is the same as the contractor who will perform the installation and whether the installation contractor will be using subcontractors. Then determine whether the solar contractor has other businesses since diversification can provide additional sources of revenue, which will help them stay in business for a longer period of time. Next, thoroughly examine the length of time they’ve been in business, online reviews, and any references they provide. Last, see if they have any manufacturer and industry credentials indicating that they have received training on best practices for designing and installing home solar equipment and systems.