Having solar power installed is a great way to save money on your monthly electricity expenses, lower your household’s carbon footprint, and even reduce water waste. It’s critical to work with a qualified solar contractor to ensure that your solar system is properly installed and that it performs optimally for many years to come. To make sure that nothing important is overlooked during the installation, and that there won’t be any unwanted surprises, you should come up with a list of questions to ask potential solar contractors before hiring one. Asking plenty of questions should ensure that your solar contractor will meet all of your needs and expectations throughout the installation process. Modernize has put together a list of questions you can expand on:
It’s essential to find out when a potential solar contractor started their business and how many solar systems they have installed to date. This will give you some insight into how much experience the contractor has before hiring them for your installation. In addition to learning about experience, it’s a good idea to ask for references from previous customers learn about what was done right, and what may have some room for improvement so you know exactly what you can expect when you hire your contractor.
At Solar Electric Texas, we have over 50 years experience installing solar electric panel systems, as well as over 1,000 local solar electric customers! There is a good chance one of your neighbors has made the switch to clean solar energy with us. Just in case they haven't though, we are always more than happy to provide references to completed solar installations. We also encourage you to check out our great reviews online!
Another important question to ask is whether or not the company and all employees are licensed, insured, and bonded. Find out whether or not any of the solar installation work will be subcontracted, and if so, to who. All of the sub-contractor’s licensing and insurance information should also be provided to you through the contractor. Make sure that the contractor’s insurance protection will cover all damage to your roof or home if an accident occurs during installation.
With Solar Electric Texas, we are fully licensed, bonded and insured. Feel free to inspect our license with the TECL #18011. We do not subcontract out any part of your solar installation. From design, all the way through to installation, your project is completed in house by local San Antonio professionals at our offices off the 410 interstate.
Take the time to find out what kinds of warranties are available through potential contractors for the solar system you’ll be installing. There are a variety of warranty options available in the industry, but they aren’t universal to all solar systems. Understanding your warranty options before installation is important so you aren’t stuck with an installed system that isn’t covered under the warranties that you are interested in securing.
Solar Electric Texas offers the most comprehensive warranty available on the market as standard on all of their solar panel systems. Our warranty covers every piece of service and maintenance on your whole system for 25 full years! If any piece or part is under-performing, or breaks entirely before 25 years of service, we will replace it free of any charge. Even the roof attachment points are covered under our warranty against any leakage! This offers comprehensive security on your investment to make sure it is working properly for years to come.
Depending on where you live, it may be possible to get financial incentives for installing solar on your home’s roof. Ask potential contractors to provide you with a list of tax credits, incentive checks, and other financial perks that your home is specifically qualified for. It’s also important to find out how and when the incentives will be applied, and whether or not your contractor will be responsible for incorporating the incentives into your solar package.
We make sure to do a comprehensive inventive evaluation for every one of our solar customers at Solar Electric Texas. There are currently Federal tax incentives for solar, but depending on where you live, there may be local incentives as well. That is why it is important to pick a solar installer who has experience in your area and will be able to help you get the most savings possible.
Once they are answered, this list of important questions should help understand exactly what to expect while your solar is installed and after it’s been incorporated into your household’s electrical system.