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.
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.
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.
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.
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.