Solar installation requires teamwork to make it happen. Without the right team, consequences may range from an inefficient system to a house fire. Many homeowners forget, but solar power still generates actual electricity and electricity is always dangerous to work with. Because of this, you must ensure that whoever installs the panels and does the necessary wiring is certified to do so. Here are some other important qualities they should have.
1. Knowledge and Certifications
Does your team have the skillsets necessary to complete the job? What is their training and qualifications? Is this an area the company truly specializes in, or are they just pitching you solar panel installation because you mentioned it while they worked on another project in your home? Check their website to see what their specialties really are, and verify their performance with customer reviews on Google. You should also ask for certifications as further proof that they are qualified for the job.
2. They Do the Work Themselves
There is nothing wrong with subcontracting out some work. Contractors need to do this to remain competitive, especially on larger builds. However, subcontracting out all the work is a red flag, especially if a person from the company you hired does not show up to supervise the solar installation. Outsourcing may also cause you problems in the event that something goes wrong as the contractor may be able to pass blame on to the subcontractor for any mishaps. Ensure any contract you have is directly with the contractor you hired.
3. The Price Is Right
The initial thought many people have here is to go with the cheapest option. Instead, go with the option that is most reasonable. When building or improving a home, you get what you pay for. If a contractor is offering dirt cheap solar installation, they may have good reason for doing so. As the old cliché goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. They may not have the necessary certifications, licensing, insurance or experience that commands higher pricing, so be ware.