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November 15, 2023

Choosing a Solar Installer: The Essential Guide to Solar Company Selection

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The push towards renewable energy is accelerating, and choosing the right solar installer is crucial. This guide emphasizes selecting a solar installer based on expertise, reliability, and proven performance. It covers evaluating credentials, assessing past projects, and analyzing solar installation bids to find a solar company capable of delivering a high-quality, efficient solar energy system. Making an informed choice protects your investment and promotes sustainable practices.

Key Takeaways

  • To find solar electric system contractors, visit the Find a solar Installer section of the NJ OCE website, check nesea.org and seia.org, and browse the telephone directory for solar energy equipment and systems dealers.
  • Evaluate installation contractors by asking about their experience with solar electric systems, number of installations, licenses, and additional licensing requirements.
  • Assess solar companies' reputations by investigating any pending or active judgments or liens, verifying through the New Jersey Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors License Verification Line, and consulting city and county governments as well as the Better Business Bureau.
  • When reviewing solar installation bids, seek multiple bids based on the same criteria, ensure clarity in system capacity and annual energy production, and consider the total cost, including hardware, installation, utility interconnection, permitting, and warranty.

Finding Qualified Solar Installers

Selecting a competent solar installation company is crucial for homeowners and businesses transitioning to renewable energy. A proficient installer ensures smooth integration and optimal performance and reliability of the solar system.

Choose a solar company with thorough experience, licensing credentials, and a solid industry track record. Engage with a company knowledgeable in system designs, regulatory compliance, and utility interconnection protocols, and capable of providing comprehensive post-installation support. This focus ensures a wise investment and contributes to sustainable energy practices.

Evaluating Solar Installer Experience

Consider industry experience and the number of solar electric systems installed when selecting solar installers. An installer's track record reflects their ability to handle interconnection standards and site-specific challenges.

Ask about the installer's experience with solar electric systems, including project numbers and system types managed. Confirm licensing credentials to ensure they are qualified for electrical work and familiar with local building codes. Experienced solar installers not only have a robust portfolio but also offer insights into system optimization.

Assessing the Solar Company Reputation

Experience is crucial, but so is the contractor's reputation. Evaluate financial stability and legal issues, such as judgments or liens.

Verify the installer's credentials and financial status through the New Jersey Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors License Verification Line and local government databases. Use resources like the Better Business Bureau to gauge service history, customer complaints, and resolutions. A solar company's reputation for integrity, reliability, and customer satisfaction is vital for a successful project.

Comparing Solar Installation Bids

After vetting potential installers, compare bids for transparency and cost-effectiveness. Evaluate proposals based on cost breakdown, system performance estimates, warranty terms, and project timelines. Ensure the installer's commitment to schedule adherence.

Exploring Additional Solar Resources

Use the New Jersey Office of Clean Energy (NJ OCE) website for additional resources in the installer selection process. The site offers details on contractors' experience, licensing, and service history. Additional tools for contractor evaluations, reputation assessments, and bid comparisons aid in making informed decisions. Consider factors like system capacity, warranty terms, and energy production estimates for a successful solar installation.

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