Solar energy is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the world. Every day, more homeowners consider going solar. This decision comes with many benefits, a major one being savings on energy bills. When you decide to go solar and have your equipment and finances in order, the next step is to choose a solar panel installation company.
Signing with a good, reliable company is a big decision. Make sure you choose the right one by asking important questions. Here at YellowLite, we’ve compiled a list of questions you need to ask before hiring a company to install solar panels:
How Long Has The Company Been In Business?
Ask about the company’s installation numbers and how long they have been in the business. Their installation numbers can give you an insight into their work experience and the longer they’ve been in business. A company with a 10-year craftsmanship warranty means nothing if the company will be gone in 5 years. Companies that have been around when the industry was tough to survive in have a much greater chance of succeeding in the long term.
What Licenses and Insurances They Have?
Make sure you ask about the company’s registrations and licenses. Do they comply with the regulations of the state and city that they operate in?Once you make your choice, invest your money, and trust the company, you will want quality services. It’s better to have this question answered before settling on your installer.
Are Their Installations Outsourced?
Ask about their installation processes; who’ll be visiting and doing the installations. Sometimes, big companies outsource labor and on-site visitations to smaller companies or individual contractors. YellowLite is amongst the best solar contractors, and we don’t outsource our contracts. If the company does outsource, be sure to check their license information and experience with installations.
What Warranties Do They Offer?
After the license and registration check, ask about solar warranties. Additional licenses and panel warranties can work in a company’s favor. Get a run-down of what type of panels will be used and how they’re warrantied.
Ask For at least 3 Referrals From The Company.
Every good company has done business before you. Ask them to provide testimonials and at least 3 referrals that’ll guarantee the quality of work. You should also check out the company’s website and look for testimonials. Good or bad, word of mouth travels fast, and by researching, you’ll get an idea of how the company works from their previous clients.
Ask For Pictures of Their Work
This can give insight into many underlying things.You can find out how active they’ve been and if it’s their actual work or not. You also find out their maintenance plans for installed solar setups.
With the majority of people going solar, their new companies come out every year. Ask a couple of companies these questions before settling on one. Some other research you can do is:
- Check the company's rating at the Better Business Bureau.
- Get an apples-to-apples quote from different installers (about system size, panel type, etc.) and how the pricing differs. This will definitely help you make a decision.
- Check the company's rating online. Solar Reviews, Facebook, and Google are great ways to past customers' experience.
Going solar is a great experience. There are many businesses out there offering the same thing. Doing your research beforehand will give you peace of mind and make decision-making easier. You can ask us all these questions from YellowLite as well and even estimate your costs and saving by using our solar calculator. Get in touch with us today for a great solar experience!