Choosing The Right Solar Installer

While solar energy systems could one day be used all throughout the country and far more frequently than traditional power systems, residential customers figuring out how to go solar may find the task incredibly daunting particularly with so much information available. Keeping informed on current solar trends and as well as local and state solar rebates are some of the most important things to keep in mind when analyzing whether solar is right for you. Above all, finding out what solar installer is right for you can make all the difference in the world. Below are some tips on how to find the right solar installer to help lower your electric bills as well as some additional items to be wary of when you are in the preliminary stages of your selection process.

1. Certification: The best, and possibly easiest way to check to see whether a solar installer is qualified, is to check with the National American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, or NABCEP. While there are other organizations that certify solar installers, the NABCEP is probably your best bet in terms of the quality of work offered from their certified installers. Not only do they have their potential installers pass a rigorous set of tests, but prior to receiving their certificate an installer must also have two years of experience in solar system installations.

Certification is not the only thing that sets apart some solar installers from other, in fact, it is not uncommon for many installers to have no certification at all. This could be due to a few different circumstances: (1) the solar installer has enough experience to feel confident and competent in their abilities to install the system, therefore knowing it is unnecessary to pay extra money to get “certified” or (2) they previously took classes and educated themselves at a solar institution.

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