Looking to Go Solar? 5 Must-Ask Questions For Your Solar Installer

Sabrina Lopez
February 26, 2016
3 min read

There's no doubt that solar energy is the future, but do you know the questions you should ask your solar installer before deciding to put solar on your home? While every home and every customer is different, of course, here are just a few of the most common questions that we recommend you ask before going solar:

1. Does your installation partner have a good reputation? –You want to be certain that after your system is installed, it will meet your energy needs and produce at least as much power as you were told. A reputable installer should spend the time to fully assess your home, your past power bills, and your energy goals. They should also be prepared to back their work with a warranty and a strong service and support team. Use resources like Angie’s List, Yelp, and the Better Business Bureau to ensure that other customers report a positive experience with your installer. Also, check their website for proper licenses, credentials, and training.

2. What are my payment options, and is financing worth it? - Depending on the company you partner with, you may be offered lease options, purchase plans, and one or more methods of financing the installation of your solar energy system. Check interest rates and terms on any loans to avoid paying excessive interest that could reduce your savings from long-term solar energy. Also, make sure that any tax incentives are addressed as well. Currently, there’s a 30% federal tax credit, as well as a $1,000 tax credit from the state of Arizona.

3. How does my roof affect my solar energy output?
- Solar energy output can vary depending on the angle of your roof and its shading. Of course, location and local weather patterns can influence it, too. Depending on the size of your roof, you should invest in a higher-quality solar panel. While more expensive, higher grade panels are more efficient, which reduces the number of panels you need to buy to maximize energy output.

4. Will my roof leak?
- After installation, your installer should verify that your roof hasn't been damaged. The hardware used to install the system should have watertight seals to protect your home from leaks. Ensure your installer backs their work with a reputable warranty and service team.

5. Do I need a permit, and will they get it for me if so?
- Different areas have different building codes and regulations regarding solar panels. Your installer should know these and be prepared to help you secure any necessary permits related to your solar installation. You can only get on the electrical grid if your system is up to code, so be sure to ask about credentials before any work commences.

If you want to learn more questions you should be asking when adding solar to your home; we invite you to download our complimentary solar whitepaper

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