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You've probably become familiar with the many benefits of Investing in solar energy. You know it will reduce your electric bill, increase the value of your home, shrink your environmental footprint and make you less dependent on the grid. But even knowing all that, you still have more decisions to make.
Once you've gathered all the information you can and you've decided to start on the path to investing in solar energy, the next step is finding a residential solar contractor to install your system for you. There's a lot of information and great companies out there, and it can get overwhelming. That's why we've created this guide about what you should consider when looking for residential solar contractors
Hiring a solar contractor is like hiring a plumber, electrician or roofer. It's crucial to be able to trust who is installing your system. After all, this is an investment in your home's future, and you want to collect appropriate, accurate information before hiring someone.
There are a few different ways to find a reputable solar contractor. You can try asking around your neighborhood and social circle. Did anyone install solar panels recently? Find out who they used, what the process was like and if they'd recommend the professionals to you. Shop around on your own, as well.
We recommend that you avoid solar comparison websites. Solar panel systems are not one-size-fits-all. How much energy your home consumes and your roof's configuration heavily influence your layout and costs. Information on solar comparison sites won't reflect that. They may also have inaccurate or outdated information.
The best way to weigh your options is to call contractors directly to receive quotes and ask questions. At Solar Energy Partners, we pride ourselves on being transparent with our process, and we're happy to provide you with a free solar consultation to get you started.
A reputable residential solar contractor will be honest with you about what services and products they offer and if your home is a good candidate for solar panels. For example, if your house has a very old roof, it would be best to wait until you replace it to install panels. Any company that tries to push the panels on you and avoids questions is untrustworthy.
Ask about financing options and any tax incentives you may qualify for. Those will vary depending on where you live. A local expert like Solar Energy Partners will be up-to-date on federal and state incentives and can explain them to you.
While there are many legitimate solar contractors, there are scammers, too. Asking in-depth questions will help you avoid being a victim. Check the Interstate Renewable Energy Council to see if a company is real and its contractors are licensed. You can ask a contractor directly for their license number. If they won't provide it, that's a red flag.
Another great resource is the Better Business Bureau, where you can read honest reviews for a business. Remember that legitimate contractors will not go door-to-door in your neighborhood offering you free panels, a shady lease agreement or pushing a "limited-time deal" on you. Don't hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to make a decision.
Irresponsible contractors can damage your roof or break your equipment. If they aren't reputable, they could go out of business — leaving you to learn about maintenance and invoke warranties on your own.
Solar Energy Partners has a proven record of reliability and excellence. Not only will we safely install your equipment, but we are experts in the technology being placed on your roof. That means not only will we install the panels, but we will also handle any issues where you need to invoke our 25-year warranty.
The SunPower panels we install are the top in durability and have the best warranty in the business. That includes power output. Not only will they start off producing more energy than the competition, but your panels are guaranteed under warranty to produce 92% of their original amount even after 25 years.
Of course, installing panels isn't the only thing you need to worry about. There's plenty of paperwork and laws and local guidelines that need to be followed. But don't worry! We will be with you every step of the way, handling all the paperwork and ensuring we comply with local laws. That way, you won't have to worry about making mistakes, missing deadlines, or facing penalties.
Whether you have more questions or are ready to get started, Solar Energy Partners is here to help! Contact us today for your free consultation. We look forward to working with you!
The only solar warranty to cover your complete system for 25 years (10 years for monitoring hardware) — including performance, labor and parts. We have absolute confidence in our panels’ ability to deliver more energy, reliability and savings over time.
Gone are the days of clunky, piecemeal solar systems. Every part of the SunPower Equinox® system is designed and engineered by one company to work better together — delivering more power, reliability and style than a conventional home solar system and backed by the industry's best complete-system warranty. Get the best solar company in SC & GA by choosing Solar Energy Partners as your solar panel installation service provider.