Research the Manufacturer as well as the Installer
Is the entire system made and warrantied by a single manufacturer, or is the Installer piecing together different components with different warranty lengths and terms? Have you checked the installers online reviews and/or asked for references?
Is the manufacturer and installer willing to provide a guarantee on performance of the system? If not you should question the promises they are making.
Length of warranty is important but also make sure to do your research and read the fine print on who covers what and how claims are handled in the event there is an issue with your system.
Want more info on what factors determine the cost installing solar? Check out this SunPower blog article about estimating the cost of solar panels.
Make sure your solar installer has years of experience and a solid track record. Solar may look easy but it’s the little shortcuts that less experienced companies take that cause problems and unnecessary maintenance expenses down the road.
A well thought out design improves aesthetics and maximizes energy yields. Just because an installer says a certain number of panels will fit on your roof doesn’t mean it’s the most intelligent design.
Licensing and Insurance
Ask your potential installer for proof of worker’s comp, general liability, and proper trade licensing. Without it you could end up liable if an accident happens on your property.
SunPower by South Coast Solar has been installing solar panels for over 12 years. Learn more about our team.
Make sure you know what you are buying before you sign the dotted line.
There are great deals on quality solar products for those willing to take their time and do some research. There are also sellers who will happily sell you a small low-quality system along with big promises.
Don’t get pushed around by high-pressure sales tactics.
There is no need to let yourself be pushed around and bullied to make a decision on the spot. If someone is pressuring you to sign a contract right away or offering a huge discount to do so then you can bet that they were probably way overpriced in the first place!
If you signed a contract but have second thoughts you can cancel your contract with 3 days.
State law provides you the right to cancel your contract within 3 days of signing. If you discover after the fact that you may have signed a bad deal cancel it right away. There is no reason to get stuck paying for that mistake for years to come.
To make sure you have the information you need to make an informed decision on your solar investment we use advanced modelling software to show you not only how much a system will cost & what incentives are available, but also how much energy your system will generate, and how it will affect your utility bill. Our Solar Consultants are ready to provide honest & accurate answers to your questions about solar panels.
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Once you have seen the amazing opportunity generating your own electricity with solar panels provides, the next steps are even easier with South Coast Solar.
We handle everything. permits, applications, fees, and of course installation, inspections, and utility connections. No outside contractors!