Solar energy is continuing to grow in popularity, which shows that people are starting to truly grasp the importance of lessening their reliance on unsustainable resources.
However, the rise in demand has also led to a surge of companies that are trying to make a quick buck. If you choose to move forward with solar energy, you'll want to make sure that you're going with a reputable company and not just a fly by night startup in it for the wrong reasons.
In this article, we'll fill you in on some things to keep in mind when searching for a solar energy installer.
Tip #1: Find a Company That’s Willing to Work with You
One key thing that sets great companies apart from the ones you should avoid is the willingness to put some thought into your build.
With solar energy, there is no “one size fits all” approach. In order to truly get the most out of your investment, you’ll need to work with a company that understands the layout of your property and how it’ll affect energy output.
Tip #2: Ask Them If They Have the Required Licensing
It can be easy to forget to check stuff like this when you’re caught up in the excitement of making the switch. However, it’s crucial to make sure that the installer you choose has this covered.
Licensing procedures ensure that installers have the know-how needed to avoid costly, and sometimes downright dangerous errors.
The state of Maryland requires all solar panels to be installed by licensed individuals. The worker that will be mounting the panel must be a certified home improvement contractor. The individual connecting your panels to the utility grid must have a locally issued electricians license.
Tip #3: Make Sure They Answer Your Questions in Detail
Don’t be afraid to “quiz” the company that you choose to complete your installation. After all, you’re trusting them with a project that has the potential to drastically improve the value of your home. You don’t want to be wasting any time with installers who provide vague, general answers.
This is likely to be a reflection of the service that you will receive, and as we mentioned above, you want to be working with an installer that is truly passionate about renewable energy.
Installers that are genuinely passionate about the industry are more likely to provide you with a quality installation that’ll let you fully experience the benefits that solar energy has to offer. They are also more likely to prioritize working with high-quality materials. Companies that are solely in it for the money without a genuine interest will likely be using cheaper, lower-quality materials that’ll keep your investment form lasting as long as it should.
We Make Going Solar a Simple Process
At Lumina Solar, we go above and beyond to make sure that those who trust us with their panels get an installation that will maximize their energy production potential.
You won’t have to worry about hunting down multiple people with the correct licensure to do the job. Our team members have all of the licensing requirements covered, which means that your installation will flow smoothly without any hang-ups slowing down the permit process.
When you work with us, you can expect top-notch knowledge and customer service. Don’t just take our word for it. Matty Woodruff, homeowner, said that she had a great experience.
“I worked with Mike on my project a few years ago and had an absolutely great experience! Mike was able to answer all of my questions, the majority of which before I had the chance to ask! Extremely knowledgeable, communicated regularly with project updates, and checked in after I was able to activate my system to see how it was going! The installation team was awesome, and install went smoothly. Almost 2 years later, my system is running great!”
Here’s how Joe Heiderman, homeowner, described his experience working with us
“ From the start, Ryan was a different kind of salesman. He took the time to educate us about the benefits of solar without any pressure. He explained the differences between the different types of inverters and why he was proposing a Solar Edge system with optimizers for my location. When he showed our house, complete with surrounding trees, on his PC program simulating daily and annual power generation, I was duly impressed. He then showed us an Excel spreadsheet showing the expected annual power generation based on our locale, our electricity needs and our expected savings over the lifetime of the system.”
For a more detailed look into how our process works, you may want to check out this case study. It breaks down the process that we walk our customers through when they make the choice to go solar.