You are probably aware of the rising popularity of solar power – homeowners everywhere are taking advantage of the financial and environmental benefits of green energy. And let’s be clear, the cost has come down immensely in the past few decades, and even more so in recent years. But that doesn’t mean the cheapest route of solar installation will provide you with the maximum return in savings & benefits.
As more home improvement contractors are getting into solar, not all are equipped with the proper knowledge or training to provide you with the product you deserve for your home. To prevent yourself from getting scammed, here are some things to look out for when comparing quotes from different home improvement companies or solar installers in the state of South Carolina.
How To Compare Quotes For Home Solar Panel Design & Installation Services
For your specific needs and concerns, the installer should be able to explain the different brands of solar panels they install, along with the benefits and downfalls of each. Their recommendation should fit best with your lifestyle, budget, aesthetic requirements and desired electric output. Comparing the knowledge-base and experience of each provider will help you derive the quality you deserve.
You will also want to make sure you are covered by panel and inverter warranties. Solar panel “output” warranty often lasts between 25 and 35 years. This will cover repairs of the actual silicon cells, if their performance falls below a certain guaranteed percentage. To prevent issues down the road, find out if the company’s employees are on staff or subcontracted, as you will have less control of the quality of work and installation when dealing with subcontractors.
Getting multiple quotes from contractors will shed some light on issues that may come about in regards to your home’s potential for maximizing the benefits of solar energy. You can even find online quotes just to expand your knowledge base. Online quote request forms take into account your local electricity rates and your energy usage (based on your utility bill) so you can decide how much energy you wish to offset.
Price-Quality Trade Off: You Get What You Pay For!
There is a reason an installer gives you a super low or cheap quote: You get what you pay for. Saving a couple bucks on a solar investment is probably not worth it. While much of the country, and world, is switching to green energy, the cheap route in the solar industry can come at a larger cost in the long run. Because there are many benefits, you’ll want to make sure you are maximizing the returns from solar energy by turning your home into an asset.
Don’t fall into a trap! If a quote looks too good to be true, it generally is. This is a long term investment for your home, so take the time to get the details in order.
Want to learn more about solar power in South Carolina?
Southern Current is proud to be one of the top solar installers in the Southeast. Thanks to the numerous South Carolina solar rebates & incentives that are currently available, there’s never been a more affordable time to create your own energy! View the Southern Current Solar Panel Installation Portfolio to see projects we’ve completed in your area, or Contact Us to request information about a solar panel installation for your home or business and see how much you can save with solar.