Solar Buying Guide - Step 3
Who to Get It From - Which Installer to Use
You've decided that maybe solar would make sense for you, although you can't know for sure until you complete the shopping process. You've read the website articles on "How Not to Shop for Solar," "Solar Websites," and "The Right Way to Shop for Solar." You've read the Solar Buying Guide - Step 2 and decided on what size system and what brands and models of equipment to get quotes on.
Now you're ready for Step 3 in the shopping process: finding a top-notch installer. As explained in "How Not to Shop for Solar," researching and evaluating installers is fraught with problems. And, contrary to conventional advice, just getting several quotes and comparing them is no solution; it can even make things worse.
The purpose of this third Guide is to give you the basic information needed to check out dealers and installers, with a link to a more in-depth article on the website. For those who want to go deeper, it provides links to more detailed articles on the website. It includes
■ A detailed list of qualifications to investigate about installers
■ How to get a reasonably accurate idea of their customers' satisfaction
■ A detailed description of sales process, site inspection, & shading study
■ A list of exactly what information you need in any quote
■ How to check the quoted estimate of annual electricity to be produced
■ Detailed cautions and guidance about installation issues
The guide comes with its own Checklist that you can use to record the results of your investigation of each installer. You'll end up with a handy summary of exactly what you want and what questions to ask. Very useful when it's time to talk with an installer.
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