Going solar is a big decision. And when you’re making a decision of that magnitude, there’s another big decision that also needs to be made: Who will you trust to handle this project? How can you be sure you’re choosing the right solar installation company to help you on your solar journey? The best people for the job? The company you know that will be alongside you, every step of the way, helping your solar dream come true?
It all starts with an initial discussion with the solar installers. Here are a few questions to ask to help you get a feel for the solar installation company, your solar project, and more.
Is My Home a Good Fit for Solar?
Here’s the unfortunate truth: For as many benefits as solar panels can offer, they aren’t the best option for every homeowner who wants them. In some cases, your home or situation just isn’t the right fit for solar.
When choosing a solar company to work with, ask them directly whether your home is a good fit for solar panel installation. Whatever the answer to your question, you’ll hopefully have a feel for whether you can trust them or not.
Are they more focused on making a sale, or will they tell you the truth about the best solar equipment for your specific situation? A good solar company will want to be your partner through the whole process — and they’ll put your needs first, always.
If something doesn’t feel right, trust your intuition. And keep in mind that you can get multiple quotes from different companies to help you feel more confident your assessment is fair.
Can You Tell Me About Your Solar Project History and Experience?
A solar project can be a big undertaking, and you want to make sure you hire someone who’s going to do it right. Your solar installer should be an expert in the field and passionate about solar energy.
Of course, you’ll want to know about their history as a solar installation company. What kinds of projects have they worked on in the past? If the contractors from their company work on many different types of projects — rather than exclusively on solar energy systems — it may be a sign that solar isn’t their focus.
Find out as much as you can about the background and experience of those who work for the company. How long have they been in the industry? Also, it’s a good idea to ask questions about past solar projects they’ve completed for other clients — or even look at photos or videos. That can help you picture yourself as a future solar client of that company.
How Much Will It Cost for Me to Go Solar?
While the cost of solar installation may be the #1 question on your mind, be sure you feel confident about the answers to questions 1 and 2 before getting into this one.
If the solar installation company you’re considering is worth their salt, they will be able to discuss the financial cost of going solar with you — and give you a straight answer. They should be willing to discuss your estimated cost as it relates to:
- The size of your solar panel system
- Your roof type
- Your address/where you live
- System specifications and energy needs
They should be knowledgeable in discussing federal and local opportunities to help you save money on your solar installation. For example, the Inflation Reduction Act allows homeowners to deduct 30% of the cost of installing solar from their taxes, for systems installed through 2032.
And for those who live in Missouri — one of our service areas — Missouri Senate Bill 564 mandates solar rebates for Missouri solar systems that become operational through December 31, 2023. The rebate applies to new or expanded solar electric systems.
What Licenses, Certificates, and Insurance Do You Hold?
Solar panel installers, like those in other sectors, should have the proper business licenses and insurance for your state and/or local authority. General contracting, electrician, home renovation, and other contracting licenses are common examples. They should also carry general liability insurance.
Solar panel installers can also obtain certification from a national board. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners’ (NABCEP) Solar PV Installation Professional Certification is the gold standard. With this and other professional qualifications, you can be confident that you’re working with an industry expert.
Are You a Local Company, and Do You Work With Local Suppliers?
By working with a local solar installer for your solar installation job, you are supporting both a local business and your community. While supporting local companies has always been a good idea, the past few years have made it even more important, as some local businesses have had a hard time keeping their doors open as the national economy has struggled.
Just as your local solar company sees their work as an investment in your community — generating green, renewable energy and lower power bills for our neighbors — using local businesses ensures that your money stays in your town, strengthening the local economy. That money can be re-invested in the community in a variety of ways.
Additionally, many local solar installers source their materials from other local companies, which means you’re making an impact in more ways than one. So, if you have the choice, try to go with a local company. It will always mean so much more to them that you’ve chosen them for your needs.
KC Solar Is Your Local Solar Installation Team in Missouri and Kansas
If you are looking for the best solar company in Kansas City, look no further than KC Solar. We are your local Kansas City solar panel installation experts. Once you schedule a no-pressure site visit, our experts will help you understand what solar system specifications would be best for your home or business.
KC Solar is the only local solar company in Kansas City with KC natives who own and operate the daily activities of the business. What does that mean for you? We care about you because we care about this city. And we are here to be your local Missouri solar and Kansas solar installers.
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