For a lot of people, the most exciting part of the solar journey is the day of installation. After all the research and planning, it’s finally time to see those shiny new panels up on your roof. By this stage, you should be totally informed about your new solar system and what it means for your energy supply going forward. With this in mind, let’s look at a few key items to tick off ahead of installation day.
You should have checked this off way back at the start of the solar journey, but just in case, make sure that your solar panel installer is fully accredited and certified before letting them install the solar system on your home or business. Make sure your installer is NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified, so you can rest easy on the big day.
Before the system is installed, it doesn’t hurt to quickly review the plans and designs to ensure that you’re getting exactly the solar system you wanted, and agreed to initially. It’s not uncommon for these plans and designs to change in the lead-up to the install date as a result of external factors or unforeseen circumstances. As long as your solar panel installer keeps you informed throughout the process, and you agree to any changes, then you will get the system you want on the day of install. It’s also a good idea to double-check that the panels, inverter, and any other technology involved are coming from the manufacturer you agreed upon.
A big draw for lots of consumers who decide to go solar is the financial benefit of installing a solar system. The installation of a solar panel array can offset your electricity bill, earn tax credits, and even increase the value of your property as well. Before the day of installation, make sure you’re fully informed about your plan for financing the system, and how you can avail of the rebates and incentives associated with solar come tax season.
Different solar companies will have different approaches when it comes to carrying out the work involved in a solar installation. Some will use their own contractors, others will use subcontractors, many will use some combination of both. No approach is inherently better than the others, and an installer exclusively using their own contractors is not necessarily a guarantee of quality. Before your installation, just make sure that the people putting your panels up are certified and reputable.
Again, this is simply a case of double-checking prior agreements and information before the panels go up on your roof. Most solar panel installers offer warranties lasting upwards of 20 years. Clarify the warranty offered by your installer and be certain about what is covered by this warranty. It’s also a good idea to check the manufacturer warranty for the panels and other pieces of equipment involved in the installation of the system, as these generally differ from the warranty offered by the installer.
By Shane Croghan