The explosive growth of the solar sector over the past couple of decades has led to countless solar companies popping up all around New York. If you’re interested in going solar, then one of the most important decisions you have to make is which installer you want to go with. Solar companies come in all shapes and sizes, but there are a few things you should look out for regardless of the size of the solar company. If you make the correct decision when it comes to selecting a solar panel installer, then the rest of your solar journey should be smooth and seamless.
This is the first box to check on your search for the best solar company in New York. It might seem a bit obvious, but it’s easy to let the simple things go forgotten! Make sure any prospective solar company is fully accredited and certified to perform solar panel installations in the state of New York. If you’re letting an installer put up panels on the roof of your home or business, you want to be sure they know what they’re doing. At YSG Solar, we’re NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified. This NABCEP certification is the gold standard for solar companies in New York, and across the United States.
Reviews, recommendations, referrals. These are all ways to verify the legitimacy of the different solar companies around New York. Sites like Yelp and Better Business Bureau are useful resources, allowing you to get an idea of the installer before you even make contact. Better yet, a personal recommendation from a friend, family member, or neighbor, can really be the seal of approval you need to commit to a company. In addition, YSG Solar offers a fantastic referral program which can benefit everyone. So if you know a past YSG customer, get in touch and ask them about their solar system, if they’re happy to refer you for our services, they can earn a nice reward for their recommendation.
#3. Home Visit
When it comes to solar, there can be a lot of information to wrap your head around. Especially if you haven’t really looked into a solar system before. Luckily, a good solar company is happy to help in any way they can. Transparency and customer service should be key and this means delivering all the necessary information in a format that you’re happy with. Phone conversations are convenient, but if you prefer a more personal touch, then a great solar installer should be willing to organize a home visit. This gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you want and get things completely straight before signing a contract.
Most solar companies around NYC and across the state of New York will generally offer a lengthy warranty of 20+ years. This is standard practice in the solar business as the systems are, thankfully, extremely durable and long-lasting. Warranties likely won’t differ hugely between solar companies, but it’s important to check all the details before signing. In addition, it’s likely that there will be different warranties for different pieces of equipment involved in your solar installation, so be sure to learn about these as well. Manufacturer warranties for things like the inverter, or a battery storage system, will differ from the broader warranty offered by the solar panel installer.
For those seeking to go solar, it’s likely that the potential for savings is a huge factor in the decision. With this in mind, it’s important that you understand how you can best finance your system to get as much value as possible out of the incentives and rebates involved. New York, like much of the United States, offers a host of fantastic financial incentives and tax rebates for solar consumers. Make sure the payment plan offered by your solar company is transparent, viable and, most importantly, cost-efficient. Solar offers great savings, so be sure to maximize those savings!
By Shane Croghan