Solar is one of the fastest growing industries in the world due to the ever-increasing demand for clean energy sources which can reduce carbon emissions. With more than 10,000 solar companies across the United States—employing an estimated 250,000 Americans—solar contractors are constantly seeking landowners and businesses to reap the economic and environmental rewards of going solar. However, with the abundance of solar companies seeking similar qualified properties, it poses a greater question for prospective consumers—how do I choose the right solar company for me?
Know Your Options
Solar installations are a long-term investment, therefore choosing a reputable solar company will ensure the best quality service and positive long-term results. Most solar companies offer similar services for residential landowners, but noting the experience, reputation, and quality of the company, as well as the financing options available, will enable you to make the best decision when choosing the right solar installation company.
Choosing experts in the field—with considerable experience and a strong background in the industry—is essential for any long-term investment. For solar companies in particular, time spent operating in the industry is an important indicator of whether or not that company will guarantee the warranty of your solar panels for its full duration. Warranties for solar panels typically last from 10 to 25 years, therefore choosing an experienced solar energy company is vital to ensure cost-free maintenance and repairs in the years to come. Consider the statistics and company credentials before committing to a solar installer. The more installations, the more experience the company has in providing ideal solar solutions for a broad range of customers.
A company’s customer satisfaction is largely reflected in their reviews and serves as a key component in verifying the company’s attitude towards their service and customers. By evaluating testimonials, you can easily distinguish top-rated companies in any industry. Project managers play an essential role in communicating with landowners and establishing the best direction for your solar installation. Finding professionals that care not only about their work, but their customers as well, is a must in the solar industry. However, it is important not to rely solely on reviews as some are reported to be false or misleading. Observe common complaints or repeated issues as this can be an indicator of your potential experience with a solar installer.
In the case of a long-term investment like a solar installation, the lowest price is not necessarily equivalent to the best option. There are currently three types of solar panels used in the solar industry with various efficiency and durability rates. Do your research and discuss which panels would be best for your project with any prospective solar company. Also be sure to ask solar companies about their past customers and portfolios to get a better sense of the solar equipment they have used on similar projects.
Reliable Financing Options
A major concern expressed by landowners is how to finance the transition to solar. The main financing options include green energy loans, leasing, and power purchase agreements. The best financing option is not set in stone and will vary from customer to customer. States such as New York offer solar tax credits and federal rebates for solar panels in addition to NYSERDA energy programs and incentives. Be sure to discuss company financing options, as well as state incentives, with prospective solar installers to ensure that you are fully informed and capable of making the best financial decision for your project.
Looking for an experienced, established solar company? Look no further. YSG Solar has been operating in the solar industry for over a decade, working on everything from residential rooftop installations to large solar farm projects. Call the office at 212.389.9215 or send us an email today to learn how much you could save with solar.
YSG Solar is a project development company responsible for commoditizing energy infrastructure projects. We work with long-term owners and operators to provide clean energy assets with stable, predictable cash flows. YSG's market focus is distributed generation and utility-scale projects located within North America.