How to Choose a Solar Installer
Professional credentials. Some organizations train installers by guidelines set by the North America Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP). A licensed electrician should be a part of your solar PV installation at all times.
For solar hot water heating, a licensed plumber is necessary for an installation on your home. Real world solar experience is necessary when seeking a solar installer and customer references are highly suggested.
Training. Training is a necessary part of any professional service. Highly trained and experienced installers are important for your solar project.
Experience. Find out how many systems similar to yours the installer has designed and installed. New products enter the market and new regulations are established every year. A solar installer who has performed several recent installations should be familiar with the newest products and the latest code issues.
Variety and quality of equipment. Variety and quality are important, but it’s even more important to find the best solution for your project. Research the inverter and other components to ensure that they meet industry standards such as UL. Don’t forget to check out the product warranties.
Service agreements. Installers should provide a service agreement for your project. Make sure you discuss what services they will provide and for how long. Will they be available to troubleshoot a problem? Determine who will be responsible for maintaining the system. What kind of orientation will the installer provide for your solar project? Many installers will agree to a site visit at least once a year to check the system's performance. Most homeowners benefit from a service maintenance contract in the early years to ensure optimal performance. Online monitoring is a great tool to help you understand how your system is performing.
Incentives. Incentives are an important part of the purchase of your solar array. Do your homework on what is available in Georgia. An installer that understands the incentives, knows that there is more to your project than just designing a good system.
A comprehensive on-site, solar assessment and two-way interview can help ensure a thoughtfully designed and well-planned installation. Feel free to ask questions.
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The Georgia Solar Energy Association, comprised of leading experts in solar manufacturing and installation, academia, finance, and the law is leading the effort in Georgia to promote the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy through education, advocacy and industry support.
We've put together these resources to help inform our members, and the broader public.