As a consumer, you’ve either done your homework on solar options, or you’re one to leave it to the experts. Whether you’re one of them or the latter, when it comes to solar panel installation, understanding how solar power works and how the process takes place is important. It helps to know the right questions to ask when you are shopping for whole home solar energy systems.
Before your appointment with an installer or consultant, pull out your electricity bill and know how much electricity you use on an average monthly basis.
Things to look for:
You should also know how much you pay for electricity. Don’t worry if you don’t understand your energy bills; most people don’t. Your installer should be able to help you analyze your bill, not only so they can properly size your system, but also so you can better understand how your energy usage behavior impacts your bills. Having your bills available (they can almost always be downloaded from your utility’s website) is important for an accurate solar design.
Your goal is to find a reputable solar installation company that knows your community and will be able to provide timely, high-quality service you can trust. In addition to providing proof
of their licenses, the installer should be able to answer any questions about solar power as well as about their services.
Servicing Northern California, Westhaven is an ultra-reliable energy provider for residential and commercial, and we are fully licensed for all your needs. We know these times are challenging, so let us simplify it, and take it from here, so you can be on your way to free energy. But before we let you go, we want to arm you with 10 critical questions you must ask to help determine if an installer is right for you:
- Can you provide examples of local projects that you’ve built?
- What percentage of your business comes from referrals?
- Do you offer competitive finance options including loans and leases, as well as the ability for me to own the system outright?
- Have you performed a shade analysis at my site and incorporated that data into your performance projections?
- What is your workmanship warranty?
- What is your “handover” process? Do you train me on how to monitor and maintain the system? Do you offer a maintenance package?
- How long have you been in business?
- What key system products or manufacturers do you use and why do you select them? Are they the lowest price, best quality, or just something that’s easy to get?
- Are service contracts and warranties transferrable if I sell my home?
- Do you sub out any of the trades or will all of the installers at my home be your employees?