Starting the process of going solar can be a daunting ordeal. You are bombarded with messages like Get a quick quote right now, Get a quote in under 60 Seconds, and Sign-up now and lock in your price. It is so easy to get overwhelmed by all of the quick sale marketing tactics!
Like any home improvement, deciding which company to go solar with is more important than when you sign the dotted line. Choosing the right solar company ensures your system's quality, reliability, and longevity.
Granite State Solar President, Paul Lesure states, “Solar can add a lot of value to your home, but just like every other home improvement you want to take the time and make the right decision on who to work with. We all offer solar systems” Paul continues “but it is the final installed product and the company behind the process that makes the difference.”
We want to make sure you’re confident that the company you choose offers great workmanship and has your needs fully covered to protect the investment you make in your home. That's why we've created a list of 4 things you should consider before deciding who to get a quote from.
(We always recommend doing your own independent research! )
1. Local Support For your Solar Journey
We have all been there before, stuck on hold for 3 hours waiting for a customer service representative located halfway across the country to answer our very simple question… It is beyond frustrating!
When you’re making a long-term investment in your home, you should know where to go and who will be there to help if an issue ever arises. Does your company have an in-state office location and personnel? Though most solar systems are reliable, things happen and having a local team to support you is important.
After you have signed the dotted line, you must go through a permitting process. Because your solar array will be tied into the grid, you have to get approval from the Public Utility Commission and possibly your municipality before your project can start construction.
Like all bureaucracy, there can be a lot of red tape. Each town municipality has its own rules and regulations. It can be quite the minefield as many towns are rapidly changing their requirements for solar installations!
But after 15 years working with municipalities across the state and the PUC, our permitting team has the process down to a science. You shouldn’t have to worry about this being done correctly the first time.
The solar market is booming across the state, and we are seeing new companies pop up all the time. Unfortunately, we also see many of these companies leave the industry just as quickly as they arrived.
We consistently receive maintenance requests from customers who got their solar array installed by a company that went out of business years ago. Your solar array is built to last for decades. Like all technology, it will need service here or there throughout the years. It is important to make sure the solar company you are signing with has the track record indicating it will be around decades after your solar array is installed.
4. Installation Team Staffing
The installation team that will assemble your solar array also has rules and regulations regarding who is performing the work and who will be onsite! For every team, there must be one licensed electrician onsite for every two apprentices. Solar companies that staff their installation teams and subcontractors locally are better able to maintain the credibility of their teams.
This ensures that your installation process runs smoothly, and the work is done correctly, giving you peace of mind.
Want to know more about our process? Give us a call at 603-369-4318 to talk to a solar specialist or book a free and in-person site visit here!
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