Home solar power is an investment. An investment in clean energy, a clean environment and the satisfaction of low or no utility bills. Residential solar power is the driving force behind the solar movement in the United States. While large-scale solar power hovers in environmental controversy, small-scale solar systems continue to flourish.
So there’s no shortage of residential solar installers offering their professional services to homeowners across the country. Those of us in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts and the ever-growing number of solar states are well aware of that fact. But regardless of where we live, when we choose to make the solar leap, we want to find the right kind of residential solar installer.
Solar installers are much like any remodeling contractor but with a more specialized talent. Still, you want experience, quality and a robust knowledge of the several variables involved in solar power installations today. That includes technical as well as financial details. The latter varies widely by region.
There are some stark differences between tax incentives for commercial and residential systems. Many installers are well aware of both, but extensive and credible experience in handling residential systems can’t hurt. You’ll find that residential installers are happy to advertise their expertise in that field.
Are They Registered with the State?
Registration with state and/or federal entities is also important. To qualify for tax incentives and rebates, most states require that your contractor is registered with the state government as a qualified installer. This accomplishes a few things. Firstly, it assures the state that it isn’t handing out money for poorly handled installations. Secondly, it acts as security for homeowners. If your solar installer is registered with the state, you can feel confident that you have, in fact, found the right kind of solar contractor.
A Pro By Any Other Name…
As I mentioned earlier, a solar installer is a contractor like any other. References, honesty, expertise and a presence in the community all contribute to the right kind of residential solar installer. Fortunately, solar power is an exciting, fast-growing industry in a time when environment is a major concern for everyone. In other words, being a solar installer is something to be passionate about, which creates a large – not to mention competitive – pool of solar installers for homeowners to choose from.