Nationwide Home Solar Power Contractors and Information
Without proper installation, even the most high-end solar devices can fall short of their potential. That's why finding a qualified solar contractor is so important. To emphasize this point, we consulted Eric Piekarczyk, a managing consultant for The Solar Company. The Solar Company's mission is to make going solar an effortless mission for the homeowner. They do this through quality installs, for systems that are productive as well as attractive.
According to Eric, a solar contractor should meet homeowners' needs, taking individual concerns into consideration. These concerns usually revolve around 3 points: your reasons for going solar, your concerns about appearance, and your concerns revolving around lifestyle and family. If a contractor is only interested in technical matters and none of the above, chances are you should hire someone else.
"Many people look for the cheapest price, but fail to consider the long-term cost. Make sure your contractor is meeting your needs."Eric mentions the following important components to a quality install:
When the right factors are in place, homeowners usually get a sense of confidence that a contractor will provide quality service. Trust your instinct, but also trust in the recommendations of others. Eric highly recommends checking customer referrals.
"Previous customers give honest information," he states. "Check the contractor's license information at www.cslb.com."
According to Eric, if previous customers weren't happy, you probably won't be either. Referrals can give a wide range of information. Was the contractor available when something went wrong? Was the contractor courteous? Timely? While the contractor will always put up a positive front to begin with, referrals come with the benefit of telling the whole story.
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The system was installed as promised and works great, wish I had done this years ago. Love watching the meter run backwards.
The roof estimater was impressive and returned a quote below the setimated insurance setlement. The Solar estimate was above my expectations but the worked it to my satisfaction.