The solar age has dawned. Solar energy is among the most cost-effective, abundant sources of energy on the planet.
The mainstreaming of solar has helped grow solar installation companies by the thousands. Although the vast majority of solar installer is sincere and qualified, some are better than others. And, like any industry, there are some bad eggs operating in the market.
So how to choose the best solar contractor for your home or business?
Fortunately, there are organizations that have already done the evaluation work for you. One group is Consumer Advocate which has researched the best solar companies in the United States based on in-depth reviews. Consumer Advocate’s ranking is based on the company products, services, customer experiences, and financing options. Check out the results of the research here. Zenernet, SunRun, Vivant Solar, Tesla, and SunPower top Consumer Advocate’s list.
I was made aware of Consumer Advocate’s solar research by Terrence Gordon whose contact information is linked to his picture a the bottom of this post.
In addition to Consumer Advocate’s research, there are a number of solar aggregators who help consumers to comparison shop. One such company is EnergySage which offers sound advice for evaluating solar contractors. In addition to the cost and value of a solar installation, the EnergySage website suggests the following minimum thresholds for a solar installer:
- Expertise, including NABCEP certification
- Licenses such as general contractors or electrical license
- Insurance with general liability at a minimum
- Track record and experience with a good reputation and references
Plus, the exceptional solar companies will provide strong warranties for the work, be collaborative (not pushy) during the sales process, and take the time to educate their clients on their solar options.
Now that solar technology is proven and cost-effective, business and homeowners need to make smart decisions about which solar contractors to hire. Do your research and comparison shop, so you can let the sunshine in.