Home solar power is moving into the mainstream. Nowadays, going solar is not dissimilar to many other home improvement projects, whether it’s replacing your roof, renovating your kitchen, or building a deck. What’s the best way to find a company you can trust to install your solar panels? Use a solar installer that has earned the EnergySage seal of approval.
How does EnergySage evaluate and choose its solar installers?
The EnergySage Solar Marketplace has more than 500 pre-screened solar installers from across the country offering solar quotes to U.S. homeowners. But what does it mean to be “pre-screened”? Before they can receive the EnergySage seal of approval, we evaluate every solar installer to ensure that they’ll provide quality service to EnergySage users. These high-quality installers are approved based on the following criteria:
Years of experience
Solar is a growing industry that attracts professionals from many backgrounds, and contractors that once focused on other types of home projects are starting to move into the solar industry. Before an installer can join EnergySage, we verify that they have several years of legitimate experience designing and installing solar panel systems and confirm that they have multiple successful solar installations under their belt.
Licensed and insured
The necessary business licenses and insurance policies that a solar installer needs to hold differ from state to state. Occasionally, local jurisdictions will impose additional requirements that installers need to fulfill. When a solar installer wants to join the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, we check to verify that they are appropriately licensed and insured for the areas in which they operate.
Reputation in the market
Working with a solar installer should always be a positive experience. To ensure that everyone on EnergySage receives excellent customer service and a high-quality solar installation, we examine every installer’s industry track record, including their company reviews, before granting them the EnergySage seal of approval.
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) offers the leading certification program for solar installers, known as the Solar PV Installation Professional Certification.
While NABCEP certification is not a firm requirement for entry into the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, we ask every installer if they are NABCEP-certified. Some installers who have been working in the solar industry since before NABCEP was formed in 2002 may not be certified, and may be granted the EnergySage seal of approval based on their lengthy track record instead. Any installer without the NABCEP certification has to demonstrate to us that they have significant solar industry expertise.
Characteristics of the best solar installers
All of the solar installers on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace meet the criteria listed above. When it comes down to deciding between two good solar installers, how do you determine which one is the best?
The best solar installers will stand behind their installations by offering a workmanship warranty, which is specific to the work of designing and constructing the solar energy system. Workmanship warranties are distinct from warranties for solar equipment, and generally range from one to 10 years.
Trusted advisor on energy system design
Going solar is a significant investment in your home, and you should have a strong, trusting relationship with your installer. The best installers will work with you to understand how solar fits within the energy system of your home or business. The best solar installers are guides and advisors – you should feel comfortable asking your installer questions every step of the way.
No high-pressure sales tactics
Going solar is an excellent but significant home decision, and not something to be rushed along by a potential solar installer. High-pressure sales tactics are much more common among the large solar leasing companies in the country, so be on the lookout and always read the fine print before signing. If you feel overly rushed by a solar installer, chances are they aren’t the right one for you.
If you’re considering going solar, but haven’t yet thought through the economics of it fully – try our Solar Calculator today. Once you’re ready to get competing quotes from local installers, join the EnergySage Solar Marketplace.