How To Choose a Good Solar Installer
Mike "Tech Overlord" Collette
Choosing a Solar Installer can be the most challenging part of your solar buying process. The good news is that there are plenty of solar installers out there. The bad news is there are lots of bad apples in that bunch. Many Solar Installers simply vanish along with your warranties to never be found again. Others do a horrible job of installing your Solar Panels - ranging from faulty electrical wiring and unaligned panels to even leaving holes in your roof!
What To Look For In a Solar Installer
Any installer that you consider when conducting solar company reviews should meet a few basic characteristics:
Your installer should have multiple years expertise in installing solar energy systems. They should understand the many brands of Solar Panels, Racking, Inverters, Energy Storage Systems and more. Solar Wolf Energy has installed hundreds of Solar Systems of all types. We know the Solar industry better than almost anyone!
Solar Wolf Energy prides ourselves on being technical and detail-oriented with our expectations for installation quality. Our electricians and installers are skilled in entering roof arrays down to the inch, bending the conduit to follow the natural roof and soffit curves when interior conduit run is not possible, and will go so far as painting conduit to match the color of the roof or siding to minimize visibility to the customer.
Licenses and Insurance
Solar installers should have all necessary business licenses and insurance policies, which vary by state and occasionally local jurisdiction. Typical business licenses for solar installers include general contracting, electrician, home improvement, or home performance contracting licenses. At a minimum, installers should also have general liability insurance. Rest assured, Solar Wolf Energy has all the necessary licenses and insurance needed!
Track Record and Experience
Solar is a growing industry that attracts professionals from many backgrounds. Contractors that once focused on other types of projects are extending their practice into solar installation. When conducting solar reviews, make sure your installer has an established solar track record. A solar provider should be able to discuss and show you systems installed for previous clients.
Our Chairman and CEO Ted Strzelecki has a lengthy career in the construction arena, and is part of several businesses that have scaled and successfully matured over time. His adept construction experience includes some projects of exceptionally high profile and incredible risk. Working with the governor's office, Ted was honored to be a part of the top-tier management of a $54 million project to demolish, remodel, update and expand a drinking water treatment plant that served over 2 million citizens. Ted brought his job in on budget and ahead of schedule. It is but just one of the heavy civil jobs he has felt honored to be a part of and complete. With this and many other qualifications, Solar Wolf Energy's leader can assure a quality product, installation and continued service with integrity.
Reputation in The Industry
Solar company reviews from past customers are great for evaluating installers, but they can be misleading. Customers providing ratings and reviews are unlikely to be a representative sample relevant to you. However, ratings and reviews can provide a check on bad behavior – a pattern of customer complaints is probably an indication that you should work with a different installer.
Purchasing a Solar System is a big decision and you want to choose a solar company that meets your needs and keeps its promises. You can put your trust in Solar Wolf Energy! Just look at our reviews and installation pictures!
What Distinguishes The Best Installer
After ensuring the standards above, the question becomes how to choose a solar installer when you have multiple good options. The best solar installers have three qualities:
1.) Workmanship Warranties
Workmanship warranties are specific to the work of designing and constructing the solar energy system, and generally range from 1 to 10 years. While you can sometimes purchase a separate contract for the operation and maintenance of your solar panel system, in most cases, it is better to pay for an installation from a qualified installer with a solid workmanship warranty.
Solar Wolf Energy offers an incredible 20+ Year Warranty so we'll be with your for a very long time. We like to be a leader in the industry and our warranty proves that.
2.) No Sub-Contractors
Solar installers sometimes rely on sub-contractors to perform specific tasks during an installation. Solar Wolf Energy does all of our installations in house. You'll never have to worry about us sub-contracting out your job. If you choose Solar Wolf as your installer you are getting our extremely skilled team!
3.) 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. Solar Wolf Energy is there at every step of the way. We'll walk you through the process step-by-step, from the initial plans to the permits and paperwork. Our solar installers will determine the best design for your home or business while maximizing federal, state, and utility incentives.
It's time for you to take advantage of the sun's powerful energy, gain financial freedom, and finally eliminate that forever rising electric bill!
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