Any business or homeowner seeking to make a switch to the full or hybrid application of solar energy must make sure to select the most appropriate solar power company to carry out the essential installation. Some companies may specialize in commercial installations while others focus solely on home solar power configurations. Others may offer both. With solar energy becoming increasingly popular in recent years, many companies now appear in the market offering a varying degree of services. To the uninitiated choosing, a solar company in Lahore can be quite challenging. There are several questions to pose and answer to arrive at an informed position.
What Criteria Identifies a Good Solar Company?
Simply stated, a good solar power company will not focus sales energy on a specific product or products but will assess the building’s requirements discussing these needs with the owner. Be wary of companies that, right off the bat, recommend a specific solar power system. This may be the company’s method for selling their highest-priced product regardless of the building’s requirements. A company truly seeking to make the best fit will explain the process to a building owner showing what needs to be accomplished to meet energy requirements. This company will seek to find a system that not only meets energy requirements but will also fit an owner’s budget. A good solar company understands the need to obtain life-long repeat customers who return to enhance or replace solar systems when needed.
Should a Solar System be Custom Fitted?
There are many products on the market that are acceptable “as is” or “off the rack.” Solar systems are not one of those products. Therefore, although companies may offer a base product, a good one should always advertise that their systems will be custom fitted to meet specific energy needs. Although the term “custom-fitted” might be considered expensive as well, in the long run buying a standard solar energy system may be far more costly if it does not meet the requirements. This is especially true if the goal is to convert the present energy system totally to solar power. Never settle for companies that only offer to sell and install equipment they have on hand. Contact a solar power company that offers to design a system that is specific to your own needs. There are other questions that when answered will help you make an informed decision.
What Type of Experience Does the Company Possess?
When examining a solar power company, keep in mind that regardless of the size of the firm, the more important consideration is can they deliver the needed system to fit the building’s energy needs? A company needs a good deal of experience offering potential customers verifiable testimony from satisfied clientele. Sure, every company has to have a start. But do you want a new solar power company to “road test” their services on you?
Do some online research about solar companies so you can learn everything you need to know about their services and equipment finding one best suited to meet your energy needs.
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Unfortunately, panels aren’t the only cost of residential solar power. Installation (labor and mounting parts) costs can run as high as $10,000 on some roofs for residential power systems. Since you’re spending a sizable amount of money, it’s important to make an informed decision about who you trust to install your expensive panels.
Most of the time, you’ll purchase your panels, any associated solar power parts, and your installation from one company. This one-stop shopping has many advantages and disadvantages.
The most obvious advantage is convenience. You can get everything at one stop. Another advantage is the financing options available from such large purchase and installation companies. Most large solar companies offer very affordable financing if you have good credit. Also, many solar companies will discount the cost of installation if you buy panels from them as well.
A big disadvantage is the tendency to stop “shopping around” when you find a company that offers everything at once. Large solar companies also tend to charge more for panels and offer a discount for installation. It appears you’re saving money, but if you look at panels separately you’ll find that many times they’re cheaper to buy on their own. If you do this, your installation may end up having a large price tag. When all is said and done, the average residential solar power system will cost between $25,000 to $40,000 dollars.
As a shopper, your first concern about your solar panel installation company should be quality. Installation is effective and safe IF everything is installed carefully and correctly. Furthermore, anyone who offers installation should be 100% bonded and insured. The company should have a permanent installation staff as well, NOT a group of temporary workers they taught to install panels.
What do you risk if you choose a sub-prime installer? First of all, you risk damage to your roof. Mounting solar panels is an art, and without proper flashing and installation, water can creep into your roofing system through the mounting brackets. This can cause thousands of dollars in damage your homeowner’s insurance probably won’t cover. If you choose a panel installation company that’s not insured, you can be held liable if a worker injures themselves. Plus, if something goes wrong down the road (i.e. a roof leak or a fallen panel), a fully insured company will pay for damages their installation caused to your home.
Your second concern will obviously be the cost of installation. An old adage that holds true today is: you get what you pay for. If you choose the cheapest company, you may not get everything you’re promised, or the installation will be sub-standard. Look for a company that has a fair amount of experience (10 years or more), and is willing to show you past projects they’ve completed. A truly responsible company will even let you talk to previous clients.
Installation is the biggest part of your solar power system. During installation, a lot can go wrong, and set your panels up for failure. Carefully research your installation company options to make sure your investment isn’t wasted on a poor installation.
Omar Ghani is an expert on solar power and did not need to hire a solar installation company because he did it himself. Learn how he built solar panels at home. Also, you can learn more about solar power by checking out his blog at Cellsol Group.