Compare California Solar Companies
A guide to finding the right solar company…
Finding a solar company to install a solar array is a lot like finding the right contractor to remodel your kitchen. There are a lot of companies out there who can do the job, but only a few who will do the job exactly the way you want it done.
The following steps will help you sort expertly sort through the maze of companies and find the right one for you.
Step 1: Make a list of possible installers
Two ways to begin making this list are:
- Ask neighbors or nearby companies who have had solar panels installed
- Find solar installers in, or near, the town/city you live in. Find solar installers.
You should have a list of at least 5 solar installers after this process. It is difficult to be too discerning prior to contacting each company, so having a significant list of potential solar companies is important.
Step 2: Contact and Assess
You should have a pre-set list of questions you would like to ask each installer. Feel free to use our list of 7 questions to ask California Solar Companies. Some of the things you should learn through your initial contact are:
- Do they have enough experience to alleviate any concerns of competency? Typically a few years of business along with referrals they can provide you with should suffice.
- Are they certified solar installers?
- Are they licensed, insured and bonded?
A great way to keep this whole process in scope and organized is to store the basic information you’ve gathered in our company comparison system. You can create a free account and write down any and all notes/thoughts you have about each company. We’ll save all your information for you, attached to the company in question for as long as the process takes you. You can come back as many, or as few times, as necessary to make changes to your notes, delete companies or add them.
Step 3: Get quotes and solar assessments
Once you have whiddled down your list to around 3 companies, have each one come out to your home or business to provide an assessment of your rooftop, carport, or other area where you plan on placing your solar array. Any solar company worth their salt these days has the software available to tell you exactly how much electricity you will be able to produce with the area and aspect of your location.
Next, the company representative should be able to give you a quote to match the size of the solar array in question. They will likely give you multiple numbers, before incentives and after. Be sure you know which number you’re writing down and do the same for all of the companies you contact. This way, you will know you’re comparing apples to apples.
Step 4: Choosing your solar company
You will inevitably end up with more than one great candidate! Fact is, most people start solar companies to make the world a better place with their choice of career. So, right off the bat, you’re dealing with good people.
However, you will eventually need to wind up with just one. This last step involves a matter of taste and the use of your gut. Which company simply rubbed you the right way? Which solar company representative was the most pleasant to deal with (since you will deal with them again)?
Step 5: Be confident in your decision
The last step really isn’t so much a step as it is a method of relaxing. The solar industry has matured to the point where most solar companies out there are adept in this type of construction. Once you’ve weeded out the obvious bad apples, you should feel confident that you will get exactly what you’re paying for – clean energy and a way to cut your energy costs over the long run.