Solar Panel companies are popping up all over the place at the moment due to the increase in interest. So, how do you decide on the best company to use when installing Solar Panels? There are a few things that may help make this decision a little easier so check out our little helper points below:
- Location – It is advisable to choose a local business when installing solar panels because if you have any issues with the installation, or just need some maintenance support, having your installer just around the corner is far more reassuring than a company 80 miles away who may pop in if they’re passing.
- Certification – Ask your potential installer if they are certified. Make sure you find out the accreditations that the supplier has as this will highlight how qualified and professional they are. The Micro Generation Certification Scheme (MCS); Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC); Independent Warranty Association (IWA); NICEIC and The National Association of Professional Inspectors & Testers (NAPIT) are all accreditations to look out for when choosing a supplier.
- Company History – It is always good to research and find out a bit about the company – i.e. how long they have been established, client testimonials and the accreditations they have. Quite a few Solar Panel companies have only recently emerged so judging them on their time in the industry may not be reflective of how good they are as a company.
- Cost – Solar Panel installation costs will vary considerably so its advisable to get quotes from more than one company that provide high quality installation of solar panels. It is also important to understand if a quotation is higher – why it is the case. It may be that a higher quality panel or invertor is being used – or indeed it may be a larger installation. Trying to get a true like for like quotation is tough, so it is worthwhile talking to the companies who provided the quote after receiving it to ensure that you understand fully what is being quoted for and how that may differ from their competitors.
- Warranty – Most high quality solar panel installers will give around 5 – 10 years warranty and the length of warranty that they are willing to provide will be reflective of the quality of their work. The more warranty that they give shows the confidence that they have in their product and installation therefore this is a great indication on whether they are a good company to use for your Solar Panel installation. It is highly recommended to find a company that provides a long warranty and support – as this will be invaluable during the lifetime of your installation.