So you’ve already done some research on going solar in Maine, and you and your family are excited to start enjoying benefits like lower utility bills, greater energy independence, and a reduced carbon footprint. Now what?
Well, if you want to ensure a smooth and simple process as you make the switch to clean solar energy, it’s important to choose the right solar contractor from the beginning. Choosing a solar contractor is a little different from choosing other types of home contractors, so we’re sharing with you these four key things you need to consider when looking for the right solar provider.
Are they local?
While there are many nationwide solar companies out there, none of them can provide the level of customer service, local expertise, and ongoing support that a local solar company can. If you want to go solar here in Maine, for example, you need a solar installer who understands Maine’s solar policy, code requirements, and how to design a system to withstand Maine’s snowy winters. In addition to familiarity with the climate, you want a solar contractor that is up to date with which incentives and rebates you may qualify for in your area.
What is their sales process like?
Solar panels for your home should be a carefully considered investment, and the last thing you should feel is pressured into making a rushed decision. The right solar contractor will put your interests first and give you the information you need to make the decision that makes the most sense for you, with no obligation.
At Maine Solar Solutions, we take a consultative approach with our customers. We will educate you about how solar works, answer all of your questions, and present multiple system options based on the information we gather during your free solar site assessment. During our no-pressure process, we welcome your feedback and will do everything we can to design a solution that meets your budget and renewable energy goals.
Are they knowledgeable & certified?
Solar electric system design and installation requires a specialized skill set. Solar installations fall under both electrical and building codes and require the skills and expertise of trained solar panel installers and licensed electricians. As you talk to different solar installers, ask about their expertise and certifications.
Maine Solar Solutions’ installation team includes solar panel installers with expertise in the building trades as well as NABCEP certified solar installers and Maine licensed electricians.
What are their warranties & guarantees?
A well installed solar PV system should last more than 30 years, so it’s important to make sure the system is warrantied and guaranteed accordingly. Manufacturer warranties for solar panels and rooftop electronics are typically 25 years. Maine Solar Solutions has a 5 year installation warranty.
If you are a homeowner in Maine, take the first step in learning if a solar electric system makes sense for you — Maine Solar Solutions designs and installs innovative solar power systems for homeowners throughout Maine, from Belgrade to Belfast and everything south. We are here to help!