Guide to choosing the right Maryland solar power company for your home
November 28, 2021at4:00 PM
Your choice of solar installer matters a great deal. Switching to solar can be a huge investment and you want to make sure you’re working with a reliable company. For this reason, picking the right solar power company for your home may well be the most daunting aspect of the solar buying process.
If you’re feeling stumped by your choices or aren’t sure where to start, Solar-verse can help. As one of the leading solar power companies in Maryland, we know what goes into a quality solar installation process.
To help you cut through the noise, we’ve narrowed down how to choose a great solar company for your home into five simple steps.
1. Identify the type of solar company
You’ll come across different solar company types and it’s important to know which one you need at each stage of your journey to solar. The most common types you’ll likely encounter from your Google search are the solar panel manufacturers, the installers, the financiers, and the lead generators. If you’re looking to power your home with solar, you need solar installers.
There are also full-service solar providers — companies that handle the entire process of getting you set up with solar. They take care of everything from selling the solar panels to providing financing, even to performing the installation.
2. Check if the company is licensed and insured
Solar installation companies must hold a license from the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) before they can install solar panels. They also need to have adequate insurance coverage for the work that they do. This shields you from liability in the event of accidents and serious injuries that may occur on your property during the installation.
At Solar-verse, we make sure all of our installers are licensed and insured before they can take on any project. We also ensure that they adhere to best practices when installing your new solar array.
3. Review their credibility and reputation
Expert, experienced solar companies will have amassed a reputation for the quality of their services. What are previous customers saying about them? This will give you an idea of what to expect if you decide to hire them. For example, if you saw a pattern of negative reviews, that’s a huge red flag and you’re probably better off working with a different installer.
You can visit popular review sites like Yelp, Google, and BBB to get a glimpse into the credibility of a solar installer. Another option is to visit the company’s website and check out their testimonials page. If there’s no reviews page, the company should at least be able to furnish a portfolio of recently completed projects around your area. This way, you could go and see for yourself if you have the chance.
4. Ask about warranties
Photovoltaic systems are complex machines with dozens of different components working together to capture sunlight and translate it into energy for your home. Many of these components are covered by a warranty from the manufacturer. However, it’s still important to ask the installer about warranties. They should be able to explain each one, so you know what’s covered and what's not.
The installer should also provide a warranty for their workmanship. This tells you that they are confident in the quality of their work and they’re proud to stand behind it.
5. Consider other factors outside of price
It’s tempting to go for the lowest quote and save some money in the process. But choosing a solar power company based solely on price may cost you even more in the long run. While it’s very possible that the best solar installer for your home may also be the cheapest, there’s no way to know for sure if you focus only on the price. Conversely, the most expensive installer doesn’t guarantee that you’d be getting the highest quality either.
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Solar-verse is your one-stop resource when it comes to solar panel installation and assessments for homeowners and business owners in Maryland. Talk to us about your solar installation project today. Call (443) 455-0313 or fill out our contact form to get started with a free consultation.