“When shopping around for installations, should I focus on the quality of the components or the quality of the installation team?”
In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the importance of high quality solar components. If you don’t choose the right inverters, panels, and racking systems, your installation simply won’t deliver:
- Best-case scenario, you’ll leave money on the table.
- Worst-case scenario, you may end up spending tons of money on costly repairs and maintenance.
However, when your installation is built and designed with the right solar components, you enjoy short payback periods, high ROIs, and decades of clean, free electricity.
Clearly, the parts you use matter a great deal. But are the components more important than the installation team?
Making the Case for Quality Installers & Solar ROI
So how important is the installation company that you use?
Well it turns out to be pretty important actually. Who you hire for your solar installation can have a tremendous influence on total costs, total savings, and total lifetime performance.
1. Solar Installation Costs
Is your solar installation team applying for the right incentives? A good installer should be able to help you find free money (tax credits, rebates, grants, etc.) to reduce the total cost of your solar PV installation.
In addition, a well-trained installer will also look for ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home or business. The less electricity you consume, the smaller the installation you need. The smaller the installation, the lower the cost.
Also, you want a solar installer that will help you apply for affordable financing. Some installers really push for solar leasing and PPAs. These financing vehicles definitely have their time and place. But ideally, you would look for an installer who walks you through all of the options – including low-interest solar loans. Despite their higher upfront costs, solar loans actually represent the most affordable way to finance a new installation.
2. Solar PV Performance & Savings
Ultimately, ROI is a measure of cost versus savings. You want an installer that brings down the upfront cost as much as possible. But you also want someone who delivers the highest savings.
In short, you want someone who is licensed, experienced, and knowledgeable.
Be wary of professional contractors who use a cookie-cutter approach to all installations. In order to maximize the return of your investment, your panels and installation must be custom designed from the bottom up. Every rooftop is different. And no two clients will have the exact same energy goals.
Equally important, you want a solar installer with verifiable testimonials from satisfied customers. If this contractor has consistently helped other clients reap the financial benefits of going solar, this is usually a good indication.
So Which Is More Important? Labor or Parts?
It’s ultimately a false choice. You want both.
- High quality parts in the hands of an amateur is like giving a Formula One racing car to someone who’s never driven.
- Low quality parts in the hands of an expert is equally bad. There’s only so much mileage one can get out of inferior solar components.
Fortunately, you won’t ever have to make this tough decision. Reputable installers typically use higher quality components. And the really good installers will walk you through their entire process from start to finish – 100% free of charge.
You really shouldn’t have to pay any money to begin exploring your solar options (so be wary of installers who charge a premium for this service).
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