It might seem like solar panel removal would be a bit of a taboo topic in a community so heavily focused on renewable energy production, but the reality is that solar panels are just like any other piece of equipment attached to your home. Just like the occasional HVAC replacement, it’s entirely possible that you will need to remove your solar panels for one reason or another at some point.
Finding a reliable contractor is crucial to make your solar dream a reality. Hiring a fly-by-night installer is a very quick way to turn your solar dream into a nightmare – so how do you make sure you pick a good company?
Image: Yes, these guys are drilling holes in your roof.
Looking at solar company reviews should be your first step in picking who you do business with. By themselves reviews on the internet aren’t worth all that much, but they’re a good starting point. While you should never make a decision off the back of a single review, the general tone of things should provide you with a solid idea of a company’s reputation and character. Take note of things that crop up a lot – if a dozen people are all saying the same thing, that’s a good sign that you’ll have a similar experience. If a company has responded to a review you can use the quality and tone of that response as another measure to help you form an initial opinion.Continue reading
With such a high popularity, it should be no surprise that there are hundreds of solar installers in the state, all vying for your business. Whilst this means you’re spoilt for choice, it also means it can be hard to pick someone out of the crowd. We’ve taken a look at the available options, to try and help you find the best solar panel companies in California.
When you’ve committed to getting a solar panel installation, the very first thing your installer will do is perform a detailed site evaluation. Solar panels are not a one-size-fits-all solution – there are many factors that needs to be taken into account when designing a solar system to make sure it meets your needs. The evaluation is intended to answer these questions:
Each of the best solar companies has its own unique story and even among the five largest installation companies in the US, the number of systems installed in a year varies dramatically. To help you in this process, we’ve created this cheat sheet comparing the top 5 residential solar companies. We look at the companies’ age and size, customer reviews, and offerings to homeowners.
When deciding on what solar company to work with, you must look at a variety of factors – not just total installation cost– to ensure that your installation and the company continue to meet your needs throughout the life of your agreement.
As someone who has always embraced change, I have been fascinated with the idea of anything new. I am usually the first in my circle to buy new technologies and while some things didn’t work out so well (remember the fizzle of the Laserdisc?), for the most part I’ve been ahead of the pack.
That is except for solar power.
Leveraging Google’s already awesome aerial mapping like in Google Earth, Project Sunroof makes it possible to check and see how much you could save at a glance if you were to go solar – as long as you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno, or Boston, MA.
The idea is brilliant. Because we can trust google to be impartial, am I right?
You know you should check into solar, but it can feel a little scary filling out forms and asking on a solar company to do an estimate, even though you know it’s free. Maybe because it’s free. And so you put it off. What if they strong-arm you into feeling you should do something, and you’re not sure if it makes sense. What if going solar sounds too good to be true. Is solar really right for me? The more these questions pile up, the less you want to ask for an estimate. So you just put off even checking it out.
Great question. Before you commit to installing solar you want to know you’re working with a quality company.
Like finding any other product or service it’s just a matter of knowing where to look. But there are also a few important factors that can influence your choice of solar installer, most importantly whether you want to pay cash or lease a system. We’ve written about this before here so you may want to take a look before reading this: The Advantages of Paying Cash for Solar Systems.
If you’re looking at a solar leasing offer you may want to go with a big, national, reputable solar company. On the flip side if you’re paying cash it may make sense to go with a smaller but reputable local installer.Continue reading
If you’re considering solar panels for your home, your first question is likely “what’s the cost?” Solar is a great idea for many people, since it cuts down on utility bill costs, raises the overall value of your house and contributes to green, renewable energy. However, homeowners still need to calculate the total cost of installing solar panels, and whether that works for their budget.
The good news is that the cost has fallen by a lot, and they’re much cheaper than they were even a decade ago. Home solar has been consistently growing over the past three years, with annual growth rates over 50 percent from 2012 to 2014.
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, as of 2013, it cost a little over $20,000 to install panels (a lot has changed since 2013), half of what it used to cost in 2005. But when you ask, “how much do solar panels costs?”, what you’re really asking is how much it costs to put them on your roof.Continue reading