How To Choose a Solar Provider
When first considering a solar panel installation for your Ann Arbor home or place of business, you may be scratching your head about the requirements, the suitability of your roof and property, the cost, the installation, and more. That’s why you need a qualified solar panel company such as A2 Solar Source to support you through the process.
You may also be wondering how to go about choosing a solar panel provider. This article is meant to guide you through the process of choosing the right Ann Arbor solar panel contractor by providing you with a few best practices.
Location, location, location
Solar panel companies that are located in the same region as your property will have a better understanding of the city’s laws, zoning ordinances and requirements for setting up a new solar panel installation. This can be extremely advantageous when it comes to designing the system and gaining the necessary permits from local authorities. State-by-state requirements for the type of solar panel equipment that can be installed also varies. An Ann Arbor-based solar panel contractor will have the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure a compliant system that follows all required regulations.
Does the Ann Arbor solar panel company pick up when you call or call you back right away, and respond to emails? Or do you have a hard time getting in touch? When you’re in the midst of a solar panel system proposal, design, and installation, if you can’t get in contact when you have questions it will be extremely frustrating. Does the professional you speak with address all of your concerns and explain all steps in the process, or do you feel like you’re bothering them? You can typically tell within a few minutes of speaking with a solar contractor if you’ll enjoy working with them. Any respectable solar panel contractor in Ann Arbor will provide you with excellent client service throughout the entire process.
The Ann Arbor solar panel provider should have obtained all necessary licenses and permits to perform the solar installation. These requirements will vary state to state. In Michigan, there are no specific solar licensing requirements, but to install solar photovoltaic systems the solar panel provider needs to be licensed as an electrical contractor.
Experience in solar panel installations
Use caution when choosing a solar provider that only specializes in hooking up specific appliances to solar power, for example a water heater. Often, these providers have little to no experience with installing an entire rooftop solar array, which requires a very different set of skills and expertise. Similarly, although only an electrical license is legally needed in Michigan, choosing an electrical contractor to install your solar panels is not advised if they have no experience installing solar systems. These types of general electrical contractors may have years of experience with general electrical work, but this is very different than mounting a rooftop solar panel installation.
Taking the time to interview and vet the Ann Arbor solar panel contractor will be well worth it in the end. At A2 Solar Source, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about working with us as your trusted solar company!