If you are concerned about global warming and would like to do your part to help the environment you are an ideal candidate for a solar energy system. By harnessing the abundant power of the sun, consumers who install solar can convert to a green, renewable source of energy and in some cases eliminate their monthly payment to the local electric utility company. Additionally, by providing your own power you will avoid the all too common annual electric rate price hikes.

When you are considering a solar installation you should carefully select the best contractor for the job. It's important to select a vendor who has a proven track record and the technical expertise to get the work done right. There are always new developments in solar technologies and you want to know your contractor is on top of the latest system improvements.

Check Your Contractor's Licensing

It's important to make sure you contractor is properly licensed. Each state typically has an agency such as a Contractor's License Board or a Department of Consumer Affairs that is responsible for licensing contractors who are operating in your area. You can look on-line to see if the contractor's license is valid and up to date. In addition, these state agencies often allow you to view adverse actions or complaints filed against the company. If your contractor is not properly licensed or has a lot of complaints, you should not hire them for your home solar project.

Research the Contractor's Business

Contractor's come and go all the time so you'll want to make sure the company you select has been in business for at least 5 years. It's also critical to spend time researching on-line reviews and feedback from customers just like you. Often you will see something mentioned in a review which will lead you to ask follow up questions when you interview the contractor. If the business has a lot of great reviews you should be able to get a really good feeling for their reliability and quality of work.

Verify Their Worker's Compensation and General Liability Insurance

It's critical to check that your contractor carries full worker's compensation and liability insurance coverage. Their worker's compensation policy would be used to pay for a worker's injuries and medical treatment if they are hurt while working on your job. If the business doing your solar installation does not have adequate worker's compensation insurance you could be responsible for medical bills if a worker falls or is otherwise injured. General liability insurance covers potential damage to your property while the job is being done. You will want to ask for and see a binding certificate of insurance proving the coverage.

What is the Warranty on Your New Solar Energy System

When you are paying for a solar energy system, you want to make sure that your investment will last for a long time. Some contractors offer excellent warranties that guarantee their work and the products used for 15 years. You should make sure that your warranty covers both workmanship and the installation of the system. 

If you are looking for an energy solution that will help the planet and help keep your utility costs down, then a solar energy system could be the perfect answer. Solar installations can provide green, reliable power for years to come and can also increase the value of your home.

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