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Solar Quotes & Solar Installation Buying Tips

    Solar quotes and solar installation can be a little daunting. This page is going to provide you with some solar buying tips. In previous pages we have covered what you need to know about solar and the different types of solar systems. This should give you an overview to help you know how to compare the quotes and products. The following information is going to assist you.

    What to Expect with a Solar Quote:

    With solar quotes, we will only arrange for reputable solar businesses to contact you. The reason for this is that we want to provide you with a fully explained, clear quote. Here are the buying tips for solar quotes:

    • A solar quote can be over the phone, or in person, and there are pros and cons with each
    • With a quote over the phone, the installation company should provide you with clear concise information

    They should ask pertinent questions about:

    • Current electricity bills
    • The number of persons living at the home / working at the business regularly
    • About your roof space (most will look your address up on something like Google Maps, to help measure workout how much sun your roof receives, and to measure the roof space available – this will help determine the size of the system that can be fitted on your roof

    You should ask pertinent questions, including:

    • Current electricity bills
    • The number of persons living at the home / working at the business regularly
    • About your roof space (most will look your address up on something like Google Maps, to help measure workout how much sun your roof receives, and to measure the roof space available – this will help determine the size of the system that can be fitted on your roof

    You should ask pertinent questions, including:

    • Does the company use its own staff or does it sub-contract? This is very important – as this is often where hidden costs can crop up. If they are using their own staff, you are only dealing the one company. You are not left chasing the solar company and the sib-contractor. If they do use sub-contractors, you will want them to address this situation
    • Ask them if there are any other costs that you may need to be aware of. There could be costs associated with upgrading parts or the entire meter box
    • Ask them if they need to measure your roof space? If the company hasn’t properly worked out how many solar panels can be positioned on your roof and in what configuration, there is the chance of additional costs during the solar installation phase
    • To be able to compare solar quotes, ask them what warranty is included with the solar panels, inverters and the solar installation workmanship

    When it comes to the solar installation phase, you want to make sure that you are dealing with licensed electricians. It is also advisable that the solar installation company is accredited by the Clean Energy Council. Finally, by asking for a pre-site inspection, it provides the opportunity for all of your questions to be answered and to discuss the placement of the solar panels and inverter. It also gives the solar installation company the chance to look at your roof space and your meter box. The end result should be no nasty surprises for your or the solar installation team.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We will be providing additional information about getting solar power installed over the coming months.

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