Choosing an Installer
or Contractor

Using a professional, licensed contractor to install your solar electric system can prevent problems with the system caused by improper installation and maintenance. Professional installers can also help with paperwork for tax credits and rebates. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) maintains a list of certified system installers. The South Carolina Solar Council and the South Carolina Solar Business Alliance also maintain lists of member installers.

Installing solar panels on your home requires a large investment and a great deal of thought and pre-planning. When choosing a contractor, make certain that you do your homework, ask the right questions, and obtain bids from at least three solar contractors. You want to do everything possible to ensure you have enough information to make an informed decision about what’s best for you and your family.

Information You Should Verify

  • Does the contractor have any complaints pending at the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Contractor’s Licensing Board?
  • Is the contractor affiliated with and/or have membership with local, state and/ or national organizations relevant to the work they are doing?
  • Does the contractor have reviews on the Better Business Bureau website?
  • Does the contractor have workers’ compensation and liability insurance, and if so, how much?

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