Solar panels on a home are an investment that require thought and planning to make an informed decision about what’s best for a consumer and their family. When choosing an installer or contractor, consumers should make sure that they do their homework, ask the right questions, and obtain bids from at least three solar contractors.
Using a professional, licensed contractor to install a solar electric system can prevent problems with the system caused by improper installation and maintenance. Consumers should make sure their installer has the appropriate certifications and licenses before installing a solar electric system. 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 Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association also maintain lists of member installers.
Questions to Ask a Solar Installer or Contractor
Before choosing an installer or contractor, consumers should ask the right questions and verify some information so they can make an informed decision.
What Should a Solar Bid Include?
See what elements should be included on the bid a consumer receives from the solar installer or contractor.
The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) requires licenses and certifications for solar installations.