What to look for in a solar installer

By Ben Delman on September 27, 2016

Solar has grown rapidly across the state, as more and more West Virginians are now thinking about going solar. If you are thinking about going solar, it is important that you select a contractor that will do a quality job.

When choosing an installer you should consider their level of experience, competence, and the products they use. You will also want to weigh their ability to provide you the best service and support before, during and after your solar installation.

All installation crews should have at least one, if not all, of their installation staff be NABCEP or RISE certified. This includes their electricians. You should ask the installer how much experience they have with installing systems that are similar to the one you want installed.

You will also want to ask your installer what components they offer and typically install. This is helpful if there is a specific type of component package or offering (e.g., American-made, high-efficiency, ground mount) you value. You should also research prospective installers by asking for references and looking at review sites such as Angie’s List.

Another way to go solar with confidence is to do so with a group. There are several solar co-ops open around the state. Click here to learn more.