So, you’ve decided to harness the most powerful energy source we have—the sun. Excellent decision! There’s no time like the present.
For most people, a solar energy system is the most substantial addition they will make to their house. It’s a large project that takes planning. And there’s a lot to learn. You should ask a lot of questions. You’re adding value to your largest asset; you should look into it!
We have compiled questions to ask a solar installer before you select a company. The most important decision you make when going solar is choosing the right company to trust with your unique energy needs and circumstances.
Questions to ask:
- Are you local?
- Do you do your own installations and service work?
- Are you a solar company?
- Are you a local solar company that does its own installations and service work?
Why are these questions important? Customer satisfaction doesn’t matter to every solar company. Paso Robles-based A.M. Sun Solar, locally owned and operated for over 20 years, is the top installer on the entire Central Coast! And when it comes to servicing any problems, we usually take less than a few days to fix a problem. The other guys can take months. Would you hire a car mechanic 100 miles away? Would you hire a plumber 100 miles away?
A.M. Sun Solar has a walk-in policy if you have questions for our dedicated customer service representatives. You can come in and ask questions about your billing and our consultants are available to help as well.
- What power consumption profile did you use to design my solar energy system?
If you are home during the day using electricity, you’re going to put less power onto the grid. You’re going to use some of your solar and the extra will go back to the grid or to storage. If you’re not home using energy from 9 to 5, almost all of your electricity will send your meter backwards and it’ll go to storage. So, you’re going to need more storage to hold all your solar power for nighttime usage.
A.M. Sun Solar looks at your usage history from the last year to help predict the future and give you a good energy estimate.
- What’s my electric bill going to be after the solar?
Another way to ask this question is, How much power am I going to be buying from the grid? Your solar company should help estimate that. We’ll consult with you to figure out what your future energy use will likely be.
- What financing options do you offer?
We offer more finance options than most of our competitors. Take a look at this.
“We are a solar company that works with finance companies,” said Mark Miller, A.M. Sun Solar founder and partner. “We’re not a finance company that does solar.”
- Is it better to lease or buy solar?
If you have the cash, it’s better to buy. It helps you avoid escalating interest rates. Only if you buy do you qualify for a federal tax credit. The next best option is a loan with the lowest interest rate possible. Learn more reasons why here. And what about PPAs? Check out this.
- More common questions to ask
- Are you NABCEP-certified, licensed, bonded, and insured?
- What size solar system do I need?
- What rebates or tax credits are available to me?
- Can I pay it off early?
- What warranty protection do you have?
- What does solar do to the value of my property?
- How much will it cost to add a solar battery?
- How earth-friendly is solar?
- Will you share references of satisfied customers?
Reputable solar companies will be happy to answer these and any other questions and supply answers that make sense.
Still have questions? Click here for more common solar questions, and more importantly, answers!
When you’re ready to make the switch to solar or if you’re thinking about adding panels or storage, A.M. Sun Solar offers free consultations! We are no-pressure, local people with outstanding customer service. We will come out and explain all of this to you in relation to your unique needs, for free!
Our team is waiting to talk to you about the best energy solution for your needs. Fill out the form below to schedule your FREE solar consultation!
More about A.M. Sun Solar
A.M. Sun Solar is the local leader in custom solar solutions and installations on the Central Coast. For over two decades, A.M. Sun Solar has provided high quality, cost efficient solar energy to residences and small businesses in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Frenso and Kern Counties. With a wide variety of financing solutions available, affordable pricing, custom solutions and complete installations from permit to interconnection, A.M. Sun Solar is the go-to local solar company on the Central Coast.
Connect with us today at firstname.lastname@example.org, (805) 772-6786, or fill out the form below to get a FREE on-site consultation with one of our friendly solar experts.