Don’t price shop:
With many solar contractors popping up a major sales tactic is low ball pricing. While this is an enticing option for the consumer, it’s often dangerous. Most companies who choose to underbid are often using lower value products, products that generally don’t come with standard manufacturers warranties and potentially shotty labour. Your proposal should include:
-strong manufacturer warranties, industry standard is 25 years on solar panels, 10-15 years on inverters with option to purchase more and 5 year workmanship warranties.
-If you are doing a roof mount system: A reputable engineering firm should be hired to provide an stamped engineering report.
-A site visit from the contractor should be done before you accept your quote
-A proposed design using a satellite or street imagery.
-A list of system components
-The size, location, cost and potential savings of the system.
-The energy offset and environmental impacts of the system.
Red flag: A company is willing to low ball any other company to the point it’s no longer competitive pricing just to get your business.