Published on March 22, 2022
Congratulations! You’ve decided to take the first step towards energy independence and a solar-powered future. There is a lot to consider before and after installing a solar energy system, making it seems like a daunting prospect from the outset. However the benefits of installing solar are brilliant, helping to reduce your energy bills and household carbon footprint.
Next step: Find an accredited and trustworthy solar installer in your area. Choosing the right installer for your solar installation is extremely important in making the process as straightforward as possible for you. With rogue installers, poor quality work and even scammers existing in what is otherwise a reputable industry it’s important to find an installer you can trust. Our useful guide will help to ensure you cover all the important steps to help you choose the right installer for your individual needs.
What are you looking for?
Although your chosen installer (more on that later) will be able to discuss your needs and requirements it is beneficial to have an idea of the problem you would like to solve. If you want to lower your electricity bills or will be purchasing an EV shortly then solar PV is the place to start. If you are not home during the middle of the day or you want to safeguard your home from power cuts, then battery storage is a worthwhile investment. And if it’s expensive gas or oil bills you’re worried about then solar thermal is for you. These solar technologies often work hand in hand with each other too or can complement other renewable technology such as heat pumps.
Once you have a basic idea of the technology, you’re interested in you can then contact installers that specialise in this technology. These solar installers will be able to talk you through all your options as well as take into consideration any future plans to shine some light on the best solar solutions for your home.
Where to start?
A good recommendation from a trusted friend, family member, or even a neighbour can be worth its weight in gold. Do you know someone who recently had similar work carried out? Ask them about their overall experience with the company and even go to check out the system in person if you can. This can put your mind at ease if you have heard good things and seen their handiwork first-hand.
There are a number of online databases, such as The Renewable Energy Hub, which exist to make customers aware of companies operating in their local area. For small-scale renewable energy technology, we would also highly recommend the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) database. The MCS is a quality assurance scheme supported by the UK Government, which certifies products and installers. This will also come in handy further down the line should you wish to be eligible for the financial incentive schemes such as the smart export guarantee.
A general online search can also be carried out in conjunction with one of the above methods or used in its own right. Online searches can be useful to see the professionalism of a company. Although it’s important to note a good website is not everything it can give clues to the legitimacy of a company such as if they publicise their business premises and landline phone number. You can also use it to look for any current work pictures and other information such as length of time operating.
Original Article: Choosing a Solar Installer for your Needs
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