What do you look for in solar energy panel technicians/Installers?

What do you look for in solar energy panel technicians/Installers?

Solar energy is becoming more and more popular in Texas. The sun shines year round and provides a clean energy option for the residents living in cities such as Houston and Dallas. Due to the populatity of solar energy here, there are many solar panel installation companies to choose from Texas. When choosing a solar panel installation company, reviewing the companies solar technicians is important to the success of the project. Here we will attempt to walk thru some of the important items to review with the solar panel installation companies you are interviewing for your project.

So, here we are going to tell you about some of the common things that you just have to look for in solar energy panel technician or installer so that you can get the best results from them.

1. Certification

One of the most important things that you have to consider in order to look for in solar energy panel technicians is their certification. There are lots of technicians working in the market who are not certified by any authority. All of them are working on their own without any legal approval or certification. In this case, there is no authority to take claim of such technicians. So, if you want to hire any solar energy panel technician or installer, then you should have to make sure that it is perfectly certified and work under any authorized company so that you have a chance to claim for any wrongdoing of those technicians.

2. Experience

Another important thing that you have to consider when looking for a solar energy panel technician is their experience. Ask questions such as:

  • How long have your solar panel installers been working for the company?
  • How long have they been installing solar panels?
  • What is some of their solar panel installation work they have done? Ask for pictures!

In this case, the experience of any technician is highly important to consider because you want an expert installing your solar panels on your home or business.

3. Work Mode

Another most important thing to consider while hiring any of the solar energy panel technicians is their work mode. Not every technician or installer has the same way of working as the others have. It is quite obvious that one solar energy panel technician works all in all on its own while the other one hires further subcontractors.

Well, in this case, you should have to make sure the technician offers full-service all alone. He/she has a whole team that works under that technician only and they handle all the things by themselves. In this case, you will get more reliability and durability because if you hire a technician that hires further contractors, then there is a huge chance that they don’t offer much better results as compared to offering full-service all alone. The quality of work may not be up to par and there may be a huge doubt related to the work quality too. So, make sure to hire the technician that offers turn key solutions.

4. Warranty

Another important factor to consider while hiring a solar energy panel technician is its warranty service. Since every technician and installer offers particular warranty services to their customers. This will come with a particular time period in which they can claim their services or the performance offered by those services.

In this case, you should make sure that you have a reliable warranty service for your solar panel installation project.

5. Paperwork

Well, there are lots of solar energy panel technicians available those work in different ways. All of them have different ways of working and each of them varies from each other. While one of the most important things that are considered as the working procedure of any solar energy panel technician is paperwork.

Since most of the solar energy technicians or installers offer proper paperwork and they make a proper agreement with the client while some of them don’t offer this service to the client. In this case, you have to make sure that the solar energy panel technician that you are going to hire will complete paperwork or not? If he/she is not offering this facility, then don’t hire that person and look for the other one because in that case, you will not have any proof that you had get services from that person.

6. Cost

Cost is another one of the most important factors that you have to consider in order to hire any solar energy panel technicians or installers. Since every solar energy installation company offers different kinds of services and products, the cost can vary from project to project. Working with a company that offers an up front complimentary consultation is imparitive to know all costs up front.

Well, the above has described some of the common aspects that you must have to look for in solar energy panel technicians. Consider all of them and make sure all of these items are discussed with the solar energy installation company you are considering.

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Solar Energy

Solar Energy Generating panels roof mounted

What can you gain from using solar panels?

Energy independence.

The grid won’t control how much you pay for electricity anymore, instead they’ll end up paying you. Your solar power helps strengthen the grid by self generating solar energy.

Unlimited savings.

Your environmental-saving solar system will end up paying for itself. Power companies have buyback programs that will credit you for the excess energy you’ve produced. In addition, having solar panels appreciates the value of your home and even gives you special tax advantages, including a 30% Federal Tax Credit.

How can I save 30% off my solar energy system?

30% Federal Tax Credit

The calamity of the 2003 Northeast Blackout forced the United States to address our solar energy deficit. The national crisis determined solar power as a necessity and most importantly as a demand for safety and national security. As a nation we began to focus on solar initiatives by implementing new policies, increasing funding and research, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative – The Future of Solar Energy. Policy makers have responded to the solar demand by offering tax benefits.

One of the biggest incentives for installing solar panels in your home is to take advantage of the 30% tax credit currently offered until 2019. The 30% Federal Tax Credit offered means that 30% of the cost of the solar system can be taken off your tax liability. The 30% credit amount is only in effect until December 31, 2019. The federal tax credit will then be reduced to:

• 26% in 2020
• 22% in 2021
• 10% after 2021

Homeowners with a yearly income and qualified credit score are eligible for the tax credit.

What are the environmental advantages of solar?

Solar energy has immense, long-term potential for a better, safer and cleaner future.

Using solar energy prevents millions of pounds of fossil fuels from being burned and releasing toxic chemicals into the air we breath. So why aren’t we using more of it? Because we are naturally hesitant to change and most of the time full of excuses. We’ve been underestimating the benefits of solar for decades. However, the lack of solar electricity generated has proven to be a serious problem for the planet and its entire population.

Solar electricity is produced by using photovoltaic cells to convert the sun’s energy into electricity. Convential electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Using a carbon-free energy source stops pollution and eliminates greenhouse gas emissions.

What are the economical advantages of using solar?

At the end of 2016 in Houston the average price per watt was $3.22 without applying the 30% Federal Tax Credit. The total cost breakdown for a complete solar panel energy system is shown below.

The total cost of a solar energy system depends on the size your system needs to be in order to power your entire home or building. Your historical energy consumption can be used to estimate the approximate size your solar energy system needs to able to produce for your home. However, the attributes of your home’s roof will determine if the size your solar panel system needs to be is even viable and capable of producing energy efficiently. Your solar panels energy system feasibility are dependent on your roof characteristics, i.e. its size, facing direction and amount of shade it receives. That means that sadly not every home is optimized for solar panels.

Remember that purchasing solar panels are only beneficial if its placed for optimal sun exposure to provide you with enough savings. Do not puchase a solar energy system that is not designed to completely maximize solar efficiency with a system specifically for your amount of energy consumption. The severity of purchasing an inefficient solar system would be like buying a brand new electric car that is supposed to get about 80 MPG, but instead runs like an old truck that gets you only 12 MPG. Be aware of the sales scams that sell solar panels, but offer a poorly inefficient solar energy system. Unfortunately not every home can actually benefit from switching to solar.

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Solar Energy ROI

Return On Investment with Going Solar

Our customers pay an average of $2,000 per year for dirty power from their electric company. (Your household’s current cost is likely very near to this figure.) This means that, considering zero inflation of price per kWh from your utility, you will have paid them roughly $50,000 after 25 years. Comparably, a Sunshine Renewable Solutions residential solar system offering 100% offset of household power consumption and a 25-year hardware warranty typically ranges between $15,000 and $30,000 in total cost (before the 30% tax credit). Although the upfront cost of generating your own clean power via solar may seem daunting, it truly is a more affordable way to power your house.

The potential for savings is evident at this point, but we’ve yet to factor in how much you could save on electricity costs. Let’s say that your 9-kW system costs $24,000 in total. After the 30% federal tax credit, your cost for this system would be $16,800. In Houston, we receive a healthy 4.65 average hours of peak sunlight, which means your system produces about 41.85 kWh. At the current average price of $0.109/kWh, this system will save you about $4.56 per day, or $1,600 per year, and will pay for itself in full within roughly 10.5 years. Every watt of power you generate after that point will be money earned and carbon emissions saved!

It turns out that the typical IRR for a solar investment is between 8-10%, which is incredible when you realize that’s greater than or equal to the return you would expect on the stock market.

If you’re like us in that you’re always trying to find the next creative way to reduce your overall cost of living, let us show you how tomorrow’s technology can do so for you—starting today!

Federal Tax Credit for Solar Energy Systems

30% Federal Tax Credit for Solar Energy Systems

The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows new owners of solar energy systems to deduct 30 percent of their installation cost from their federal tax liability.

There is no cap on its value. This means that, as long as you own both your home and your solar system, a full 30 percent of the total post-sales-tax cost of your system is deductible.

That’s a huge advantage for early adopters of renewable energy technologies such as solar. Unfortunately, it does come with an expiration date. The ITC credit percentage will begin a tiered reduction on January 1, 2020, when it will drop to 26 percent. It will expire altogether on January 1, 2022. If you’re interested in going solar, don’t miss out on this opportunity for a 30 percent savings!

Get started today with a free quote!

If you’re curious about the details, check out the US Department Of Energy’s page or on Bankrate on the Investment Tax Credit.