With money saving and environmental benefits, solar energy is an enticing option. As the price of solar panels decrease and more businesses enter the industry, the prospect of solarizing homes becomes tangible for many home owners.
Better Business Bureau encourages those seeking the power or the sun for their home to carefully consider all aspects of the switch before signing with any company.
“As with any large purchase, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting into and who you’re dealing with,” said Gary Almond, president of BBB serving Northeast California. “Researching something before making a long-term commitment is always important.”
While Northern California may be sunny, consider how much sun the roof of your home truly receives. Comparison shop and seek more than one opinion before making a decision.
BBB offers the following tips for those interested in leasing, installing or purchasing solar panels:
Research how the panels work with your energy company
- Find out what programs the company offers.
- Ask about federal and state laws, as well as local codes that are applicable to the installation of the panels.
- Inquire about the cost of installing a new meter.
Research tax credits
- Find out how you qualify and if there is a filing deadline.
- Research how long you are eligible, whether you will be taxed and how much you will receive.
Ask the solar company questions
- Will you lease or purchase the panels? Compare costs.
- Find out how long the contract is and what happens if they go out of business.
- Research cancellation fees and maintenance costs.
- Ask if there are options to move the panels if you move, or if your new home is not suitable for solar, if you can cancel.
Check out the company with Better Business Bureau at necal.bbb.org.