On average, Southern California gets over 250 days of sunshine per year. That means it’s a great place for solar power. When your home is powered by the sun, you not only take a load off traditional sources of power such as electricity, but you become eligible for state and federal tax rebates and discounts.
Still, installing solar panels is a major financial investment, and they can last up to 30 years (the span of an average mortgage). If you’re going to do this, you’ve got to do it right the first time. How can you be sure? These steps will help lead the way:
- How many and what kind of panels do you need? Naturally, a smaller home would require fewer panels than a large home. Also keep in mind the differences between the traditional monocrystalline silicon (Si) panels and the newer, less expensive polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) panels. Polycrystalline panels are a bit less efficient than monocrystalline panels – but that efficiency gap is closing as technology advances.
- Is your roof ready for solar panels? If your roof is made of Spanish tile or shake, you will probably pay more than people whose homes are tiled with asphalt shingles.
- Will the solar panel installer offer financing? On average, solar panel installation will cost about $18,000 to $25,000. You do have the options of power-purchase agreements or solar leasing – in these cases, a third party will own and maintain your solar panels, and you will only need to pay for the energy the panels produce or a fee to lease the equipment. A lease will run about 15-20 years. If you lease the equipment, the leasing company is responsible for upkeep of the panels.
- Is the solar panel installer listed in California’s database of certified installers gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/database
- What do others think about the solar panel installer? Ask people in your neighborhood who have had solar panels installed. When you go to their websites, look for reviews and referrals. Remember, you will be doing business with this company for many years due to the longevity of solar panels.
JobQuotes.com is also a good place to find qualified solar panel installers. All you need to do is go to the website, look up the professionals who install solar panels, and contact those who you deem most trustworthy. JobQuotes makes even the most daunting tasks simpler. Look us up today!