TOP 10 QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK YOUR SOLAR PROVIDER
Installing solar panels is a long-term investment for your home, and we at TruGreen Energy know how important it is for you to work with a company that you can trust.
But with so many companies out there claiming to “do solar” – it’s no wonder folks are having a diﬃcult time deciding on who to work with.
So how can you tell if that company or person really has the experience and expertise to do the job right?
Well, here are the top 10 questions we recommend you ask ANY solar installer.
1. ARE YOUR SYSTEMS DESIGNED BY ENGINEERS?
Shading, pitch, roof orientation, panel amount, DC/AC disconnect, meter location, electrical box location and more. You 100% want an engineer trained in solar panel system design to determine all of these components. And each system must be custom designed for the longevity, proper functioning and maximum eﬃciency of your system.
At TruGreen Energy, we do onsite visits to assess your property and lean on our in-house engineers to create your custom system design.
2. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIAN ON STAFF?
If they don’t, avoid them. Any electrical work with solar done in your home needs to be supervised or completed by a journeyman electrician.
Some companies will only have a journeyman electrician show up for a quick inspection because it’s cheaper for them.
But you want a company where the journeyman electrician is involved in the entire installation process.
That’s why at TruGreen Energy we have journey electricians on staﬀ and involved in the entire process, so the job is done right, and your family stays safe. For us, this is a non-negotiable.
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3. DO YOU INSTALL THE SYSTEM WITH IN-HOUSE ROOFING PROFESSIONALS?
There are 3 types of companies here.
- They don’t use professional roofers in any way and can cause serious damage to your roof.
- They subcontract work to other roofers with no experience in solar, which can also be dangerous for your home.
- They have professional roofers on staﬀ involved with the entire installation process.
Avoid the ﬁrst two companies and focus on the third.
TruGreen Energy has rooﬁng professionals on staﬀ and we use the highest grade sealants and materials to protect your
4. ARE THE PANELS FROM A PREMIUM MANUFACTURER WITH A 25-YEAR WARRANTY?
Truth is, not all panels are created equal – so buyer beware.
At TruGreen, we use premium panels from the top manufacturers backed by 25-year or more warranties.
5. DO YOU HAVE A LOCAL OFFICE WHO CAN HELP ME IF THERE’S AN ISSUE?
If you have an issue with your system, the last thing you need is to call your installer for help, but they are in another state or have vanished altogether.
TruGreen Energy has its office right in Pensacola, Florida and we’re ready to serve.
6. CAN YOU SHOW ME HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO PAY OFF MY SYSTEM?
The solar provider must be able to show you the following:
– How long it will take to pay oﬀ my system (if ﬁnanced)
– The savings on your electricity bill
– Your estimated production and net-metering with your utility
If the company can’t do that, there’s a good chance there are ﬂaws within their engineering process.
7. WILL YOU TAKE CARE OF ALL THE PERMITS FOR ME?
The permitting process can take a lot of time and patience to navigate through on your own. Not knowing how the permits work can delay install and result in unexpected fees.
At TruGreen, we take care of submitting and paying for all design and electrical permits with your local government and utility.
8. WILL YOU HELP ME GET MY FEDERAL TAX CREDIT?
If the company is unaware of how to apply for this large incentive, it’s not a good sign. The Federal Solar Tax Credit, in 2020, is 26% of your solar panel cost and installation expense. In 2021, that goes down to 22%.
That’s massive! And you want to ensure you get it.
By the way, all you have to do is file IRS TAX FORM 5696 with your tax return. Your accountant can help with that too.
9. CAN YOU PROVIDE ME WITH CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS?
Seeing examples of work completed mixed with happy customers is a good sign.
Curious about TruGreen Energy’s reviews? Hear from happy customers on our testimonials page.
10. CAN YOU SHOW ME HOW MY SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM DECREASED MY ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT?
Going green needs to be more than a buzzword. You want to feel good about how your solar investment saves money and protects our planet. Your solar provider should feel the same way.
At TruGreen Energy, we give you a detailed report on how much CO2 your system takes out of the atmosphere and what that is equivalent to, like removing 600,000 vehicle miles from our roads (that’s just for the smaller systems!).
We believe the future of energy is production at the point of consumption.
As a company, we want to play the leading role in Florida’s accelerated transition to greener, more affordable energy future.
Thank you for your interest in purchasing solar energy for your home or business – we know you are making a great choice!
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We hope that this list of questions has provided you with valuable insight on how to make your smart decision even better by ensuring things are done right the ﬁrst time with a company that you can trust.
Your TruGreen Energy Team
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