10 Steps To Get the Best Solar Quotes
August 21, 2023
As you might know, transitioning to solar not only reduces your carbon footprint but also offers substantial long-term energy bill savings. However, finding the right solar installation that fits your needs at the best price can be daunting.
Here, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide that’ll help you secure the best solar quotes. With it, you can make an informed decision on when and what to buy.
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1. Do Your Research
Before diving into how to get the best solar energy quotes, educate yourself on general solar terminology, the basics of solar technology and the benefits of solar energy.
Understanding key concepts like these and more empowers you to ask the right questions when the time comes:
- The types of solar panels available
- Different system sizes
- Brands that offer the best energy efficiency
You’ll know what topics to prioritize with solar providers — and you’ll better understand what they say in response! As a result, you can assess their quotes accurately and either accept their offer or move on to a different provider.
2. Assess Your Energy Needs
Next, determine your current energy consumption after gaining a solid understanding of what solar energy is and what it offers.
To do this, look at your past electricity bills.
You’ll see what your current consumption level is (preferably as an average), so you can understand the amount of energy you’ll likely need from your solar panel system.
Keep in mind factors like:
- Future energy needs
- Schedule changes (think upcoming holidays or children home for the summer)
- Lifestyle changes like purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) and needing to charge it
3. Find Reputable Solar Installers
Just remember to look for providers with a track record of quality installations, positive customer reviews and relevant certifications. Industry certifications, such as a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification, indicate a high level of expertise and professionalism.
4. Request Multiple Quotes
Reach out to multiple solar installation companies to request a quote for solar panels. We recommend getting quotes from at least three providers.
This not only gives you a range of pricing options but also helps you gauge each company’s level of customer service and expertise.
But remember: When you get those quotes, don’t let higher quotes intimidate you. If you want quality solar equipment that’ll last and provide you with market-leading efficiency levels, you might pay a little more. But it’ll certainly prove worth it in the long run.
Cheap is cheap — and taking the immediate, lowest-cost route won’t satisfy you now nor decades.
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5. Provide Accurate Information
Now that you’ve determined the providers you want to request solar panel quotes from, make sure you give them accurate and detailed information:
- Your average energy consumption
- Your property characteristics
- Your specific preferences
This data helps solar providers generate quotes tailored to your unique needs and circumstances.
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6. Compare Quotes and Terms
Now that you have a few solar system quotes to consider from several companies, compare them thoroughly.
Look beyond the bottom-line cost and consider these factors:
- Equipment quality
- Installation timelines
- Financing options (such as solar loans)
- Consumer reviews, such as star ratings on Google
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7. Understand Solar Rebates, Incentives and Financing Options
Bouncing off our last step, it’s important to familiarize yourself with vital financial matters:
- Both local and national solar rebates and incentives
- Tax credits, such as the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC)
- Various financing options (check out the financing link in the section above)
These can significantly lower your solar system’s overall cost. And as you’d expect, cost savings can affect your decision-making process when choosing a provider and accepting a solar energy quote.
Note: The Inflation Reduction Act altered the solar ITC. It essentially prolongs the credit to make it easier and more accessible for people to go solar.
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8. Seek Transparency and Clarity
Now that you know your available local and government rebates and incentives, seek transparency and clarity when reviewing quotes. Make sure the quotes outline all costs and terms so you know exactly what you could be getting into.
If any aspects are vague or unclear, don’t hesitate to ask solar providers for clarification. A reputable company like Freedom Solar will be happy to address your questions and concerns.
9. Check References and Reviews
Before sealing the deal, check your potential solar installation companies’ references and online reviews.
It may also help to speak with previous customers. They can provide insights into the overall customer experience, installation process and post-installation support.
10. Don’t Rush the Decision
Purchasing the right solar installation (and choosing the right provider!) is a significant investment. With that said, take your time. You want to save with solar in every way you can, right?
Carefully review and compare solar power quotes, research providers and gather all the relevant information you can before finally deciding.
Going solar is one of the best decisions you can make for your wallet and the environment. Being patient with your decision ensures you make an informed one!
Contact Freedom Solar for High-Quality Solar Quotes
When it comes to solar panels, quotes may seem intimidating. But getting them doesn’t have to be.
On that note, Freedom Solar offers the highest-quality solar panels on the market, with a 25-year lifetime warranty covering your solar panel equipment, its performance and any future workmanship. Bottom line, we’ve got you covered — and you can rest easy.
When you’re ready to make the jump, give us a call at (800) 5004-2337 or complete our online inquiry form. One of our energy consultants will be in touch!
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