Are you ready to make the switch to solar, but aren’t sure where to start when it comes to finding a solar PV system installer? There are a number of factors to consider and with so many businesses offering solar installation, how do you narrow it down? We’ve put together all our best tips and tricks to help you find the right installer for you.
1. Look for a local installer
First on the list, look for a local installer. A local company should be up-to-date on any local regulations or government policies that may affect your installation – as well as any rebate or incentives you may be eligible for. Regulations for solar installation differ all over the country, and your local installers should know the laws to look out for. Many installers will also offer cleaning and maintenance on your panels, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing they’re nearby if you ever need them.
TOP TIP: The Clean Energy Council website has a database of installers to search through to get you started. Its database is a free and independent source created for the benefit of customers.
2. Check for CEC accreditation
Next, you’ll want to make sure they’re accredited by the Clean Energy Council (CEC), which you can do so by checking CEC’s website. If they are accredited, this means the CEC believes that they have the training and knowledge behind them to get the job done properly. This is a must-have qualification for any solar installer and you’ll want to steer clear of any installer without a CEC accreditation.
3. Get quotes from multiple installers
Like everything, it’s good to shop around for a solar installer. You’ll want to compare quotes from multiple installers to ensure you’re getting the best deal. When asking for a quote, make sure they give you a comprehensive quote and price breakdown which includes:
- a proposed system design
- expected energy generation
- warranty terms
- itemised list of components/parts
4. Do they install batteries? Hot water pumps?
If you’re looking to install a battery, hot water pump, Virtual Power Plant (VPP) or electric vehicle charger along with your solar system, make sure the installer you choose also provides this service. Even if you’re not ready for these add-ons now, it’s helpful to know your installer has this expertise in case you want to add to your system in the future. And it could save you from having to find another installer down the track.
5. Check financing options
Do you think you might need a hand managing the upfront expense? Many installers can help you apply for finance for your solar system. However, the options installers offer will vary as they need to be accredited by each individual lender before they are able to assist you with finance.
Chat with your installer to see if they can help you with the application process and any documents you might need to provide in an application.