How do you know which one is right for you, with so many companies now on the solar panel band wagon, and a major Feed-in Tariff reduction that came into effect in April 2012? The best way to pick a trustworthy solar panel installation company is described in an insightful article in the Homebuilding & Renovating journal written by Eco Homes Assessor Tim Pullen. There is a short overview below:
Choose a business that hires both its own electricians and roofers. This will ensure the highest quality of your installation. Learn more about Solar Power San Diego.
Ask to see the credentials of the installer – many businesses use unqualified employees.
Ask what the installer’s roofing experience is – many solar businesses have no roofing skills at all and this is a vital ability. If they have an NVQ in solar roofing with heritage experience, it is a bonus.
Choose a business that has hundreds of installations under its belt and is pleased to give you customer feedback.
Ask who guarantees the workmanship in case the business goes bankrupt and ensure that it is underwritten. A solar care insurance guarantee for ten years is provided by reputable companies.
Ask who will verify the structural integrity. It is not uncommon for installers to overlook the fact that the roof structure may overload the solar panels.
Tim also offers his opinion on ‘renta-panel’ where some businesses offer to instal solar PV panels to your roof and in exchange give you free’ electricity. He claims that while you could save £ 480 a year on a 4kW range, under the Feed-in Tariff scheme, the business would make about £ 1,320.
If you don’t have the funds to finance the installation at the moment, it is really a helpful option, but you want to lower your energy bills right away. What you can do is negotiate with the installation company on a buy-back rate, so you can ultimately own the solar panels and become liable at a later date for the Feed-in Tariff scheme.
This April, the government launched the new Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme to allow all of us to support our planet by reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, the biggest contributor to rising global carbon emissions.
For each kilowatt hour generated daily for 24 years, all homeowners who produce green electricity from products such as solar photovoltaic panels will be charged by their energy provider. And it’s tax-free and also index-linked!