Comparing Solar Panel Installation Quotes: What You Need to Know

If you’re in the market for solar panel installation, but are struggling to find quotes that compare apples to apples, then look no further. Our team at Solar Optimum knows that solar panel Installation quotes can sometimes be misleading. As a top trusted company that’s ethical and value-driven, we put our customers and their best interests first. That’s why we’ve prepared this article for our sunny California community. Here we explain how to compare quotes for solar panel installation in order to ensure that you’re confident in the company you hire.

Choose your panels wisely.

Not all solar panels are created equally. It’s important to understand what kind of panels are being used. Higher quality solar panels may come with a heftier price tag, but are generally worth the extra investment. With the panel itself, you’ll want to look at factors such as the size and design, as well as efficiency and durability. These all have an impact on the solar panel’s quality. You’ll also need to choose an inverter, which in a nutshell is the system that converts your electricity, although these are also somewhat property specific. Inverters come in four options; string inverters, microinverters, power optimizers and hybrid inverters. The decision on which inverter is best for you will be made based on a number of factors, including how much shade you have, the direction of your sun exposure, cost and more. Finding a company that offers free consultations from a knowledgeable team of employees saves you time and provides comfort in knowing that you’re making the best decision for your family’s needs and budget. Additional relief is found with companies that offer financing options to help your family comfortably make the switch to solar. 

It’s not just about the power.

Where and how your solar panels are placed will have an impact on how much power they generate. The layout will also affect your home’s curb appeal. The design of your solar panel system will be individual to each installer. Comparing designs that are proposed and understanding the reasoning for each design will help you come to a solid decision. 

How do the warranties stack up?

No one likes paying for the same thing twice, regardless of the size of the investment. An upstanding warranty is the difference between a worry-free purchase and a potential nightmare. When comparing solar panel quotes, you’ll want to look closely at the warranties provided. Do all the companies even include a warranty? Do all the warranties cover both the equipment and the installation? A 6-point 25-year warranty, covering panels, racking, inverter, workmanship, performance and roof, is the industry gold standard.

Experience speaks volumes and saves money.

Another important piece to measure is how long each company has been in business. An installation company that has been in business for at least 10 years will likely be able to provide the best service and warranty packages. An experienced installer is also more likely to have a larger list of references to check out. When collecting your solar panel quotes, do your research and see what previous customers have to say about each company, as well as what certifications each company holds.  

When you’re ready to take that leap and lower your utility bills, reach out to request a contact-free quote from Solar Optimum. Proudly serving customers all over sunny California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura, we’re here for you.