What Qualifications Should Homeowners Look for When Hiring a Solar Panel Installation Company?

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Getting a solar panel installation is a great way to not only decouple from the utility grid, but to make your home more resilient and therefore valuable as well, and it all starts with finding a top-tier solar panel installation company. There are a lot of solar panel installers out there, as well as a lot of tips to find good ones, so we didn’t want to rehash what’s already been said.

Instead, we’re going to look at four qualities that you should look for in your potential solar panel installation company. These are things that you might not see in other lists but are incredibly important for homeowners that want to make sure they end up with a premium installation. In the end, we’ll also take a look at who you can turn to if you need a solar panel installation in Kansas or Missouri.

Qualities To Look For In Your Solar Panel Installation Company

Local

One major factor that you should consider is if your solar panel installation company is local. If they aren’t, and you’re dealing with a national chain or other business, you may want to rethink your choice. One of the biggest reasons is that you want someone that is going to be around down the road when you need warranty work done like panel replacement.

With a local company that has a significant history, you know who they are and where the company is headquartered. Local companies have more at stake and are going to be more focused on homeowner satisfaction, not project turnover rate. If you have a problem or warranty claim, a local company is going to be more likely to do what it takes to make you happy with your installation.

They Handle Their Own Installation

Another important thing to look for is if the company does its own installations, or if they’re merely a booking company or lead-generation company that hands your request off to some other random solar company or installation contractor in your general area. Companies that handle their own installations are going to be much more reliable and able to meet your needs with minimal issues and will be much easier to follow up with if anything goes wrong after the installation project is finished.

Project Management & Timelines

While it can be difficult to gauge ahead of time, being able to count on an experienced project manager to handle your project can be incredibly valuable. They not only help ensure that a crew of the appropriate size is used for your project, but that the materials are sourced and delivered in time for service, and that the installation happens in line with a reasonable project timeline estimate.

The installation contract should mention the timeline for the installation, as well as contingencies for various common situations like weather delays. You should have a clear understanding of the project and the process from your contractor before you commit to anything, and if your contractor can’t provide detailed estimates of the project duration, it is probably time to find another company to take care of your solar.

Barrett Solar Can Be Your Trusted Local Expert

If you own a home in Kansas or Missouri and are considering adding a solar system to your home, be sure you are using a reputable company with a positive history with local residents. Contact Barrett Solar today to speak with an expert about your project’s needs.

Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels. You can let the rain or snow take care of that for you. If something does happen, you will have manufacturer warranties on all equipment installed by Barrett Solar.

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. In Kansas the largest incentive available is the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC) which allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates and other incentives. If you are a business in a rural area or a farmer, the USDA offers grants as well.

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. In Missouri the largest incentive available is the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC) which allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates and other incentives. Evergy in Missouri, Columbia power and Ameren have notable rebates available. If you are a business owner in a rural area or a farmer, the USDA offers grants as well.

Barrett Solar offers two options to finance your solar panel system. You can purchase your system in cash or take advantage of our zero down, low APR financing options. We have a lot of different options to choose from. 

Generally it takes very large hail or a major storm to damage your solar panel system. After you go solar you will want to make sure your homeowners insurance policy has enough coverage to replace any of your panels that may be damaged in a heavy storm.

The cost of a solar panel system will depend on many factors, including the size of the system, the equipment, and the financing method. A solar panel system should be viewed as a major home upgrade, and because every home is different it is never good to base an idea of what something should cost off a ballpark figure found on the internet. Barrett Solar offers completely free no obligation solar proposals, and in most cases we can give you an accurate quote with just your historical energy usage data.

Tyler Blanchard

Founder & CEO

Tyler is the CEO of Barrett Solar.

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