by PHL Council
Are you looking to have a residential solar power systems installed in your home, and you don’t know who to pick to install it? Here’s a short list you can use to find a good contractor.
Identify as many high quality contractors as possible. Most people will search in the yellow pages, do a Google search, or look in the paper. That will give you a list but it won’t get you very far in qualifying the good from the mediocre. There are better sources for information on the quality of solar power contractors.
Forums. Go to Google and search on “solar power +forum” without the quotes. That will take you to forums where people discuss your topic. Take a brief look at the forums on page one and find two or three that are most active, have the most posts, and most responses. The forum should have a search function inside. You can search on keywords like “contractor” or “installer” to see if there are posts where people talk about installers. You can also find active members and PM (private message) them. Usually, you can do this by clicking on their name. You’ll see a drop down menu that lists Private Message.
Angie’s list. Last I saw, Angie’s List members submit roughly 40,000 reviews of contractors each month. Go to “Check the List” and click on Keyword Search. Then put in “solar power” or “green energy” and search for contractors in your area. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to set one up. It will be well worth the money.
Rip Off Report. Finally, once you’ve narrowed your list to three or four, don’t forget to check the Better Business Bureau or Google “vendorname Rip Off Report” where you replace “vendorname” with the name of the vendor you’ve chosen. You’ll find out quickly if people have filed complaints.
The last thing you need to do is to contact each company and ask them and ask questions. You’ll find out if you can communicate well with them, if they return messages, and if they’re prompt, polite and professional.
You have one more check. Consider doing it yourself. You’ll be surprised how much you can save (up to 80% off the cost) and how few supplies and little know-how it takes. Now you’re ready to make an informed decision about who is best suited to install your residential solar power systems.
Your next step. Check out sites that can offer good reviews of systems that teach you to build residential solar power systems and other products that make green energy easy.