Is there a good checklist to use before you buy a solar power system?
Making sure you have everything organised prior to buying and installing your solar power system is the best way to ensure you have a stress free solar installation experience. So here's a checklist that can help make sure you dot all your I's and cross all your t's.
Point One: Start off with research. You want to learn as much as you can about solar power options and the components involved in the system. Make sure you're researching the manufacturers of those productions, plus the history of the installation companies near you too. Also make sure you understand the warranties of those products, and make sure you get strong Product Warranties, from companies that are going to be there to back you up.
Point Two: Gather some quotes. Talk to a number of solar professionals and make sure they do an onsite inspection before quoting your project. Keep in mind that cheaper isn't always better with solar, so make sure you are working with quality installers who are going to give you a quality solution customised to your home. Make sure these quotes clearly list the products they will be installing, so you have in writing exactly what you're getting.
Point Three: The connection and the approval. Make sure you understand who will take the final steps to contact your energy retailer and connect your system to the grid. Ideally you should have this all included in the quote with the installer, so that all of these costs are included in the final price. Make sure you also understand what impact your new system will have on your energy bills, the payback period, and electrical safety or building compliance costs, and any government rebates you're getting too.
And Lastly point Four: Set the exact date for when the installation will start and finish, before you sign the contract. After all of this then you're ready to go, and you'll be reducing your power costs for years to come, without any surprises along the way.