Going solar is a big decision that you will live with for a long time and it will significantly negatively (if a lease) or positively (if a purchase) affect the value of your house when the time comes to sell. Like any big decision, take your time to study and research the matter, don’t make any hasty decisions and do not sign anything until you compare multiple quotes, and choose the right installer that you feel the most comfortable with.
There are various ways to go solar that you should familiarize yourself with. Be sure to completely understand the difference between solar leasing, power purchase agreements (PPA), cash purchase, and financed purchase so that you can select the one that provides you with the most benefit. There are also different types of panels and inverters. Familiarize yourself with the major panels used, how they are rated and their “efficiency,” and know the pros and cons of using central inverters versus micro-inverters.
Comparing the “cost per watt” (cpw) and knowing what system size (how many kilowatts) you need to eliminate your bill is also helpful when talking with a solar company, so that you don’t get quoted for a system larger than you actually need.
You don’t have to become an expert before talking with the potential solar contractors, but some familiarity of the above can go a long way in understanding what the contractors are talking about, allowing you to better judge and choose the right one for you.
Green Stock Solar believes any big decision such as going solar should be made carefully to maximize your benefit. We are more than happy to provide you with any information you need, and answer any questions in regards to going solar, without pressuring you to make any hasty decisions. Even if you already have solar, or have selected to go with another solar contractor, please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.