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  • Writer's pictureBrian Harbin

Where to Begin Exploring Your Local Solar Power Options

Homeowners worried about the rising cost of energy bills are increasingly installing solar panels in order to both cut their costs and produce green energy. The installation of solar panels on a home provides a rare opportunity to do something that is both good for the environment and to save money.

Solar panels are primarily a one-time investment, as they have little to no maintenance costs in the long term. The price of solar power installations have levelled out over the course of the last few years, and costs are unlikely to fall any further over the course of 2022, so now is the time to take advantage of the many incentives and deals that are already in place to encourage homeowners to go solar.

However there are so many solar power retailers and installers that it is a good idea to do a little research and find local solar power options that have a good reputation.

It is also always a good idea to shop around for various different quotes for the sake of comparison and to read online reviews of these solar power companies before you make a final decision.

Checklist for solar power

There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration before signing on the dotted line to have a solar power system installed in your home.

The first thing that homeowners should do is to make an assessment of the amount of energy they currently make use of in order to judge the capacity you will require from a solar power system (and what they can actually afford).

You will also need to work out if the direction your roof faces is particularly suited for solar power.

There should be no structures, trees or power lines near your roof, and it is also important to get in touch with your local council in order to see what approvals may or may not be required before you have a solar power system installed. Local councils increasingly employ specific staff members who can help people to make the right decisions regarding solar power.

Finding the right local solar installer

Getting multiple quotes from different local solar installers not only allows homeowners to explore their local solar power options, but also to get a feel for each company and find the most reasonable price.

Homeowners may find they can save a little money by going with a larger solar installation company, but big companies often do not provide the type of personalized service that most customers will prefer to receive over the lifespan of their solar panels.

The best option is to choose a reliable local solar installer. Look for a firm that has its own installation crew on staff and has been operating for a minimum of five years. There are a number of online databases of trusted solar installation companies, most of which come with customer reviews, making it much easier to find a local solar power option and to determine its reliability.

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