Five Important Issues to Address Before Signing a Solar Contract

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Solar installation is a major investment, and before you employ solar installers to put in your panels, you need to fully understand what you’re paying for. The best solar installers will make sure you know what you’re getting into, but you should still make sure you have all your bases covered.

Here are some things you should consider before you sign a solar services contract:

  • Will You Get What You’ll Pay For?

    When you hire solar installers, you have to make sure they can perform the work you’re paying them to perform. Licensed solar contractors will almost always print their license numbers on the contract so you can check their validity. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re still unsure.
  • How Much Will You Pay in the Future?

    You should always find out how much you’re agreeing to pay the year you get your panels installed and every year after. Most above-the-board solar contracts will provide you with a clear payment schedule. Be suspicious of contracts that don’t, since one of the benefits of solar is the opportunity to lock down costs even as utility prices rise. Any extra fees or charges should also be clearly listed.
  • Is Your Home Protected?

    Installing large photovoltaic panels on a roof doesn’t come without it’s risks. In most solar agreements where you’re leasing the array, the solar company is responsible for care and maintenance. The best companies will agree up front to take responsibility for any damage that your roof could incur during installation.
  • Is Everything in the Contract?

    Don’t count on promises made by email or over the phone. If you were promised a service or special arrangement, or you saw an ad promising a great deal. make sure it’s included in the contract.
  • What Happens if You Sell Your Home?

    You should always find out what will happen to your lease or contract if you decide to move to another house before your term is over. Any contract you sign should list your options clearly. Most of the time your solar lease can be transferred to the new homeowner, or you can move your solar array to your new home.

Talk to your solar installer if you have any concerns and make sure the contract is adjusted before you sign it.
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