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5 Red Flags to Watch for When Choosing A Solar Panel Installer


If you’ve decided to make the switch to solar power for your home, you’re probably on the hunt for a reputable installer. Unfortunately, the solar industry has its fair share of ‘installers’ who want to scam you out of your money. Here are five red flags to avoid when picking your solar installation team.

Suspiciously Low Prices

When it comes to big investments like houses and cars, the cheapest option probably isn’t the best. The same rule applies to solar panel installations: if an installer is giving you a quote way lower than other companies you’ve contacted, they’re probably planning to cut corners with your installation. They might use low-quality, faulty solar panels which will give out in just a year or two. Start by getting quotes from three to five installers. If any of them give you an extremely low price, you might want to eliminate them from consideration.

Zero-Down Financing

Many reputable installers offer zero-down financing for people who can’t afford a down payment, but they’ll usually try to lead with better options so you can pay them off faster and with lower interest rates. If a company leads with their zero-down financing policy and uses it as a main selling point, don’t work with them. You might end up paying more per month than you would if you stayed with your utility company.

Strange “Extras” Offered for Free

Some installers will attempt to trick their clients by offering ‘extras’ which they would have to do anyways. For example, if your team is offering free trenching with a ground-mount installation, they might be trying to trick you. Ground-mount systems can’t be installed until trenching is done, so anyone who tries to sell it as an ‘extra’ probably isn’t being truthful. Ask around with a few companies and have them explain any ‘extras’ they offer. If the explanation is too difficult to understand, cut that company out of consideration.

Roofing Included With Solar Installation

If your roof has multiple years left in it, installers shouldn’t be trying to sell you on a new roof. If your roof needs to be replaced before your installation, reputable installers will refer you to local roofing contractors for the job. Installers who try to sell you roofing and solar panels in a package probably won’t be worth the money they’re asking, so quit considering any companies who try to push this package deal on you.

High-Pressure Sales Tactics

Solar is a big, important investment, and reputable installers should always give you the time and space you need to consider what it means to make such a big change. If an installer tries to put you on a deadline, such as giving you 72 hours to decide, they’re most likely not a reputable or trustworthy company.

Make the Switch With Kosmos Solar

If you’re considering switching to solar power for your home, Kosmos Solar is here to help. Our licensed solar technicians will work with you to decide on the best installation plan, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about maintaining your system so you can enjoy your new energy independence for as long as possible. Call or visit our website today for a free quote!

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