3 Questions To Ask Your Solar Panel Company

Are you thinking of getting solar panels installed on your home? Solar panels can be a great way to reduce your utility bills and to help the environment. The most common place to install solar panels is on your roof, which is no easy task. You have to safely install the panels into the roof, but then you also have to install an inverter, which converts the solar power into electricity and distributes it around the home. For many reasons, it's best to leave this job to a professional. Before you hire an installer, though, you'll want to be sure you have the best one for the job. Here are three questions to ask your installer:    

Should I buy or lease? It used to be that your only option was to purchase the panels. That can be a big investment, though, so many companies now offer a leasing option. With a leasing option, you pay a monthly amount to the solar panel company to have the panels installed in your home. However, you don't own the panels. The benefit of that is that you avoid a big upfront investment and the solar company handles all repairs and maintenance.

However, in a lease, the panels likely won't enhance the value of your home because any buyer would have to continue the lease to keep them. Also, you'll never pay off the panels, so you'll always have some form of payment. If you can afford an upfront investment, purchasing allows you to increase the value of your home and to possibly avoid having any kind of monthly payment. Your solar panel company can present you with various payment options so you can make an informed decision.

How many panels do I need? The number of panels you have is a big decision. You want enough panels to power your home. However, you don't want to pay for any additional or unnecessary panels. To find the right answer, your solar panel installation company will need to consider your average energy usage and the amount of sun that your roof gets. They may ask to look at your utility bills to examine your electricity usage. The best solar panel installation companies will do a careful analysis before giving you an answer on the number and size of panels needed.

What permits do I need? In many areas, you need a municipal permit to install solar panels. Failing to get the permit could expose you to fines and citations. You also may need a permit or license to qualify for any renewable energy tax credits that your city or state offers.

Your solar panel installation company should be familiar with these permits and should be able to get them for you. Ask them which permits you need and what the process is for getting them.

For more information, contact a solar panel installation company (such as AAA Solar Source) in your area. They can help you decide what size, number, and type of panels are right for you.