there is a rush to go green, to be green and yet we all
get stopped at the starting post trying to find 'green' contractors!
While different states and the different levels of government are
coming up with green grant incentives, we are still hunting around for
information on how to choose a solar contractor.
solar power being such a new idea, many states have not
yet got around to regulating the specifics for a 'solar' contractor.
However, there is a renewable energy incentive program for every state
and this would be a good place to start. There is also a web site for
solar energy trade groups, which lists contractors.
solar contractors in your area will have been
educated and trained in installing PV panels. This training will have
been followed by field experience, so if you spot some solar paneling
installed in your neighborhood, ask who did the work.
contractors need to know more about their job than just installing the
panels on the roof tops. He or she should be able to advise you on the
size of panel that will work for your home as well as how it works.
Hopefully you will know a little about solar energy before you go into
will also need to negotiate some help if you are filling
in any forms for grants etc. These must be discussed with the
contractor prior to starting an order to make sure that everything will
be up to the specification standards required for the grant. The
passing of the inspection will be completed before final payment is
made to the contractor.
Your contractor will advise you on an
inverter which will change the direct current (DC) power from your
panels into the alternating current of AC electricity. AC electricity
will power your appliances etc and it is compatible with the grid
electricity that comes into your home.
You will also need to
buy batteries which will store the excess power from sunny days and
allow you to use it as electricity on cloudy days. Your contractor will
know about metering, grid connections, excess power and if and how you
can pump juice back into the grid.
may be difficult to find a contractor who has years of
experience, so be sure to employ one who is knowledgeable, who can show
you previous work, and who's references you can check.
as with most home building jobs, get three quotes - for exactly the
same solar system - from different contractors and compare prices.
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