What to look for in your installer
When looking to purchase a renewables system both home and business owners should consider where to give their trust, as well as their money.
Choosing a renewable energy system is a long term investment and should not simply be a price based decision.
It is important to choose reliable products and get them installed well so that energy and income returns are maximised and everything will work reliably for a long time.
Things to consider in an installer are:
- How long have they been in business?
- What is their turnover?
- How many employees?
- Are they from your region or have they just settled 1 month ago? (many installer cowboys operate 3 months in one region and then move on)
- What are the brands of modules and inverters they propose? Have they used them for 1 year at least or have they just selected them because they are on sale somewhere or are the cheapest in the market?
- Will the manufacturers still be in business in the future to honour any warranties offered?
- Have they shown you ONE YEAR performance data from installations they have done near you? or elsewhere? With which brand?
- Do they have that data available ?
- What is their experience?
- Do they have insurance for their work?
- Can they give you references from 6 months ago? 1 year go?
- Do they use proper safe scaffolding?
- Do they make weatherproof fastenings to the roof that will last for a long time?
- Have they checked that your roof is in good condition?
- Will they make sure the system will look as good as possible?
Remember, you tend to get what you pay for and if something seems too good to be true it probably is!
The installers we recommend will:
- Help to satisfy all of the above;
- Ensure your system works properly;
- Provide quality products that will perform for the long term;
- Be backed by some of the best suppliers & manufacturers in the industry;
- Be there to sort out any problems;
- Give true value to money (not just the cheapest initial price);
- Have access to our training courses and expertise;
- Ensure you will be happy with your choice!