Top 10 Questions to Ask a Commercial Solar System Provider (Part 2)
As a continuation of our last post, this week our blog dives into more questions that companies need to ask when choosing a commercial solar system provider.
Having delved into key factors such as the ROI on this type of investment, the capital required in this process, what the right-sized systems are, and more, keep reading to discover which factors matter the most when picking the right experts for your solar needs!
Who is responsible for the operation and maintenance of a commercial solar system?
While solar panels are an investment that can last decades, regular maintenance is important if you’re serious about improving their lifespan.
Even if your service provider has done a stellar job with the installation, panels still require occasional cleaning, monitoring, and periodic repairs. In this regard, knowing who is responsible for all of this is important prior to purchase. Given the specific knowledge, skill, and experience required to undertake this type of work, it’s always best to leave this to the professionals
Not only will you lack the time to attend to these yourself but dedicated solar companies have the tools and the know-how needed to perform a thorough maintenance service. Either through robotic or human services, ensure that your panels are in peak condition with regular monitoring and cleaning.
What kind of incentives are there for companies who go solar?
If your organization decides to invest in a commercial solar system, now is most certainly the time to do so.
Beyond the long-term savings companies enjoy, local governments also offer a range of rebates and incentives that reduce purchase costs significantly. Beyond an array of low-interest loans, feed-in tariffs, and various financing schemes, some of which even go up to $10 million for the sustainable retrofitting of commercial buildings, Renewable Energy Certificates are also high in use.
These are tradable commodities attached to eligible installations of commercial solar systems. Here, the value can amount to many thousands of dollars and can help you save invaluable time and effort in attempting to trade these certifications by yourself.
What should you look for in solar panels?
When it comes to choosing the best solar commercial solar system providers, make sure you take a good look at their products before making a final decision.
Depending on what your priorities are – whether saving money in the long run, contributing to a cleaner environment or improving the value of your commercial property – certain qualities are more important than others. Here, focus on efficiency, reliability, durability, capacity, and warranties when making your decision.
How long does it take for a commercial solar system to be installed?
While the installation process typically starts with finding the right installer all the way down to the final fitting, the time taken to actually install these panels depends on the size of your system.
While smaller systems take around a day, larger panels can take up to 2 days to be installed. When sourcing installation companies, make sure their quote includes an estimation on how long this process will take. You can, therefore, make the necessary arrangements within your office in order to avoid the disruption of any activity that may come with the noise and other disturbances arising during this time.
What other factors do you need to look into when choosing a service provider
In the research and purchase process, identifying the best solar companies is likely to be a top priority.
Here, make sure you spare no time or effort in looking into a service provider that can not just meet but understands your needs. In this regard, check out the accreditations, experience, and the customer reviews your selected contenders enjoy. You should also check their website and products and determine if these match your needs and requirements.
When it comes to choosing the best commercial solar system provider, knowing what questions to ask can point you in the right direction.
By choosing the right solar incentives, knowing how to evaluate solar panels, and knowing who is responsible for monitoring and maintenance, enjoying hassle-free and reliable service is guaranteed from the word ‘go’.