How to Choose a Trusted Solar Installer

Finding an experienced solar installer is important for your home or farm. In recent years, there’s been a swell of companies trying to cash in on the popularity of solar. They are in it for the short-term profit, and lack the experience needed for designing and installing systems in a variety of contexts. For your property, you want to find a solar system provider that is committed to helping you find a system that’s right for you.

Here are some tips to help when you are considering a solar panel installation:

Determine Your Needs

Are you looking to power a remote location? Or do you want a system that meets your whole home’s power needs? Determining the scope of your project will help you choose a solar provider that will meet your specific needs.

Solar companies specialize in certain applications, like off-grid remote locations or on-grid home systems. They might also be better equipped to serve a single category of installation, focusing on home, business, or agriculture needs. Find a reputable company that’s been installing systems similar to your project for years.

A good company can assist you in figuring out your specific solar needs. They will visit your property, evaluate potential locations for panels, and point out any potential issues for a system install. Using your current electric bills, they should also calculate the size of a system you’ll need to install to meet your needs.

Find a Local Provider

Every state and municipality has different laws, regulations, and rebates for installing solar panels. Local solar companies have worked on homes and farms in your area, so they know the rules to follow and what rebates and tax incentives you may qualify for. They also know about your area’s climate and weather patterns, so they will be able to get the most out of your new system. Plus, a local provider is easier to reach if there is ever a concern with your new solar system.

Ask Questions

For many, solar energy is still a relatively new and unknown technology. If you are going to depend on a solar system to meet your power needs for the next 20 years, you should know everything you can about the system.

You should want a solar installer that is knowledgeable about solar technology, and is willing to share that with you. The best solar companies earn a certification from NABCEP, which requires a minimum of 58 hours of training and a rigorous examination.

A good solar installer should be able to explain to you how your new solar system works. This shouldn’t be a sales pitch; instead, the installer will patiently explain how the system generates electric and show you important controls.


For the last 16 years, homeowners and farmers across south-central Pennsylvania have trusted Belmont Solar for their solar needs. We’ve installed hundreds of off-grid and hybrid solar systems of all sizes, and we can custom-design a solar system for your home’s needs. If you want a knowledgeable, local company to introduce you to solar technology, contact Belmont Solar today.


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