Investing in a solar power system is an important decision. Although it is also an exciting experience, it is also easy to get easily swayed by clever advertising tactics and high pressure sales persons.

When looking at specific solar panels, you need to carefully evaluate each one for factors such as efficiency, cost maintenance, length of contract, etc. This isn’t a five year purchase, rather an investment of a lifetime, so the decision must be arrived at carefully and with some thought.

To help you make a sound buying decision, we’ve come with some points that will help you make the best choice:

#1 Ask for Recommendations

Speak to family members, friends, neighbours and office colleagues; anyone who has solar panels installed. They will be able to share their experiences with you and their recommendations or problems/concerns with the service provider they might have used. This will serve as your starting point in terms of which solar panel company to visit and which ones to avoid!

#2 Look at the Manufacturer’s Warranty

Take a close look at the guarantees being offered by the manufacturer. A reliable and reputable manufacturer would offer a substantial warranty period, i.e. 20-25 years. Solar panels last 30 to 40 years, so you want the warranty to cover a large portion of this period. This will also help you earn maximum saving. Keep in mind, in order for the warranty to be fulfilled, the manufacturer must still be operating. Research your manufacturer carefully. Opt for an established company.

#3 Carefully examine Solar Panel Certifications

The certification listed on your solar panel will indicate which types of tests it has undergone. Results conducted by an independent laboratory are more reliable whereas those conducted by the company are self-assessed. Do you trust what the company is stating?

#4 Decide which types of panels you want

Solar panel technology has rapidly advanced in the last ten years. You have many more choices than ever before. Your roof size will generally determine the type of panel you need. Before heading out to shop for an actual panel, carefully read and understand this technology. Pay close attention to terms like mono crystalline and thin film.

#5 Solar Panel Mounting

Ensure your roof, tracking system or ground mounting system is installed by an engineer who is certified for your area. For instance if your location is prone to cyclones, make sure your mounting brackets and system is also cyclone rated. Top quality systems are certified for wind, rain and other natural occurrences. The mounting system is a critical component of your solar panel system, but unfortunately many suppliers skip out on this feature.

#6 Efficiency of your Solar Inverter

An important component of your solar power system is the power inverter. It converts electrical current from DC to AC so that it is suitable for home use. Not all inverters are efficient. Closely examine the inverter’s efficiency before purchasing it. Higher efficiency means less electricity wastage.

#7 Obtain Several Quotes

It is important to gather several quotes before purchasing a solar panel system. The cost varies between providers. Do not be swayed by low prices or cheap components. These may need to be replaced quickly and end up costing you more in the long run.
Your solar panel system is an important purchase. With these tips in mind, you can make an informed decision.

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