If you’re thinking about making the switch to solar, you might be wondering how to find the best solar company for you.
It may seem like a bit of a minefield when you first start searching… with so many companies out there, how do you know which one to pick?
At Econnect Solar we believe that there are five key things to look for when choosing a solar company.
1. Look for in-house installers, not subcontractors
What do you think is the biggest obstacle for a project being completed on time and on budget?
It is outsourcing.
Many solar companies are project and sales managers. They don’t train and employ their own installers and electricians. They outsource install labour to one company, the engineering to another company and the electrical portion to yet another.
How does this help you choose the best solar company?
Choosing a solar company with a team they have complete control over gives you confidence. If you choose a company that subcontracts all their work out, this ultimately puts your return on investment at risk.
2. Check the Solar Company provides Aftercare
Aftercare is crucial when you purchase a solar system. Should there be system performance issues, you want to know you can rely on the installation company to solve them.
How does this make it easier for you?
Companies that outsource, often point the finger at each other, leaving you with system performance issues unresolved. If the company operates as one, with an aftercare service, you deal with only one point of contact pre and post-installation.
3. Check for Clean Energy Council Accredited Sparkies
The implementation of a solar system is critical to maximising your return. It requires a united approach, and expertise in understanding your switchboard and cabling.
Make sure you choose a solar company that employs their own Clean Energy Council Accredited Electricians. It also helps if they have the ability to provide electrical extras, like Mains Upgrades, Switchboard Upgrades and Underground Cabling.
How does this impact the quality of install?
If you deal with a solar company that provides electrical upgrades, you don’t have to worry about sourcing multiple contractors to get your solar system set up. It also means they can work quickly and efficiently to resolve any electrical issues you might have.
4. Check the price of your system
We have seen cases where sales staff quoted cheap solar prices without considering (or understanding) the technical issues for a roof just to get the sale. When the solar installers arrived to do the job, they realised the promise of the sales staff was unrealistic. Econnect Solar is owned and operated by electricians. This ensures that we only make promises we can keep.
Why aren’t cheap systems the best solar systems?
You might think that saving a few grand is the best option, but as they say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. If you’re getting a 6.6kW system installed for under $3,000 be wary. They’re either using cheap panels or employing very cheap subcontractors to install your system.
5. Check if the company is 100% Aussie Owned
The best solar technology is made overseas, and no panels made in Australia match the performance of big brands. That’s why supporting Aussie owned install companies is so important. It’s the only way to keep some of the money in Australia, and keep our economy strong.
Why does buying Aussie owned matter?
If you care about supporting Australia, but also want the best solar technology for your system, this is the best way to do it. It’s no secret the best solar products comes from Europe and Asia. Working with Aussie owned companies makes sure that jobs and profits are kept in our country, without sacrificing quality and performance.