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Choosing the Right Solar Panel Company

With so many companies now on the solar panel van, and a significant feed-in tariff cut that began in April 2012, how do you know which one is right for you? In an informative article in Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, written by Eco Homes Assessor, Tim Pullen explains the best way to choose a reputable solar panel installation company. Here is a summary:

• Choose a company that employs all roofers and electricians. This will ensure that the installation is of the highest quality.

• Ask to see the qualifications of the installer – many companies use unqualified employees.

• Ask about the installer's roofing experience – many solar companies have no roofing experience at all and this is a very important skill. It's a bonus if they have an NVQ in solar roofs with a heritage experience. If you’re looking for solar panel companies in Bakersfield CA then visit,

• Choose a company that has hundreds of facilities under its belt and is happy to provide you with customer testimonials.

• Ask who guarantees workmanship and make sure it is written in case the company goes bankrupt. Reputable companies offer a ten-year solar care insurance guarantee.

• Ask who will check for structural integrity. It is not unusual for installers to miss the fact that solar panels may overload the roof structure.

Tim also offers his view on "renta-panel" where some companies offer to install solar PV panels on your roof and give you "free" electricity in return.

It's really a useful alternative if you don't have the funds to cover the installation right now, but you want to lower your energy bills right away. What you should do is agree on the repurchase cost with the installer, so that you can eventually own the solar panels and become eligible for the feed-in tariff system at a later time.

For all homeowners who generate green electricity from products such as photovoltaic solar panels, their energy provider will pay them for every kilowatt-hour generated per day for 24 years. This is tax-free and index-linked too!