Getting the most out of your solar system starts with a good Solar Consultant. Finding a knowledgeable Solar Consultant who can help you understand the benefits of solar, design a system for your home, and find the best financing for your family is important in getting the most out of your solar system. They should be able to clearly outline how solar will work on your home, and, more importantly, how it will help you achieve your goals.

It helps for you to be prepared, so give some thought to the following questions. Be ready to answer the questions that you can but don’t worry about the ones you can’t. Not only will a good Solar Consultant be asking these questions, but they will help you understand them to your benefit. Here are the top things to prepare when meeting with a Solar Consultant:

  • What are your personal goals? Why do you want to purchase a solar system and what are your priorities with solar?
    • Like most major purchases, everybody has their own preferences. The reasons people buy solar varies. If your Solar Consultant does not start by asking why you want to purchase a solar system, and what you hope to accomplish with it, they probably don’t understand enough about solar to address all that is important to you, and they are only trying to sell you what they want to offer. This usually ends up with a solar system that is either too large, or too small, costs much more than it should cost, and is not optimized to give you a good return on investment, or to address your other wants.
    • Your goals might include: savings, increased value of their home, independence from your utility, decreasing your carbon footprint. What matters most to you?
  • How much energy do you use each year?
    • Twelve months of utility bills will help with the most accurate analysis for you and a good Solar Consultant will ask you to provide them, or they will help you get this information.
    • Even better, can you provide your usage history downloaded from your utility’s website?
  • Do you have roof warranty information available?
  • Do you have roof warranty information available?
  • Do you have any concerns about where your solar system is installed, or how it looks?
  • Do you have a budget in mind?
  • Do you pay taxes each year to be able to use the tax credits?
  • Are you interested in leasing options?
  • Do you feel that you can qualify for financing, like you would for a car?
  • How much of your energy consumption do you want to offset with solar?
  • Is reducing your electric bill to the absolute minimum most important, or is the best return on investment better for you?
  • Are you more concerned about any particular brands of solar equipment?
  • What is most important to you when making a large purchase decision?

Don’t have the answers to all of these? Don’t worry, we’re happy to walk you through them and help you think through your options but thinking about them ahead of time will help you make the most of your time with your Solar Consultant and ensure that they have your best interest in mind. For more information about going solar, download our Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar or contact us to start your solar consultation today!