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Solar energy is our number one source of renewable energy, which is why so many homeowners are turning toward solar power in order to save money, protect the environment, and become less dependent on utility companies and their rising rates.

As a result, more and more solar installation companies are surfacing in order to meet the rise in demand. This is why it so crucial to choose a company that is on your side. One that can educate and guide you through the process. One that treats your home as if it were their own. And one that truly designs for your maximum savings, not their bottom line.

But how do you do that? How do you ensure you are choosing the right company? Here are some things to consider.

REPUTATION

In a fast-growing industry like solar energy, it’s especially important to know the reputation of the company you’re considering. New companies may be showing up in the marketplace, but that doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily offer the best service or be around long enough to support their product line years from now.

Look for stability in your solar installer. You’ll want to find a company that has developed a great reputation over a number of years with a long track record of satisfied customers from projects similar in scope to yours.

Be sure to read consumer reviews, check for company ratings, look for industry awards and confirm they are both certified and accredited.

THE SYSTEM

There are a wide range of solar panel systems on the market and the technology itself is going to be a big part of your decision. No matter what system you decide on, the key thing you’ll be looking for is efficiency– and that means understanding both the energy generated and the cost of doing so.

Some solar systems generate power more efficiently than others, depending on their design and the type of materials they’re made from. And price efficiency can matter too, because you don’t want to find yourself spending a whole lot more money for just a tiny increase in power. Likewise, if a slightly bigger investment can yield a large boost in energy generated, it can make sense to spend the extra money.

Look closely at the math and pick the system that gives you the best return for your money. Many solar systems will pay for themselves over a number of years, so choosing one to be installed by a well-regarded company can be a wise financial move.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Going solar extends far beyond simply installing panels. In order to maximize savings, look for a company that offers additional services and smart technology.

For example, integrating solar with battery storage and/or an energy management system, will produce a high return on investment, while providing added security for you and your family. Saving money isn’t limited to just creating your own personal energy. For the most cost-effective solution, energy management tools can help you automate energy use, grid demand, and household comfort.

Further, if you’re doing new construction that will have solar components, look for a company that can also serve as your general contractor. The bigger the project, the more important it is to have the solar system integrated into the design and construction from start to finish– not added on as an afterthought by a contractor that doesn’t typically incorporate solar elements into their projects.

FINANCING OPTIONS

Funding for solar depends on your lifestyle, taxable income, personal preference and your desired savings. Therefore, it’s important to find a solar installation company that offers financing solutions in order to meet your needs and your goals.

First, take advantage of both state and federal incentives, along with any government programs, which can assist and/or offset the cost of installing solar.

Secondly, find a payment option that is right for you. There are typically three ways in which buyers can purchase their solar system:

Cash: The simplest and most direct way of paying for your system. Cash buyers may be eligible for a 30 percent tax credit from the federal government, along with other rebates that can reduce the installation cost up to 50 percent. This option ensures there will never be a rate increase and has shown to have the greatest return on investment.

Loans: Finance your residential system with no money down. You own the system and keep all the tax incentives. Low fixed monthly payments with no escalator and no prepayment penalty. Loan terms can range from 10 to 25 years, depending on your preference and financial means.

Leases: No money down, complete system warranty, production guarantee and insurance for the duration of the lease. Third party keeps tax and utility benefits and passes the value on in the form of monthly payments.

Sunny Energy has helped more than 3,000 homeowners produce their own clean, smart, reliable and inexpensive energy. And we can help you, too! Our team puts you, your needs and your home at the core of the design. We offer competitive pricing that is focused on driving the most value, and financing options so you can maximize your savings. We want you to have the right system, not the biggest and we design for your investment, not our revenue. Get your FREE online quote by visiting http://bit.ly/sunnyquote or give us a call 480-257-3283