Comparing Solar Price Quotes: Configuration, Financing, Reviews

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on the variables you should be considering while comparing price quotes and estimates from different solar power companies. Just like any other major home service, it pays to get multiple such quotes when considering a significant investment in solar power, and there are a few important factors to be keeping closely in mind as you do so.

At Intermountain Wind & Solar, we’re happy to see our residential and commercial solar power services compared to our competitors – we want all our prospective clients to get the very best in solar equipment and service, for starters, but we’re also very confident we’re the ones best-suited to provide these services in nearly every case. What are some of the other important variables you should be asking about and comparing when going through price quotes and other details for your upcoming solar panel partnership and installation? Here are several to keep in mind.

System Configuration

There are a few detailed factors that impact the amount of solar power generated by your panels, and one is the way the panels themselves are configured on your roof. This will vary between different installers and also the roof type on your home, and is part of the reason why working with local professionals who have knowledge of the area is important – there may be some specific factors that are unique to your area that play a role here.

In addition, panel configuration may impact the way your panels look from the ground, and therefore your curb appeal. Compare various design formats and ask different installers why they prioritize certain configurations, plus ask specifically about why certain installers are different from others here and how this will impact your power generated and aesthetics.

Financing Options

There are several solar power financing options for those who are not able to pay for their system up-front. These include solar loans, solar leases and solar power purchase agreements, which involve third-party-owned systems on your site. You need to understand the benefits and drawbacks of each of these, plus ask about various financing incentives or related rebates a given installer might offer.

Reviews and Reputation

Finally, just like for any other major home or building service you might be looking into, it pays to evaluate reviews and the local reputation of the company. Google reviews are enormously valuable in these kinds of industries, allowing you to evaluate the experiences of wide swaths of clients to find out how a company operates. In addition, if you have multiple friends or family members who have had a great experience with a local installer, you might consider them more strongly (or vice versa if they’ve had a poor experience).

For more on how to compare solar installers to get the very best services, or to learn about any of our solar panel installation or upkeep services, speak to the staff at Intermountain Wind & Solar today.

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