Solar America is on a mission to connect homeowners with the right installer, the right solar tech, and the best savings they can get through solar installation.
As a referral program, you won’t find much information on quality and efficiency here. There is a vast amount of content in the website’s blog, but nothing on specific products or energy ratings. Since customer requests are relayed to local installers, there’s a lot of variety in the products that might be used to complete an installation at your home. Despite a lot of content on the blog, there wasn’t much educational information to be found about the components of the solar system or what might be involved in the process.
Some solar companies provide a calculator that estimates how much you could save by switching to solar energy. Unfortunately, this company does not offer that as part of the free quote request.
There’s zero information currently available from Solar America on the cost of installation through its network of installers. It also does not list any information on financing, or lease options.
With that said, there are still government rebate programs that can help reduce the cost incurred from installation and conversion to renewable energy.
Solar America does not list any previous experience, founding date, or portfolio showcasing previous installations. Even with a network of installers in various states it’s a good idea to display some of the network partners and the work they’ve done in the past. This isn’t any kind of a deal breaker though, especially when you consider how every home is a little different, which means every installation is a custom setup and layout.
The company is likely to outsource quote requests to reputable contractors with plenty of experience, and you’ll have the opportunity to compare quotes as well as the portfolios of those companies.
Again, while the site does have a large volume of information in the blog, there’s virtually no information on the structure and installation of solar in the home. This could make it difficult for homeowners to understand how the solar install might look, or what’s involved in the installation.
You’ll still be involved in the installation process. Since it’s a referral organization that finds you the best local contractors, you’ll be able to choose from among several contractors to decide who completes the installation in your home. While information may be lacking, you can feel comfortable knowing that Solar America will work to connect you with the most experienced and reliable contractors in your area.
Solar America has no information on solar panel systems warranties and maintenance anywhere on its site. This is fairly important information to have when considering a solar installer, and it’s disappointing to see that there isn’t even a mention of manufacturer or installer warranties.
On the upside, virtually every certified installer will offer some kind of maintenance package – either included or separate – as well as warranties that will cover the work they do. In addition to their own warranties, you can expect some products and parts to have manufacturer warranties of some degree.
It’s best to review this information with the installer(s) who show at your home to provide an estimate for solar panel installation.
With the wealth of information in Solar America’s blog, it’s clear that they’re passionate about helping homeowners save money and move America toward cleaner, renewable energy. Hopefully, the company will also add more information to the site to help homeowners make faster, informed decisions about what kind of solar system they want to have installed.