Best for: Homeowners who need assistance connecting with local solar energy companies.
The National Solar Network is a good service for people who:
Want to install solar energy systems in their homes but aren’t sure where to begin
Want to get quotes from local solar energy companies
Have time to spend talking with representatives from various companies
Connects you with local companies
Helps you save money on electric bills and increases the value of your home
You can qualify for $0 down and no out of pocket expenses
You will still need to do due diligence regarding the reputation of local companies and the quality of their products
Complaints of spamming and unsolicited phone calls
The National Solar Network is a network of websites that offers free quotes for people who are interested in installing solar energy systems in their homes. Its main purpose is to connect customers with local solar energy companies.
This is a good service for homeowners who prefer local companies to contact them as opposed to having to go out and search for these companies themselves.
The National Solar Network is a middleman that connects potential customers with local companies.
It is not a solar energy company, a solar panel manufacturer, or an installation team - the website, and its network of websites, gathers consumer information and then sells it to local solar energy companies and installers, who in turn, contact the consumer to offer a free quote.
In this way, it is quite efficient - if it’s quotes you want, then quotes you will get. You also won’t have to go out and search for local companies - rather, they will come to you. However, you will still need to do your due diligence and make sure that the company you are considering is reputable and professional. The National Solar Network makes no assurances or guarantees about the solar panels, installation, customer service, or the companies themselves.
It costs nothing to input your information into The National Solar Network website and get a free quote - apart from your time. While inputting your information can take just a few minutes, the phone calls that you will receive after can take up a significant amount of time, as your information will be passed on to a number of local companies, and each will want to talk to you about project specifics in order to offer an accurate quote.
If you’re serious about installing a solar energy system, you need not be put off by the “high cost” of time that you will need to invest - for better or worse, this is what’s necessary to make sure you get the best quality products and service.
In terms of how the actual quote is calculated, most companies base their quotes on a number of factors, including your city and state, location of the property (shaded or in full or partial sun), your current electricity provider, your monthly electric bills, projected electric bills and whether you are leasing a system or buying. Each consumer will receive a unique quote based on their specific circumstances.
Since the National Solar Network is a middleman, not a solar energy company itself, the nature of its reputation is debateable. Yes, the Network does in fact connect consumers with local energy companies. However, the Network also gives out your information to partners that you don’t know by name and whose reputations may be questionable.
From time to time, we may contact you (via email, direct marketing, or telemarketing) about other products and services that we believe may interest you. In addition, we may also provide your personal information to third parties so that these third parties may contact you (via email, direct marketing, or telemarketing) directly about (i) your information/service requests or (ii) their own products and services.
While there is an “Unsubscribe” and “Do Not Call” option, there have been several complaints logged to the Better Business Bureau about receiving emails and phone calls even after these options were checked.
Once The National Solar Network connects you with various local companies, it is up to you to choose which one you want, and which one will, subsequently, be responsible for the structure and installation of your solar energy system.
The National Solar Network does not guarantee the quality of the structure or installation - so due diligence on your part is essential. This mainly entails looking up the company online and finding all the information you can. Don’t just read the website - dig right into customer reviews and see how the company’s promises play out in real life.
Here are some factors you can consider when looking into a solar energy system’s structure and installation:
- How does the structure actually look (modern, sleek, ugly)?
- How will it get fitted and installed?
- How long will the installation take?
- Experience of the installation team
If you find a company that offers a good price along with quality materials and an experienced installation team, you’ve struck gold.
Because The National Solar Network is a middleman, not a solar energy company, it does not offer any warranties or provide maintenance. (The website does offer to help find out if you qualify for Federal Tax Incentives, but that is something different.)
Therefore, once The National Solar Network has connected you with local companies, it will be up to you to find out about the warranties each offers and the maintenance it provides, if necessary.
When talking with representatives from local companies, be aware your options. Most solar energy systems come with a warranty from the manufacturer and/or company - but the number of years and the small print may vary. Take note of what each company offers so that you can get the best coverage.
Also make sure to ask what sort of maintenance is involved, and whether it will be covered with the warranty you are purchasing.
The National Solar Network can be helpful to consumers who are truly interested in going solar. By acting as a middleman, it connects you with local solar energy companies who will contact you, as opposed to you having to go out and search for them yourself.
However, there are two main issues to keep in mind before putting your information into The National Solar Network:
The National Solar Network recommends companies that pay for consumer information. You can’t rely on their word alone that they will do a good job. Rather, make sure to do your due diligence to get high-quality customer service and products.
Once you sign up for a free quote, you will receive sales calls from various local solar energy companies. So make sure you are truly ready to take the plunge into this project - otherwise, you will end up fielding a lot of unwanted telephone calls.
The National Solar Network is a company that owns a number of websites, which connect consumers with local solar energy companies. These companies offer free quotes to people who are interested in installing solar energy systems in their homes. It is a free service and can be useful for consumers who are truly interested in going solar.
8022 S. Rainbow Blvd Ste 185, Las Vegas, NV 89139