Tips to Selecting a Solar Contractor
- Get estimates. Request at least three detailed estimates from licensed contractors. Prices and project components (such as maintenance warranties) can vary a lot.
- Hire a licensed contractor. Your contractor should be licensed and eligible to participate in SDG&E’s incentive programs. You can verify the license status of a contractor and any subcontractors quickly by checking the Contractors State License Board web site. Be sure to check the contractor’s status before you sign a contract and throughout the project because the contractor's license status can change at any time.
- Hire a bonded and insured contractor. Make sure your contractor is bonded and insured. You need to understand the limits on your contractor's bonding and insurance to make sure your project is sufficiently covered by their policy.
- Request references. Request at least three references from your prospective contractors. If you can, try to visit some of their recently completed projects. By speaking with references, you should get a pretty good feel about their skill and work ethic.
- Get estimates in writing. Require your contractor to put all project expectations in writing. If the scope of the project changes during the course of the project, just be sure to capture it in writing.
- Read documents before you sign. Read all documentation carefully before you sign. It is important that you understand everything that you are agreeing to so that there are no regrets later.
- Eligibility. Any eligible contractor may work on your project. Contractors typically provide free site evaluations, a comprehensive quote and payback information. Self-installations are allowed, though uncommon.