Who are the best solar installers in Australia? You need solar quotes, but you don’t want to get a dodgy solar installer.
Here are 5 rock-solid tips to steer you in the right direction. From an industry expert who’s swam with the “sharks”.
- Narrow down the candidates – every man and his dog have a solar company. So it’s extremely important to get the right advice, and to find the installers who have been in the game for a while. First thing’s first – weed out the sharks. If you’ve been canvassed (on the phone or by door-knockers) chances are this is not the installer you want to go with. Either they are “cheap and nasty” OR they hope you won’t compare them to anyone else so they can put their prices up 300% of market value! Should be criminal but this happens all the time.
- Look very closely at each of the solar installers on your short-list – It helps to have a list handy – like a table to compare certain key things like company age, whether they subcontract installation, online review scores etc. If you look at these key things closely you should get a pretty good picture of these installers in an easy-to-compare way.
- Compare the products – This can be difficult. There are so many solar products on the market. What you DON’T want to do is compare cheap panel/inverter combos with high-quality ones and make the wrong choice on that. On one hand, it’s possible that the cheaper option has equivalent (or even superior) products – but it’s not always the case. Do your research on the panels and the inverters especially and try to compare “like with like”.
- Look at the merits of each solar installer – If you narrowed the list down to say 3 installers – you should be able to clearly identify which are the good points about each option (without thinking too much about products). If you highlight the strengths of each installer clearly, you can see what holds most value for you.
- Think about the site visit – Did each solar installer come and do a site visit? If not, why not? Was the rep professional? Or did they make you feel uneasy at all?
- The reason you shouldn’t think too much about products is that products don’t “make” the good experience. Installers can (for the most part) get any product you want.
- Beware of fake online reviews – if you’re comparing solar installers by things you read online – take note of the source carefully. Some installers can be devious.
- Ultimately the best solar installer for you is the one who is experienced, answers your questions, has a good reputation and good pricing.
- Don’t go for the cheapest necessarily – but ask for a discount. Often you’ll save yourself some upfront $. The worst that can happen is they say no.