Solar panels are bought as a long-term investment and you want to work at their optimum best throughout their lifespan. The most critical part of a solar panel’s lifespan begins at installation; if the job isn’t done thoroughly and properly, then your investment could start costing you, rather than working for you. But how do you tell if a solar installer is any good? At MIG Renewables, we’ve put together the top three things you should look out for when deciding who you’re going to choose to put your panels up.
- MCS Accreditation. The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is an industry-led and internationally-recognised certificate of assurance. Not only does MCS certify products, but it also certifies installation companies to ensure that their installers work to the highest possible standards and product scheme requirements. It’s worth remembering that if your installer isn’t MCS certified, then you won’t qualify for the Feed-In Tariff scheme and, as a result, you won’t get paid for the energy you generate.
- An initial assessment. A good installer will be happy to visit your home and give you advice, as part of an obligation-free assessment. Their visit should see them taking into account things like the angle of your roof and where the best place for your solar panels might be. In addition, you should expect a review of just how energy-efficient your home is and if there are any areas that could be improved upon. On top of that, a good installer should be able to give you a good idea of how much money you could potentially save through choosing renewable energy.
- Hard-sell. TAn initial assessment. A good installer will be happy to visit your home and give you advice, as part of an obligation-free assessment.. A top-quality installer from a top-quality solar panel company doesn’t need any hard-sell tactics; he’ll have his accreditations and the company he works for will only sell certified products.
Choosing a solar panel installer can be a bit daunting. If you’re considering solar panels and want some sensible, free advice then feel free to drop us a line.