Does Someone Have to Come to My Home Before a Solar Proposal?

  • Matthew De La Torre
  • Vice President of Engineering

You wouldn't let a doctor give you a diagnosis without a thorough exam; you shouldn't sign a solar proposal without a thorough exam of your home first. Your goal with both is accuracy and avoiding surprises.

With technologies like Google Earth, or even software you can run yourself on certain websites, why do solar companies need to go to your home for a solar appraisal? Can't they just evaluate your home remotely?

Online Data May Be Outdated

A solar company can look at online data for an initial idea about how suited your home may be for solar, but those images can be dated. Trees may have grown up and are now casting shade during some times of the year, items such as new HVAC systems may have been added to your roof, and your electrical panel may need to be upgraded to handle the additional voltage flowing through it.

The only way to give you a customized, specific proposal with no surprises is for an experienced solar tech to visit your home and check those things, as well as confirm the availability of Wifi for monitoring, and to see if there are any interior anomalies that can’t be seen from Google Earth.

What to Look for in a Solar Evaluation

The really good and thorough companies will take photos of your major appliances that use electricity so they can do an accurate load study. This is also part of the calculation to determine that your current electrical panel is prepared for a solar system. 

All this information, combined with your past electrical usage, should be what goes into figuring out how many panels you need, and the optimal location on your roof for them. What you don’t want are surprises later or worse yet, find out that your panel needs to be upgraded at the last moment. Unfortunately, some solar companies would rather install less solar than you need to offset 100%, rather than take the time to upgrade your electric panel to handle the complete load.

Renova Energy Provides Top-Quality Solar Evaluations in the Coachella Valley

It’s okay if a company gives you a general estimate ahead of time, but you should never sign anything until a comprehensive site survey has been done, the same way a doctor shouldn’t diagnose you without first performing a thorough exam. A reputable local company like Renova Energy won’t try to cut corners to get you to sign right away.

Call Renova Energy today for a free quote on your solar needs!

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