Questions to Ask When Comparing Solar Companies

  • Vincent Battaglia MBA
  • Founder/CEO

When looking for the right solar company for your home or business, here are a few questions to ask yourself.

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  1. Is the company local and well established with a good reputation?

    Employee-owned Renova Energy has been committed to our community for almost 15 years. Renova Energy also has the highest rating in the country on Solar Reviews and a 5-Star rating on Yelp.
  2. What panels does the company install?

    Renova is the only SunPower Elite Dealer in our area. That means you get the industry’s most advanced and efficient panel available, from an American company. Make sure your panel can withstand the Desert environment and has third-party testing and verification.
  3. Is your installer accredited and licensed?

    Renova is one of 11 in the Nation and the only in Southern California to be accredited by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Renova has a C10 (Electrical), C46 (Solar), and B (General Building) as licensed by the California State Licensing Board.
  4. What is the company's experience?

    Renova has installed more than 5,000 systems for your neighbors and knows all the HOA and city guidelines and how to install in the harsh Desert weather.
  5. How much of my electric usage will be offset?

    In order to offer a competitive price, many companies propose a system that only covers a percentage of your electric usage. The result is an electric bill that will keep getting higher as electric prices increase. Renova strives to offset 95-100% of your electric bill in order to keep your total cost for electricity as low as possible and safeguard you.
  6. What should my total system size be?

    The total system size is based on the amount of electricity you will need for an entire year. A good company will take into account not just how much you have used in the past, but any anticipated changes to your lifestyle like the purchase of an electric car, wanting to live at a lower temperature, spending more time at your home, etc. Then the wattage of each panel and your roof’s suitability are taken into account to determine the final number of panels. Because SunPower panels each make up to 55% more energy than conventional panels over the life of the system, you won’t need as many, so you’ll end up with a more attractive array on your home. Make sure to compare the total system size and not just the number of panels when comparing proposals.
  7. What is the warranty on the panels and inverters?

    SunPower panels and the microinverters attached to them are covered by the industry’s best comprehensive 25-year product and production warranty. Many times other manufacturers will boast a 25-year power warranty but only offer a 10 or 12-year product warranty. These warranties may also require homeowners to pay for shipping or crew expenses to repair the module if there’s a problem. SunPower guarantees that your panel will still produce 92% of the original amount of energy at Year 25 - no other panel even comes close.
  8. Do you have a program to ensure my panels stay clean and operating at maximum efficiency?

    RenovaPLUS is the service division of Renova and offers cleaning, maintenance, repair, and inspection services for any solar system. We’re also certified to perform warranty work for most of the major manufacturers. You can rest assured Renova continues to be available for service after the sale.
  9. Will you complete a survey of my home before I have to sign a contract?

    Our Coachella Valley solar panel installation company will complete a survey of your home to make sure we are giving you the most accurate estimate and taking into account some specifics regarding your roof and electrical panel before asking you to sign a contract. However, we won’t need to come inside your home.

 

Contact Renova Energy today to discuss your Coachella Valley solar power needs and receive a quote! 

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