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Choosing the Right Solar Panel Company

The best way to choose a reputable solar panel installation company is explained in an informative article in Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, written by Tim Pullen, a consultant at Eco Homes. Below is a summary:

• Choose a company that employs its own roofers and electricians. This will ensure that your installation is of the highest quality.

• Ask to see installer qualifications – Many companies use unqualified personnel.

• Ask what roofing experience the installer has; many solar companies have no roofing experience and this is a crucial skill. It is an advantage if they have an NVQ on sunroofs with historical experience. You can check out the best solar company from the link Infinityenergy.

• Choose a company that has hundreds of facilities under its belt and is happy to provide you with customer testimonials.

• Ask who guarantees the labor and make sure it is insured in case the business goes out of business. Reputable companies offer a ten-year sun care insurance guarantee.

• Ask who will verify structural integrity. It is not unusual for installers to overlook the fact that solar panels can overload the roof structure.

Tim also gives his opinion on 'rent-panel' where some companies offer to mount photovoltaic solar panels on your roof and give you 'free' electricity in return. He believes that while it can save £ 480 a year on a 4kW array, the company will make around £ 1,320 under the feed rate scheme.

It really is a useful alternative if you don't have the funds to cover the installation right now, but want to cut your energy bills right away. What you need to do is agree on a buyback cost with the installing company, so that you can eventually own the solar panels and be eligible for the power rate scheme at a later date.

All homeowners who generate green electricity from products such as photovoltaic solar panels will be paid by their energy provider for each kilowatt-hour generated every day for 24 years. And that's tax-free and indexed too!