The Advantages of a Personal Energy Advisor for Your Solar Project

By Hannah Glenn
May 03, 2018
The advantages of a personal energy advisor for solar

The growth of solar is great news for homeowners looking to maximize their energy savings.

But you might find yourself overwhelmed with sales meetings, radio, TV, and online ads from solar companies, all claiming to offer the best products and services.

When it comes to researching your solar project, where do you start? Who can you trust to make sure you get the best deal for you, and not skewed for the companies facilitating the process?

Having an unbiased third party is a huge advantage as you navigate the world of solar. Here’s how a Pick My Solar energy advisor can help you through the steps of your solar search and install.

Analyze your energy needs and system requirements

It starts with an Energy Advisor reviewing how much power you’ll need to generate, your home's roof characteristics, and your solar panel preferences. From there, they develop an energy plan for your home and its unique size, structure, and needs.

Find vendors you trust with competitive prices

Once you know what you’re looking for, you’re ready to research solar vendors and installers.

Pick My Solar Energy Advisors

Smart buying practices on major purchases require diving into the business accreditations and reviews for each company. While it’s always a good idea to do your own homework, an independent Energy Advisor can help you by supplying a list of vendors who fit your project.

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Energy Advisors with Pick My Solar maintain a database of vetted vendors on our installer-neutral platform. It doesn’t directly benefit Pick My Solar whether you select one vendor over another. It’s entirely about what makes the most sense for you.

We help you configure your unique solar project and collect bids from qualified installers. You review the top three bids that fit your vision and price point. This model eliminates hours of digging and sorting or any guesswork.

Figure out solar financing plus find rebates and incentives

The money portion of solar can be intimidating. An Energy Advisor will help you review your options, such as an upfront cash purchase, a lease, PACE financing, or a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). This includes strategizing the best way to pay for your solar system while considering your financial goals.

You’ll also want to make sure you’re taking advantage of all the available solar rebates and incentives you’re eligible for. There are local, state, and federal tax breaks you can take advantage of. An energy advisor has a deep knowledge of these and can help you catch an opportunity you might overlook.

Permitting and installing your solar project

Policies on permits and approvals for solar projects vary from state to state and even from city to city. Having a knowledgeable Energy Advisor who knows the ins and outs of paperwork and processes can make the experience easier and smoother.

After my solar install: how is it performing?

This is often overlooked but is perhaps one of the most important steps. Now that you have your new rooftop solar system, are you happy with the results?

Of course, you’ll have different options for monitoring your system’s performance, depending on your equipment and its features. You’ll be supported by your installer’s customer service and protected by any warranties you selected.

Beyond this, Pick My Solar Energy Advisors won’t disappear once your install is complete. We keep checking in to be sure the installers are holding up their end of the deal.

Interested in having a Pick My Solar Energy Advisor in your corner as you dive into solar? You can talk to one of us today by calling 888-454-9979 or chat with us online.

We’ll be there to guard your interests through the process, making your solar project an investment you’ll enjoy from start through finish.

Hannah Glenn

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Hannah Glenn

Hannah Glenn is a writer specializing in renewable energy and healthcare. When not 10 inches from a computer screen, Hannah loves hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and reading National Geographic.

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