Solar panels are a complicated and costly long-term commitment.
Whether you decide to lease or buy them, you’ll be stuck with those panels for the long haul so you want to make sure they’re producing all the clean energy and energy cost savings you’re hoping for.
I’m teaming with Consumer Bob of NBC 7 San Diego to answer questions about what it takes to go solar, and the latest one we tackled was one of the most common I’ve received in the early weeks of my quest: How do you pick a solar company and make sure they’re offering a good deal?
Bob and I went over how to avoid the worst-case scenarios in this segment:
Here some additional tips I got from experts at the Center for Sustainable Energy, a San Diego-based nonprofit that aims to push solar and other environmentally friendly energy sources.
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Thanks Lisa for publishing this! I always find a great read here but this one hits close to home.
I have been looking for a good independent resource on solar to direct my customers to. They always have so many questions that you answer very well here. I think you really got some of the most important points about considering a solar provider, especially about reviewing bids in DC wattage. This can be tough to explain sometimes.
I would only add two more things that everyone must understand before they start looking fort a solar provider:
1. The most important aspect, as you stated, is whether to lease or own. But I would suggest you consider the ramifications of selling a house with leased solar panels and what they do to the value of your home. I would love to see Consumer Bob look into this!
2. The other factor that can really help homeowners is to consider the condition of their roof. A good solar company will never install solar panels on a fledgling roof. Most people don't think of that, and the consequences can be tough to deal with.
I might just submit a commentary on these! Thanks again!
There are a lot of solar companies out there. We were honored to offer input for this story. It is good to see so many people going solar. We hope our fellow San Diegans follow the advice in this article. We put together a solar academy page on our website at https://www.sullivansolarpower.com/solar-academy/how-does-solar-power-work
Wasn't San Diego suppose to do the Community Choice Aggregation thing? I think Andy Keatts wrote about this a while back. What happened to it? When are we going to get it? I remember he wrote that CCA was going to give residents one more option besides SDG&E as their power company. And CCA can be renewable power which is a big part of San Diego's climate action plan. What's the projected date for when all this is suppose to happen?
I'm asking because if the power I use is already renewable then I won't worry too much about installing my own solar system. I think he wrote that the price can be lower too. Sounds like a win-win with much less work for me. Is this CCA thing happening soon?