Where to find an installer,
state and local incentives
Any search for a local installer should start at
For local rebates, grants and tax incentives, see
handles the permitting and inspection fees and are all applicable taxes
accounted for? What are the warranty and service-visit policies? What
about cost overruns — if fees or charges rise unexpectedly, who pays?
Scheduling and installation
Once you’ve settled on an installer, negotiate firm dates for installation and commissioning. (That’s when the completed system has
been inspected and is actually connected to the grid and running.)
A post-commissioning visit from the installer should validate system
performance, and the rep can explain the inverter’s monitor display so
you can track power production. Be sure to get the equipment manuals
and warranties and file them safely. GS
Seth masia is deputy editor of SOLAR TODAY and Solar@Work.
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