Do Your Homework


Jack FernardIf I had to phrase my experience as a solar shopper, I'd say the home power market has got to be the new Wild West. Things are changing extremely fast! Scientific American labeled the solar boom as "unprecedented." Panel performance has gone up dramatically, while price continues to go down. And riding this wave of ever-increasing capabilities are a whole host of salesman; cowboys who sling strange sounding terms around so fast that you can be left wondering if they are even talking your language. It can be tough to make sense of it all - really tough. But if you want a system that will do the job and do it at an affordable price, then you have got to do your homework. This is a must! Shortcuts will cost you dearly.

Here are some super simple things that I learned as a solar shopper.

*Get multiple quotes - like a lot of them!

This might seem obvious, but remember, you are in the Wild West. While you might assume that quotes for a clearly defined system should be relatively close, this is not necessarily the case. The following are the most interesting four of the several quotes I received.

Salesman A had been in the solar business for decades. He was very comfortable in his knowledge of off-grid systems and had loads of advice. But, he didn't use email. ...?!!... Yes, believe it or not, there are still people in sales positions who have not learned how to use email.

*Quote: Didn't bother asking for one!

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