Hiring a solar contractor
When selecting a solar contractor, ask trusted friends and neighbors for references.
Visit www.myfloridalicense.com, the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR), to confirm the company you are hiring is properly licensed and insured for the work they will be performing. To sign a contract with a homeowner for solar, they must have a Florida contractors license and it must be on the contract. If a company is at your home selling solar ask for their state license number. Verify the information they provide by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com.
Read the entire contract presented by the contractor, including fine print and addendums. Florida law requires a contractor to apply for a permit within 30 days and start work within 90 days if he collects more than 10 percent of the contract up front. Understand the terms for cancelation, payment schedule, how long the work is expected to take and what will happen should the costs or times exceed the estimates. Note: If you purchase goods or services during the course of a "home solicitation sale," you maintain a three-day right to cancel. A sale is considered a “home solicitation sale” if it takes place in your home, or at a location which is not the main or permanent place of business for the seller, so long as the purchase price is more than $25.
Homeowner's Insurance & Solar
Member contractors have shared with FlaSEIA that the following insurance carriers are friendly to homeowner owned rooftop solar.
1) Tower Hill
2) Florida Family
3) American Integrity
4) Florida Peninsula
5) Universal P&C
6) Typ Tap
Homeowners will need to work with their local agent to obtain quotes for a policy.
Ethical Business Practices
We encourage the ethical conduct of companies participating in the solar market. FlaSEIA is not a law enforcement organization but it can provide resources to assist people to find the appropriate law enforcement organization.