Solar energy has been in the news lately and Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) would like to offer some helpful advice for avoiding pitfalls often associated with the purchase and installation of a solar energy system for the home.
Like any other major home purchase, try to get quotes for your solar project from at least three contractors. SVEC recommends selecting a contractor who is licensed and insured. A great place to find reputable solar contractors is the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association.
In preparing their quotes, contractors should review your past electricity consumption before sizing your solar system. SVEC members can view and print copies of past bills using the co-op’s SmartHub account management tool. The contractor should provide a detailed cost breakdown, realistic figures on the amount of energy your system will produce and an estimated payback period. [click for full article]