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Solar contractors are the main kind of solar company in California, aside from solar equipment manufacturers. Sometimes called a solar installer, the contractor is the one who mounts the solar panels, connects the panels to the home’s power system and, where it is possible, connects the solar panels to the power company’s main “grid.”

In most cases homeowners will deal directly with a solar contractor. Whether it’s leasing or buying a solar system, the solar contractor has a lot of responsibility. Punching holes on your rooftop and adding components to your electric system requires lots of knowledge and experience.

Under a solar leasing agreement, the solar contractor and homeowner are bound for a long period of time, and you want to make sure that your system produces the amount of electricity promissed even after 10 or 20 years. The good thing in the leasing agreement is that you are guaranteed for production. The contractor will typically fix or maintain the home solar system if it breaks or doesn’t provide the desired solar energy to the home, so finding the right contractor for a solar lease is important—especially since the lifespan of your solar leasing arrangement averages 20 years.

Research Your Local California Solar Contractors

So what should you look for in a contractor? First of all, you should make sure the solar contractor is properly certified in the state you live in. Certification means the contractor has the right knowledge and skills to properly install your system and frequently will tell you that the contractor adheres to quality standards. It is also good to find out about the contractor’s experience. Does the company have lots of experience doing solar panel installations? Have they had good feedback from customers in the past? These are the kinds of questions you should ask. Finally, you should speak with the contractor yourself. Frequently, most of the installers are general contractors who specialize in solar systems.

A quick online research and a 45-minute, in-home session will probably be sufficient to determine if the solar contractor is the one for you.