The fear of regret after choosing the wrong person is always real. Yet in most circumstances the wrong people or company are the ones that appear with most exciting offers, as they are patient and willing to work with your budget as opposed to working with a practical design.
Practical guide to choosing the right solar Installer for your project.
1. Are they Qualified?
Your solar system needs to be done by someone who is trained to do Solar and more so trained by a legitimate verifiable institution? In recent years there has been a spiral growth in the number of institutions offering fly by night solar training courses as a response to national power crisis. However not all are offering legitimate training as the emphasis maybe on money as opposed to quality. A customer has the responsibility of checking whether there prospective installer has the right credentials to do the job.
2. Do they have a Physical Address
One of the most important thing in choosing who is to do your solar installation is whether the Installer has a verifiable physical address. In cases of challenges which are always part of any project a customer needs to know that their service provider must be physically reachable. Majority of those that have no physical addresses may prove to be difficult to deal with if they are challenges to be addressed.
3. Proven References
A good solar installer should have been in business for some time and should not have problems in furnishing you with references or testimonials from previous clients.
4. Solar Installers should be Accredited
The provision of Solar installation services is regulated by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) . It is of significance importance to check if your prospective installers are in compliance with the guidelines governing the provision of Solar Installation services in Zimbabwe. Are they ZERA registered? Do they have any other badges of endorsement to demonstrate their professionalism and excellence?
5. Get at least three Quotations
This will not only give you a chance to compare prices but the opportunity to get a feel for the company and whether you are comfortable working with them.
6. Good Companies don’t use High Pressure selling tactics
If you are feeling put under pressure by the company providing your quote it’s probably best that you don’t go ahead with them. Spot discounts and design compromise meant to try and hassle you into making a Quick decision should serve as Danger Warning signs.
7. Ask your Neighbor/Friends
If you know people who have installed solar already don’t be afraid to ask them if they can recommend the company that did for them. Most solar investors will be all too pleased to show you their system and talk to you about the company that installed it.
Prince Chizemo is an Entrepreneur & marketing professional.