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Going solar is not a spur-of-the-moment decision. It’s a big investment that will affect the look and feel of your home for years to come — and, most importantly, it will have a big impact on your energy use and spending.

With a decision as big as this, you need to make sure you’re truly prepared. That means doing your research to select the right solar provider and considering the big decisions that come with solar: how are you going to pay for it? Do you need batteries to go with it? Is your home even a candidate for solar? Let’s talk about the essential steps you need to take to ensure you start your solar journey on the right foot.

5 Steps to Go Solar

Step 1: Research Your Solar Provider Options

Each solar provider is unique. They all come with different brands of solar panels, levels of expertise, and payment models. You need to ensure you’re selecting the right provider for your needs. That starts by doing your research. Start looking into lists of solar providers near you. As you evaluate each company, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What type of solar panels do they provide? You want a high-quality, reputable brand of solar panel. After all, they’ll be exposed to the elements for years to come. You don’t want an off-brand panel that will crack, break, or simply not perform very well.
  • What services do they offer? There’s a lot that goes into solar installation: inspection, paperwork, installation, and maintenance. Ideally, you can find one company that does it all — and does it well. Some solar companies will even provide additional services, such as a home energy inspection, that can help you save even more.
  • What do the reviews say? Take the time to check reviews for each provider on Google, Yelp, or other review platforms. Are they easy to work with? Do they deliver on their promises?

Step 2: Schedule a Site Visit

Once you have an idea of your top solar provider selections, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty: will solar work for your home? The best way to find out is with a site visit.

When you schedule a site visit with a potential solar partner, they’ll send an expert to your home to determine whether solar is the right fit. They’ll examine your roof and surrounding area to see whether you receive enough sunlight to generate energy. They’ll review your energy bills and ask you questions about your energy use. All of this will help you and the provider determine whether your home is a candidate for solar to begin with. Once you know whether panels can be installed, you’ll want to find out if it will help you save money.

Step 3: Determine Whether You Can Save With Solar

Going solar is a smart decision for the environment, but it’s no secret that it can be expensive. If you can’t guarantee that you’ll save money by going solar, it’s not a good investment for you and your home. Once you’ve done the research and the site visit, it’s time to find out whether solar can benefit your wallet.

At PosiGen, we believe in making solar affordable — and that means that we will not sell or lease panels unless we can guarantee savings. After a site visit with PosiGen, we’ll work with you to estimate your savings for the first year of going solar. If we determine that you’ll pay less for solar than you would with your current energy provider, we’ll help you take the next step.

Step 4: Decide Whether You Want to Buy or Lease Panels

There’s one more big decision to make: will you buy or lease your solar panels? There are advantages to both options, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. However, it’s important to know your options when selecting a provider. PosiGen customers have a choice: you can purchase panels or take part in our 20-year fixed-rate leasing program. Whatever you decide, we’ll help you finance the solar solution that’s right for you.

Step 5: Select Your Provider and Go Solar

Now you’ve done your research: you know your provider options, you’ve determined your home is a good fit and you can save money, and you know whether you want to buy or lease your panels. What’s next? Time to select your provider and get moving!

Based on the information you’ve gathered during your research process, select a provider that you know you can work with and trust to help you get your solar panels up and running quickly. Then it’s time to turn on the system and start saving!

Struggling to Get Started? We Can Help

Still feeling like going solar is a big, overwhelming process? We get it — we at PosiGen have the experience and knowledge necessary to make going solar simple. We can walk you through the process from start to finish. Reach out to us for a free consultation to get started.

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