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As with everything in life, the lowest price is not necessarily the best one. Rather it might be a sign of an inexperienced company or that a company will not be in business when you need them.
You might look for a company that sells renewable energy systems at cost plus a certain percentage–usually 15% as a low to 25% as a high. If this is the case, make certain you see the installer’s invoices and labor, sales records as well as any discount offered to the installer by the manufacturer.
Design is very important in a renewable energy system. A bit too much shade is a killer as is a bit too little wind..
A system which is shoddily or incorrectly installed is never a bargain. Quality and experience should rank high on your list when a contractor is chosen.
You are relying on your contractor to be familiar with code requirements in your area, although most are based on the National Electrical Code (NEC). Your contractor will also get permits where needed and these permits should be included in the bid.
The warranty offered by the manufacturing company is another very important factor when evaluating bids. You also need a hot water panel manufacturer that will be in business to support that warranty.
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