To get everyone to ‘Go Solar for Good’ is a daunting task, and yet one that we are ever committed to fulfilling. In our quest to achieve it, a realization as bright as the sun struck us: why not team up with our local installers?
Quiet their labors may be, they can still be at par with the big guys, and even at the rate of one rooftop at a time, they send waves of inspiration and positive change across the neighborhood and out into the world.
- Local Knowledge and Expertise
Think about homecourt advantage! Regional installers are privy to several aspects that are exclusive to your area and are vital considerations to the installation process. Understanding weather and climate, for instance, can lead them to make better suggestions about products to use and methods to undertake.
Their understanding of the local policies, codes, incentives, permits, and other requirements can expedite paperwork. Even their knowledge of the architecture of the neighborhood will affect how the project turns out!
- Greater Accountability
Local installers place a higher value on every client because of the limited size of their market. Unlike their big counterparts which have full nets to cast and a vast sea of prospects, they can’t afford to lose leads and existing clients. Local installers are bent to deliver quality work to impress and retain clients, avoid negative reviews, and build their reputation by word-of-mouth rather than expensive commercial advertising.
- Consistent Work
Large-scale companies understandably hire contractors to cater to a large number of their customers. It’s no surprise that every time you call for servicing or maintenance, new faces will climb to your roof.
Meanwhile, local contractors have more or less a fixed set of employees. Since it’s the same guys who did the initial job, it’s reasonable to expect that they are familiar with the overall work.
- Reliability Founded on Reputation
Usually, companies will only use satisfied customers for reference. When you go local, you can personally see the work that they’ve done yourself. Because their market is limited to one area, you can quickly ask around from real people about them and identify red flags, quality of work, and pricing points. Your acquaintances or friends can even vouch for them!
- Proximity means Responsiveness and Responsibility
They live and work in the same neighborhood as their customers. So, you can expect them to get to you much faster and efficiently transport the materials and pieces of equipment they need, even over long distances. It’s easy to get a hold of them and hold them accountable, in case things go awry.
- Personal Interactions
Want to see each other eye to eye? You can do this literally with the local folks! Just drive up to their doorstep and talk to real people. Besides, local installation companies are most likely small and family-owned. There’s always a good chance the guys who mount the system on your roof are the owners themselves, and they’re willing to listen to your feedback or concern.
They’re part of your community! Your transaction enlivens up the local economy! And you’re teaming up to inspire the rest of the ‘hood to go solar.
Besides, you’d favor a friend more than a stranger, right? Being from the same area, they have a more significant reason to deliver beyond “good” work. They know your partnership benefits the whole community.
- Costs Lesser
While this is a case-to-case basis, local installers can be more flexible with their pricing. If they’re closer to you, transportation doesn’t have to be costly. In contrast, big companies often set fixed prices to ensure a return on their investment.
We are not saying that every local solar PV panel installation company is perfect, or that every big scale installer can’t cater to your needs. We suggest that you still do your research not only about installation companies but the solar industry, in general.
However, we genuinely believe that ‘Go solar for good’ starts with ‘going local’ to effect change. For global change to happen, we must start slowly but steadily within our communities.