Glades Electric Cooperative wants to ensure your expectations are met if you choose to install a solar system. We cannot recommend a solar contractor, but we are here to help you navigate the process as your trusted power provider. Consider the information below as you explore if home solar will meet your needs.
To help you determine if solar is a good choice for you, check out our solar fact sheets:
- GEC’s Is Solar Power Right for Your Home?
- GEC’s Net Metering Guide
- Department of Energy’s Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar
Hiring a Solar Contractor
As with any major home improvement project, choosing the right installer/contractor is as important as choosing the product itself, to ensure you get the best system for a fair price, installed correctly, and on time, to meet all of your expectations. Here are a few things to consider as you look for a contractor:
- Contractor’s/Company’s Background – experience, references, insurance, certifications, and licenses
- Installation at your home – system, warranties, brand, payback period, and preparation
- Bid/Contract – estimate vs. fixed price, materials and labor, scope, and timeframe
- Payment – down payment, payment schedule, and financing
Don’t be surprised by unexpected issues with a solar project installation. There are many factors to consider so please contact our Engineering Department at (863) 946-6200 BEFORE you sign an agreement with a solar contractor.
GEC partners with Seminole Electric Cooperative, our wholesale power provider, to help our members benefit from solar energy without the headaches of installing and maintaining solar panels themselves. Located in Hardee County, Florida, Seminole’s solar facility features more than 8,000 single-axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) panels which rotate to follow the movement of the sun throughout the day. The facility can produce a total output of 2.2 megawatts, which has been allocated to Seminole’s nine member cooperatives, including Glades Electric Cooperative.