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, it is essential to choose the right installer or contractor. Making a sound choice will help you:
- Get the best system for a fair price.
- Ensure that the solar system is installed correctly.
- Meet all of your expectations.
Questions to ask when considering a contractor:
1. What is the company or contractor’s background and qualifications?
– How much experience does the company have?
– Does the installer have any references available?
– Is the installer licensed and insured?
– Does the installer have any certifications?
2. What is offered with the installation at your home?
– What system will be installed? What is the brand name? What is the price?
– What warranty is available?
– What is the payback period? (How long before the cost of installation is recouped?)
– What preparation is necessary?
3. Are you being offered a bid or a contract?
– Is this an estimate or a fixed price?
– Does the price include materials and labor?
– What is the scope of the project?
– What is the timeline for project completion?
4. What payment options are available?
– Is a down payment required?
– Is a payment schedule an option?
– Is financing a possibility?
Be prepared and ask questions before installing solar. 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.
Click here to Monitor Electricity Production at the Solar Facility.