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 A Guide to Finding Solar Companies in California 
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by: Kriss Bergethon

The first place you may think of looking for California solar installers is in the phone book. By looking online at, or (the Solar Energy Industry Association) you will find an abundance of links to good companies in that state.

Once you find a satisfactory site you can see which California solar contractors are able to install PV systems in your area. When choosing your company take into consideration their track record - never work with any companies who have not been in business for more than several years. Experience is paramount; so make sure that the companies are familiar and practiced at installing the type of system you are purchasing. Also make sure that there is at least one Master Electrician that works for the company. It is also important to ask what certifications the company and its employees have - the most important certifications include NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) and CALSEIA (the California Solar Energy Industry Association). You can rest assured that the California solar companies who hold these certifications are experienced and ethical organizations.

Insurance is extremely important, and California solar installers carry at least $1,000,000 in liability insurance in case something should go wrong with the system, or if one of the workers is injured while working on your property. Never work with any California contractors who tell you that you don't need a permit. This is important because the permit protects you and your system, and usually doesn't cost you anything since many building departments are waiving permit fees for renewable energy systems.

Once you have found a couple of solar power companies that meet the aforementioned requirements make an appointment with each one. This is your opportunity to specify what equipment you want used, and how you want the work done. Of course, if you are going to specify the equipment you want used, you will need to be sure that you know what you are doing. Otherwise you would be better off to simply specify how much of your power consumption you want the system to provide. Either way, make sure that you know what you want so that you are prepared to discuss these things with the California contractors who are providing your estimates.

Whenever you finally decide which company to work with, it is time to get the work done. Really good California solar installers will be in high demand, so you may have to wait a few months. You want to make sure that this job is done properly, choose the right company and it will last for thirty years or more.

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