Finding a Contractor
While you aren’t required to work with a contractor to install your generation system, there are many benefits to having a professional assist you with the process. A qualified, licensed contractor can:
- Help you select and install the most productive generating system for your property.
- Walk you though financing options.
- Submit the necessary technical information to Alameda Municipal Power.
- Ensure your system is interconnected safely to the grid. Provide warranty, maintenance and repair options.
How to Find a Contractor
There are many solar contractors working in the area that can be easily found online. You can use any contractor you like, but be sure you know who you are working with.
Understand Your Contractor's Qualifications
- Your contractor must have an active A, B, C-10 or C-46 license.
- Check the Contractors' State License Board (CSLB) website or call 1-800-321-2752 to verify.
- When you meet the contractor for the first time, ask to see his or her Contractor's State License Board (CSLB) pocket license and a photo identification to confirm you are meeting with an authorized contractor.
Expand your Options - Request and Compare Multiple Bids
To ensure you are getting the best deal, request and compare bids from at least three solar contractors. When comparing bids, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Each bid should suggest a similar-sized system. If size differs greatly, you will want to ask why.
- Cost may vary from contractor to contractor, but you can follow the Goldilocks principle when comparing prices.
- A low bid may be a red flag that the contractor is cutting corners; similarly, a high bid can mean an unnecessarily oversized system.
Remember, you have the right to ask questions. If there is anything you do not understand about the bids, your contractor, or their business, do not hesitate to ask for clarification.