As is the case with most big purchases, research is key to getting a great deal. Getting multiple quotes on a solar panel installation is no exception. It is estimated by EnergySage, an online resource that helps customers research and compare solar installation companies, that customers who get 3 or more quotes save an average of 10% off the overall cost of going solar. Which, depending on the size of your install, can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
So, who should you get quotes from?
Solar by CIR
Let’s get this out of the way: of course we think one of the companies you should get a solar installation quote from is us. You expected us to say that.
Why do we think we should be one of your quotes? Well, that’s easy. Solar by CIR is a subsidiary of CIR Electrical, one of the most trusted electric contractors in Western New York. We’ve been serving the community since 1976. That means we’re committed to this community and will be here for years to come to support your new solar system.
Solar by CIR features best-in-class solar design and solar installations using our expert staff, and our own union electricians. We do not subcontract any of our labor, and we take great pride in the quality of our work and warranties.
Great. Now, who else?
We suggest one national brand and another regional competitor. There’s good reason for these suggestions, too. Let’s take a look at each.
The National Brand
You may be surprised to hear that, in the case of solar, bigger isn’t always better. A recent report by the U.S. government found that large installers are $2,000 to $5,000 more expensive than small solar companies. So, just because they spend the most in advertising doesn’t mean that they’re always the best option. But you don’t have to take our word for it, which is why we suggest getting a quote from a national brand. That’s how confident we are that we’ll have a lower price.
In addition to price – we urge you to consider a companies “staying-power”. We often get service calls on jobs that a national company sold and installed but are no longer in the area to service. We’re proud to call Western New York our home and have been in business since 1976.
The Regional Competitor
Of course, you know that cheaper isn’t always better – which is why we encourage customers to get a quote from a direct, local competitor in addition to ours. The national brands can’t compete with our pricing because they have a lot of overhead, and they are content serving larger markets.
Regional competitors are going to have similar pricing to ours. What we want you to pay attention to here is the level of customer service, the amount of experience, and their commitment to providing you with the right solar option for your home or business.
In addition to these items, ask them if they outsource any of their labor or if they use union electricians. This can make a big difference in the long run and mitigate any future issues you may have if a system is installed improperly.
When discussing your install, remember to ask about designing for future upgrades like new inverters that support battery systems or EV (Electric Vehicle) chargers. Designing a future-proof system can save you a lot of time and money later on.
Getting the “right-sized” solar system
We don’t think of ourselves as a company that simply sells and installs solar panels. We consider ourselves partners with each of our customers and our job in that partnership is to help customers achieve their goals. For some, that means getting off the grid entirely. For others, that means mitigating their current energy cost.
Regardless of the goal, we need to create the “right-sized” solar system for each of our partners. We will work with customers to create energy-efficient homes so they can purchase a smaller system and we also have a history of working in conjunction with geo-thermal providers. At the end of the day, we do what it takes to provide you with the right solar system for your property.
We hope you find this information useful. If you’re ready to get a quote from us, you can do so here: