Bewildering Bids

It may seem obvious that when you look at bids from different companies, you need to make sure that you’re comparing apples to apples. Duh.

When it comes to solar panels + installation, that’s more easily said then done.

It’s because – prepare yourselves for a startling revelation – solar panels are not apples.  See below:


Fact 1. Apples DO NOT Equal solar panels

Fact 1. Apples DO NOT Equal solar panels

When you’ve absorbed the significance of Fact 1, read on.

Fasten your seat-belts; we’re about to make a quantum leap of logic. Not only are solar panels NOT apples, but not all solar panels are created equal!

Fact 2. Not all solar panels are equal

Fact 2. Not all solar panels are equal

And therein lies the rub.

Company A claims to have the most efficient solar panel in the industry.

Company B says, Oh, yeah? Well, our panel is most efficient in this specific location because it performs at 95% capacity at high temperatures. Company A’s panels degrade to 75% when it’s over 100°F. So, nah-nah!

Hey, mister! Yeah, I’m taking to you, Company B. Take it down a notch or you’re headed to time out.

The thing is: No one is necessarily trying to put something over on me just to get me to buy their system. There are simply too many factors involved. That’s partly why I’ve been putting off posting bids. I wanted to wait until I found some magic formula that would allow for direct and precise comparison between solar installers. Folks, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Instead, I’ll just start posting the bids with as much accuracy as I can muster and we’ll take it from there.

Here’s where we stand as of this afternoon:

I’ve received bids from:

I’m waiting on a bid from American Solar Electric.

Also, a roofer who works with EnergyPro is coming out tomorrow to check out our roof. It isn’t new, and this might be the right time to replace the old darkish asphalt shingles with white, energy efficient ones.

Sunny trails!

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2 thoughts on “Bewildering Bids

  1. Good luck. I was in the same boat for a long time. I received estimates from all the above. Dont bother with American Solar, they really had nothing for me to look at. I really liked the fact that Solar city had a lease, until i read the fine print. Ultimately i would have chosen them had the lease program made sense. I ended up going with perfectpower. The BBB info and awards sold me.

    Good Luck


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