How to choose your contractor


Selecting the right contractor is one of the most important decisions you make when installing a renewable energy system. Qualified, licensed contractors save you time and money. Your contractor can:

  • Help select and install the most productive generating system for your home
  • Walk you through financing options for purchasing or leasing
  • Work with PG&E to ensure that your system is interconnected safely to the grid
  • Provide warranty information
  • Create a repair and maintenance schedule
  • Submit an application for the appropriate PG&E incentive program

Follow these steps for choosing the right contractor

Read the fine print

Make sure you read your energy system installation contract before signing. Review all warranties and maintenance agreements. Ensure that you receive the final price quote in writing. Only sign the contract after fully understanding the terms and total costs involved.

Know the law

Never pay a down payment of more than 10 percent of the contract price or $1,000 (whichever amount is less). This regulation is determined by California state law. Don’t make the final payment until the system is fully installed and operating properly