June 24, 2022

Demystifying the Solar Consultation

Do you find yourself wanting to know more about the benefits of solar, but don’t know where to find answers? Perhaps you have heard about our free solar consultations, but were too afraid to ask for one? Today’s article is for you, because we’re here for one purpose and one purpose only: to demystify the solar consultation! Whether it’s an in person meeting or a virtual sit, talking to an expert about a topic you’re not fully familiar with might seem intimidating! However, here at Simply Solar we’ve got a team of highly experienced and personable professionals who just jump for joy at the prospect of helping someone learn more about solar.

If you’ve never had a solar consultation before, or if you’ve had bad experiences with other companies in the solar or construction industry, the idea of meeting with a consultant can be daunting. I’m going to walk you through the process, and show you just how easy it is to succeed in your consultation, and to get all the information you need to make an informed decision - at no cost to you!

What is a Solar Consultation?

A solar consultation is a meeting with a representative of a solar company, wherein you will discuss your power usage and energy needs. You will review your electric bill with the consultant, and figure out what size system would be most suitable for your home or business.

On the surface, that’s all there is to it! A solar consultation is just a quick meeting! Nothing to worry about, just a friendly conversation with an engaged professional who will provide you with any information you may need about your new system or the industry at large. So, we know what a solar consultation is generally speaking, but who should attend one?

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Who is a Solar Consultation for?

A solar consultation, frankly, is for everyone! Whether you’re a homeowner, run a business, or are just interested in learning more, there’s no harm in scheduling a solar consultation. Worst case scenario is you learn something new, and that’s not such a bad outcome if you think about it. Best case scenario, you have a chance to ask any questions you may have, you explore the industry with a seasoned professional, and you receive free guidance and support as you begin to consider a solar installation of your very own.

Truly, a solar consultation is for anyone with questions about solar, anyone who is open to learning more and working with someone familiar with the industry. There is so much to know about the ins and outs of solar, and we put in the legwork to stay informed so that you don’t have to. We want to offer you a solar education, not make you spend nights and weekends in the library just trying to muscle through all the information that is out there.

Think of a solar consultation as your one stop shop for questions, ideas, insight, and answers. With that in mind, what are we going to actually be talking about?

What will we discuss?

A solar consultation is, as we said, an opportunity for you to ask questions and gain insights, but let’s break down some of the specific takeaways you’ll have from sitting for a solar consultation. You’ll show your energy bill to the consultant, and they’ll use the information contained on that document to show you how your energy usage relates to your cost, and provide you with cost projections that account for the price of energy before and after the current date. What you’ll likely see is a worrying trend - energy prices are on the rise, and are showing no signs of slowing down.

With a projection like this, it’s easy to see how you could look for savings solutions, and this is what you’ll discuss next. Based on how much power you need, your consultant will use our proposal tool to present you with a fully customized system, sized to your needs and budget. They’ll even use satellite data to demonstrate how much sunlight your roof is exposed to! All of this information will help your consultant to dial in the perfect system for you, and when you’re ready to launch you’ll be on your way to making a stable, long term investment in the value of your property, while also enjoying lower monthly payments along the way!

How should I prepare for a Solar Consultation?

Alright, so you’ve taken the plunge and set yourself up for your first solar consultation! Brief pause for a round of applause! Now that your appointment is scheduled, either virtual or in person depending on your comfort level, let’s end with some tips on how to make your meeting as productive as possible!

Start by gathering whatever energy usage and payment data you might have - most often an electric bill is the key piece of information our consultants will use to build some cost projections for you. One bill alone is helpful for us to access your user data through the utility, but ultimately your consultant is going to want to look at your last 12 months of usage data to accurately size your system.

It may also be helpful to get a pad of paper and a pen for notes, and use it to jot down any questions you may think of before or during the meeting. That way you can feel confident that you brought up every question you had, while you have an expert on hand! Don’t fret if you find yourself thinking up new questions after the consultation, as you can always reach out to our support team to learn more!

Finally, site pictures or a clear path to the places you want to consider for solar are always a plus, as this will give our consultants the opportunity to assess your location and begin planning your perfect system before they even open up the proposal tool. All of these things will help your solar consultation go smoothly, but perhaps most importantly, remember to relax! You’re meeting with an expert who is personable, knowledgeable, and excited to help you however they can. If you’re ready to sit for your own solar consultation, put some time on our calendar!

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Solar energy generates tremendous benefits for you and the planet. We utilize the latest solar advancements that will not only help you save money, but will contribute to reducing your carbon footprint. Our goal is to make the solar process feel simple and easy, from the proposal to the installation and throughout the lifecycle of your system.
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  • Experience: With over 20 years in the industry, we have what it takes to build a solar system that will exceed your expectations.
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