Can I Switch Solar Companies?

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When it concerns the question of whether or not you can switch solar companies, a few things must be considered. 

For instance, what are the terms of your contract, and, before that, do you have a legal, contractual agreement? You may also want to consider the perceived benefits of switching solar companies and the repercussions of doing so. In short, the answer is a little bit subjective and a little bit objective. 

None of this means that you shouldn’t consider switching solar companies or that it isn’t possible. Instead, it is just important to embark on a path with a clear and well-thought-out decision rather than rushing into a potentially disastrous situation. Below, we look at the questions posed above in more detail so that you can get a firm grasp on your situation and make a responsible decision. Let’s get started! 

How to Make a Decision About Switching Solar Companies 

Your Contractual Obligations

The most important aspect of the decision between switching solar companies is your actual legal obligation to the project. As solar is a relatively new industry, many providers and companies are a little antsy about their customers, and for good reason. Solar costs have only continued to plummet as time has gone on, but even still, the cost of a full installation is no small thing. As a result, you may be a party to a contract that doesn’t allow you to change your mind or quit without just cause. 

Understanding your legal obligations must be done before making any other considerations. After all, even if you do continue to proceed with switching solar companies, you’ll still need to understand and prepare for any consequences that come from the decision, like cancellation fees or breach of contract rules. 

Perceived Versus Actual Benefits

Once you are firmly aware of the legal obligations, you share with your solar company, the next step in the decision-making process is to consider why you want to make the switch in the first place. If you’ve been approached by another provider, ask yourself why they are approaching you now and if their offer has any more merit than your current provider. Again, it helps to weigh your options appropriately by understanding what you stand to lose by leaving a contract prematurely. 

Similarly, you should consider whatever benefits you’ve been offered seriously. Perceived benefits and actual benefits can often differ considerably, so it helps to clarify and simplify these wherever possible. An example of this would be asking for a total price instead of prices calculated based on percentages, interest and other financial products. 

The Reason for Making a Switch

The final consideration you should make before switching solar companies is your reason for doing it. Of course, the financial and contractual obligations are only two aspects of the discussion. Are you going to delay the project if you switch? Are you going to burn a professional bridge or cause someone else undue stress as a result of your decision? Have there been other instances where you’ve felt that another company might be better able to help? Ask yourself these questions before making a decision. If you still feel the decision is warranted afterwards, then you are likely making the right decision.