Use this printable checklist to make planning installation of your new solar system easier.

Prepare Your Home

  • Make your home energy efficient before solar installation to maximize investment.
    • Complete a Home Energy Self-Evaluation through the TVA Energy Right Program
    • You can also have a free professional evaluation completed upon request.
      • Visit us here to learn more.

Do the Math

  • Use TVAs Solar Calculator to estimate the size of the system you might need
  • Be sure to use the solar calculator results when requesting bids and selecting a contractor.
  • Use the solar calculator to help you understand the true cost and payback of installing a solar system.

Find a Contractor

  • Request bids from at least 3 experienced contractors.
  • Verify contractor licenses.
  • Ask contractors for references and call them.
  • Verify that the contractor has NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Providers) certification. You can find that information here.
  • Ensure all bids are prepared using the same assumptions as closely as possible so you can compare “apples to apples”. Assumptions to review include:
    • System measurements
    • Warranties
    • Length of time to install
    • What is included in the base package, versus an “adder”
  • Before signing a contract, read it carefully and thoroughly. Ensure all costs are included and ask questions about anything you do not fully understand.
  • Take your time. Don’t rush into a decision before fully evaluating your options.

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