Solar panels can last for 25 years or more if they are well taken care of and manufactured well, so you want to choose a solar panel company you can trust.
There are multiple kinds of solar installers with pretty sizable differences between the different kinds of installer. The installer you choose makes a difference.
You could decide to go with a nationwide solar installation company but you're going to be paying large fees as they have much more overhead and big travel costs that make installing solar for you expensive. This is just the way it is. Corporate ownership with stockholders and a big geographical coverage area make these companies pretty cost prohibitive for someone wanting solar power. They also are often known to have poor review scores on various review websites because of their lack of attention to detail.
Choosing Iowa Solar is a smart plan because we have the ability to install your solar panels with our local, professional installers. Our installers are all trained in our Midwest headquarters on the latest trends in solar power and they receive continuing education relating to solar. Our installation teams are dedicating to do a perfect job on your solar install the very first time.
Unlike a local company like Iowa Solar, giant solar corporations have grown too quickly. If you choose a massive worldwide solar company for your solar power, you might wish you hadn't. These companies grew so fast that their reputations and customer service suffered as a result. In fact just to stay competitive, large solar companies are routinely merging, like Sunrun and Vivint did in July 2020. A local and family-owned solar installation company is the right choice for your solar power.
Solar is more affordable than ever with solar loans from our partners. Many of them charge no loan fees and incredibly low interest rates, making solar not just the right thing to do for the environment but incredibly affordable.
Residents of Waterloo and the rest of Northern Iowa are in luck because Iowa Solar takes care of all your solar needs.
Should I install solar direct from the manufacturer?
Some solar panel manufacturers have started advertising solar installation services. But unfortunately very few solar panel manufacturers actually make their solar panels in America. Even California-based solar companies now make all their panels overseas. Massive solar manufacturers like LG, Panasonic, QCell, SunPower, Canadian Solar, and others typically make panels overseas to save on costs, a savings which is then passed onto the consumer. Some of these companies now offer installation services, but what that usually means is they subcontract installation to an installer like Iowa Solar or another local professional. You should instead go directly with Iowa Solar and be directly in touch with our professional team for your solar needs.
What kind of technology do you install?
We install microinverters on most of our solar panel systems. This converts the DC power from the solar panel directly into AC power at the source, meaning we are usually not running many DC wires around your house. This greatly simplifies the solar installation process and enables us to provide excellent pricing and quick service for all our customers. Microinverters are an awesome technology that help you get more out of your solar panels by maximizing the amount of electricity generated. Electricity is lost in transmission when it is transmitted in Direct-Current (DC) form, and so the conversion done by our microinverter systems saves you significant money by improving your power generation.
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If you want a battery backup system from Panasonic or Enphase, it is possible to install these systems in your home and business. The systems can be sized to your specific needs based on how much power you consume. If cost is a concern, it is possible to put a battery backup system on a separate circuit breaker that only powers essential devices and lighting. This can put a battery backup solar system within reach of those on a budget. We use inverters and battery chargers to connect various 12-volt batteries in a series to create a 24-volt or 48-volt system that is used as a backup source for powering your house. choosing the right type of battery is important for your battery system. Batteries can be made of lithium iron, AGM, or even lead acid. Lead acid batteries are the oldest form of battery technology and are used worldwide, however they come with numerous disadvantages. Lead acid batteries have thermal runaway properties that can make it dangerous if they are overcharged or overutilized. The newest and safest form of batteries available on the commercial market today is lithium iron (LiFePo). Residential customers should only install lithium iron batteries today. Large commercial installations may consider cheaper batteries if they are housed separately and maintained by a maintenance person regularly.
Another company in the area is Alliant Energy Corporation which is an energy holding company that was formed in 1917 with headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. They produce energy at more than 30 power plants across the Midwest.