Frequently Asked Questions About a Solar Broker…
A: In addition to consulting and brokering for solar electricity, we also do the same for solar hot water, solar co-generation, (a combination solar PV and solar hot water system), micro turbine and fuel cell technologies. We also represent commercial-industrial energy efficiency projects.
A: That depends on how cooperative you are at getting us your utility bill information. For large residential broker services, you can expect a fifteen to thirty day turnaround from your first visit to your final decision over three presented quotes. For business broker services, you can expect a thirty to forty day turnaround.
A: Our broker specialists will carefully assess your situation and advise you on the best options currently available, even if that option does not include solar. Return on investment, internal rate of return, cash flow analysis, payback and other items are explained so you can make educated and informed decisions about your solar project.
A: Our solar broker-energy consultants are trained to give you a level perspective on making sure your request for proposal specifies the type of equipment you require. They cover brand names and the caliber or grade to meet your expectations and balance out similar brands to arrive at a normalized bid. This includes equipment, warranty, system size, inverters, panels, wire, batteries, you name it!
A: Plenty! Your county program, called The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program is one option. In addition, an equipment lease or a PPA, better known as a Power Purchase Agreement, is another option for medium to large commercial-industrial projects. A Home Equity Line of Credit may be an alternative. We also have credit based commercial bank finance and lease programs for small, medium and large businesses. Most important are the state and federal tax credits, local rebates and incentives that may greatly reduce your out of pocket expense for solar or energy efficiency retrofits to your home or business.
A: Brokering reduces a solar company’s operational costs by increasing its sales efficiency and removing direct, and sometimes, negatively perceived sales pressure between buyer and the solar company. To this end, there is less financial risk to a solar company’s bottom line. Why? Because “Brokers” absorb the effort and expense to impartially educate and pre-sell to the public about solar products and other alternative energy products and services. Because of this, our solar company affiliates are free to be more competitive with pricing than if you were to street shop. Our marketing-consulting services are compensated by each solar company, AND, only after you’ve decided to make a purchase with your chosen solar provider.
A: No. The winning bidder, (also known as the solar company sales person) shares a percentage of his/her sales commission with the solar broker. This is the sales commission they would normally pass on to you regardless of our being involved in your representation. For complex commercial or industrial projects that require feasibility study, technical specifications, design considerations, equipment procurement, negotiations and supervision throughout the project; we recommend you to our PAID CONSULTING services.
A: Sun Source Solar Brokers is a Sonoma County energy consulting, solar brokering and marketing organization. Part of our MISSION is to promote a sustainable economy, while lessening our dependence on foreign oil through education and outreach about renewable energy. By shopping locally, you help to support your local economy and create jobs that give back to your community in revenue and taxes.
A: A Solar Broker shops on behalf of your energy needs in an impartial manner, with advocacy, guidance and your best interests at heart. However, a Solar Broker will not charge you a fee for this service. Rather, your Solar Broker is compensated for his/her consulting services by the solar company from who you purchase. Contrary, a Solar Energy Consultant is a “fee based” service, where this type of consultant shops on behalf of your energy needs in an impartial manner, with advocacy, guidance and your best interests at heart. The difference here is that you “hire” the Solar Energy Consultant to to represent you through one or more phases of your project. The level of services you contract with your consultant may vary from minor research, to in depth advice, guidance, leadership, negotiation, feasibility study and more.
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