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Why you should only use accredited solar installers

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By : Andy Groves    99 or more times read
Solar installers and companies providing technological services should have BERR and BIS accreditation to meet or exceed the conformity standards set forth by ISO, UK and EU documents. By definition, accreditation is the certification issued by a government approved authority which states the accredited company has the necessary skills, experience and established competence to carry out specific tasks.

There are many different accreditations, each covering specific tasks. For example, an accreditation for photovoltaic (PV) solar panel installation does not necessarily include the accreditation for the installation of solar thermal energy climate control systems.

Any solar installer providing goods and services to a customer should have a number of accreditations, each establishing that the business is both competent and capable of performing the requisite tasks in compliance with the standards set by recognized independently regulated or government mandated documents.

Accreditation of solar installers is the customer's assurance that the tasks set forth in the contract are performed correctly and within the limits of the codes. Without this assurance, the customer would have only the faith and trust of the solar installers that the job would be executed properly. Knowing a company is accredited to do the work is for the customer's protection. It is difficult to become accredited and the knowledge the accreditation can be withdrawn in the event of reported and substantiated violations of the codes ensures that compliance is in the company's best interest.

PV solar installers are typically working with very sophisticated leading-edge products. The state of the art is such that a high level of expertise and technological knowledge is required. Solar installers who have been in the business for a number of years and have a long accreditation history are far more likely to live up to the customer's expectations than a fairly recent start-up without the appropriate accreditation.

Maintaining a workforce of solar installers who are educated and trained and maintain a constant and on-going training regimen is not an inexpensive proposition for any company. Any solar installation of any type, be it PV, solar thermal water heating, climate control or any combination, is going to be somewhat more expensive than a similar installation by non-accredited solar installers. The trade-off is that for the initially higher cost of a properly certified and licensed contractor will give both piece of mind and legal protections over an installer without the accreditation.

Considering the investment in a solar system is a long-term proposition some units are fully capable of 50 years of operation the cost of design, engineering, commissioning and maintaining a solar solution is a compelling argument for only using accredited solar heating installers.
Solar Fusion is one of the premier solar energy installers in the UK. They specialise in solar heating and solar hot water systems which can significantly reduce a households energy bills.

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