CCSE (California Center for Sustainable Energy) and California Contractors State License Board also offers the following tips and recommends that you consider the following: 

  • Get three different contractor’s bids
  • Check the status of Contractor’s License at  License must be an active A, B, C-10, or C-46 in order to meet the eligibility requirements for the California Solar Initiative (CSI)  Program
  • Check the Better Business Bureau or personal references of contractor
  • Look for feedback from previous customers, talk to customers who have used the contractor and conduct an internet search to find out about the Contractor and Company
  • Find out what the average project costs, how much contractors charge per watt, etc. by downloading CCSE program data at
  • Don’t pay more than 10% or $1,000 whichever is less, as a down payment
  • Hire only licensed contractors and ask to see their license
  • Don’t hire the first contractor who comes along
  • Don’t rush into repairs
  • Don’t pay cash, and don’t let the payments get ahead of the work
  • Get a written contract

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