How To Select An Oro Valley Solar Panel Installer For Your Home: Consumer Guide

Aug 14, 2023

Tucson Solar Insider just released a new guide for anyone in Oro Valley considering a switch to solar power. The guide lays out the advantages of solar power and some pitfalls to avoid.

You probably know someone who just switched to solar power and won't stop talking about it.

"It makes economic sense."

"It's better for the environment."

"Solar power offers decentralization of energy production allowing communities in urban areas and remote regions to become more self-reliant and less dependent on profit-motivated corporations."

"People who use solar power are smarter and better-looking."

Are they right? Is it all true? Should you switch to solar power? If so, there are so many companies offering installation and maintenance in the Oro Valley area. How do you know which one to choose?

Lucky for you, Tucson Solar Insider has just published a guide that answers all these questions. In it, you'll find the truth behind solar power (spoiler alert: it does not make you smarter and better-looking), as well as some tips for choosing a company.

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First, there's the cost. Oro Valley residents using Tucson Electric Power (TEP) are facing rising prices. A recent report by the Arizona Daily Star revealed that TEP raised rates for consumers by 6% in 2021 and is currently proposing a new rate increase that could add 12%, or just over $14 to the average residential monthly bill.

According to Tucson Solar Insider, installing solar panels on your home can lower your monthly bill in the long term. There are also financial incentives and tax credits.

And yes. It's good for the environment.

Unlike fossil fuels, which emit harmful greenhouse gases and contribute to climate change, solar power generates electricity without releasing any pollutants. This significantly reduces our carbon footprint and helps mitigate the impacts of global warming.

In short, if you live in Oro Valley, you should absolutely consider solar power. With three hundred days of sunshine a year, the Tucson area provides an ideal climate for it. But not all solar panel companies in the marketplace are equal. Thankfully, Tucson Solar Insider’s guide lays out several factors you should be aware of before contracting with a solar company.

The guide cautions that cheaper quotes are not necessarily better, as less expensive components may be lower in quality and can be prone to breakdowns and costly repairs. You should pick a company that uses products with top-tier warrantees and guarantees. Local companies and those with highly rated customer service are also recommended.

Tucson Solar Insider is a newsletter committed to helping residents in the Tucson region make informed decisions when it comes to solar power. The newsletter is published by Commander Curtis, a Tucson resident and retired Naval Officer who served as Chief Electrical Officer on the USS NIMITZ.

Curtis says: “I created Tucson Solar Insider to help Tucson homeowners sift through all of the high-pressure sales and technical complexity that has become rampant in the solar industry today. As a matter of fact, I think Tucson deserves better from the solar industry and my goal has become to make that happen as best I can.”

You can learn more about Tucson Solar Insider at

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