How do I select an installer for my PV system?
If you want to purchase a PV system, you are probably going to need a PV installer. You can check your local phone directory under Solar Energy Equipment or view a pre-screened contractors list at It is always advisable to obtain several bids before making a selection.

Your PV installer must also possess a current license with the City. You can verify a current license by calling the City Clerk’s division at 816.439.4417.

Before you purchase a PV System:

- Shop around to compare prices before choosing a PV contractor. Compare system features, warranties and expected annual electrical output.

- Get two or three estimates from different contractors to compare pricing and PV systems.

- Ask each PV contractor for customer references.

- Be sure your PV contractor provides you with a written contract that includes equipment pricing, installation costs, model numbers and warranty information. Make sure you know when to expect delivery and installation of your PV system.

- Understand your PV warranty and that you know who is responsible for honoring the warranty (the installer, dealer, builder or manufacturer).

- Verify that the PV system you receive matches the equipment listed on your contract.

- The PV contractor will assist you in obtaining all building permits and inspections. Your PV system must be inspected and approved by a City building inspector and the public utility before it can become operational.

- If you live in a historic district, you must obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic District Review Commission prior to obtaining building permits. Please contact a Preservation Planner at 816.439.4537.

- If you live in a homeowners’ association, obtain all required approvals from the Architectural Review Committee as applicable.

- Ask your PV contractor to review maintenance and operation of your new system. Be sure the contractor reviews your PV manual with you prior to completion of the installation.

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