What to Look for in a Solar Distributor Partnership

Whether you are a new or established solar integrator, your choice in distribution partners is an important one. With a nearly 100-year history as an electrical distributor and a 10-year history specifically serving the solar industry, French Gerleman understands what is critical to you, the solar integrator. This article will explore the most important qualities to look for in a solar distributor, and detail how the French Gerleman team exceeds customer expectations and sets a new standard for the industry.

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Quality Solar Products

For a relatively new industry, there are many different brands and products from which solar integrators can choose. Options are good, but how can you be sure you are selecting a product that is going to stand the test of time for your customers? Your reputation is the backbone of your business. We get it, because our success is also built on a foundation of exceptional service and products.

We are careful to partner with only the finest solar manufacturers, stocking a select list of module, inverter, mounting and balance of system products.  These manufacturers have met our rigorous standards. This means less research and guess work for you.

Each year, BloombergNEF, an organization which performs research for the energy industry, publishes a list of Tier 1 manufacturers in the solar module industry. To be listed as a Tier 1 manufacturer is a measure of the company’s bankability (the likelihood of projects using the manufacturer’s products to be offered non-recourse debt financing by banks). French Gerleman partners with Tier 1 module manufacturers and can recommend modules that meet your specifications for each project.

Solar Inventory You Can Count On

They say the best ability is availability. Access to exceptional products doesn’t mean much if you can’t get them when you need them. That is why in every regional branch, French Gerleman has an ample stock of the supplies you need for your specific solar installation. If it is not there, we can have it there as quickly as the next day. Through frequent communication, we use our understanding of our integrator partners’ pipelines to anticipate and stock for their future needs. Our solar product stock is among the largest in the Midwest.

We have worked to ensure you can get everything you need to complete your solar system in one place- your local French Gerleman branch. Simply send your materials list to us. We will stage and kit the system together and deliver to the jobsite ready for your installation. Your day-to-day schedule is unpredictable enough. You can’t afford to have projects delayed because materials aren’t available. Trusting your solar supply needs to French Gerleman ensures you’ll have at least one thing you can count on- the products you need when you need them.

A Team Dedicated to Your Success

Perhaps the most valuable thing we bring to the table for your solar installation business is the French Gerleman support team. Think of us as an extension of your warehouse and staff. Not only do we focus on providing an unrivaled availability of in-stock products, but our team is also truly invested in your success. Our solar pros come to you, as needed, to help you evaluate the job, and develop the bill of materials, based on your specifications, for your project. Our team is really your team.

Ultimately, if you are looking to partner with a solar distributor you need to be able to depend on quality products, available inventory, and a team dedicated to helping your business thrive. That is what you get when you partner with French Gerleman. See for yourself. Stop in to your local French Gerleman location or contact us today to learn more about how we can help grow your solar integration business.

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