When researching for a good solar panel installer, don't forget the Internet. Yes you may start out in the phone book, but the Internet will give you a lot more information as well. You may find testimonials from other clients and ideas for contractors that you may not have realized are out there.
There is no need to hook your solar power system onto a power grid in your area. You have the ability to be independent from the power companies in your area. In other words, you won't need to change electric services should you move, nor will you see high electric bills anymore.
Hot Sun Industries, maker of the Powerstrip solar pool heating system explains basic system operation as well as some plumbing guidelines.
Do not be discouraged at the cost of starting solar energy. You may find it pricy to get the products you need for setting up a solar energy system. But, you will find a much cheaper electric bill every month, paying off the initial start up cost and then some.