Solar installation "brokers" versus choosing installer yourself
We are considering getting solar panels on our home (and replacing the roof so that it will last as long as the solar panels do). Asking acquaintances for recommendations, I ended up talking to two companies (Pace Avenue and Straight Talk Solar) that seem to act as brokers for these services: they advise you about designing the improvements you want, and then THEY find the contractors to provide the services. Normally I would just do my own footwork and find the best combination of reputable/local/affordable contractors on my own, but the broker approach seems a lot cheaper AND possibly easier. Still, it makes me nervous! Does anyone have any experience with this, pro or con?
I am also continuing my own research, so: Does anyone have updated recommendations for a great solar-panel installation company?