Note: The information contained in this periodical weblog may be outdated. This was my personal weblog published before January 1, 2015. Since then I have been the co-owner and Principal Solar Designer at Florida Solar Design Group.

What Happens When My Solar Dealer Disappears?

Call me, of course! Seriously though, it is so vital that you contract with a reputable company. I went out today on a service call in Port Charlotte from a customer of a former competitor who closed up shop. It’s a common call.

Solar Breakers
Incorrectly Installed Solar Breakers

We replaced an inverter under warranty. The manufacturer recommended my based on my previous work for them. These situations are a great opportunity to learn how the competition does things.

Unfortunately, I’m often put in a position where I am obligated to tell the system owner that there are deficiencies in the system. Most issues are related to code compliance. Among other things, this installation did not have the photovoltaic breakers at the end of the bus bar, as required by the National Electric Code. It also did not have proper labels.

While this system was permitted and passed county inspection, the owner wisely asked me to propose corrections. I will be giving him a very fair price to make the repairs, and will hopefully earn a customer for life!

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