Solar Panel horror stories are not as uncommon as you’d think – with a solar system costing the average household thousands of dollars, there are always those in the industry willing to take advantage. In this blog, we illustrate the ways in which you can avoid your personal solar panel horror story.
Hidden pricing is always a potential when considering solar PV systems. When a retailer/installer explains the costs to you, there is certainly potential for them to not disclose certain costs. These could be potentially related to installation or component costs – make sure to look through the fine print when you’re signing your contract.
With cheap installation comes the potential for the installers themselves to hire subcontractors who are grossly underqualified. This can mean that casual workers, such as backpackers, can be involved in the installation of your solar system. With a lack of skill in the trade comes a huge risk for the installation to be carried out poorly. This can very easily damage your system or reduce its power considerably – it pays to know who is installing your solar panels.
Being sold a system that seems too good to be true is usually an indicator of a subpar solar system. There are many PV systems on the market today that can be considered budget models, and can be purchased for prices much cheaper than their competitors. This lower price is directly related to lower quality manufacturing and materials, though. Although a few dollars will be saved in the present, you’re looking at large bills and headaches in the future. A good system will provide more than 80% of its rated power for 25 years.
No warranty servicing
After a solar system has been completely installed, there are some dodgy subcontractors who are happy to never see you again – they’ve fulfilled their part of the arrangement, and they’re more than happy to take their money and leave.
A good sub-contractor will offer a servicing period that allows for you to have peace of mind when it comes to your solar investment. In 6 months’ time, they’ll be there to check that everything is going well and that your system is performing as it should.
Avoid your own horror story
To have all of these happen at the same time is very possible, particularly with sub-contractors who are only interested in homeowner’s keen to invest.
Don’t let this dissuade you, however. Reputable installers like Renew Energy are here to support our customers, and offer advice at every stage of solar panel installation. To ensure you don’t have any dealing with these kinds of installers, we recommend you instead pursue a Clean Energy Council approved retailer and installer.