Once you’ve found your ideal solar system, it’s time to sign a contract with your CEC Approved Solar installer. The quote you receive for your solar system will end up forming the basis of your contract, but remember: receiving a quote does not mean you have to go ahead and install your system right away.
It is important that you are aware of the system design and performance estimates before you sign the contract. Any variations to the system design must be properly documented and signed off by you after the contract has been signed so that you’re always aware of any changes that are to be made. It is also important to remember that you are entitled to a 10-day cooling-off period after signing a contract if the sale was unsolicited.
Examining The Fine Print
Signing a contract involves more than singing a dotted line; there are numerous ways for unscrupulous dealers to omit details that will cost you in the long run.
When signing your contract, you should make sure a few other things are included on top of the standard conditions. Make sure to clarify things like:
- An agreed timeframe for your solar system’s installation
- Responsibilities for relevant aspects of the process (such as metering changes, grid connection, retail agreements and paperwork)
- Daily, monthly and annual performance estimates for your system
- Expected efficiency losses because of shade or orientation
- The clear itemisation of component costs
- Your full system design, including the proposed roof plan
- Relevant warranties and guarantees, including that of installer workmanship
- A payment schedule (both deposit and progress payments)
- A service agreement
- Site conditions or circumstances that may require payments not covered in the initial contract
Being aware of the small details when signing a contract will save you hugely in the long run. You’ll have a thorough understanding of who will be responsible for your warranty, what happens when problems arise with your system, and who organises necessary metering changes and the associated costs.
The Importance of Doing Your Research
Dishonest retailers are more likely to exploit their service to charge you more in the long run. For them, solar systems can potentially be seen as goldmines, whereas a reputable dealer will always be available to troubleshoot and fix problems.
Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailers like Renew Energy ensure that contracts contain all aspects relevant to your solar system. It can be a huge relief knowing workmanship and product guarantees related to your system are assured for the future.