These are some stories of Homebuyers who did, and some who did not order a Residential Solar Inspection©.
How do you measure the quality and safety of a solar installation? Our client almost moved into a home with an existing extreme fire hazard. Thankfully The Solar Detective was hired to perform their Residential Solar Inspection© prior to the contingencies being removed. This system was repaired by an independent 3rd party and now the buyer can safely move in.
A ticking Fire Bomb
Harry chose not to have a Residential Solar Inspection© to save money.
He saved $295 when he purchased his home. Eleven months later Harry scheduled the inspection because he thought his electric bills were too high. The Solar Detective inspected the solar, found the problems, recommended the solutions, introduced him to a quality contractor for repairs which allowed Harry to begin enjoying his beautiful new home. His system had not been functioning the entire 11 months, Harry could have avoided $3000 of SDGE bills if he had the solar inspected during the contingency period.
Could Have Saved ~ $3000
One of our recent clients, Dan, contacted us after living in his new home for a year. Dan was having issues with the solar system at his new house. It turns out when he was buying this $2+million house his realtor, who is very accomplished, recommended a solar installer to check the solar before contingencies were removed. The system on the home is a ground mount consisting of 69 panels with 4 inverters. And this is what he heard; ...This system is too old, it should be completely removed and replaced with current technology.. at a price of close to $100,000.
What did Dan really need? He needed to call The Solar Detective. Dan called The Solar Detective to get an opinion from a company that does not perform repairs or installations, avoiding the potential conflict of interest. The Solar Detective let him know he only needed to replace the 2 bad inverters, remove some vegetation and clean the panels. The Solar Detective was able to connect Dan with two companies, that we've vetted, who gave him pricing on that best solution. Dan saved $95,000 and has a functioning solar power plant.
In addition to knowing the good guys and the snakes, we'll provide an unbiased assessment.
600 volts on the roof!!!
Everyone is familiar with the 110 volts in their household plug outlets, and no one wants to get zapped by the 110 volts. The wire in the photo above carries 600 volts on the roof and as you can see it was melted completely in half. The fire hazard could not be more extreme. The Solar Detective discovered the issue, called it out, made recommendations and provided an independent 3rd party for repairs.
Safety Safety Safety
Does New guarantee safety or quality?
Do you think it would be necessary to have the solar inspected on a NEW home that's listed for more than $12 million, when the solar was installed by a reputable company? This buyer did, and it's a good thing. The Solar Detective found multiple structural deficiencies and other issues that needed to be addressed.
Home Value is irrelevant