Solar installation questions
Who installs the solar panels?
The Council will not install the solar panels. If a property owner enters into a contract with a solar developer, the developer will install the panels.
How old can the roof be to install solar panels?
Almost any solar technical assistance provider or developer will avoid installing a solar PV system on a roof older than 7-10 years. If it has been replaced more recently than that, then it is much more likely to be suitable for solar installation.
Who determines the structural soundness of the roof?
A state-certified structural engineer would work with any solar developer to analyze your rooftop and determine whether your roof meets the structural needs required for a solar PV system installation.
What if I get storm damage on my solar panels?
The contract between the solar developer and the property owner can address this. Options include damage covered by manufacturer warranties handled by the solar developer, or the property owner.
The Solar-for-Vouchers staff will support property owners in evaluating which option best serves their needs.
What kind of ongoing maintenance is required for solar panels?
Little-to-none. Most systems can expect modest inverter replacements within the first 5-10 years of system installation, which is why most good inverter warranties are for at least 10 years. Beyond that, a digital monitoring system can be a low-cost way to alert the owner and developer if the system is performing below design specifications.
What would my maintenance agreement look like?
The Council anticipates that developers will offer standardized maintenance agreements as an option in installation contracts under this program.
The maintenance agreement may also be negotiated between the property owner and the solar installer to best meet the needs of both parties.
What is the warranty on the solar energy system?
Warranties are typically determined by parts manufacturers and included in the contract documents between the solar developer and the property owner.
What is the program designed to serve — the property owner’s electric meters or the meters of individual residents?
This pilot program is specifically focused on serving one meter per building. For most properties, this will be the meter that accounts for common area and amenity electricity costs (elevator, shared laundry, hallway lighting, common area air conditioning, etc.). However, this program does not exclude master-metered properties.