How To Protect Against Investing In Defective Solar Panels

How To Protect Against Investing In Defective Solar Panels

By Ricardo Ehmann, Esq.

In light of widespread reporting that the rate of defective solar panels is on the rise, some potential customers may be hesitant to invest in solar panels.  In response to this news Sunstarter, a solar panel installation company in California, believes the issue of defective solar panels will work itself out over time.  As they explain it, just like any business, quality companies will survive while companies cutting corners will fail.  Indeed, prior to the recent reports of the increase in defective solar panels, Forbes magazine reported last October that 180 out of 300 solar panel manufacturers will likely go out of business by the year 2015, half of which are companies located in areas that simply cannot compete with Chinese companies in terms of production costs.  As we now know, studies have shown that cost-cutting measures in China have resulted in the production of substandard solar panels.

What can those who are interested in investing in solar energy do to protect themselves against defects?  First, while it is clear that an installation company has an incentive to correctly install solar panels sourced from reputable manufacturers, you should nonetheless do as much research as possible on various installation companies.  For example, search the Internet for reviews from past customers and don’t rely solely on information from a company’s own website.  Second, consider leasing your equipment.  Not only will you save money on the upfront investment, but the company leasing you the equipment will likely replace any defective panels, which is not a difficult process according to Sunstarter. Lastly, whether you purchase or lease, periodically monitor your system by checking for any peeling of the protective outer coating on the solar panels. 

If you are a building owner, homeowner, company or organization and believe you have purchased defective solar panels or would like to arrange to have your solar panels tested for possible defects, contact Gerard & Associates.  Gerard & Associates is an experienced law firm with offices in San Diego and Las Vegas.  The firm dedicates its practice to construction defect law, consumer protection law and consumer energy law.  

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