Solar company out of business? Now what?

What to Do When Your Solar Company Has Gone Out of Business?

May 25, 2024

When your solar system fails, you are in the worst situation. You still have your monthly solar payment, but your utility bill returns larger than ever! When a call to your solar company goes unanswered, you are stranded.

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Locating a solar company to perform repairs can be very difficult. In fact, many solar companies refuse to provide warranty repairs for system they installed.

Without documentation of the original system design, the service personnel must be experts. They must be able to understand the equipment that is in place, and have experience trouble shooting a large variety of system configurations.

 

Solar Servco can help. We provide long-term support for solar service needs and aim to independently offer performance monitoring and system repair to solar owners, regardless of who installed the system.  Our repair teams have the special equipment for testing solar performance. The two-man teams have years of experience, plus they have hotline access to system design engineers that have designed hundreds of systems.

By necessity, repairing solar systems is expensive; a full system troubleshooting and repair service can easily cost $1500-$3500. In order to ease the pain of such lump-sum repair bills, Solar Servco offers a monthly subscription program. This program ensures access to expert resources when a system failure occurs.  Going months with a broken solar system, and paying utility bills is more costly than  repairing your solar system.

 

Debris from Birds Dropped on Solar Array
Debris from Birds Dropped on Solar Array

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Our solar services cover a range of important tasks to ensure your solar energy system functions optimally:

  • Testing Solar System Performance: We thoroughly assess your solar panels’ performance to ensure they generate electricity efficiently.
  •  Repairing and Replacing Components: If any components of your solar energy system fail, we swiftly repair or replace them to minimize downtime and maximize energy production.
  •  Monitoring and Problem Alerts: We use remote monitoring to closely monitor your solar system’s performance and promptly alert you to any issues that may arise, allowing for quick resolution.
  •  Upgrading Solar Energy Systems: We enhance your existing solar energy system by seamlessly integrating additional modules, boosting capacity and efficiency.
  •  Battery Backup addition: We offer the option to incorporate battery backup for grid-tied systems, ensuring uninterrupted power supply even during grid outages.
  •  Removing and Reinstalling for Reroofing: When it’s time for roof maintenance or replacement, we safely remove your solar arrays, store them, and reinstall them once the roofing work is complete.
  •  Adding Protective Equipment: We also provide solutions to safeguard your solar investment against potential threats, such as bird nesting, golf balls, and rodent damage, ensuring long-term reliability and efficiency.

Solar Panels Require Periodic Checkup.

Regular solar maintenance is essential for their optimal performance and longevity. When systems develop a problem, the financial impact can be significant. Homeowners and commercial property owners must stay engaged in the upkeep of their solar systems. Regularly checking for common issues, performing necessary maintenance, and knowing when to seek professional help can ensure your solar panels operate efficiently.

Why is Regular Maintenance Crucial?
Regular solar panel maintenance is crucial because it helps prevent minor issues from escalating, which could otherwise lead to decreased energy output or system failure. For example, a routine checkup may discover birds nesting under the panels. If not corrected, the blockage they create can cause roof leaks.

Bird Poop Build-up
Bird Poop Build-up

Additionally, it safeguards your investment by maximizing the lifespan of your solar panels. It produces clean, renewable energy more efficiently and contributes to a greener environment.

Understanding Solar Panel Maintenance
Solar panel maintenance is more than just keeping the panels clean. It involves series of checks and procedures to ensure the system works efficiently. Regular maintenance can help identify potential issues early, preventing costly repairs or system failures.

Cleaning Solar Panels
Cleaning Solar Panels

Here are some key aspects of solar panel maintenance:

1. Check for physical damage or wear and tear. Regularly inspect the panels for any signs of bodily harm, such as cracks or discoloration.

2. Monitor the system’s energy output: Keep an eye on your solar system’s output to ensure it operates at full capacity

3. Inspect the wiring and connections. Check the system’s wiring and connections to ensure they are secure and functioning correctly.

4. Clean the panels to remove dust and debris. Regularly clean them to remove any dust, dirt, or debris that may reduce efficiency

The Difference Between Solar Maintenance and Solar Panel Repair

Solar panel repair and maintenance are separate tasks. Maintenance means checking regularly and preventing problems. Repair is about fixing issues like physical damage or electrical faults. Both are crucial for a healthy solar system.

Solar panel with broken glass
Solar panel with broken glass

Identifying Common Solar Panel Issues.

While solar panels are generally low maintenance, they can still encounter issues that affect their performance.

Wires damaged by squirrels
Wires damaged by squirrels

Common problems include physical damage from lawnmowers, shading from trees or buildings, dirt or debris accumulation, simple failure, and wiring problems. It’s essential to know the signs that your solar panels need attention, such as a drop in energy output, visible damage to the panels, loose or exposed wiring, or error messages from the inverter.

 

Dealing with Weather-Related Damage
When severe weather, such as hail, wind, or heavy snow, hits, it can physically harm your solar panels. Check them for cracks, loose parts, or other damage right after. If you spot any issues, get a solar repair service to check and fix them.

Solar panels damaged by hail
Solar panels damaged by hail

DIY Solar Panel Maintenance Tips
While you might need a solar service professional for some maintenance, there are tasks you can handle yourself to keep your panels in good shape. Clean them regularly to clear dust and debris and monitor the output for sudden drops to maintain performance.

While cleaning, they inspect for visible damage and clear any obstructions around your panels for better maintenance. Remember, safety first, and feel free to ask to call a customer service professional if you need clarification on anything.

Preventative Measures to Protect Your Solar Investment
Preventative measures can safeguard your solar investment and prolong your system’s lifespan. It’s crucial to clear the area around your panels of shading and debris buildup. Regularly monitor your system’s output and have a professional inspect it to catch potential issues early.

Professional Solar Repair Services
While DIY maintenance is valid, specific tasks need a professional solar panel repair service. They can swiftly diagnose and repair problems, conduct routine maintenance checks, and suggest system upgrades.

When To Call The Experts?
If you spot a significant decrease in energy output, see visible damage to the panels, or if your annual true-up bill projection suddenly jumps, it’s best to call solar services professionals. Every month of delay causes bigger electric bills. A checkup can make sure everything’s running smoothly.

Choosing a Reliable Solar Repair Service Before Your System Fails
Picking a dependable solar repair service is vital for getting quality work at fair prices. Check reviews, qualifications, and experience of services, ask about their offerings. Try to get on a maintenance program; this is important as it will establish you as a known customer, and you will get priority response. You avoid needing to an emergency search for a new service provider when your system is down.

Maintenance for Different Types of Solar Installations.
Rooftop versus ground-mounted solar installations have different maintenance needs. Being out of sight, rooftop systems might need rooftop checks for bird and rodent infestation. In contrast, ground- mounted systems might need a visual inspection for broken modules. But whether rooftop or ground mounted, regular care is crucial to keep the system running efficiently.

Solar panel with broken glass
Solar panel with broken glass

Residential vs. Commercial Solar Panel Maintenance
Residential solar maintenance typically includes easy tasks like cleaning and visual inspections. Commercial solar maintenance can get more complicated; with large arrays, the financial impact of degradation can be more significant. Regardless of the complexity, the aim is to keep the system running efficiently. A well-maintained system can save you money down the line.

The Importance of Professional Checks and Service Contracts
Professional checks are crucial for all solar installations. With thorough record keeping, they can detect a reduction in energy production before systems fail. The savings can easily justify the periodic cost by preventing large electric bills after systems fail. Remember, regular care can prolong your system’s life. It’s a worthwhile investment.

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Avoid big surprise bill

Taking care of your solar panels is about more than fixing problems. Regular solar maintenance can extend their life and boost efficiency. Investing in solar panel care is smart, ensuring you maximize your solar investment. Regular maintenance ensures your solar panels’ long-term efficiency and lifespan, and avoids large surprise utility bills.

 

 

When issues arise, Call SunnyCal Solar (209)-646-6100 to schedule a checkup with a solar energy professional to keep your system running smoothly for years!

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ShadeCharger solar picnic table at baseball game

Celebrate Earth Day by Installing Solar Picnic Tables

April 19, 2024

Today, as we celebrate “Earth Day,” let’s look at how we can add renewable energy to our local park and sports fields. Green Energy includes renewable sources such as solar for homes and businesses, but ShadeCharger solar powered picnic tables can now add solar to local parks and libraries.

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Cafe-1 In Park thumbs up

They offer electric power to charge our cell phones and laptops, adding a clean and sustainable route to reduce our carbon footprint, starting in our neighborhood.

Earth Day serves as a poignant reminder of our responsibility to conserve and shield our planet for future generations. Transitioning to green energy, rather than relying on fossil fuels, is a crucial step in combating climate change and fortifying the health and resilience of our environment.

By embracing green energy solutions, we not only reduce our impact on the environment but also foster innovation and economic growth in sustainable industries. Investing in renewable energy infrastructure creates jobs, drives technological advancements, and promotes energy independence.

How can we renew our commitment to green energy with solar energy?

On Earth Day, we can collectively demonstrate our commitment to protecting the planet by taking various actions.  However, one of the simplest options is to switch to solar energy—an affordable and straightforward solution!

Opting for solar energy is an excellent way to embrace sustainability and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Solar picnic table installation is a hassle-free source of Green Energy, plus it provides remote power, shade and seating capacity for our leisure events.

ShadeCharger solar picnic table at baseball game
ShadeCharger solar picnic table at baseball game

To find the best spots for solar tables, consider sunlight exposure, shading, and the preferred seating areas. Solar tables are completely stand-alone, and can be placed on virtually any level surface, whether on grass of paved surfaces. Then, with your wish list in hand, get buy-in from the local authorities.

Power at solar picnic table
Power at solar picnic table top

ShadeCharger tables are unique.  They include solar panels, a lithium battery and power inverter to charge the batteries.  Power is available at the tabletop as AC power outlets and USB plugs.  They are built from an industrial design to be rugged and weatherproof. There are no fabric or laminated surfaces that can be damaged by weather or vandalism; only concrete and metal components are accessible from the seating surfaces.  Finally, the tables can be easily relocated by drive-and-drop using a forklift, enabling seasonable changes to accommodate reconfiguration of multi-use facilities.

Lots of Benefits, with Little Maintenance.

ShadeCharger tables are a long term investment, and will provide decades of service to the communities. In our connected world, where kids prefer spending time on their mobile devices, getting them outside is a healthy change. Solar tables often become the centerpiece of outdoor social activities.

Regular cleaning of table and seating surfaces is all that is needed.  Solar panels are not significantly affected by typical dust and dirt.  Rainfall will provide all the cleaning that is needed. All components of the table are rain and wind resistant, up to 100MPH.

It’s important to protect solar panels from physical damage and extreme weather. Installing special SolarNets, like golf nets or hail blocker nets, can help prevent damage from hailstorms or stray golf and baseballs, especially if the property is near a sports field or golf course.  Nets can be added to block baseballs, golf balls and hail.

Investing in Family Oriented Renewable Energy Upgrades

Solar picnic tables are a unique way to introduce green energy concepts and enhance community services at the same time. Remote power generation offers a low cost way to encourage outdoor activities, all the while providing convenient locations to recharge a dead battery without retreating home.

City of Burlington Library
City of Burlington Library

 

Library and college settings benefit from outdoor charging as well. Kids can spend time outdoors with their favorite book, soaking up the sunlight and fresh air, instead of sitting in a dark indoor reading room.  As more and more publications are in electronic media, remote power can be key to keeping things powered during use.

 

 

Taking this proactive approach helps protect the money invested in solar infrastructure and makes renewable energy production stronger and more sustainable.

Solar picnic table at Colorado University
Solar picnic table at Colorado University

So on this Earth Day, let’s commit to using solar energy, reducing our carbon footprint, and safeguarding our planet for future generations. For inquiries about ShadeCharger solar picnic tables, please contact us at 209-464-6100, email us at info@shadecharger.net or visit

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Dandelion Days 2024

SunnyCal Participates in Dandelion Days, Jackson CA, Mar. 16-17

March 14, 2024

We’re thrilled to announce our participation in #DandelionDays2024 in #Jackson CA!This annual Lion’s Club event brings our community together in a celebration of spring, and we’re excited to be part of the festivities once again.

At #SunnyCal Solar, we’ve been serving the Jackson community for nearly 18 years, and Dandelion Days has always held a special place in our hearts. It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones as we all come together to explore downtown Jackson.

SunnyCal Solar attends Dandelion Days

Visit our SunnyCal booth to discover the latest in solar technology and protective solar nets. Whether you’re considering solar for your home or business, we’re here to provide you with on-the-spot quotes for complete solar systems. And this year, we’re offering exclusive pricing and discounts that you won’t want to miss out on!

SunnyCal Solar Booth at Dandelion Days

But that’s not all – as a thank you to our hometown community, we’re extending a special offer:

Purchase your solar system within a week after Dandelion Days, and you’ll receive the lowest prices of the year!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a #SunnyCalSolar booth without some fun for the whole family! We’ll have balloons for the kids, Frisbees for the teens, and unbeatable deals for the adults. Let’s make the most of the sunny days ahead together!

Kidsat Dandelion Days

 

 

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Non-Profits Can Now Obtain 30% Solar Credit

September 15, 2022

Who qualifies for direct pay for the solar ITC?

The Inflation Reduction Act includes a provision allowing tax-exempt entities to receive the solar investment tax credit as a direct payment. In the past, to make nonprofit solar projects financially viable, most organizations had to partner with developers or banks that could take advantage of the tax benefits. Organizations would sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) where they would pay the bank or developer a set amount of money for the solar energy over a length of time, usually 25 years.

Now, tax-exempt organizations like public schools, cities and nonprofits can get those credits by direct pay, and receive a check for 30% of the project cost just like a tax-paying entity would receive the credit when filing taxes. Direct pay paves the way for organizations to own solar projects instead of just buying the power through PPAs.

Although the industry is awaiting official guidance from the Treasury Department regarding the logistics of direct pay and other IRA provisions, the basic qualifying factors are spelled out in the statute. Here are the entities that can access direct pay for the solar ITC.

1. Tax-exempt organizations

Any organization that has filed an application with the federal government for tax-exempt status will qualify for direct pay, according to Amit Kalra, partner at Sheppard Mullin. This could include state colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations and more. It likely does not include homeowners’ associations (HOAs), which typically file a corporate income tax return, Kalra said.

2. State, local and tribal governments

Any governmental entities can receive direct pay for the solar ITC. This includes an already-hot market segment — public schools. A 2020 report by Generation180 found 7,332 schools nationwide use solar power, a number that’s surely grown since then.

3. Rural electric cooperatives

Rural electric co-ops have been leaders in solar adoption because of their member-centric structure. Co-ops now qualify for direct pay, allowing them to own their solar projects and receive credits directly.

4. The TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a federally owned electric utility corporation that can now receive direct pay for solar projects.

How will direct pay change nonprofit solar project financing?

To take advantage of direct pay, tax-exempt entities will likely get a bridge loan from a solar installer or bank, pay the government incentive amount back to the loan company once they receive it, then pay the rest on an installment plan, Kalra said.

“The same parties that are currently willing to underwrite PPAs and take the credit exposure to a tax-exempt [entity], I don’t see why they wouldn’t be willing to underwrite a construction loan to a tax-exempt [entity], or a term loan for that matter, and say, ‘Here’s your $100. You go install this facility and then you pay us back,’” he said.

Fellow Sheppard Mullin partner Benjamin Huffman said financiers previously set up a similar payment structure for cash grants for solar installations.

“It was essentially borrowing against that future government payment, which could be structured for this program just as easily,” Huffman said.

The ability for nonprofits to own solar projects could make energy savings and sustainability an option for more organizations than ever before.

“Having these entities be able to access the systems directly and own the systems if that’s what they choose is a huge step forward for energy sovereignty,” said Andie Wyatt, policy director and legal counsel at GRID Alternatives.

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