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Solar Blunders | March 26, 2023

Avoid Sollar Installers that Blunder and Cancel Projects 

As the push for renewable energy continues to gain momentum, more homeowners in San Antonio are turning to solar power to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on their energy bills. However, the process of getting solar cells installed on your roof can be a complicated one, and unfortunately, not all solar businesses are created equal. In this article, we will explore some common mistakes made by solar installers during the setup process and how you can avoid them. 

Communication is Key 

I recently spoke with a homeowner who had signed up for solar, but his project had been canceled due to a miscommunication between the salesperson and the HOA (Homeowner Associations). He ended up losing his utility rebate because the solar business had taken too long to install his system. This is just one example of the many issues that can arise when all the players involved in the solar adoption process do not communicate effectively. 

HOA Approval 

One of the most common causes of delays in the deployment process is a lack of communication between the solar business and the homeowner’s association (HOA). Salespeople often do not get the HOA login information, which can cause serious delays in getting HOA approval. It is important for solar organizations to have a clear understanding of the HOA approval process and to make sure all the necessary documentation is submitted in a timely manner. 

Credit Application 

Another common mistake made by solar businesses is getting key information wrong on the credit application. This can cause everything to have to be signed again, and often getting the homeowners to meet and resign documents can take weeks and slow the process down dramatically. It is important for solar businesses to be thorough when filling out credit applications and to double-check all information before submitting it. 

Changes to Design 

During the deployment process, installers may require changes to the design after the site survey. These changes could trigger the need for change orders, which will require the contracts to be signed again. Solar businesses should be prepared for the possibility of changes to the design and have a process in place for handling change orders. 

Credit Approval 

Many solar lenders, such as Sunlight, only allow 60 days (about 2 months) before credit approval runs out. If the installation process takes longer than 60 days (about 2 months), new credit approval will be required, new documents will need to be signed, and HOA and utility approvals will be obtained again. This can be a major headache for homeowners and can cause the entire process to be canceled. 


In conclusion, when it comes to solar installers, it is important to do your research and choose a company that is experienced, reliable, and communicates effectively throughout the deployment process. Avoiding common mistakes such as miscommunication, errors on credit applications, and delays in obtaining HOA approval can help ensure a smooth and timely installation. If you are considering solar, take the time to find a solar company that has a proven record of success and can guide you through the switching process with ease. 

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