Solar panel lessons from the field

Solarpanel2John Park, who is blogging about his Burbank addition at Park Haus Blog, has a lesson to share about dealing with a solar panel company.

John says:

We’ve been having lots of trouble getting the company who installed our solar panels to turn in the correct paperwork to Burbank Water & Power.

This paperwork is needed before we can get our inspection.

We need to pass inspection before we can see the correct power consumption on our electric bill.

We also can’t get our rebate until the paperwork is done. It’s a large rebate.

We aren’t happy.

Here’s what we’ve learned a little too late: If you pay the company doing your solar the full amount, they don’t have much motivation to process paperwork. If you hold back the amount of the rebate check, they turn things in quickly.

So now we know.