Why Solar Permitting Issues Aren’t a ‘Bait & Switch’

Solar Installation
Solar Permitting Complications

In the world of solar permitting, bait and switch is a dishonest advertising practice where permitting scenarios are not fulfilled as advertised.

There is a difference, however, between bait and switch and unforeseen issues. Make sure your solar installer is not guilty of the prior before assuming negligence in the latter. 

A False Advertising Example

Bait and switch is a tactic used to get customers in the door. They get lured in by a good deal only to find that the deal doesn’t exist.

One example of bait and switch is when you are told about a good car deal and when you go to look at it the car is not there. After telling you that they don’t have it anymore, the salesman shows cars on the lot with a higher price tag. It is important to know that not every change is a bait and switch. Sometimes unforeseen complications arise, which can be costly and time-consuming.

Common Solar Permitting Unforeseen Issues Mistaken for a Bait and Switch Technique

One process that may require unforeseen changes in the solar process is permitting. After you’re approved for solar, you need to get a building permit. This allows the solar installer to put the system on your property.

The Permitting Process

Although each jurisdiction has different permitting requirements, the process is generally the same. First, the solar company’s design team puts together a code-compliant solar plan. Then, they either make corrections or it gets approved and the permit is issued.

This process can take anywhere from two to three weeks. The wait time hinges on your permitting office and solar company’s timeliness.

Unfortunately, everything doesn’t always run smoothly.  Sometimes issues arise in the process that makes it more costly and time-consuming.

Issues that Arise in the Solar Permitting Process

Homes often don’t pass permitting because existing electrical systems aren’t up to code. Two possible code violations include illegal wiretaps and overloaded main electrical panels.

You won’t be able to get solar installed on your home until problems are corrected. This means that you may have to pay for a professional electrician to come out and fix the issue. This is not something that can be foreseen by the solar installer and, therefore, is not a bait and switch.

How to Make the Most of Your Solar Situation

Even though it’s difficult to have to update your electrical system, it may be a blessing in disguise. Electric codes are in place for your safety and solar system efficiency, not to make an extra buck.

If you have a home that isn’t code-compliant, you are taking a dangerous risk. Electrical systems that aren’t up to code may cause severe damage to the system and/or an electrical fire. If your power is faulty, it may be because your electrical system either needs to be fixed or replaced.

Despite these circumstances, the trouble of solar is more easily handled when you go with a full-service solar company, like Go Solar Group. Get your free, customized solar quote for your residence today.


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