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Solar Nightmare

March 1, 2011

I love the concept of Solar Energy.  What’s not to like, we get energy from the sun instead of sending more dollars to the Middle East.  Sustainable, less pollution, save the planet…all of the wonderful things that we love.  What can drive you crazy though is the implementation.  Take a look at these pictures.

Right through the roof!

You are looking at a rack for a solar system that is being installed on a rubber membrane roof.  They are screwing these frames down through the roof to the plywood deck before they mount the solar panels.

Oh and they installed this in the wrong place.  They had to move it, after they had already placed several holes through the existing roof.  OOOOPS!

This roof is not really in very good shape.  It is over 15 years old and it should have been replaced before any solar system was installed on top of it.   Then, brackets should be used that can be properly flashed into the roofing system.

I can't believe someone would do this!

The solar installers plan here is to caulk the top of the screw heads after he screws down through the existing roof membrane.  This is a recipe for disaster.

The installer pressured the roof owner to get this done quickly so that he would not lose his tax incentives last year.  This year end rush is going to end up costing the owner major dollars.  The entire solar system is going to need to be removed so that the roof can be replaced in the near future.  This is going to significantly raise the cost of the roofing project.  Then the solar system is going to need to be re-installed correctly.  In his attempt to do the right thing, this owner is causing himself major headaches.

 

Before anyone considers installing solar panels on their roof, they should have their roof checked by a professional roofing contractor.  Save yourself the hassle and do it right the first time!

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