March 11, 2014 – Today, Solar Marketing Group announces the release of a new white paper on improving quality control in residential rooftop solar installations. The white paper entitled: “The Importance of Reliable Solar Mounting Systems” was co-written by consortium of experts in the solar industry including Quick Mount PV, HatiCon Solar, Orion Solar Racking, Cinnamon Solar, and Solar Marketing Group. The report addresses the fundamental question of how the industry can double the number of solar homes without doubling the amount of damage from poor installation practices.
“There are over 400,000 solar homes across the US, and very few of them have roof leaks or others issues from their solar arrays. But if we don’t keep our eye on improving racking and installation quality, these problems will grow exponentially as residential solar becomes mainstream,” said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Cinnamon Solar and primary white paper author.
The report provides a detailed look at residential solar mounting practices and components, areas where issues can occur, potential problems, costs for fixing them, and steps to prevent them. “The bad news is that, while rare, damages from poorly installed solar racking can cost homeowners and installers several thousands of dollars. The good news is that by using proper components and taking a few extra steps, installers can prevent pretty much all of these problems,” said Cinnamon.
“Since racking and mounting reliability is already very high among quality-focused installers, it’s very easy to get comfortable as an industry and let issues sneak up on us. We wanted to bring more attention to reliability in the racking space since problems there can give the industry a black eye and curb growth if ignored,” said Liz Oh, President of Solar Marketing Group and white paper co-author.
The paper is a crash course for new installers, a refresher on best-practices for industry veterans, and a handy guide for what to expect from an installation for homeowners looking to go solar. The White Paper is free to download and can be found on Solar Marketing Group’s website at http://www.solarmarketinggroup.com/whitepaper.