Traveling Solar Installers or Traveling Circus? Local Company, Solarponics, Fights Back.

Many solar installers today are traveling long distances to complete jobs. This can pose problems in quality control, warranty obligations and follow up service.

San Luis Obispo, CA, November 16, 2015 --( According to Environment California Research and Policy Center, over the past two years alone, the solar industry has installed more than 5,000 kilowatts of solar power in each of 10 different California cities. In a report by clean-energy market analysis firm, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the estimated total of installed solar power will increase by 50 percent in 2016. With an increase in demand, there has also been an increase in solar suppliers, many of which are traveling long distances to take advantage of job opportunities.

“We are seeing more out of the area installers traveling to the Central Coast, to compete for customers. We're all for healthy competition, but this isn't healthy,” said Kristian Emrich, Vice President of Solarponics.

Laws and rules concerning building codes and permits differ according to jurisdiction. The documentation requirements, filing process, and structure fees also vary, due to differences in building departments. Some of the documentation requirements include a permit application, owner-builder verification form, planning specifications, construction plan, elevation plan, equipment plan, and electrical plan. Usually the licensed contractor performing the installation will obtain the majority of these permits, assist in the processes, and schedule all inspections.

A final building inspection is required upon the completion of an installment. The permitting agency can then require installers to make corrections or modifications to the system. If the installation offers incentives to be claimed for tax credits, additional application processes are then required. Lack of quality control can be a huge problem in later processes, including servicing, for non-local installers because many of these lengthy procedures must be submitted or completed in person.

The Department of Energy Homeowner's Guide to Going Solar also highly recommends that a homeowner go with a reputable LOCAL solar installer for all the same reasons.

“Solarponics, as a local installer, has a reputation for quality, knowledge, and trust that we honor and live up to with every installation. We have ties to the Central Coast and a genuine care for the community. They're (out-of-town companies) likes a bunch of clowns messing up the reputation of our industry,” said Emrich. To counter the disruption, Solarponics vows to double down on it's customer service and communication with loyal clients, hoping to increase their referral rate.

Solarponics is the Central Coast’s alternative energy pioneer, helping residents achieve energy independence for over 35 years. The longest continuously owned and operated solar company in California, Solarponics has been family owned and operated since 1975. Solarponics can install and service solar electric systems, solar hot water, wind energy systems, solar pool heating and radiant heating systems. For more information, visit, or follow them on Twitter @solarponics and on Facebook.
Frank Scotti