Choosing the Right Solar Energy Company - Albuquerque

Choosing the Right Solar Energy Company in Albuquerque: Revisited

Why Choosing the Right Solar Energy Company is Important

Someone will always be willing to do the job 'cheaper', but is it worth it? Find out...

Let's face it, New Mexico (and specifically Albuquerque) is a hot spot for solar energy - sometimes feeling like the modern gold rush - It seems like every day we hear about a new solar energy company in Albuquerque. Some of them are out of state brokers who contract local Albuquerque solar installers to do the work for them (more on this later) and others are 'solar energy system companies' that have no experience with solar energy systems and are trying to expand their current service categories. Albuquerque HVAC companies, roofing companies, remodeling companies - they all seem to have caught the solar energy bug and claim to be able to do solar panel installation.

A Solar Energy Company is a Solar Energy Company, Right?

Wrong. As mentioned above, many Albuquerque companies are trying to make a quick buck by doing solar panel installation without the proper experience to do so, leaving the customer with  sub-quality solar panel installation (pictures to follow). When this happens, it not only gives the Albuquerque solar energy industry a bad name but, more importantly, creates a nightmare for the homeowner who just wanted energy independence. Osceola Energy receives calls all the time from customers who went with the wrong solar installer and are now requesting us to fix the other companies mistakes.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Before and After Photos)

Below are images of the solar energy system that was installed by another company. Osceola Energy was called by the customer to fix the mistakes the other solar energy company had made.


BEFORE

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Solar panels were installed too close to the edge of the roof. This is in violation of Albuquerque building fire codes.  As you can see from the photo, solar panels were installed with incorrect spacing and angle, not accounting for shadow gaps. Shadows are your solar energy systems worst friend.

Poor wire management. There is no reason a solar energy system should ever look like this. This is just laziness.

Poor wire management. There is no reason a solar energy system should ever look like this. This is the result of a solar energy company being lazy.

Improper grounding wire (braided), open-ended pvc piping, and tape. Everything about this is wrong.

Improper grounding wire (braided) according to Albuquerque electrical code, open-ended PVC piping, and... tape? Everything about this is wrong. Without proper watertight ends, water is dangerously funneled down the wire and directly into the electrical box.

This junction box shows additional exposed wire area and improper fittings. The j-box was rusted out inside and had water pooled inside.

This junction box shows additional exposed wire area and improper fittings. The j-box was rusted out and had water pooling inside.

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This residential solar installation had a three phase DC disconnect switch which was not required for the system; The string inverter had an integrated disconnect. This would have been an unnecessary cost to the customer.

This string inverter was installed in a location that is not to code.

This string inverter was installed in a location that is not to Albuquerque building code.


AFTER

Corrected spacing of solar panels, installing them further from the edge per code, and with the proper shadow gaps to prevent solar panel shade.

Corrected spacing of solar panels, installing them further from the edge per code, and with the proper shadow gaps to prevent solar panel shade.

Clean, uniform cable wire management, proper solar panel installation spaces preventing shadow overlap.

Clean, uniform cable wire management, proper solar panel installation spacing preventing shadow overlap. Proper conduit and junction box implementation.

water protection correct

This illustrates the proper way to install solar panels with wiring entering a junction box that is waterproof using sealtight fittings. This ensures that water does not come into contact with any spliced wiring.

Another example of proper solar energy system wiring.

Another example of proper solar energy system wiring and conduit.

New ballast mounted solar panels installed.

New ballast mounted solar panels installed. Clean, sleek, and beautiful.

String inverter was moved to a more accessible location.

String inverter was moved to a more accessible location.

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Conclusion

Don't fall victim to companies who claim to be a solar energy company in Albuquerque, but are not experienced or lack the proper skills to install your solar panel system. You wouldn't ask your solar panel installer to do your homes landscaping or plumbing, why would you expect an HVAC or roofing company to be experts in solar energy systems? Also, be wary of solar energy companies in Albuquerque who don't install their own solar panels. Many companies are coming from outside of New Mexico, selling solar energy systems and having the cheapest labor they can find to install the panels for them. Always ask WHO will be installing your solar panels, the solar energy company selling the system, or a subcontractor?

Want more proof? Here are some news articles:

Solar Contractor Was Not Licensed to Perform Work

Family Says Solar Company Cheated Them Out of $12k