If you’ve leased your solar, you’ll want to reach out to the company from whom you leased it. They will provide you with next steps.
As long as you own (and did not lease) the solar array, you can do anything you’d like with your solar array. You can leave it there for the next homeowner or take it with you to your new residence!
If you want to take the solar array with you, first consider:
The age of the array, the wattage of the panels, remaining warranty time left (especially for the inverter(s)) and look into the average electric bill during the various seasons that the former homeowner had incurred. You want to make sure it makes sense to take the old array or if it will be better to leave it on the home you are moving from.
- If the home you are moving to is larger and the utility bills are more per month than you’re used to, it might make more sense to look into a new array with larger watt panels. You may also be able to take advantage of available incentives and rebates to offset the cost of a new array!
- If you leave the array behind, you may be able to sell your home for more!
- If the array stays behind, the warranties remain with materials (racking, inverter(s) and solar panels) since the warranties apply to materials not people.
Relocating the array – Some helpful tidbits:
- You’ll want to organize your engineered drawings, specs, warranty docs and manuals in one place so that they are easily found when you unpack at the new place.
- Contact Axium Solar for a removal quote. Once you approve, we get will the removal scheduled.
- Decide where you will temporarily store the removed solar array until you move. We will break the array down and nicely stack it so that you only need pack it when you’re ready to move. Since the array was outside in all sorts of weather, it is safe to leave it outside, if need be. If security is an issue, we can put it in your garage or shed if you prefer. See also #6 below.
- Once completely removed, there may be holes on the roof and also where the PV disconnect and string inverter, if used, were mounted. While we will fill the holes on the roof with a water and weatherproof sealant, some shingles may need to be replaced so that is something you’ll need to anticipate by hiring a roofer to come in behind us. The bottom line is that you’ll want to ensure the holes are filled in nicely so the new homeowner won’t have to contend with them.
- Don’t forget to pack up your communication device (Envoy or similar) and the cords and cables associated with it!
- If you’re moving locally we can either take the array to your new home for storage until you’re ready for us to install it or we can bring it back to our warehouse for a short time until we acquire the permit and other requirements install it on your new home. Note: The process for installing solar on a different home will be exactly the same as installing solar for the first time, except you will already have most the materials. Read about that here.
- If you are moving non-locally, we can refer you to an installer near your new home who can assist you with installing the solar array there.