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Installing solar is not an easy job. Typically our installers are working on pitched roofs in high places, exposed to wind, rain, snow or the sun.  Making sure solar equipment is installed correctly is critical as it's exposed to all sorts of weather conditions - for decades!

It's the little things that make the equipment and installation last so that the system produces reliable clean, renewable energy. Most solar panels and equipment are warrantied for 25-years and have a working life for decades well beyond that time period. 

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That's why we spend time going over basics like pulling wire through conduit correctly.

One of our solar "Professors", Electrician Sean Rayner spent time with our crews reviewing best practices in the PSS classroom and then did some hands-on exercises on how to correctly set-up wires to be pulled through conduit.  If the wires get nicked during the installation process, that can lead to arc faults and eventually a system failure or in a worse case scenario, a fire. It's one of those "little" things we're mindful about.

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There's no good reason to take shortcuts impacting the quality of an electrical system expected to be in service for 25-years or more. Over time, shortcuts reveal themselves and cut short the life of the PV system and can be very dangerous.  Recently, Tesla was sued by Walmart about a series of fires on their roofs that appear to be the result of poor installation practices including mismatched connectors. 

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Puget Sound Solar's oldest PV installations are now approaching 20-years in the field and we're pleased to report we infrequently run into workmanship issues.  In fact, we recently inspected a couple of our first few installations and found no problems whatsoever. That gave us the confidence to extend our workmanship warranty to 25-years, the same as the equipment we install.  It is the best workmanship warranty in the industry. 

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Puget Sound Solar installed the first permitted solar PV system in Seattle and we stand by our work. 

Give us a call to get a quote for a high-quality solar PV installation from the Puget Sound's most experienced solar installation company. 

About the author


Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

Jeremy Smithson

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