SunBug’s customer service team delivers a variety of corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance, and specialty solar-related services for residences, nonprofit organizations, houses of worship, and businesses across Massachusetts. The primary focus of our certified licensed service electricians is on the care and well-being of SunBug’s own installed customer base of solar PV energy systems, but increasingly we’re called upon to support the service needs of installations performed by other solar companies who are either out of business, no longer operating within Massachusetts, or who are otherwise unavailable to fulfill the solar service needs of their customers.
Residential home ownership transfers are a common phenomenon, and solar-equipped homes are no exception. Whether you’re selling your solarized home or buying a home with solar already installed, a physical inspection and electrical assessment of the condition of a solar system provides valuable information for both the buyer and the seller.
In addition to SunBug’s standard 5-year installation workmanship warranty for our commercial clients, we also offer an optional Operations & Maintenance plan that provides preventive maintenance coverage for the duration of your system’s full lifecycle. SunBug’s commercial O&M program embodies our commitment to actively monitor and assess the performance of your solar system, and to address unplanned issues as they arise. O&M also includes an annual on-site visit during which your solar system will receive a comprehensive visual inspection, as well as a full system test.
Solar systems installed in close proximity to woods or trees may inadvertently serve as an attractive habitat for rodents and/or birds. A nesting bird can construct an unsanitary and unappealing mess underneath your solar array. Squirrels not only love to build nests within the cozy space under solar modules, but they also happen to be very fond of nibbling the insulation on solar wiring.
Cleaning up such messes and repairing any resulting damage to your solar system can get costly very quickly. A simple, but effective preventative approach is to equip your solar system with a perimeter critter guard to thwart the onslaught of wayward birds and rodents. Critter guards are segments of stiff wire mesh that attach to the edges of your solar modules and extend down to your roof’s surface, effectively sealing off the several-inch gap between your solar modules and your roof. Wrapping critter guards around the entire perimeter of your solar system—either at the time of system installation or as a retrofit down the road—is one of the best ways to safeguard the physical integrity of your solar investment.
Some solar adopters are surprised to learn during their first solar winter that accumulating snow slides off a solar module-covered roof much more quickly and without warning than was the case pre-solar. This can be particularly worrisome for steep roofs, where the velocity and force of a rooftop solar system shedding its snow can be both damaging and dangerous down below.
Installing solar snow guards to your system can help mitigate the incidence and impact of these snow slides. A solar snow guard is a low-profile barrier that attaches to the bottom edges of solar modules to help reduce the likelihood of a large snow slide event. Snow guards are most appropriate for solar modules installed above doorways, driveways, or other areas of high traffic. Snow guards can be added to your solar system either at the time of its installation or subsequently as a retrofit.
Re-roofing is a periodic reality for most homes and businesses. And since the anticipated longevity of a solar system exceeds the life expectancy of most roofs, it’s likely that you’ll need to re-roof your property at some point during your solar system’s lifecycle. SunBug routinely performs solar system de-installations/re-installations in coordination with your roofer to ensure that your system’s downtime is minimized to the extent practicable.
Some solar adopters are so pleased with their solar investments that they seek to expand the capacity of their systems. Those expansions could be installed on either the same roof area as your current system, a different part of your roof, or perhaps even in your back yard.
Although it’s typically straightforward to add onto a solar system electrically, expansions can be much more complex from an administrative perspective due to policies associated with various incentive programs as well as local zoning regulations. SunBug Solar’s service team is adept at navigating these complicated waters with you to converge on the best expansion approach to achieve your objectives.
Renovating your home or office? Need some of your solar equipment or conduits relocated in conjunction with your renovation? Just let us know. We’ll coordinate our work with your contractor so your solar system will hardly skip a beat.
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