We had a proposal for solar panel installation done by Company A, who told us our home was a good candidate. 11 solar panels on 1/2 of our south-facing roof would cover 100% of our electric energy needs. There are no trees in the way. We would pay around $9500 after a 25% federal rebate and 26% New York state rebate. Then they did some more measurements and said that the pitch of our roof is 47 degrees and they can’t install on a pitch over 45 degrees.
Company B told us that the 47 degree pitch isn’t an issue, that they’re OSHA certified, that a company that says they can’t do that pitch is one that doesn’t want to have to pay for the extra training and certification to be able to handle that pitch. They gave us a proposal and price very similar to the one from Company A. Their reviews on Google reviews are 4.8 out of 5.
Company C looked at our house on Google street view and said right off that they can’t do it. They could see that the pitch is over 45 degrees. They warned us that any company that told us they could do it would be taking too much of a risk and that the panels could fall down and/or pull our roof down. Their reviews on Google reviews are 4.9 out of 5.
The fact that 2 companies out of 3 won’t do it is giving us pause. Thoughts on finding reliable information about this would be much appreciated!