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Consumers need solar facts before committing | Letters | Nov. 4

Last Friday’s guest column (“Now’s a good time to go solar on Bainbridge,” by Kevin Dwyer) gives the reader only the upside point of view regarding obtaining same.

Let’s play “who and/or what if?” regarding getting one. You should get concrete responses to these issues:

• Who is the vender/installer, and what is its financial condition? How long have they been in the business, and do they have a good track record?  Most of them are riding the solar wave right now and are counting on a killing while it lasts. Here today and gone tomorrow?

• What kind of a warranty will you get that the panels will operate as expected, and will they be around to see that it does?

• Before you borrow to get and install a system, read all documents. Vendors told me that if the system doesn’t operate as expected for the full life of the loan, that will not be a reason to stop paying on the loan.

So, I would strongly urge potential solar borrowers to not believe every thing you see or hear. Get the facts, or the facts will get you.

Dick Daniel, Winslow

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