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Solar Panel Claims Are Heating Up

September 20, 2024 at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM PT


The solar sector is experiencing significant growth, with residential rooftop solar installations projected to increase from 4 million today to 10 million by 2030. Similarly, utility-scale solar is experiencing a surge in adoption, with solar accounting for 53% of the new electric capacity added to the grid in 2023. Solar’s share of total U.S. electrical generation grew from 0.1% in 2010 to over 5% today, expanding beyond traditional strongholds like California to states such as Texas, Florida, and Ohio. However, the rapid growth of solar panel installations brings with it a parallel increase in related construction defect claims. This roundtable offers a thorough examination of the diverse range of issues that can arise, including design errors, installation mistakes, and unforeseen warranty complications. The notorious 2019 DC Solar billion-dollar Ponzi scheme adds an intriguing layer to the mix of potential claims. Through in-depth analysis of residential, commercial, and utility-scale case studies, alongside insights from industry experts, common defects will be identified, along with their legal and technical implications, including discussions on intended and unintended risk transfer, potential coverage issues, and providing valuable insights into solar panel claims.