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Are you talking about powering your home solely on solar (i.e. no back up power source or off grid).
The power, once convered from DC to AC via the inverter, is suitable for use by the home.
Most solar application are in supplement to the current powering of the home and will spin the meter back in the day but are not the primary.
OK - that should strike Atlantic Plumbing off your vendor list !
You say female pipe to copper pipe connection - I hope you are not saying they connected copper directly to galvanized or black iron pipe. If so, there should have been a dielectric union put in there to prevent corrosion, which could be part of your problem.
Also, generally a bad idea to use teflon tape for hot water tank connections - too much thermal cycling, loosens it up over time. Should use plumbers dope for that application.
It sounds to me like a connection problem - if the tank itself was leaking it should be flooding the top of the tank or more likely running down through the insulation and dripping out the bottom.
Unless you are a do it yourselfer, sounds like you need to find a new plumber with good reviews and rating in your area - Search the List (in green banner bar). This should be an easy fix - should have him put in dielectric couplings (about $5-10 each depending on pipe size) if current connection is iron to copper, and even if not, have him redo connection not only for cold but also hot water - if one was done poorly, probably both were.
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I would assume that is because they knew it would not be approved, but they still talked me into moving forward with a non-refundable deposit. It has been a year, and I have not gotten a call back from the sales person on numerous attempts to reach out. Time passed because I was told by the representative that Sunpower had a long back-order, so I figured it would be a few months before I would see progress, but then nothing happened.
I tried to dispute the charge with my credit card company, but too much time had passed.
I'm very disappointed, as I had expected at least to have documentation for approval in exchange for the deposit but all I have to show for my money a sales brochure.
Would I recommend this company to someone interested is solar? Absolutely. Even our GC and one of the subs was relieved to see we were using SEM and not a local competitor. From our electrician to our plumber to our GC, all were very impressed by the quality of the installation and the technical knowledge of the people involved in the actual planning and installation. My husband is currently thrilled to take people out and show off our new systems. My husband was impressed by the technicians he spoke with about the systems and appreciated the detailed knowledge they had. (My husband is a Professor of mechanical engineering). We like to point out that even on a cloudy cold day in
Communication - I would preface this critique by saying I have sat down with the director of sales and we have talked through all the communication issues. I now have a better sense of some of the reasons they happened many of which involved higher than expected installation requests, shortened time frames from the energy companies and personnel shifts. One issue may have been a combined issue between the project coordinator at SEM and our GC, With all that said, the communication throughout this protracted project was pretty bad. It was a continual frustration that required me to initiate several communications to figure out what was going on and it sometimes felt like everyone at the company was not on the same pages. Setting out a litany of complaints wouldn't really be productive here but I do at least feel like the company heard my concerns. Overall, it was a frustrating experience coordinating with SEM and I have high hopes that they have implemmented the requisite changes so that others do not experience what we did.
Overall - I would recommend the company. If I had it to do over, I would have actively managed the interactions instead of expecting the company to take the lead on the coodination.
I solicited several companies but one that genuinely knew what they were talking about. They answered my questions in language I could understand.
I am really glad I solected them. They told me ahead of time what to expect and walked me through their testing. I enjoyed looking through all their pictures, which they took a lot of, and seeing where I had problems. I never would have seen or understood any of that unless without their expert help.
They are super reasonable with their prices so I took advantage of all their services.
I would definitely recommend them and am super glad I didn't go with anyone else.
I couldn't have been happier with the experience, and I'm already seeing the benefits of the fan, just in the amount of time the air conditioner has to run.
Pretty much everything went as planned and as advertised. Everyone I worked with was very conscientious, reliable and professional. As you can tell, this was a big project. It's essentially a construction project. There are a lot of moving parts. You're installing an electrical generating facility on your roof that is feeding sun-generated electricity back into the electrical grid. There are going to be hiccups and inconveniences. Yes, our grass got trampled. Yes, rocks from the driveway got strewn into the yard. Yes, there were delays in obtaining permits and inspections. But overall, everything went well. We received a high quality system from a quality company. I highly recommend
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