Creating a solid installation agreement

Creating a solid installation agreement is crucial for both you as the installer and your clients. It ensures clarity regarding responsibilities, timelines, costs, warranties, and other important aspects of the project. Here’s a basic outline of what you might include in a solar on-grid system installation agreement:

  1. Parties Involved: Clearly state the names and contact information of both parties involved in the agreement, including the installer (your company) and the client.
  2. Scope of Work: Detail the specific services to be provided by the installer. This should include everything from initial site assessment to final system commissioning.
  3. Timeline: Specify the expected start date and completion date of the project. Include any milestones or deadlines for key phases of the installation process.
  4. Payment Terms: Outline the total project cost and the payment schedule. Specify any upfront deposits required and when final payment is due. Include details on accepted payment methods.
  5. Equipment and Materials: List the specific solar panels, inverters, mounting hardware, and other equipment to be used in the installation. Specify whether the equipment is new, refurbished, or leased.
  6. Permits and Approvals: Clarify which party is responsible for obtaining necessary permits and approvals from local authorities, utility companies, and homeowners’ associations.
  7. Warranties: Detail the warranties provided for the solar panels, inverters, and other equipment, as well as any workmanship warranties offered by the installer.
  8. Insurance: Specify the insurance coverage held by the installer, including general liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. Clarify any insurance requirements for the client.
  9. Maintenance and Support: Outline any maintenance services provided by the installer, as well as procedures for addressing warranty claims or service requests.
  10. Cancellation and Termination: Include provisions for canceling the agreement or terminating the project early, including any associated fees or penalties.
  11. Dispute Resolution: Specify procedures for resolving disputes that may arise during the installation process, such as mediation or arbitration.
  12. Governing Law: Indicate the jurisdiction whose laws will govern the agreement in case of legal disputes.
  13. Signatures: Provide space for both parties to sign and date the agreement, indicating their acceptance of its terms and conditions.

It’s important to have a qualified legal professional review your installation agreement to ensure it complies with applicable laws and adequately protects your interests as an installer.