Solar Energy Equipment Warranties (Maine)
Last modified on May 24, 2011.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||Solar Energy Equipment Warranties|
|Incentive Type||Equipment Certification|
|Applicable Sector||Construction, Installer/Contractor|
|Eligible Technologies||Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat|
|Energy Category|| Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
|Date added to DSIRE||2000-01-01|
|Last DSIRE Review|| 2007-04-28
Maine has established a mandatory minimum warranty for the sale and installation of all solar-energy equipment in the state. The mandatory warranty is a result of a determination by the state legislature that a lack of consumer confidence in the performance and reliability of solar-energy equipment is a major impediment to commercialization of the technology.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has been directed to establish an express warranty for the sale and installation of solar-energy equipment in Maine. This express warranty will, at a minimum, include the following:
- A five-year manufacturer's express warranty against defects in materials or manufacture of solar collectors;
- A one-year warranty against failure of the solar system when system failure is the result of improper installation; and
- Those implied warranties established in the Maine Uniform Commercial Code, Title 11, sections 2-314 and 2-315.
For more information about the development of Maine's warranty for solar-energy equipment, contact the Maine PUC.
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||10 M.R.S. §1491 et seq.|
|Date Enacted|| 1979
|Contact Name||Shirley Bartlett|
|Department||Maine Public Utilities Commission|
|Division||State Energy Program|
|Address||18 State House Station|
|Phone|| (207) 287-3318
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.