Consumer Protections for California Residential Solar Energy Systems

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As of January 1, 2019, a disclosure document must be provided to consumers prior to sale and included on page 1 of the sale contract.

September 25, 2018
Robert A. James & Alexandra Brandt - Gravel2Gavel Construction & Real Estate Blog

It was already the case that in order to offer to install California residential solar energy systems, a contractor must be licensed by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and must hold an appropriate specialty classification. Under AB 1070 enacted late last year (Chapter 662, Statutes of 2017), special consumer protections are being deployed for the benefit of homeowners. Those protections are steadily rolling out.

Step one is the requirement of new Business & Professions Code (B&P Code) Section 7169 that, as of January 1, 2019, a disclosure document must be provided to consumers prior to sale and included on page 1 of the sale contract. The initial version of this document, which was developed by the CSLB and endorsed on August 23, 2018 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), is available here. The disclosure requirement doesn’t apply to systems included in new home construction.

Reprinted courtesy of Robert A. James, Pillsbury and Alexandra Brandt, Pillsbury
Mr. James may be contacted at rob.james@pillsburylaw.com
Ms. Brandt may be contacted at alexandra.brandt@pillsburylaw.com



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