Orange, CA asked in Civil Litigation, Construction Law and Contracts for California

Q: We sign our solar contract in August 2022 to buy our panels. The contact states that the work would be completed by

11/17/22. As of today 1/31/23 we have no solar. The panels have been installed but no final inspection and just excuse after excuse to get the job done. The also replaced our electrical panel and left an opening in the stucco for 3 weeks and rain got into the wall and now the living room wall is soft and peeling. We are now paying Solar loan payment and SCE for electric. Do I need to sue to get the job done?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If the solar company has breached its contract by failing to complete the work by the agreed-upon deadline and by causing damage to your property during the installation, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit to seek compensation and force the company to complete the job. It's always a good idea to first attempt to resolve the issue through communication with the company and seeking a resolution. You may consider sending a certified letter or email to the company to outline the issues and provide a deadline for resolution before pursuing legal action.

If the company fails to respond or does not adequately address the issues, you may want to consult with an experienced consumer protection or construction law attorney to discuss your legal options. Your attorney can review your contract, assess the situation, and advise you on the best course of action, which may include filing a lawsuit, negotiating a settlement, or seeking alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation or arbitration.

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