In virtually all cases, solar panel warranties are transferrable to the new owner of a home, but only if the panels have remained undamaged and unmoved throughout the sale process.
If you are moving and intend to take your solar panels with you, seek your manufacturer's clearance if you want the warranty to transfer to the new house.
It's crucial to give the relevant papers and warranty records for the solar system to the new owner of your house.
What happens to my solar system warranty when I sell my house?
Okay, so you have a solar system on your roof and now decide to move house and bring all your furniture with you. But, you might think, what about if I take that solar system off and take it to my new house? Is it worth it? Will my solar system warranty still be valid?
I have a bit of bad news and some good news. First – the BAD news. The system product warranty sits on the premises.
The typical situation is that the solar system remains with the house, and the good news is that the warranty is transferable for all panels and inverters. That means the new owner of your house can now get the warranty for the solar system, which means you have added value to your home.
You have to hand over the paperwork with the solar system warranty documents. So please, when you sell your house, give the new owner your solar system purchasing contract and warranty documents.
This is very important as it’s common for a solar installation company to get a call where people say: look, we bought the house, but we got no paperwork about the solar. We have no idea how old the system is. We have no idea what brand the panels are, and we can not monitor the output. Can you help us?
If you are buying a house with solar on it, please insist that you get the sales contract and solar system warranty info, including the contact details of the initial installer, so that if there’s an issue, you can follow them up.
There is one more bit of good news. The solar rebate is granted to your land, not people, so that you can buy a new solar system in your new house. Just because you had solar before and received a rebate doesn’t guarantee that the federal government will offer you another rebate to help you purchase your solar at the new house.