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Suntech America, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has entered into a voluntary recall regarding certain models of solar power roofing tiles. The product, known as SolarBlend™ Roof Tiles, has been involved in one reported fire that only affected the roof tiles (not the underlying structure) and no one was injured. Nevertheless, Suntech is attempting to contact homeowners who had the product installed and all affected systems should be shut down until repairs - which Suntech will provide at no cost to the homeowner - can be performed.
The SolarBlend tiles (an image of which is shown above) were manufactured and distributed throughout the United States from October 2009 through March of 2011. The recalled model numbers include:
Consumers who believe that they have such tiles installed should contact their installer or Suntech directly at (888) 770-7122 between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Recall Alert suggests that there are only 300 or so installations of these tiles. We decided to see what the CSI data would tell us about these products and who installed them. Here are our results:
The good news here is that these products only account for a very tiny fraction of solar installs during the recall period. The bad news is that - at least from a web search - it appears that many of these companies are no longer in business - meaning affected home owners will need to contact Suntech directly.
Run on Sun has never used these products - not because of a fear of potential fires, but simply because the roof tile product has a lower efficiency meaning that you need a larger roof area to provide the same amount of power. You can check out our preferred solar products at our solar products page.
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