Solar Energy Equipment Warranties (Maine)

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Last modified on May 24, 2011.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Maine
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
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2007-04-28

References DSIRE[1]


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

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Shirley Bartlett
Department Maine Public Utilities Commission
Division State Energy Program
Address 18 State House Station
Place Augusta, Maine
Zip/Postal Code 04333-0018
Phone (207) 287-3318


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"