John Hogan on Facebook
2 months ago
06/08/2020, 10:52 AM
We couldn’t be happier with CAM Solar. Originally called them because they are a member of Tom Martino’s Referral List and Tom’s folks told me they have never had a complaint.
I wasn’t sure if they would come out to our area since we live over an hour east of the Denver Metro area. I was glad to find out that Teresa Rios, our sales rep, said she would be happy to come meet with us. The sales call was a pleasure, no pressure, lots of info and Teresa is a really personable gal.
We had some specific needs in mind. Because of the orientation of our roof we wanted a ground mount solar array. We also needed battery storage since my wife’s mother needs constant power for her oxygen concentrator. Not a simple system since it also needed to be integrated with our Generac generator.
All in all Teresa made three trips out here and even brought an engineer out on one trip to figure out the best way to fulfill our needs. We settled on a system with 28 panels and two batteries.
Once Teresa told us that CAM was becoming a certified Tesla installer that sold us. After all the research I had done I was excited that we could get Powerwalls since they seem like the best in solar storage. The wait for the Powerwalls put everything on hold for a while but Teresa stayed in constant touch letting us know the status.
Finally the installation was scheduled in May of 2020. Kyle ( who I believe is in charge of all the installation crews ) contacted us and he and the gang arrived on time and got to work. Only then did I realize the complexity of the job. Equipment to drill the 2’ by 5’ deep holes for the ground mount, getting a concrete truck out to fill the holes, trenching to the house for the electrical. And that was just the outside work. The whole crew was great and put up with my constant questions ( and our dogs ).
Meanwhile, inside the house, Justin ( who I believe was the main electrician on the job ) was busy mounting boxes and running conduit. That whole process inside and out took a couple of days and then the exciting part – the delivery of the Powerwalls. Those suckers are HEAVY! But Kyle and Justin got them man-handled into the basement and mounted that day.
The whole project took just over a week. When it was all done Kyle activated the Powerwalls and we tested the operation. I had read on Tesla user forums that lots of installers around the country were having problems integrating the automatic transfer to a generator when the Powerwalls dropped to their minimum charge and shut off. Well, Kyle shut off grid power and instantly the Powerwalls took over. Then he shut off the Powerwalls and minutes later the generator kicked in. When he reactivated the Powerwalls the generator turned itself back off. Perfect!! These guys aced it first shot to work EXACTLY as we needed.
We greatly appreciate all the crew from CAM Solar. Teresa, Kyle, Justin and all the rest of the crew were punctual, friendly, professional and got us up and going with a perfect system.
We know everything works as designed, now if the State of Colorado would just get their butts in gear and come out to do the final inspection we will be power independent!