What To Expect During A Solar Installation
One part of the solar process that often intimidates homeowners is the actual installation process — what steps lead up to and execute the actual act of placing a racking system and panels on your roof. Here’s what you can expect:
Step 1: In-home consultation
If you’ve already reached out to a local solar provider, or they’ve reached out to you, then you’ve completed the first step towards scheduling a consultation! If you haven't scheduled one, we can help you find one that will help prequalify you.
An expert will assess your home and electricity prior to setting your appointment, then ask you to have 6-12 months of utility bills ready so that they can calculate your solar savings. Once your appointment is scheduled, a solar representative will visit your home and walk you through what solar power has to offer.
Step 2: Your solar agreement
After reviewing how solar can benefit you as a homeowner, your solar representative will walk you through all your financial options prior to signing up. Typically, most solar installers offer a PPA (power purchase agreement), a lease, or purc,hase. Average consumers tend to find that a PPA or lease tend to work for them financially — you won’t own the system, but you’ll save money each month. Sales teams have proposals made up in real-time and catered to your home and your electricity usage so you’ll know what you’re signing up for.
Step 3: Assessment, Design, & Permitting
Once you’ve decided to go solar, the vendor you choose will work with you to get your system installed and activated as soon as possible.
After signing your initial solar agreement you'll first have a complete assessment of your property. Once accurate measurements are taken, the installer will complete a customized system design for you that will suit your roof shape and size.
After assessment and design are out of the way, they will work with your local municipalities to approve permitting paperwork leading up to your installation. After permit approval is complete they will be calling you to schedule your installation.
Step 4: Installation
Depending on the size of your system, the installation could take 1-5 days.
- Mounts are aligned and bolts to the top of your roof rafters
- Panels are attached to the bolted rails and connected with piping
- Panels connect to your power inverter
- The solar provider you choose with handle all of this for you – you just need to approve a block of days that they can complete it, weather permitting.
Step 5: Inspection, Activation, & Post Activation
Following your installation but prior to activation, some locations may require final inspections before the utility company grants PTO (permission to operate). Once confirmed and all steps are completed, you can start using cleaner energy immediately, and savings will be reflected within a few months following your last traditional electricity bill cycle.
Going forward, your solar provider will offer customer service to answer any questions you have about your system, and will offer maintenance when needed, as well as 24/7 monitoring of your production.
Congratulations! You now have a solar home.