Step By Step Guide To Installing Solar Panels
Are you getting serious about going solar? If so, you may be wondering about a few things. How does installing solar panels work? Who installs solar panels? How long does it take? What are the pros and cons? It is helpful to understand the solar installation process so you can check all the boxes on your new adventure into solar energy for your home.
1. Find the Right Solar Company
Once you have decided that you do want to switch to solar, the first thing you need to do is find the right solar installer. There are so many of us out there it may seem overwhelming. Get started on the right footing by finding a local solar company with an excellent reputation.
- Strong reputation in the solar industry
- History of excellent customer satisfaction and reviews
- Experience in every aspect of solar installation
- All business and trade licenses for contracting, electrical, and home improvement
- North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Certification (NABC)
Semper Solaris is the right company with years of experience in the installation of solar panels. We have a solid reputation in the solar industry built on trust and excellent customer satisfaction.
2. Initial Site Evaluation and Signing of Contract
Once you have chosen a solar company, a representative will come out and do the initial inspection of your home. They will evaluate the property and take measurements and discuss the options with you. They will show you how much you will save and offer rebates, incentives, and solar financing opportunities so you can make a firm decision whether to invest in solar panels. Once you are satisfied that you have the right solar company, you will sign a contract, and the installation process will begin.
3. In-depth Site Assessment
The site assessment is a more comprehensive evaluation of your home for your solar system. An engineer or technician from your solar company will come out and assess various aspects of your home for solar installation
- Will your roof support the panels?
- What is the direction of the roof?
- Where is the best exposure to sunlight?
- Is the electrical box is compatible with the system?
- Is a roof or ground-mounted system better for your property?
Semper Solaris is the best solar contractor for answers to those questions. We have answered them hundreds of times, and we will get you up and running with solar in no time.
4. Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork
Your solar company will handle most of the paperwork and apply for permits with the city. You will need to complete building permits, rebates, incentives, and financing arrangements before work can begin on your solar panel system.
The permitting process will take from 30 to 90 days. Your installer should be experienced with your city’s procedures and will handle the permits through to final approval. The local permitting agency will review the permit applications for compliance with state and local requirements for safety.
- Structural safety
- Electrical safety
- Planning and Zoning
- Fire Safety
Once your project receives the permitting approval of your system design, your installer will order the equipment and set a date for beginning the installation. The installation will take a few days. Once your solar contractor has installed all the panels and the wiring, he will install the inverter, so the DC is converted to AC.
5. The Final Steps in Going Solar
Now it is time to connect to the electrical grid. In this last phase, the city planning and utility company will come to inspect your solar installation
- Does the system meet all regulations?
- Is the system installed correctly?
- Are the connections attached correctly?
- Are the electrical systems working properly
6. Final Approval
And now the moment you have been waiting for! With a flip of the switch, your solar power is buzzing on the roof. Congratulations! You are the proud owner of a fantastic innovation of modern technology—you have harnessed the sun— you have taken a step towards energy independence –you have reduced your carbon footprint—it is all savings from here on out.
Semper Solaris is the best solar company to flip the switch on your new solar panels. From the planning to the permitting to final approval, we will be there every step of the way to see that your solar power system is the best it can be.