Steps to Install Solar
Step 1: A solar energy installer assesses your home.
A professional installer learns about your average electricity use and reasons for wanting solar energy. They visit your home and examine your roof. In doing so, they make sure that solar panels can be safely installed and they develop the solar installation plans. It is also helpful for you to understand your home energy profile to see how efficient your home is…please visit MyEnergySolution to learn how you can do this on your own!
Step 2: The installer helps you to finance your system and secure rebates.
Professional installers are very knowledgeable about available solar rebates in your area and will work to ensure you qualify for available programs. Installers will help you evaluate the cost of solar based on your needs and nearly all installers can also help you to secure solar financing for your system.
Step 3: The installer secures any necessary permits for the installation.
Depending on your location, certain permits may be required before installation can begin. Most professional installers are very familiar with this process and can quickly handle any requirements. This will also include entering into a net-metering agreement, if applicable.
Net metering means the utility company charges you the difference between what you consume from the grid and the electricity you generate. This allows your electric meter to spin forward when electricity flows from the utility into your home (at night and during stormy weather), and backwards when your renewable energy system produces surplus electricity that is not immediately used by your house (during the middle of the day).
This agreement will ask you to demonstrate that your system was installed to certain building codes and electrical standards, prove that your system is insured, and show that your utility has access to a disconnect in case they need to shut your system down to service the grid — line repair men need to be kept safe from your system when they are working on the grid.
Step 4: The solar system is installed in 24-72 hours.
The installers secure the mounting brackets to your roof, add the necessary wiring, install the solar panels and connect the wires to your homes electrical system via an inverter. They schedule any necessary inspections to get final approval for you system.
- Step 4a: Install the mounting brackets. The brackets will secure the solar panels to your roof and ensure that they will not blow away in a wind-storm. Particular care is taken that the brackets do not cause leaks in the roof.
- Step 4b: Install the wiring. Wiring connects the solar panels to an inverter, which converts the electricity from direct current to alternating current. The inverter then feeds into home’s electrical system and the electrical grid.
- Step 4c: Install the solar panels and connect the wiring. A licensed electrician will make all the connections between the panel and the electrical panel.
- Step 4d: Schedule any necessary inspections. Usually, a county or city inspector and your utility company will check to make sure that the system is up to code and is properly connected to the grid. Once this is done, your solar system will have final approval and it can start providing you electricity!