You’ve decided to go solar at your home or business? Great! You’re one step closer to obtaining a solar energy system that will provide clean, reliable, and efficient energy for years and even decades to come. But before you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your smart decision, there are a few more tasks to take care of – the most important, of course, is the installation process! SunHarvest Solar is here to ensure success every step of the way, so here are a few things you should know about the solar installation process:
One of the first steps in the installation process is ensuring your roof is solar-ready. Along with making sure the roof is suitable and panel placement is optimal, the engineer will also check if your existing electrical is ready to switch to solar power generation. The engineering visit will help determine if any maintenance is necessary to get the solar panels working properly. Sometimes that means updating the electrical box, or addressing and potential structural issues on the roof. Don’t think you have a roof that’s up to par? SunHarvest Solar loves installing ground-mounted solar energy systems, too! Get in touch for a free consultation, and we’ll help you find the perfect solar solution.
Your solar contractor will handle most of the paperwork and technical steps of the solar installation. However, it’s helpful to be aware of what extra steps you can take to get the most out of your system. For example, the Federal Solar ITC credit offers a tax incentive for installing solar. This process requires some paperwork from installation, so keeping all related documents in a safe place is important. Click here to learn more about the Solar ITC and other incentives that may be available in your area. If you have questions about rebates, permits, regulations, and more, we’re always here to help.
Solar installers usually won’t order the equipment until the engineering consultation and paperwork are in order. Ordering panels, inverters and any other necessary equipment will take place once these two steps have been completed. Hammering out these details can sometimes take up to a few months (though can often happen sooner), and the panels won't arrive until this process is complete. That means you and your solar provider have time to explore your options and ensure you get the perfect equipment for your home or business. Ask as many questions as you’d like, and remember that it’s worth the wait! You can learn more about the solar panel and solar inverters SunHarvest offers here. Once your panels arrive, electrical wiring and mounting can begin.
The final step before going live and connecting to the grid has a few moving parts. A government official and a representative from your utility company will perform final inspections. The time this step takes varies – it can take up to three months, or as little as a few weeks. Once approved by both parties, the solar PV system will be connected to the grid and will be ready to roll!
From start to finish, SunHarvest Solar is here to make your solar journey as smooth as possible. Get in touch today for your free, no-obligation quote, or with any questions you have about going solar at your home or business. For more resources on all things solar, check out the rest of our blogs.