The Proccess

HOW SOLAR WORKS

SIMPLY PUT, A SOLAR PANEL WORKS BY ALLOWING PHOTONS, OR PARTICLES OF LIGHT, TO KNOCK ELECTRONS FREE FROM ATOMS, GENERATING A FLOW OF ELECTRICITY. SOLAR PANELS ACTUALLY COMPRISE MANY, SMALLER UNITS CALLED PHOTOVOLCAIC CELLS. (PHOTOVOLCAIC SIMPLY MEANS THEY CONVERT SUNLIGHT INTO ELECTRICITY.)

STEPS OF SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION

FIRST INSPECTION

The process begins with the first inspection, which should occur shortly after signing the solar contract. During that inspection one of our technicians will physically evaluate your home for solar. While onsite they’ll inspect your electric panel (where your fuses or circuit breakers are) to determine if it can handle the solar installation or whether it needs to be upgraded. They’ll determine where the system will be located on your home, inspect the roof inside and out to make sure its sound enough for the solar panels and racking systems and where additional equipment, including the inverter(s)—if the system is not using microinverters, and the power controller.

THE PERMITTING PROCESS

The company will handle getting you all of the plans, permits and paperwork needed for the solar system to be installed on your home. Once you have signed them, we will submit the documents to the local Building Department for approval. Depending on where you live and city requirements, this process can take 2 to 4 weeks.

GETTING THE EQUIPMENT AND INSTALLING THE SYSTEM

 Finally, the big day comes when your solar contractor starts prepping your roof and house for your new solar panel system. That’s also usually when they bring the solar panels and other equipment to your home. The actual installation will usually take between one and three days to install, depending on the size of the system and the roofing materials. The process starts by making sure the roof is sound and ready for the solar panels and racking equipment to hold them in place.The contractor will start installing the wiring for the new solar system. Then they’ll install racking equipment on the roof, followed by the solar panels. Prior to allowing your system to go online and start providing you with energy from the sun, it must undergo a final inspection from the utility and/or local officials. The inspectors will ensure the work done by the solar installer was done safely, appropriately and to code. Finally, they’ll connect the solar panels to the inverter or power controllers .

INTERCONNECTION—THE FINAL STEP

 At this the utility company have to install a new power meter that allows for bi-directional metering of electricity, allowing for net-metering. The system is physically installed and you’d think it was producing power for you, but there’s still a final step. Interconnection. Once your utility company install the new meter, the switch is flipped and the solar panels are officially generating electricity for your home.