A Five-Step Guide To Solar Panel Installation
The U.S. has seen more than a million homes go solar, and many more homeowners are contemplating installing solar panels onto their roofs. It is a smart idea to find out what the process looks like and how you can install your own system if you are in search of new energy. Before the shiny black cells of Arizona solar power can be turned on, there are five key steps. Your chosen company will generally follow these five steps for a solar installation.
1. Engineering site visit
After you sign the Arizona solar company contract (either a loan, cash purchase, power purchase, or lease), an engineer will visit to assess your home’s electrical system and check that everything is compatible. This visit takes place usually soon after you sign with them.
The evaluation will ensure that there aren’t any issues, such as cracks in the roof, which could hinder access to install panels and/or block natural light. If there are any problems, such as hail storm damage or other weather conditions that might invalidate warranties or cause damage to the roof, these can be resolved with installer companies before actual installation takes place. This will avoid further delay.
2. Documentation and permits
Not only will you need to apply for incentives, but you also have to fill out paperwork such as building permits. These permits are unique to the area you live in and your installer can assist with many cases.
People typically apply for federal and local solar incentives. To get these benefits, it is essential to have all the details.
For your system to be successful, you will need both inverters or solar panels. You will be recommended a specific brand by your installer, but you may also consider other brands. When comparing brands, it is important to consider durability, efficiency, and aesthetics.
4. Solar panel installation
After they have completed the electrical wiring, they will install racking for your panels. This piece of equipment will be attached directly to your roof. Once they have secured the inverters, they can place the solar panels onto the rack. Finally, the inverters can be connected to one another using an electrician’s tool so that direct current electricity can be converted to alternating current.
5. Approval and Interconnection
The final step in making solar energy reality is to connect your panels to a grid. In order to do this, a representative representing the town will inspect your system.
This local inspection will allow you to be connected to the grid. After the local inspection, an electric company representative will come to your location to perform a final assessment of the solar panels’ system and ensure it meets the requirements before it can go online on the national power grid.