A Five-Step Guide To Solar Panel Installation
In the United States, more than one million homes have gone solar. Many more are looking to install solar panels on their roofs. It’s important to understand what happens in a typical installation and how to set up your own system if you are looking for energy. Before those shiny black cells can be powered up, there are five important steps you need to take after signing your Arizona company contract. Your chosen solar company will usually follow these five steps to a successful solar installation:
1. Engineering site visit
After you have signed your Arizona Solar Company contract, whether it is a loan, lease, or cash purchase agreement, an engineer will visit your home to assess the electrical condition and make sure everything is compatible with the new system. This visit usually occurs within a few days of signing with them.
This evaluation makes sure that the roof is free of cracks and allows natural light to enter panels. Any problems that do occur during this period, such as hailstorm damage which can invalidate warranties, can usually be resolved by the installers before actual installations take place. This is to avoid unnecessary delays.
2. Permits and documentation
You will also need to apply for incentives. These permits are specific to your area and can be arranged by your installer.
People apply for state and federal solar incentives, such as the Federal ITC, local programs, clean energy financing initiatives, like PACE, or government rebates on top SRECs. It is important to know what you want and who does it so that you don’t waste time looking at different companies before you find the right one.
3. Ordering equipment
Inverters and solar panels are the components that you will need to assess for your system. Although your installer may recommend one brand, there are many options. When comparing brands, durability, efficiency, and aesthetics are important.
4. Solar panel installation
Once the electrical wiring has been completed, the installers will attach racking to support the panels. This is the only piece that will be attached to your roof. After the panels have been leveled and secured, they are attached to the racking. The inverters are then connected by an electrician to convert direct current energy into alternating current that can be used in homes and grids.
5. Approval and interconnection
Connecting your panels to the grid is the final step in going solar. A representative from your town government will inspect your system before you can connect it to the grid. This inspection basically double-checks any installation work done by Arizona Solar Company.
After this inspection, you are ready to go for grid interconnection. Your electric company representative will visit your home to inspect the solar panel system.