A Five Step Guide To Solar Panel Installation
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 important that you understand the process of installing solar panels on your roof if you’re looking for renewable energy. Before the shiny black cells are able to power all your devices, there are five things you should do. The five most important steps for a successful installation of solar panels that your chosen company will typically follow are:
1. Engineering site visit
After signing your Arizona company contract (whether it’s a lease or loan), an engineer will visit you to assess your home’s electrical condition and check that it’s compatible with your new solar system. This visit occurs usually within two weeks of signing with them.
This inspection ensures there are no problems such as cracks in roofs. Any issues that may arise during this time, such as hailstorm damage or damage to the roof, can be resolved via negotiations between installers. It is better to wait until then to avoid further delay.
2. Permits & documentation
Not only will you need to apply for incentives, but you also have to complete other paperwork such as building permits. These permits are unique to the area you live in and your installer can assist with many cases.
One of the most common things people apply for is federal and state solar incentives. To get these benefits, it is essential to not only know what you are looking for but also who did this type of work. You don’t want to waste your time trying to find someone else before you find them.
3. Ordering equipment
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 there are options if you wish. When comparing brands durability, efficiency, aesthetics all play an important role.
4. Solar panel installation
Once electrical wiring is completed they will install a rack to support your panels. This piece of equipment will actually be attached directly to your roof. After they have secured the inverters, solar panels can then be mounted onto the racking. Finally, inverters can be connected to one another using an electrician’s tool so direct current electricity can be converted to alternating current for use in homes on grids.
5. Approval and Interconnection
The last step in going green is connecting your solar panels to the grid. Before you can do that, a representative representing the town government will need to inspect your system. The inspection process basically double-checks work done by Arizona’s solar company.
After passing this inspection, the official grid interconnection can be initiated. After the local inspection, an electric company representative will visit to perform a final assessment of the solar panel’s system and ensure it meets the requirements before it can go online on the national power grid.