What to Expect from Your Solar Panel Installation (and How to Prepare)

Finished building your house and considering the best source of energy to install? A wide variety of options ranging from hydro, wind, and power energy are available in the market today. Homeowners are embracing eco-friendly power sources of energy due to their economic benefits.

It’s estimated that 30% of the population will consider solar energy in 2019 for their commercial and residential units. You’ve made the decision to save money and the planet with solar panel installation, now here’s everything you can expect from the process.

Solar Panel Installation Process

The solar panel installation process may take up to three months from the initial site visit by the installer. This is due to documentation, signing of the contract, installation, and testing to make sure you’re getting solar energy for your home. The installation company should evaluate your property to consider system size, roof type, angle of roof and shading. They are also meant to check to see if the roof is in good condition and can withstand solar installation equipment.

Next, they come up with a quote, process documentation, and seek licensing from the relevant local authorities before proceeding to physical installation. Contractor choice is critical in the process. Ensure that you get a qualified, trained and licensed installer by doing a tougher background check to avoid scammers.

Site Preparation

The engineer will visit your home to identify the best place for the installation. A solar installer evaluates your property to consider system size, roof type, angle of roof and shading. They will take measurements to note the number of panels required and may include photos of the property.

If the roof requires adjustments for equipment to set up perfectly, the engineer will let you know. Site preparation may include clearing obstructions like pruning trees and satellite dish relocation as advised by the installer.

Get Permission and Permits

Having the proper documentation is necessary. Get a contract that outlines the cost, timeframe, and specifications of the solar panel and sign it with the contractor. Installing solar panels requires seeking permissions and the necessary permits from local authorities. Some states offer green energy incentives and initiatives, so look for related information for your region while going over the paperwork.

Evaluate Costs

The cost may vary depending on whether you buy solar installation equipment or lease. Have your financier assist you in the cost-benefit analysis. Make decisions to save and scale down on your energy usage to gain maximum solar energy benefits.

Be aware of the financial options available including the breakdown of installments when making payments. When selecting equipment, usually the solar panels and inverters or power controllers, consider durability, aesthetic and efficiency besides price.

There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

It’s noisy but exciting. Ensure you make arrangements for moving the kids and pets. Alert neighbors and remove backyard decorations to give installers space.

The solar panel installation process includes drilling and hammering on the roof. It is complete when the solar panels interconnect to the electric grid and a final inspection done by a government representative for safety. After everything, it’s time to flip the switch and enjoy green energy in your home.

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