See How Simple the Solnetic Installation Process can be!
Congratuations on your decision to go Solar and Save Money!
Installing solar panels is a process for what needs to happen to get your solar panels ready to begin powering your home. Overall, from the day you & Solnetic together design your energy solution together, it will typically take between a few weeks to two months before your solar panels are grid-connected and producing energy for your home. We’ve outlined the five step solar panel installation guide below:
1. Engineering & Site Survey visit
After you sign your Solnetic Solar contract our team will schedule a visit to evaluate the electrical status of your home and ensure everything is compatible with your new energy system. The engineering site visit to occur soon after signing your installation contract. During the visit, Solnetic will evaluate the condition of your roof to ensure that it’s structurally sound. We will also look at your electrical panel – to see if you’ll need to upgrade it. If we determine the need to upgrade the electrical panel, that means that your new solar panels will require more amps of current and the ampere capacity of your electrical box will need to increase.
2. Permits and documents required for your solar panel installation
As with any big energy decision, installing solar panels involves a lot of paperwork. Solnetic does most of this paperwork for you! - but it’s always a good idea to know what’s going on behind the scenes of your solar installation. One of the main things you & Solnetic will be applying for will be state and federal solar incentives such as the federal ITC, local solar programs, clean energy financing initiatives like PACE, government rebates and solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs).
In addition to applying for incentives, Solnetic will fill out other paperwork like building and electrical permits. These permits are specific to where you live. For example, certain states require that a roof has three feet of clear space surrounding the solar panels, whereas other areas of the U.S. will allow you to install panels across the entire surface of your roof. Solnetic knows the restrictions and requirements of MA, NH & ME and will fill out this paperwork for you.
3. Ordering equipment: choosing the panels and inverters and getting your solar panel installation scheduled
Now that you’re set up with the proper paperwork, Solnetic will place an equipment order for your solar system. However, if you’re looking for advice on equipment selection, here are some things to consider. The two primary components you’ll need to evaluate for your system are solar panels and inverters. Solnetic will help you determine which products are best for your particular energy solution. Durability, efficiency and aesthetics are the primary factors most homeowners use to compare the various brands. To be certain that you’ve chosen the right equipment for your system, spend some time researching microinverters vs. string inverters vs. power optimizers and look into the best-rated solar panels on the market. Our SunPower products are widely considered the best solar manufacturer with module efficiencies upwards of 22% and the best warranty in the industry! Evaluating your equipment options can help you feel prepared for the ordering and shipment stage of the solar panel installation process.
Once the equipment ordering process is complete, your property is added to our Solnetic installation schedule. Your equipment (panels and inverters) will likely arrive a day or two before your installation.
4. Solar panel installation: the big day
The actual Solnetic installation is an exciting day for our customers. Solnetic will start by prepping your roof and making sure the shingles or tiles are properly attached. Then, we put in electrical wiring that will connect to your electrical panel and general power system. After the electrical wiring is complete, we will install racking to support your panels. Once the racking is level and safely attached, the panels are placed onto the racking. Finally, your inverter(s) are connected to the panels to convert direct current (DC) energy into the alternating current (AC) energy used in homes and on the electric grid.
The timeline for the installation will range from one to three days, completely dependent on the size of the system you are installing and your roof type. One additional factor to consider during installation process is putting in a power meter for net metering. If we need to add a power meter, this will add a little more time to your solar panel installation.
5. Approval and Interconnection
The final step of going solar is “flipping the switch,” and officially commencing to generate power from your rooftop! Before you can connect your solar panels to the electric grid, a representative from your town will need to inspect the system and give approval. They will verify that the electrical wiring was done correctly, the mounting was safely and sturdily attached, and the overall install meets standard electrical and roof setback codes.
Following this local inspection, you will be ready for official grid interconnection. A representative from your electric company will do their own final evaluation of the solar panel system. And when paperwork is approved your panels will go live when they “give the okay” and connect your system to the grid. You can expect to wait typically two weeks for the town approval and utility approval to occur and interconnection to go live.
Why go solar now? In the past few years, the average solar shopper offset 85.9% of their electricity usage by going solar, and will pay off their solar energy system in just 7.5 years. Call Solnetic today 603-394-2000 to begin your solar journey and save money!