WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A SOLAR INSTALLATION
If you have ever had work done on your home, you know how disruptive it can be. Depending on the amount and type of work, sections of your home can be off limits during construction or repairs. For example, if you are putting on an addition to your home’s structure, many times entire areas are unusable until the addition work is complete. If you are repairing or upgrading plumbing or electrical systems, many times those utilities are shut off for long periods of time. It is natural for homeowners to have questions about what is involved in the installation of a solar energy system on a home.
Rest assured knowing solar installation is not as big of a project as most homeowners envision it to be. Prior to the installation, there are some steps that need to be completed. These steps include:
- Engineering Site Visit – Soon after you sign a contract to work with FPL on your solar energy system and secure your financing, we evaluate your home. Specifically, we take a close look at your electrical panel and the size, shape, and conditions of your roof.
- Permitting and Documentation – Our office works with your municipality on building permits and paperwork that need to be submitted for your home to apply for incentives, both federal and local. Once the paperwork and home evaluation are completed the number of panels that your home needs are ordered and shipped, we schedule a time to install your system. Now comes the exciting stuff!
Generally, an installation takes only a day or so. There is no waiting for a big prolonged project to be completed with solar installation. On the day of installation, our crew will once again inspect your roof, making sure that shingles are secure and that everything is good to go. Then we install the electrical wiring that will connect to your panel. We install the racking that will support your panels, and then the panels themselves. From there, we connect the inverters that connect to your panels in order to convert the current from DC to AC. Depending upon the size of your system and home, we are usually done in 1-3 days. We can be more specific when we see your utility usage and home on site.