Solar panels in homes are rising in popularity. In the next 10 years, installations are expected to increase by up to four times the current levels. Solar panels are especially popular in Arizona because of the abundance of sunshine. So it is important to know proper solar panel installation process. Installing a system in your home can increase its value by up to 5% and save you more than a third of your electricity bill. Arizona also has federal tax credit incentives that can cover as much as a fourth of the cost.
If you’re thinking about making your home more eco-friendly, here are seven easy steps of solar panel installation process:
1. Connect With An Expert
The first step in the solar panel installation process is connecting with a solar panel expert to discuss your needs. The expert is there to answer any questions you may have about getting the process started, and then guide you through it.
2. Examine the Installation Site
Next up in the process is a thorough evaluation of your home and property. This is known as a site audit. The solar panel installation company of your choosing will contact you after your initial meeting to set up a time for the audit. The audit includes an evaluation of your electrical system, roof, electrical panel, and other areas that might have an effect on your solar panel’s performance. This is one of the most important steps of the process because it will ensure that your home will be compatible with the new system.
3. Design a Custom System
After the site audit comes the design phase. Your solar panel consultant will work to create a system that is customized to your home’s unique energy needs based on their evaluations. You will have access to regular updates on the design and the ability to give feedback. Once the system design is finalized, the team will handle the majority of the paperwork to secure the permits necessary to continue.
4. Install the Panels
After the permits have been approved and the equipment has been ordered, it is time to install the solar panels. The installation team will follow a series of steps, including prepping and leveling the roof, wiring, and connecting the panels. This takes approximately one to three days, depending on the size of your system.
5. Inspect the System
Once the solar panels are in place, the team is required to notify the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to inspect the system. The AHJ will double-check the installation to ensure that the wiring, mounting, and overall system are up to code. Once the inspection is complete, your utility company will be notified.
6. Approve the Operation
If the system passes inspection, the AHJ will issue a permission to operate (PTO) to your utility company based on forms filled out by your installation team. Your team will contact you as soon as PTO is granted, and will walk you through “flipping the switch” to turn your system on.
7. Flip the Switch and Enjoy Your Savings
With permission to operate, your solar panel system is ready to get up and running. You’ve gone solar! You can now enjoy your energy bill savings.
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