Assessing the Suitability of Your Home for Solar Energy

Solar energy is wonderful but it is not the best solution for all homes. Careful thought is necessary in order to figure out whether it is worth installing a residential solar system in your home. Some of the factors to consider are your monthly energy consumption and your budget. Most solar energy companies will be able to help you figure out if your home will indeed gain by installing a solar array. They will do this simply by asking simple survey questions and giving you vital information about solar energy.

Designing of Your Solar System

If your home is qualified and you do decide to proceed with the residential solar installation, the next step is the designing of your own solar system. There is no one size fits all when it comes to solar arrays. Naturally, it will have to fit precisely in your home. The size and quantity of the panels will also depend on your needs. The professional design team who will create your system will take all these matters into consideration.

Site Inspection

Upon approval of the design, site inspectors from the solar energy company will come on site for a final check. They will also collect the information needed for permitting and for more detailed planning.

Validation of the Design

One can never be too careful when it comes to solar installation. As soon as the pertinent data for permitting and net metering are ready, the electrical engineering team will check if these are compatible with the original design. They will make modifications if necessary until everything is perfect.

Permitting and Staging

This is the part where the solar company will take the plans to the permit office and the utility company for approval. If the solar installer did a good job in creating the design and meeting all the requirements, then it shouldn't take very long to obtain approval from these entities.

Installation of the Solar Panels

Finally, we can move on to the actual installation of the solar array onto your home. This is the most exciting part of the process because you will finally be able to see the physical changes to your home as the company installs the panels one by one. Depending on the size of your home and the number of panels you have decided to use, this process can take one to three days to complete.

Installation of the Bidirectional Meter

Now, the only thing left to do is the installation of the bidirectional meter from the new solar energy system to the power grid. This task is for the utility company to complete. Once done, you will officially have a solar-powered home. Your appliances will now run on solar power and you can also enjoy the perks of net metering from your local utility company.