Your Professional Photovoltaic System Installation: What to Expect
Are you planning to get a photovoltaic system for your home or business?
Professional solar energy contractors streamline the process to make it easy for their customers. But it’s not as simple as calling a solar company one day and having your system installed the next. Rather, adopting solar energy requires professional planning to ensure that your system is safe, effective and efficient.
On-Site Evaluation to Assess Your Photovoltaic System Needs
Professional solar installers know that your photovoltaic system must be designed to fit the needs of your home or business.
The first consideration is how much power you would like your PV panel array to generate. A review of your current and anticipated energy use will provide the necessary insight to determine your ideal system size.
An assessment of your property is also necessary in order to determine solar panel placement.
Your contractor will evaluate your roof, measuring the available space and tilt. Shading issues also will be considered, as buildings, trees and other obstructions could prevent your photovoltaic system from functioning optimally.
Based on the property analysis, your professional solar installer will create a rooftop or ground-mounted solar panel layout that is both economical and capable of providing the energy you need.
Your Solar Installer Explains Financing Options and Secures Permits
A professional contractor won’t just give you a system price and expect you to find a way to pay. Neither will they expect you to handle the approval and permitting process.
During your home evaluation, your solar installer will talk to you about options for financing. In addition, your contractor will provide you with information regarding available federal, state and local incentives that can reduce the cost of your solar energy system significantly.
Your photovoltaic energy system may require a building permit, and if you live in a planned community, HOA approval.
Professional solar installers are familiar with the process and will usually handle any necessary permits. You may, however, need to apply personally for approval from your homeowners’ association. But your contractor will provide the necessary schematics and related documentation.
Photovoltaic System Installation Day
Many home and small business system installations can be completed in one day. You won’t need to do anything yourself, other than provide access to the PV array’s installation site.
Your professional solar contractor will begin the process of attaching the mounts, flashings and rails. Then, solar panels are attached to the rails and connected into an array. After every component is mounted, the panels will be wired and connected to your inverter.
If your system will be connected to the local utility grid, it will likely require an inspection from the local building department or utility company before it goes online and starts to produce power.
Overall, the photovoltaic system installation process is relatively simple and straightforward. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your system goes up, and how quickly you’ll begin saving money.
Intermountain Wind & Solar is the leading solar energy expert in the Intermountain West. We serve commercial and residential customers in Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Colorado. Contact us today to learn more about how a photovoltaic system will benefit you.