Solar Panel Installation – Understanding the Process

So, you’ve decided to pull the trigger on solar panel installation. What does the process of adopting photovoltaic power involve?

This is a common question – and a good one, we think. With any home improvement project, you need to know what you’re in for before you begin. And, making the switch to solar energy is no exception to the rule.

For an understanding of what to expect, check out the following step-by-step guide to the solar panel installation process.

Step 1: Consulting with Local Photovoltaic Contractors

First, contact a few reputable and highly-experienced local PV contractors and ask them to come out to your home or business for a professional estimate. Ask for the total gross cost for solar installation, and compare the price per watt (PPW) as you weigh the bids.

Step 2: Signing the Solar Installation Contract

Once you identify the PV contractor you want to work with, it’s time to sign the contract. But before you do, make sure it specifies the component brands and models to be installed as well as information on system performance, warranty terms and financing costs.

Step 3: Completing the Logistical Paperwork

After signing on the dotted line, the next step to solar installation is obtaining the building and electrical permits. Then, there’s filling out the forms for the available financial incentives. Fortunately, most PV contractors will handle these tasks for you.

Step 4: Ordering the Photovoltaic System Equipment

Once everything is a go, your PV contractor will order the solar panels, inverters and other photovoltaic power components your project requires. At this point, you’ll schedule a day to begin the system installation.

Step 5: Installing the Solar Panel System

On installation day, you’ll need to sign some paperwork. Other than that, you won’t have to lift a finger – but you can expect a bit of noise. Depending upon the size and complexity of your photovoltaic power system, the work may take a single day or several days to complete.

Step 6: Turning on the Solar Panel System

The last step to solar installation is to connect the system to the local power grid. This requires signoff from the city’s building inspector and, in many cases from the utility company. Your PV contractor will schedule the necessary inspections and make sure you get the green light to begin generating your own electricity.

Ready to Start the Solar Panel Installation Process?

If you’re all set to adopt photovoltaic power and your home or business is in the Intermountain West region, consult with a long-time leading local professional PV contractor -- Intermountain Wind & Solar.

We can explain your options for grid-tied, off-grid and hybrid photovoltaic power, and our expert team can design an efficient, cost-effective solar panel system that provides you with a reliable source of electricity for decades to come.

Intermountain Wind & Solar offers free consultations and estimates to homeowners and businesses in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming. To discuss your solar panel installation with our friendly and knowledgeable PV contractors, contact us today.

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