Going Solar for Your Home in 6 Easy Steps
We do more than design and install solar panels for your home. Our unique business model offers something you can’t find anywhere else – an opportunity to help shape the future of energy and how business operates in our communities. Switching to clean solar energy reduces your exposure to rising utility rates by locking in fixed rates, putting you in control of your bottom line.
Step One: Consultation
The first step is to get to know you and your goals. This includes getting an understanding of your energy needs by looking at your previous power bill statements. This will give us an idea of how much power you are looking to offset. This includes taking a look at several aspects of your property including the physical layout, the amount of shade on your roof, and potential areas for modules and electrical equipment..
Step Two: Design
After we’ve gathered enough information, we can start designing your system. We want to work with you to create a custom design that is perfect for you and your household. This means getting your input and then making decisions on ground mount vs. roof mounted systems, how many modules are suitable for your system, where the trenching (if needed) will run, and what your maximum potential energy production will be.
Step Three: Proposal
The sales proposal will consist of a written and visual description of the details of your system including inverter, trenching, and module information, as well as a full shade report, an environmental impact analysis, and a financial summary. This is also when we’ll share the system contract with you.
Step Four: Permitting
Once you decide to go ahead with your solar system installation, we take care of the permitting, ordering materials, and the rest of the paperwork involved.
Step Five: Installation
Once the system is completely installed( average 1-2 days) we will show you how to operate it.
Step Six: Activation
Your local utility will need to give the final go-ahead in order to connect to the grid and start producing power. All you have to do then is sit back and wait for your brand-new system to start generating clean energy!
Being off-grid means you are not connected in any way to your grid’s power system or utility company. This is appealing because you are 100% self-sustaining your energy use. However, there are disadvantages because off-grid systems require you to purchase back-up battery which can be expensive.
On-grid means your solar system is tied to your local utility company’s system. This is what most residential homes will use because you are covered if your solar system under or over-produces in regard to your varying energy needs. Your utility system acts as your battery space. If you are producing more energy with your solar panels or system than you are using, the excess energy is sent to your grid’s power company, allowing you to build credit that you can cash out with at the end of the year, in a process called net metering. Being grid-tied is beneficial because you don’t have to buy an expensive battery back-up system to store any excess energy.
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