The residential electricity rates in Connecticut rank fourth highest in the country. Naturally, homeowners in Durham and the rest of Connecticut are increasingly choosing to switch to solar in their quest for money savings. After all, why spend more than most others in America when you can get power for free!
That said, it’s not an easy decision to make the switch to solar. It can sometimes entail an investment and a commitment of several decades. So, homeowners tend to have questions about how the whole thing works. Today, we’ll cover the basics of what residential solar buyers can expect from their solar installation experience.
Home solar installation is typically a 6-step process, which starts with you.
Step 1: Get a Quote
Your journey begins with an initial consultation, which can happen over the phone or during a direct visit to your home. They’ll get relevant details from you and provide you with an accurate quote for the ideal solar solution for your needs.
At Green Power Energy, we use satellite imagery to review your roof design before giving you a quote.
Step 2: Site Inspection
This step can often include one or more personnel from the solar company visiting your location. They will perform a detailed inspection of your property and ascertain whether it’s suitable for solar installation while confirming the proposed solar layout. Your roof strength, the integrity of electrical systems, any obstructions that may prevent direct access to sunlight for your solar panels, etc., are checked.
Step 3: Permits and Documentation
A reputable solar installer, like Green Power Energy, will take care of all the paperwork associated with your installation. This includes obtaining the relevant permits from respective government bodies and applying for all the financial incentives you qualify for.
Typically, this step can take several weeks as it involves multiple government agencies.
Step 4: Ordering Equipment
Everything from solar panels to inverters to battery storage is ordered as per your solar solution’s unique design.
Sometimes, solar installers can initiate this step even before your permits are approved to speed up the process.
Step 5: Installation
The actual installation will last a day or two, which is scheduled after the equipment and paperwork are ready. You don’t need to be present for the job, but it’s recommended that you make yourself available during the task to ensure a smoother experience.
Step 6: Approval and Interconnection
After the installation, a government official will visit your property, inspect the solar solution, and approve it. Additionally, a representative from your utility company may also visit your home to approve it for grid interconnection. Barring any glaring issues, your system will be activated promptly following these approvals.
That’s the gist of what you can expect from a solar installation.