Today, many home owners are reaping the benefits of a solar panel system for home. Not only will you enjoy monthly savings on your utility bills, but also increase your property value, reduce your need for fossil fuels and transform your home into a clean and bright environment.
The process of going ‘green’ may seem complicated but it’s actually proceeds in a stepwise and logical manner. After you’ve decided upon a solar installation company, their solar contractor will perform a site evaluation of your home. He or she will then apply for necessary permits and wait for the go-ahead. After receiving the approval, the installation of your panels begins.
While the solar panel system for home may vary slightly across solar contractors, here’s what you can expect:
Arrival of Installation Team
Your contractor and crew will arrive at your home at a scheduled time to commence the installation process. After going over the site plan and installation specifications, they will unpack the solar panels, inspect them and the necessary electrical equipment to ensure no damage occurred during shipping.
Prepping the Jobsite
The team will access your electrical panels and attic’s access points to set up work areas. Some equipment or furniture may be moved around to create a clear path and tidy work area. Their first priority is to prevent damage to your property, so they might also cover applicable flooring and belongings. After this, scaffolding or ladders may be put to safely access your roof.
Metal rails will be installed on the roof to mount and support the solar panels. These rails are affixed to the roof using mounting screws and bolts so that a solid foundation is created to support the weight of the panels. Keep in mind the mounting screws will infiltrate into your roof but the contractor will carefully seal applicable holes prior to finishing the installation.
While the rails are being mounted, other members of the crew may begin installing the electrical parts of the system. This includes the inverter and its necessary wiring and conduits. The inverter will be connected to your home’s electrical system. Next, depending on the solar system you’ve purchased (grid tie-in with battery back-up or off-grid), the crew will fix and connect batteries for backup power supply during power outages or during low solar power production periods.
In the final phase, the panels are set, mounted and connected to the main panel. Your solar panels are securely connected to the rails on the roof. The wiring and electrical conduits from the inverter and electrical panel are linked to your solar panels. The crew will then test and make necessary adjustments to ensure your solar panel system is working effectively.
Final Inspection and Clean Up
After completing the installation, the solar contractor will conduct a final inspection of the finished work and especially of the hardware to make sure it was installed properly. The service panels will be closed and any furniture that was moved will be shifted back to where it was originally. Any equipment that was brought for the installation, i.e. ladders, safety ropes, tools, etc. will also be removed and loaded in their van.
In the ensuing weeks, a representative from the local building office will conduct a final inspection of the system. Once passed, your energy company will set up a time to install a net meter on your property and connect the solar panels to the power grid.
Net meters will measure the excess electricity produced and contributed to the main grid. Many utility companies will purchase this excess electricity and compensate you accordingly as credits on your monthly bill or yearly reimbursement checks.
After your panels are installed, sit back and revel in the fact that you’re reaping the benefits of a cleaner, cheaper and more sustainable energy source.
To learn more about solar panel system for home or to schedule a site assessment, contact OhSolarMio today.