Consider installing your own solar electric system? Doing the work yourself can add up to serious savings.Should you or could you install your own solar electric system?

Over half our customers do install and maintain their own solar power systems. Some hire extra help for part of the installation. Most have an electrician or other professional do the wiring and metering into the house.

Here on this site, We Teach, Educate, Support and Show you how, step by step.

Step One: Planning – Planning your system to evaluate rebate options and what you need to obtain permits.Your local power utility has rules and regulations in place for you to follow when you connect the solar system to the grid. On the other hand, Local building codes may also apply.In addition to federal incentives, states (and even some cities) offer rebates to help with the cost of the system. Understanding the local rules before you start will save you frustration later.

Most utilities will have an information package and a person who specializes in the Solar utility requirements. Most utility company employee are helpful and friendly. In these days the most of the permits are done online, depending on state and the city, for better understanding please visit Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE).

Step Two: Site evaluation – Site Evaluation is most important step in to determining the right system for your house and weather you have enough room on your roof and if your electrical panel is suitable for the system that you are going to install on your house or business, the site surveyor will measure the roof, do shading analysis, look at electrical panel and take lots of pictures and then designer takes over and draw complete design package to be ready to submit to the city and then permit runner will go to city and pull permit or pull permit online.
Step Three: System sizing – Sizing a system is straight forward and not complicated at all, first you need total kilo wattage for the year and dollar amount (only electrical portion for the entire year) and then we add 12 months of kW for the year and divide that in to 365 (days in a year) and then we need to divide that in to total of hours of sunlight average throughout the year to find out your system size. Click here to see the example
Step Four: Installation and a final – Since you have a permit in your hand and ready for Installation,, this is a tricky part, doing installation is a task and you have to understand how it is installed and procedure of doing it,, We are here to help to the end, make sure everything is done correctly, Finding a installers is very important step and installers should be aware of local code and using a correct materials, your design plan should have a list of BOM,, balance of material list and you should confirm that the right materials have been used. Step Five: Final inspection and PTO “permission to operate” this would be the last step, final inspection is usually done right after when the system is fully installed and functional, and usually takes 2 to 4 weeks for utility to send PTO to have the system turned on and replace the old meter with net metering meter.

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