It all starts with an assessment of your property--the roof, and the land if you’re considering a ground-mounted system--and its ability to support a solar energy system that can deliver the benefits you seek.
If you’re also interested in solar energy storage, your assessment will delve into how much of your home’s electrical “load” can be covered by batteries.
Be sure to ask any questions you have at this early stage. If your proposal doesn’t explain in detail how the financial part works—what the system costs, how you’re paying for it, and what savings you can expect—be sure to request more information. Better yet—find a different installer!
Solar energy systems, and energy storage systems, require permits and approvals from entities that often include your city or town building department, your local fire department, and your utility. If you’re part of a Homeowners’ Association (HOA), they likely have a review and approval process as well.
A solar installation company like Citadel Roofing & Solar will manage as many of the applications, follow-up, permits and approvals as possible. Most homeowners are involved in their HOA approval process.
Many people think that once the panels are on the roof and the batteries connected, the system can be turned on. But there are a few more administrative and safety hurdles to get past.
Your city or town will come out for a final inspection to ensure the system meets all necessary codes. The utility may upgrade your electrical meter or install a new one. And the utility will have to give the final approval to “interconnect” your power-producing system to their network of transmission and distribution lines.
As with the earlier round of permits, inspections and approvals, your solar company should manage all of this for you.
Turning the System On
It’s debatable which of the two final steps is better: Turning on the system for the first time. (Yes, you may actually get to flip a switch!) Or opening the first electric bill that reflects your solar savings.
Either way, it only gets better from there as your savings pile up and your system, working with the sun, continues to crank out pollution-free clean energy, for your benefit and the planet’s.
Give us a call at (800) 400-2852 or fill out our web form if you’d like to learn what solar can do for you.