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If there is one area of your solar project that you don’t want to cut corners and cheap out on, it’s the actual installation and construction of your solar system. There are some solar companies that do ‘virtual’ site inspections as a way to cut costs. The process includes taking pictures of your roof and your home’s electrical system. It is my humble yet accurate opinion that this can leave you vulnerable to some very costly problems down the road. Problems that we have already discussed like your system underperforming due to a myriad of factors, that would not even know about until it becomes a problem 5 or 10 years down the road.

Site Inspection:

AI technology (artificial intelligence) has certainly made amazing things possible in the residential Solar industry. Solar advisors can look at a Birdseye view of the property and see the path that the sun takes throughout the year to determine the specific energy needs of the home. Obviously, sun exposure is going to affect a home in Ogden, Utah differently than a similar home in Ipswich, Massachusetts. AI makes it possible to make instant decisions.   The installer may notice things like roof damage that only impacts a certain plane or section of the roof, or that the electrical panel will require an upgrade before making the switch to solar.

AI technology (artificial intelligence) has certainly made amazing things possible in the residential Solar industry. Solar advisors can look at a Birdseye view of the property and see the path that the sun takes throughout the year to determine the specific energy needs of the home. Obviously, sun exposure is going to affect a home in Ogden, Utah differently than a similar home in Ipswich, Massachusetts. AI makes it possible to make instant decisions.   The installer may notice things like roof damage that only impacts a certain plane or section of the roof, or that the electrical panel will require an upgrade before making the switch to solar.

System Design

The system has to be designed virtually based on the information in the site audit report. This is where the installer will make the final decisions about the exact placement of the panels and the integration of the electrical system. Once the system is designed and the site audit is complete we will typically schedule a Zoom meeting with the homeowner, so they can give the green light and approve the scope of work, prior to permitting and the final installation of the panels.

Permitting:

Once the site inspection is completed and the system has been designed, it is now time to submit the permits to the city or county. Permits can be approved in days or months depending on where you live. If you are a member of a Home Owners Association (HOA), the HOA must also approve the system, and this is usually done during the permitting process because the city or county wants the HOA approved. permit.

 

Installation:

Now that the permits have been obtained we can now move to installation. The actual installation of the panels and systems typically takes 1-3 days depending on the size of the solar system and the complexity of the job. Obviously, factors like extremely steep roof planes, multiple planes, or other home/roof features can slow the construction/installation process. This is one of the main reasons personal website audits are so important. I can’t speak for all solar companies but our installers pride themselves on being as low impact on the homeowner as a home construction project could possibly be. Safety is also a major priority. Because of this factors like inclement weather can obviously delay installation as we wouldn’t want our installation crews to be up on your roof things during a snowstorm or a hurricane. Due to the detailed pre-installation process described above, the actual installation is usually fairly quick and easy.

 

Permission to Operate (PTO):

The final step in the process prior to the actual installation and construction of a Solar system is called permission to operate or PTO. Essentially this is your utility company verifying all the necessary documents and approving the proposed electrical work. The timing for this will depend on your utility company, the state you live in, and other factors such as when. Since PTO happens after the installation of the system, your solar system will start producing energy only after the PTO is submitted and approved by the utility company.

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A residential solar system is a great way to reduce your energy costs while doing something positive for your community and the planet. However, when a home solar system is not designed and sold with integrity, it can have a tremendous negative financial impact on the homeowner.

Throughout The Definitive Guide to Residential Solar in the U.S., you will discover the many ways that homeowners have been taken advantage of by smooth-talking solar sales reps. Only to find out, often many months or years after they signed an ironclad contract, that their home solar system is not producing anywhere close to the amount of energy that they were told it would. Many of these homeowners found themselves having to pay a monthly solar bill on top of an electric bill, that they were told would vanish after installing solar panels. This is the unfortunate reality for thousands of solar pioneers and it is the #1 reason that residential solar deserves the bad reputation it has in many markets across the U.S.

Introducing: The Definitive Guide to Residential Solar in the U.S. <==Click here to check it out on Amazon.com

A residential solar system is a great way to reduce your energy costs while doing something positive for your community and the planet. However, when a home solar system is not designed and sold with integrity, it can have a tremendous negative financial impact on the homeowner. Throughout The Definitive Guide to Residential Solar in the U.S., you will discover the many ways that homeowners have been taken advantage of by smooth-talking solar sales reps. Only to find out, often many months or years after they signed an ironclad contract, that their home solar system is not producing anywhere close to the amount of energy that they were told it would. Many of these homeowners found themselves having to pay a monthly solar bill on top of an electric bill, that they were told would vanish after installing solar panels. This is the unfortunate reality for thousands of solar pioneers and it is the #1 reason that residential solar deserves the bad reputation it has in many markets across the U.S.

You are about to discover everything you need to know to make an informed decision about solar, including warning signs that your solar sales rep may have no idea what they are talking about. This happens all the time in residential solar, and the individual homeowner is usually the one who gets burned big time.

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I trust that this information provides you with the necessary insight to make an informed decision regarding solar energy in Arizona. If you need additional clarification or help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.