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What to Expect During Solar Installation

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

Congrats, you’ve made the decision to go solar and start saving money on your energy bills each month, plus reduce your total carbon footprint. It’s exciting to know you’re going to get solar energy for your home, but it’s also important to understand how the solar installation process works so you can be prepared.

Solar installation is a process during which you get your solar panels ready for use.

Step 1: Site Assessment and Design Proposal

The first step in the installation process is to examine your home and the space you have available to make sure the panels are installed in a way that maximizes efficiency and energy capture. Since you already had a no-obligation design consultation from our PRVL Energy experts, this should be a pretty quick part of the process to review your needs, double-check the installation area, and provide any recommendations for things that you can do to improve the site, such as trimming trees or making initial roof repairs. Once we know what your job entails, we’ll order your solar system from the manufacturer.

Step 2: Permits

We submit completed plans to the appropriate local government to obtain a permit. The specific requirements vary depending on where you live, but we have a lot of experience. We’ll help you understand what’s going on while making sure all the right paperwork is submitted so it goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Step 3: Installation

Once we have the permits, the next step is to install the solar panels and all the wiring and mounting equipment necessary to capture energy from the sun. Most installations only take one day, but it could be slightly longer if you have a very large or complex installation, or we run into weather delays.

Step 4: Inspection

Most local governments require a final inspection before your solar system can be activated. Again, our team has a lot of experience in this area, so we’ll work with the local authorities to ensure this gets done in a timely manner and keep you informed during the process. If required where you live, they will also install the net meter during this inspection.

Step 5: Activation

The final step in the process is activation, where we turn on your system for a test and conduct several inspections to ensure it’s running optimally. Once this is complete, your solar system will be immediately available for use.

At PRVL Energy we have a 25-year warranty on both the equipment and the performance so you can have peace of mind knowing that if anything goes wrong—manufacturing defects, premature wear and tear, or even environmental concerns—we’ve got it covered. Contact us today to learn more about our solar systems and how we can help you start saving with renewable energy today.

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