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New Homeowner’s Guide To Working With Solar Professionals

So you’re getting solar panels. Good for you. Going solar is more affordable than ever, and it’s going to save you a lot of money while increasing the value of your home.

You’re entering into a working relationship with a solar company now, and you’re wondering just what you should expect and what you should be looking for.

Keep these basics in mind when working with your solar professional.

Evaluation

Your solar professional will need to come out to your house to do an on-site assessment (happens before you sign contracts or hire them). They will be able to tell you how much power you’re going to get from solar panels, how many panels you will need, and if solar is the best option for you.

Talk to them about your expectations for solar energy and your contract, so they know where you’re coming from and can address all your thoughts and concerns.

After the assessment, your solar professional will show you a layout that can provide you the energy you need at the cost you desire.

Financing And Solar Tax Benefits

Your solar professional will talk to you about your available tax incentives/rebates from state and federal government and how they can help you finance solar for your home.

During the on-site assessment, solar professionals will discuss financing options with you. They will go over what their company can offer you, and can talk to you about different options available to you through banks, the government, or their company.

Solar professionals will additionally go over city/state building permits, and what you may or may not need to qualify your home for solar panels. Solar professionals will usually handle all permit processes, though you may need to file for any HOA permits if you live in a planned neighborhood.

Installing Your Solar Panels

Most installations will be completed in one day. You have nothing to do but to sit-back and get ready to enjoy your solar energy.

Solar professionals will attach flashings, rails, and mounts. Solar panels will be attached to the rails and then linked to the array. After everything is applied to your roof, the panels are connected to the inverter.

If you’re system will be connected to the grid, inspections from the utility company are commonly required before your system can start producing power.

Overall, it doesn’t take long when you’re working with solar professionals. They’re fast, efficient, and educated. You’ll be enjoying those savings in no time at all.

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FAQ

Q: Are solar panels ac or dc?

A: Direct current (dc) is what the solar panels produce and the energy that is stored in the batteries. Alternating current (ac) is the current on the grid and what you’re most likely using with traditional appliances. That’s why inverters are necessary for solar panels. The inverters convert the dc to ac so that it’s safe for home appliances.

Q: Are solar panels cheap?

A: While solar panels are more affordable than ever, they are not cheap. Fortunately there are many financing options for homeowners who want to switch to solar energy. Even options that allow homeowners to get solar panels installed on their homes for $0 down (PPA program).

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