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How Are Solar Panels Installed?

Solar Panels have become so popular because of its environmental benefits and the amount of power it can produce. A lot of homes nowadays want their own units too. You may then ask, how exactly do homes get their own solar panels in Livermore? Below is a brief walkthrough of the procedures in getting your own power source:

STEP 1
Call us here at Yorkshire Roofing, your preferred contractor for the job, so we can pay you a visit and do an evaluation. Our evaluation would include best practices and recommendations from our own engineers. Our engineer will evaluate the condition of your roof; if it is fit for the installation or you would need to put some improvements. They will also check the capacity of your electrical panels. This is to make sure that the electrical system of your home can handle the solar energy that it has to store once the panels are installed.

STEP 2
Prepare documents and permits for the installation. Now, don’t worry. These paper works are to be arranged by us too. We believe that it’s best that you know how we do these permits, so you know what documents you’ll be signing and what they are for. One of the most important documents that you’ll need is the application for the state and federal solar incentives such as the federal ITC, local solar programs, clean energy financing initiatives like PACE, government rebates and solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs). Aside from incentives, you will need to fill out other paperwork like building or installation permits. These permits are specific to where you live. Your contractors should be knowledgeable about these rules and know the restrictions and requirements of the states in which they operate so they can help you figure out which permits you need. We at, Yorkshire Bay Area Solar, save our clients from the trouble of filling out all these forms. We also ensure that permits are released in time for the scheduled installation.

STEP3
Choosing the right panels for your homes. This is more than looking at which stripes would best suit your roof. It is also talking about the capacity that your house needs, how much sunlight your roof gets, and how much power you want to produce. If you do not know much about solar panels, our team of experts can help you choose among our most durable, efficient, and cost friendly brands. Ask for comparative suggestions from your contractors. That way, you can customize the roof based on your requirement, limits, and preference. Once ordered, the materials will arrive as soon as the paperwork is done.

STEP 4
Actual installation. When this day arrives, a team of skilled and experienced electricians will be flocking on your roof to double check your shingles or tiles. All broken shingles have to be replaced first before the installation is done. Once the roof is repaired and ready, the installation begins. The electricians will start lining up the electrical wiring that will connect to your electrical panel and general power system. Then, the racks will be installed to support your panels. Once the racking is level and securely attached, the panels are laid on the racking. Lastly, the inverters are connected to the panels to convert direct current energy to alternating current power which is used in homes and supplied on the grid.

STEP 5
After the installation, there is still one more approval that you need to secure; that is the approval of your local government. An official from the local government will pay you a visit to check if all permits have been secured and the installation was done properly. Once you get their approval, they will now hand you over to your local power distributor. They will check if the electrical wirings, inverters, and the solar panels are all compatible to work together and if they are installed correctly. They will also check if the panels are safe and secure. After getting their approval, your switch can now go live and you panels can start generating power.

All these steps usually takes three months to complete, depending on the line of approvals that your local government has to process and how many jobs your contractor needs to finish. Here at Yorkshire Bay Area Solar, we make sure to work with our clients closely to meet their desired deadlines. Give us a call and find out from our reliable team how soon we can your roof your own solar panels.