A typical solar installation process is outlined below, however, some of these steps can be completed simultaneously and most will be taken care of by your contractor.
Your project will need a building or electrical permit from the city or county building and safety department before you can legally begin installation. Once you obtain the required permits, a typical residential installation takes as few as one to three days to complete. Typically, a minimum of two installers are on site during an installation, but there can be more depending on the size and scope of an individual project.
Once your system is installed, the city or county will inspect it. After your new system passes this initial inspection, your local utility also may inspect the system to ensure it is interconnected to the electrical grid properly and meets all safety requirements. Be sure to keep your system off until you receive official permission from your utility to begin operation.
|Typical Solar Installation Steps||Role|
|1.||Research contractors and compare bids*||Customer|
|2.||Design system (site visit and usage evaluation to determine size)||Contractor|
|4.||Apply for CSI incentive; submit reservation application**||Contractor|
|5.||Apply for interconnection; submit application to your utility||Contractor|
|6.||Apply for building permit with appropriate city or county||Contractor|
|7.||Install the solar PV system||Contractor|
|8.||City/county on-site system inspection; submit approval to utility||Contractor|
|9.||Utility on-site meter inspection||Utility|
|10.||Turn system on upon written approval from utility||Customer|
|14.||Receive first utility bill post-installation under net energy metering||Customer|
*Obtain HOA approval, as needed, upon receipt of bids and prior to signing the contract.
**Discuss and clarify roles with your contractor before finalizing the contract to ensure you understand who is responsible for each step in the process.