The Solar Process
From the initial site assessment, to turning the system on, we will work with you for a simple and worry-free installation process. Each solar installation takes about two months with permits and inspections taking the majority of that time. Here’s a look at what you can expect as you move through the process:
- Solar Site Assessment - A trained, professional solar energy consultant will visit the site, gather information, and answer questions. This will include assessing current and future usage, getting a copy of the electric bill and taking pictures of the roof and surrounding property, the electric meter, electric panel, and interior condition of the roof if applicable. We complete most assessments in about 30 minutes.
- Design - We review your site and create engineering designs specific to your home or business. Designs are typically ready in a few days.
- Presentation of Custom Solutions - We will meet with you to review the design and explain any options or questions which typically include a timeline, payback, financing, etc. Once we have a signed contract and deposit, we will start the process which, from start to finish, is typically 6 to 12 weeks. There’s a lot to accomplish before the first panel goes up.
- Applications -
- If applicable, we always recommend informing the HOA of the solar installation.
- Energy Select submits Inter-Connection (IC) documents to the electric utility.
- Energy Select submits stamped engineered designs and applications for county permits
- Schedule Installation - With all the paperwork in hand, we are ready to schedule the install at a time convenient for you.
- Install Days - Since so much pre-engineering is done, our own professional installers will typically finish in 2 to 3 days.
- Final Inspections
- Once installed, our North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified engineer will visit for a quality inspection and then call for final county inspection.
- County Electrical Inspection - The county will inspect the electrical work.
- Utility Inspection - The final inspection comes from the local utility.
- Utility Permission to Operate (PTO) - After the green stickers (passing inspections) we will switch over to your new power source and begin saving money and the planet!
For projects with many trees, or that are not on public satellite services, we do a comprehensive 3D drone model.