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Preparing For Your Solar Installation

January 9, 2024 | Reading Time: 9 minutes

Preparing For Your Solar Panel Installation Day

Congratulations, your project has been approved and your solar installation has been scheduled! Your home is one step closer to creating its energy.

Before your installation day, we want to make sure that you have all the necessary information to make your solar installation as smooth as possible. While we handle the entire install process there are a few details we would like for you to prep before our arrival.

See our checklist below!

Install Day Checklist

Arrival & Outdoor Preparation:

  • Your solar installers will typically arrive between 7:30 am and 8:30 am on your solar install day.
    • If you have a larger installation, over 14 KW, you may have a midday installation that starts between 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
  • We require that someone over the age of 18 be home that day.
  • Make sure that your driveway is clear.
    • We usually come with 2 large trucks and trailers that our solar panel installers will be working out of for the day. We also do not want to block any cars if someone in your household needs to leave.
prepare driveway for solar installation trucks

Preparing Inside of Your Home:

  • Clear an open area to your electrical panel. Our electricians will be working there for multiple hours. Having a clear area makes for an efficient working space.
  • If you have an attic or crawl space, we will need access to it. Please clear the entryway to that space so our electrician can easily access the area.
  • If you have any pets, please ensure they’re in a secure location as we’ll be walking in and out of the home.
    prepare electrical access on solar installation day

    Solar Panel Installation Process

    • Your home will lose power for about 30 mins once during your installation day. Please notify us ahead of time if that will be an issue. Our electrician on-site will give you notice before they cut the power.
    • The solar panel installation process is noisy. There will be multiple workers on your roof. You should expect banging and drilling throughout the day.

    How Long Does It Take to Install Solar Panels?

    • Installing solar panels usually takes us one full day to complete.
      • Sometimes installations can take a day and half, or two days depending on the size of your system and added components such as batteries. If your system is under 14 kW, then it will be a one day installation.
    • Once your installation is complete you will not be able to turn your system on immediately. It will take from 4-6 weeks until you will be able to turn your system on and generate power.
      • In this 4-6 week timeline, your city or county will do its final inspection and your local utility company will install its net meter. Once that has been completed you will receive permission to operate, and your solar panel installation timeline has been completed.
      • Don’t worry we handle all the required paperwork for these steps.

    When do I pay for my solar panels?

    • If you are a privately paying customer, through cash or check, you will receive an emailed invoice prior to your installation. We ask you to please make at least a 50% payment on your invoice prior to your installation date.
      • The remaining balance will not be required until we completely finish your project, and your solar panels are on and operating.