What is the solar panel installation process and timeline?

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To many homeowners, the process of adding a solar panel installation can seem incredibly complex and even intimidating at times. While there is a lot to consider and plan for, working with experienced professionals can dramatically reduce the overall stress involved by simplifying the process from beginning to end.

The First Step In Your Solar Panel Installation Process

Before anything else, your solar professionals will want to go over your power consumption and cost over the last year. In many cases, your local utility company will automatically include this information on your monthly bill, often in the form of a graph for the previous 12 months.

Knowing how much power your home uses is crucial to getting a system that fits your home’s needs. This can often be accomplished in a quick “discovery call”, frequently lasting about 15 minutes. On this call your solar professional will go over some general numbers with you, regarding your power usage and potential system cost, to see if there would be a benefit in moving forward.

Your Site Survey

If you decide to proceed with installing solar panels, the next step will be your official site survey. This will involve a solar professional coming out to your home, and taking pictures of the roofing area, roof slope, home electrical panel specifics, and more. This information will be used by the solar engineers to design your solar system and will help them fine-tune the details of your specific installation.

Paperwork Required Before Solar Panel Installation Can Begin

Just like most other things in life installing solar panels will involve some paperwork, however, Barrett Solar will be able to take care of most of that for you. You’ll need an interconnection application for your utility, as well as applications for any grants, rebates, tax credits, or subsidies applicable to your installation.

If you’re financing your installation you’ll also have a financing agreement to sign. Finally, you’ll have the actual installation contract with Barrett Solar. The best part is that all of the document signings will be done digitally, wherever and whenever is most convenient for you.

How Long Will The Installation Take?

On average, your solar installation will take around 60 days from the time you sign your installation contract. This timeline can occasionally be shorter, depending on the complexity and size of your system. Not only will the panels be mounted, installed, and connected, but there will also be microinverters installed which can be monitored remotely to simplify any future troubleshooting & repairs. Once the installation work is complete, only a few minor hurdles are remaining before your home will begin producing its own power, year-round.

Finishing Up

In the final wrap-up to getting your solar installation completed the authority having jurisdiction or AHJ, will come to do their final inspection of the installation itself. In some areas, this may be the city or municipal entity, the county, or even the state, depending on your location.

Once the AHJ signs off on the installation, the utility provider will then have 30 days to perform their own inspection. After their inspection is finished and satisfies their requirements, they will then install their bi-directional solar power meter. At this point, the homeowner will be able to turn on their system and begin generating their own power.

Barrett Solar Will Be Your Solar Panel Experts

Owning your own power is one of the most satisfying steps you can take toward saving money long-term, as well as reducing your overall ecological impact. If you have any questions or would like more information about a solar panel installation for your home, reach out today to your local solar power experts.

Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels. You can let the rain or snow take care of that for you. If something does happen, you will have manufacturer warranties on all equipment installed by Barrett Solar.

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. In Kansas the largest incentive available is the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC) which allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates and other incentives. If you are a business in a rural area or a farmer, the USDA offers grants as well.

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. In Missouri the largest incentive available is the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC) which allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates and other incentives. Evergy in Missouri, Columbia power and Ameren have notable rebates available. If you are a business owner in a rural area or a farmer, the USDA offers grants as well.

Barrett Solar offers two options to finance your solar panel system. You can purchase your system in cash or take advantage of our zero down, low APR financing options. We have a lot of different options to choose from. 

Generally it takes very large hail or a major storm to damage your solar panel system. After you go solar you will want to make sure your homeowners insurance policy has enough coverage to replace any of your panels that may be damaged in a heavy storm.

The cost of a solar panel system will depend on many factors, including the size of the system, the equipment, and the financing method. A solar panel system should be viewed as a major home upgrade, and because every home is different it is never good to base an idea of what something should cost off a ballpark figure found on the internet. Barrett Solar offers completely free no obligation solar proposals, and in most cases we can give you an accurate quote with just your historical energy usage data.

Tyler Blanchard

Founder & CEO

Tyler is the CEO of Barrett Solar.

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