November 23, 2016
Solar Panel Installer

If you are considering buying solar panels for your home it is important to factor in how long an installation takes. The actual home solar installation usually takes just a few days, but there are a few steps that must happen before the installers can begin.

EVALUATION

CAM Solar offers a free on-site consultation to evaluate your property for a solar installation. We will take a look at your roof and rafters to ensure that your home is fit for the extra weight from installing solar panels. We use a state of the art software to quickly make a 3D model of your home. Using the model we are able to identify where solar panels will be the most effective and what models will work the best for your home. 

SCHEDULING

Once your design is given the green light, you’ll need to schedule when the installation will occur. The crew will probably need a few days to complete the job, but the majority of the work will occur just on the exterior of your home. You’ll also need to schedule a post-installation inspection with your utility provider. This inspection will ensure that your solar system has been installed properly and is safe to use.

PERMITTING

Before beginning work electrical permits from the city will need to be secured. These permits ensure that your installer follows all building codes and best practices. Typically, the cost of these permits is rolled into the price of the solar-energy system. 

INSTALLING

On installation day, a crew will arrive and set up scaffolding that will give them access to your roof and offers extra safety when transporting the solar panels.

The next step is installing a solar panel frame to your roof. The frame is secured to your homes rafters to ensure that the weight of solar panels is distributed evenly. The solar panels are then attached to the frame and wired together to the power inverter or battery storage device. 

CONNECTING TO THE GRID

The final step in the solar-panel installation process is connecting the panels to an inverter. The inverter, usually placed in a home’s attic, is the machine that converts direct current (DC) power generated from the solar panels into active current (AC) power for your home. This AC power flows from the inverter to your electrical panel or breaker box where it’s used by appliances in your home. Most solar-powered homes remain connected to the municipal power grid as a backup energy source, and excess solar energy can be sold back to your utility provider.

If you live in or around Austin and San Antonio and are ready to cut your energy costs, Cam Solar will make that happen! Contact us today for a free evaluation and quote!

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