When it comes to switching to solar, it is smart to use an experienced professional well-versed in helping you get the possible system for your site.
An important aspect of a solar system installer’s job is designing and planning the right system for your particular site. If they know what they are doing, the first thing they will do is a full review of the structure of your home.
This review should include an audit of your current electrical system to understand how big your solar system has to be to allow you to maintain your current lifestyle. During this audit, site-specific safety precautions will be identified and put in place before the project begins.
Your professional installer then designs what is to be done based on the shading and structural qualities of your home and the type of photovoltaic system to be installed. After design and specifications are finalized and agreed upon, permits are obtained from all relevant entities involved. A good professional solar system installer is familiar with the required permits and connection arrangements and knows how to make the process go smoothly.
Solar Installer Credentials
Most professional solar system installers have a background in construction. Many have backgrounds as electricians. It is wise to seek out an installer that is licensed as a general contractor and/or licensed by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). This certification, though not required, increased your chances of having qualified installers work on your system.
Requirements Vary by State
Different skills are need throughout the process of planning, designing, installing and activating a solar system and some states require that the work be done by a general contractor. Whether or not this is a requirement in your state, it might save you time and headaches to use a general to ensure that the job goes as intended. They are also useful when it comes to getting the right permits and ensuring that the right people are at the job site in the right order. Finally, it is wise to have someone well acquainted with getting your newly installed system activated and online. Someone who will be around to handle any problems that may arise. Someone who knows exactly what your system warranties include and is able to ensure that you get everything you signed up to get, including any rebates.