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Twelve Steps to A Solar Install - Dover

Posted last September 2, 2010, 9:31 am for D & R Energy Services, Inc in Services report article
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We have been asked on occasion just how everything works with a typical solar install.  There is so much to do, how are we going to get it all done?  Yes there is a lot to do with installing a solar system on your home or business, but one nice thing is your solar contractor does most of the work for you.

Contacting an Installer/Contractor in Dover:
You have been hearing so many good things about going with a solar system.  How much money you can save and how you can help save our precious natural resources for our future generations.  Where do you turn to find answers?  First thing to do is find a reputable solar installer.  The best way to find a solar installer/contractor is the internet.  Try and find at least two companies to come out and visit with you.  When choosing which installer to talk with, look at how many years they have been in Renewable Energy and ask them how many installs they have completed and what types.

Site Assessment:
The first thing that any installer needs is one year’s worth of electricity bills so they can determine what size system is right for you.  They will also need to look at your roof to make sure there is room there to install enough panels.  Does the roof face south or what are the conditions of your roof?  If there is not enough room then they should be able to give you options as to what would be the size that would fit or if a ground mounted system would work.  The installer will also need to look at the possibility of shading issues that could affect the output of your system.  Trees, a chimney or even other roof areas will cause shading.

Incentive Applications
Also when the contractor is at your home or business they should explain any and all incentives and tax credits that are available to you.  They should also offer to help you fill out any applications that there may be with any incentive based rebate.  If your contractor does not offer this information to you, you may want to contact another company for your Renewable Energy system.  The contractor should also explain about the Net Metering Law and how it works for you.

Proposal
Contractors should provide you with a formal proposal as to what the cost of the system will be and what equipment they plan to install.  This proposal should also include any incentives and tax credits that are available.

Design & Engineering
The contractor should provide you with design as to where your system will be placed on your roof, or ground if there is not enough room there.  This should be supplied to you when they submit the proposal to you.

Contract
Once you have chosen a contractor then they will most likely submit a contract for you to sign.  Please read this carefully and if you have questions or don’t understand something, then ask the contractor to explain.  Understanding the contract could possibly save you money and pain in the long run.

Ordering of Equipment
After the contract is signed your equipment will be ordered.  A shipping date will be established and an install date will be scheduled with you.  Most work will take place outside your home or business. There will need to be access to your breaker panel so someone will need to be available for the electrician to hang the inverter and tie into your panel.

Equipment Arrival
Equipment will normally arrive to the warehouse or job site in about 7 to 10 business days after order is placed.  Inspection is done to ensure that all equipment has been received and in install condition.  Installation usually begins a few days after.

Permits
The contractor usually obtains permits and bills for these separately as each municipality is different in pricing.

Day of Install
The day has arrived and the install crew is busy on your roof putting in racking (for the panels to bolt to) and installing panels.  Depending on the size of the system, install can take anywhere from two days to a week.  Wiring is connected to the panels and dropped for the electrician to begin tie in.

Final Paperwork
After the install is complete and inspections are done, final paperwork is completed for any incentives and tax credits there may be.  The contractor should have this paperwork all ready for you to sign and send in.

Your System
You now have your Renewable Energy system.  Your system will give you many, many years of trouble free service and you can now watch your electric bill shrink.



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