Solar Installation

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Solar installation is the final step in going solar. Choosing a solar contractor who has experience in general construction and electrical work is important. Such a background tends to ensure quality, professional installation. Good craftsmanship means your solar system will be customized to suit your home or garden.

A professional will give you a free on-site assessment of your property to determine the size of the system you need; design, whether roof-mounted, or erected elsewhere on the property; financing, especially qualifying you for California's cash rebates and tax credits. Once a contract and qualifying documents are signed, permits can be obtained.

Actual Installation Time

Qualifying for the California Energy Commission's (CEC) Emerging Renewables Program may take about 30 days, but it is worth it. This is the program that will give you a cash rebate of $3.20 per watt and a 7.5% tax credit on your solar system. When all documents are certified and permits issued, the equipment will be ordered.

After all this, solar installation only takes one-to-four days. With the modules in place, and the inverter operational, the switchgear and ground fault protection are installed. Once all components are in place, the system immediately starts to produce your own electricity.

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