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Process of installing solar panels

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Installing new solar panels can be one of the most intimidating parts about going solar. Strangers on your roof with power tools and high voltage wires is understandably stressful. That’s why Vivint Solar has hired the best solar panel installation crews in the country.

In this article, we’ll talk about solar panel installation so you can feel more comfortable with the entire process.

Designing and sizing new solar panels for your home

We have an in-house team that will custom design a solar energy system specifically for your home's roof and electricity usage needs. Our team will look at your past electricity usage and conduct a site and roof survey to make sure the system is the right size for your home. Before they build the solar energy system, you’ll have a chance to review and approve your roof's solar system design.

Once everything is approved, it’s time to begin the solar panel installation process.

Solar panel installation process

Two teams will arrive at your home on installation day. One team will actually attach the new solar panels to your roof, and the other will take care of all the grid and electrical work. Typical solar panel installations usually take between 4 and 8 hours.

After the teams install and connect the new solar panels, the foreman will show you how to turn the solar energy system on and off. Remember that the solar energy system won’t be operational just yet; there are a few more inspections and approvals that will need to happen before you can turn it on. But at least your neighbors can start to admire your new solar panels, and you can brag about how green and modern you are.

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Turning on the solar panels

Before you can turn on the solar energy system, it will go through 1-2 final inspections— typically, one with your municipality, and one with your utility company. The inspector will look at things like the installation, structural integrity of your roof, and your electrical system.

After the inspections are complete, we’ll request Permission to Operate (PTO) from your utility company. This just means we’re getting permission to connect your new solar panels to the electrical grid (it does not mean that we’re requesting paid time off. We know, it’s confusing). We’ll notify you as soon as we receive PTO so you can turn on the system.

Monitoring your solar panels

When you get solar panels, you’ll have access to the Vivint Solar Account Center. The Account Center is an online service that shows real-time progress on your solar account. Once the system is turned on, your Account Center will give you daily insights about your solar panels’ production, like how much electricity the system is producing and when it’s producing electricity throughout the day. That information will allow you to calculate how much your solar panels are saving you from paying your electric company.

See? Solar installation isn’t as scary as it seems (unless you do it yourself, of course). To learn more about our easy installation process, schedule a free consultation with a solar rep.

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