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Installation of Solar Panels


Installation of Solar Panels
Go Solar, It's Easier than it Looks

Let's see what the steps for the installation of solar panels in Texas are. Also, I will tell you what is expected in a presentation of a photovoltaic system. What are the requirements and how complicated is it to meet those requirements. If solar panels are free and why.


Are solar panels free?

First, let's start with the reality of things, solar panels, and installation are NOT FREE.

Many sales reps take advantage of people's naivety. They use unscrupulous strategies to lie to people. They make up a whole story about solar panels being paid for by the government and utilities in order to get a chance to present their product.


The actual cost of a PV system is between $18,000 to $35,000 depending on the power demand of your home. This is not to be scared, you do not have to pay in advance. Yes, there is a federal incentive that helps with 30% of the total cost of the solar system.


Now, why do these vendors insist that solar panels are free? The play on words is that it will not cost the client more than his monthly electricity bill to obtain the solar panels. Let's say, if your average electricity bill is $150 a month, then your PV system shouldn't cost you more than $150 a month. This must cover the energy demand of your home. Therefore, your electricity bill should reach $10 to $20, which is the interconnection cost. But they insist that a PV system is free.


The biggest advantage of having solar panels.

The best thing about having solar panels is that you will no longer see fluctuations in your electricity spend. What I mean is that you will no longer see electricity bills for $250 and others for $100. As mentioned above, if your average electricity bill is $150 a month, that's what your PV system is going to cost you.


The PV system is calculated to cover the energy demand of the whole year, some months you will produce more energy than others. The excess energy of a few months will be offset by the months that not enough energy is produced. All of this is calculated by your home meter which will be connected to the utility.


All this is explained in detail in the presentation.


Steps for Installing Solar Panels.


Presentation of a PV system


In a presentation on solar panels, the owner of the house is asked to help us with a little information. To calculate the energy demand of a home and calculate the size of a PV system, the last 12 months of consumption and electricity costs are required. With this data and a satellite image of the house, we can see and calculate the design of the PV system.


Federal incentives are calculated and what is the best financial option to reach that point of convenience for the client. That point of convenience is paying the same as what is paid today, and the cost of electricity no longer goes up or down. Almost the only requirement to apply is to own the house and have an average credit score for a residential renovation.


Since the credit is approved, an infinity of details begins to move. The good thing is that the owner of the house does not have to do anything, we do everything.


Your contribution to the environment is also discussed at this time.


Residence inspection


After the presentation, a detailed inspection of the roof, attic, and electrical system is made.


System design


All the information gathered in the presentation is sent to our group of engineers who are going to accurately calculate a new PV system. We now have the specifications and drawings for the installation.


Permit approval


With the final plans, they are sent to the city for approval.

The documentation for the interconnection is sent to the utility.


Installation


Now that the plans have been approved by the city, it is coordinated with the homeowner when the installation of the solar panels will be possible.


City inspection


Upon completion of the installation, the city inspection is requested, and they will send an engineer to check that the work is done according to the plans approved by the city.


Grid connection


The utility grid also must know what is going on. Interconnection must be approved. With the approval of the city and the interconnection, we can have the Permission to Operate or PTO.


This can feel overwhelming, but don't worry, we'll take care of everything.


As you can see, going solar is a big step and there are a lot of pieces to line up. It is not easy, but we have a group of professionals who strive to do their best to have satisfied customers.


If the roof needs to be replaced, we will help you with the insurance claim and once the new roof is finished, we put up the solar panels. Remember we are also affiliated with a roofing company, Proway Exteriors.


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