Our Solar Installation Process

1. Initial Discussion

As the first step in the solar installation process, you will have a meeting with one of our highly qualified solar consultants to discuss your financing options, energy needs, as well as the estimated cost of the installation. They will also answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about getting a solar system in San Diego.

During the initial consultation, your solar energy consultant will guide you through the sizing process of your solar system, as well as explain how the cost of the installation will be determined based on your average energy usage and other relevant factors.

2. Site Survey

In order to ensure that your solar installation brings you maximum benefits over the course of the system’s lifespan, our meticulous technicians will take their time when performing the initial site survey. This will include checking your roof dimensions, vent and chimney positions, roof thickness, and slope angles, as well as any other inspections needed to ensure a long-lasting and highly efficient solar solution for your property in San Diego.

3. Design Formulation

Once your energy consultant has developed the initial design for your system, it is time for our engineering team to shine. They will formulate the design and create the drawings needed to get jurisdictional permits and HOA approvals. The design engineering stage will include considerations such as the module layout, wire and string sizing, and the pertinent electrical ratings and codes. We will email you an overlay of your panel design for your review and approval.

4. Approval & Permits

Once you have approved your overlay, our engineers will create your plans set to be submitted for permitting. If you choose our solar company for your installation in San Diego, you won’t have to worry about the often tedious city approval and permitting procedure. Leave it to us to submit your solar plans and any needed permits to your county or city, following their specific requirements.

Keep in mind that the solar installation approval process tends to differ from one city to the next, with some cities requiring complex engineering reports and others asking for a stamped HOA approval letter. This process can last anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks depending on your location.

5. Installation

Once all the necessary permits are obtained, our team will finally move onto the solar panel installation. They will first prepare your roof to create a sturdy base for your solar panels, as well as prevent leaks by using double-flash roof mounting. During the second stage of the installation, our San Diego professionals will attach the panels to the roof mounting, complete all wiring, and set up a performance monitoring device in your home.

6. NEM Application & Inspections

After the solar installation stage, you will need to get permission to operate your new solar system. This involves filling out the net metering application, having your system inspected by the city, and getting approval from the utility company. This part of the process can be quite overwhelming to new solar customers in San Diego. That is why we take it upon us to provide all the necessary information to your utility company as well as answer any technical questions they may have, allowing you to relax and focus on other endeavors.

7. Permission to Operate

After the city inspection and utility approval, you will receive PTO, i.e. Permission to Operate, meaning that you can start using your new solar panels to power your San Diego home. We will let you know that your PTO has been issued as soon as the utility company notifies us. This phase of the process can take anywhere from one to two weeks.

8. Post-Installation Procedure

As the final step of the solar panel installation process, we will activate your performance monitoring and answer any questions you may have. For instance, we can explain to you how to read the information on the display and teach you how to use the monitoring device. We will also send you useful solar information and guidelines via email.

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