If you’ve decided to take the plunge and add solar panels to your commercial building, you’re probably wondering what to expect from the installation process. The installation process is far more complex than simply placing solar panels on your roof. Below, we’ll provide an overview of the steps in the commercial solar panel installation process.
Site Visit and Evaluation
After you’ve chosen a contractor for your project, the solar panel installation process officially begins. Click HERE to see if your installer of choice received the 2021 NYSERDA Quality Solar Installer Designation. Prepared with an initial proposal based on an engineering desktop review, a professional from the company you’ve chosen will visit and evaluate your site to confirm the system design you will need.
Solar Array System Design
After the site visit, any changes to the design deemed necessary will be completed by the installers engineering department. During this stage, you will finalize the price of the system and its installation. Site and electrical plans are required in order to secure the permits for your project.
Permits and Documentation
As with any other construction project, you will not be able to complete a solar panel installation without the proper permits and documentation. Check local laws regarding construction and ensure you have all necessary permits before installation begins. Installers like Solar Liberty handle all of this research, paperwork and fulfillment for you, but it’s a good idea for you to check your installer’s services and keep track of the process.
Solar Panel Installation
At last, the installation of your solar panel system will begin! During this process, a team of professionals will install racking (or mounting) hardware on your roof (or ground area), then mount the solar panels on that hardware. The installers will also complete electrical wiring, allowing the solar panels to connect to the power grid.
Final Inspection and Utility Connection
Once the solar panel installation is complete, a professional will conduct a final inspection of the setup. Then, your installer will submit an interconnection request to your utility company. Once approved, someone will officially connect your solar panel system to the power grid, and your solar panel system will be ready for use.
With this clearer picture of the commercial solar panel installation process, you won’t be surprised by any of the steps involved in the installation process. If you’re looking for an installer to complete your commercial solar panel installation, contact Solar Liberty. We’ll evaluate your commercial building and help you choose and install the most compatible solar panel system.