The Solar Installation Process
The installation itself will take 1-3 days. But before you can have the system installed, there are a few things that need to occur first. There are a few contracts that need to be signed from the utility company and us. Then you, as the homeowner, will be presented with your plans to be approved before permits are pulled. Once permits are pulled, the installation will occur. After the installation, a city inspector will come to your home and inspect the system to ensure everything was installed correctly and up to city code. The final step is receiving approval from the electric company. Since we are connecting the solar system to the grid, your utility company needs to approve the system to enable net metering. This takes anywhere from 5-15 days. Finally, once you receive PTO or permission to operate from the electric company, you can turn your system on and benefit from the solar energy produced.
How does solar convert sunlight into energy you might ask? Solar energy is produced when sunlight shines on a solar panel it is turned into a DC current. An inverter either micro or centralized will convert DC voltage into AC. This type of voltage is what we use to run our household Items. Your home will use what it needs from the solar production then send it back to the grid. If you have a battery it would be stored to the battery first then sent back to the grid. Sending your energy back to the grid is through net metering. Your electric meter will read backward and give you credits for overproduction.
Microinverters are installed underneath your panels and transfer the AC current to a DC voltage. A microinverter is much smaller than a centralized inverter and can fit in your hand. You will have the same number of microinverters as you do panels.
Centralized string inverters are units that sit on the side of your home usually next to your electric panel and utility meter. The AC current is run by one or two strings into the centralized inverter to be transformed int a DC voltage.