Choosing the right solar installer could be the most challenging part of your solar buying process. And it is essential to evaluate a solar installer thoroughly to ensure that you can find the right one for your needs. First, let’s figure out what solar installers do, to help provide a glimpse into what to expect when you decide to go solar.
Solar installers assemble, install, monitor, and repair the solar energy systems on your home or business’s roof or other structure. A solar panel installation needs to comply with local and federal regulations, engineering assessments, and designs. A solar installer’s primary role is to execute the installation of solar panels on a home or business. In general, their tasks include:
Solar installers will get a set of designs based upon a team of designers and engineers that optimize the layout of the solar panels and their arrays, as well as on-site testing to help determine factors like if your roof can hold the weight of the solar panels. The outline for a solar design process typically follows:
A solar installer will typically be provided a set of plans from the engineering or solar design team. Based on these designs, a solar installer is responsible for installing solar panels on a home or commercial building. A solar installer typically works to install solar panels, but their job can extend further than just the installation of solar panels on a roof. A lot of the work a solar installer does is behind the scenes. The primary part of their work is based on planning how to best execute a solar installation project safely. It is crucial that every solar panel installation is completed without any safety or regulatory issues. Therefore, a good solar installation company will have its solar installers work closely with solar designers and engineers. With the right layout and proper design, a solar installer will have an easier time setting up scaffolding and preparing because they will be well acquainted with the job that needs to be done.
When on-site, a solar installer will typically work as part of a team to accurately mount and align the solar panels by following the solar designs. The solar design, as well as the solar installation, is based on the goal of aligning your solar panels in a way to maximize the exposure of your solar panels to sunlight.
After the placement is identified, the mounting needs to be added to the roof. The roof penetrations and mounts must be appropriately sealed with sealants like ChemLink. Roof leaks are one of the most common issues that are associated with solar panel installations. Being able to make the right penetrations properly is essential to place the mounts on your roof correctly. After the mounting is in place, the rails are then affixed onto the mounts. The next step is to properly configure the wiring and your solar string inverter or solar microinverters. After this is taken care of, the solar panels can be properly aligned and installed on the mounts. Woot!!
Finally, after all of the solar panels are in place, they can be connected to the electrical system to utilize, store, or send back the generated energy. The installation and connection of the electrical system should be completed by a certified and licensed electrician. However, a solar installer that doesn’t have an electrical license (C-10) may work alongside them routing wires and placing components while the electrician connects them.
Great care must be taken not to damage a roof, break any tiles, or make any unnecessary wall penetrations in this process.
Finally, after the solar panels and solar inverters are all put correctly in place, they can be connected to the home or business’s main electrical panel. A certified and licensed electrician should complete this interconnection and activation of the solar power system. However, a solar installer without an electrical license (C-10) may work alongside a certified electrician to route wires and install the proper electrical components while the certified electrician connects them.
If you’re considering going solar, Forme Solar Electric can help! In our effort to empower homeowners in their shift to renewable energy sources and reduce their energy costs, we have put together a solar decision guide to help homeowners make sure going solar makes sense.
Contact us today, and one of our fantastic team of energy solutions specialists can help you figure out if solar panels are the right option for you and your house.