04 Sep The Solar Panel Installation Process: What To Expect
Congratulations on your decision to go solar! You’re making the right choice for the environment, saving money, and joining thousands of other Texans in switching to the energy of the future. Now, you may be wondering, what comes next? Solar panels won’t spontaneously manifest on your rooftop at high noon—nor do they have 2-day shipping. (Yet. Still working on that one.) Once you’ve signed on the dotted line, that’s when it’s time for us to work our magic.
Want a look behind the curtain? Here’s the 5-step process that you can expect when you’re ready to start your solar panel installation:
1. Check Out The Site
First up is the site assessment. Our experienced site assessors will do several types of inspections to determine how to best maximize your home’s solar potential, including looking at roof size, slope, system size, and more. We’ll also look at the electrical system you already have and determine whether you’ll need any upgrades or fixes to be compatible with the solar panel system.
If everything looks good onsite, the next step is to obtain the proper permits from your local MUD or local government, complete your HOA application, and Interconnect agreement with your utility. Permitting requirements can vary widely, and take into consideration things like zoning laws, electrical codes, deed restrictions, or other limitations. Depending on your location, and things like how many trees you have and how close you are to electrical wires, your permitting requirements may be different than someone just a few houses down the street.
It may sound like a lot but never fear! Longhorn Solar handles all of the paperwork for you (except your signature, of course). You heard us right—we’ll even deal with your HOA.
3. Install Day
Let’s drop some truth: Most solar installations only take a day or two—and with teams like ours, they can sometimes be done in just a few hours. It’s not an involved process, and we’ll be in and out before you know it. Most of the time it takes to “go solar” is taken up on the front end and the back, so once we get our full-time team on the case, we can be in and out before you even realize we’re there.
4. Local Government Inspection
Once everything is set up, someone from your local government will need to take a look at your system and make sure everything is up to par. All those permits from step #2 will get checked and double-checked here—which is why it’s so important to work with a reliable and experienced installer who knows how to work within permit parameters. The last thing you want is to repeat work because someone couldn’t follow directions. Fortunately, with 40 years of management experience working in solar, that’s not something you have to worry about when you choose Longhorn.
5. Flip The Switch
3…2…1… It’s go-time! After a successful inspection, it’s time to flip the switch, turn the system on, and set up the monitoring. It’s that simple!
If you’re ready to start your solar panel installation, there’s no reason to wait around. Longhorn Solar is a critical infrastructure business, so no matter what’s going on in the world, we’re standing by to help you go solar. And remember, our experienced team will walk you through the process every step of the way, so you’ll never be left in the dark. Contact us today to get started—or check out our solar calculator to get a head start.