You’ve probably heard of Net Metering, but still might be a little confused on exactly what it is. Actually, it’s pretty simple!
Electricity from your solar energy system that you don’t use is credited to you by the utility company as it passes through your utility meter and into the utility grid. Basically, it means that your solar electric system shares energy with the power grid. Many people often think that solar means complete disconnection from the grid. Only when battery systems are included is this the case. Most solar energy systems in California are connected to the grid and take advantage of net metering.
1. ConsultationIn order to determine which system is best for your specific needs, our knowledgeable team of solar consultants will sit down with you at your home and do an in-depth analysis of your current electrical usage. After listening to your specific objectives, examining your situation and doing a complete site evaluation, you will have the power to confidently choose which technology is best for you. In this stage, our primary goal is to help you realize what solar can do for you, address any budgetary or aesthetic concerns and decide whether you would like to further explore the possibility of going solar.
2. ProposalEach one of our proposals is hand tailored for to fit your specific home and lifestyle. We find the best solution to save you the maximum amount of money. The solar consultant will go over a comprehensive cash flow analysis, establish your BEP (breakeven point) and applicable rebates and incentives. Also covered will be the exact equipment specifications and a preliminary design of your system. Once a decision has been made on your size of system we will execute a contract that details the scope of work, contract and rebate amount, start date and interconnection requirements.
3. PermittingFollowing the guidelines set out by the NEC (National Electric Code), our talented team of designers will create a solar system that not only fits your needs but those of your local building department as well. Prior to submitting for any permits, you will always have an opportunity for final approval. Once everything is a “go”, then the permit process should only take about 2-3 weeks. During this time period, we will also submit a reservation request for both your federal and state rebates, file the interconnect agreement with your utility company and order the materials required for your project.
4. InstallationBy now, an installation date has been established and a project timeline has been coordinated with your solar consultant. Once the panels have been delivered on site you project should begin within 24hrs. All of our crews are professional, clean cut individuals that conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner. They show up on time, leave the work site clean and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the installation process. Depending on size and complexity a residential system should take about 2-5 day to complete installation. And remember, if your project does happen to fall behind schedule we pay $50 for every day we are past the established deadline.
Will technology continue to improve? Yes. Will efficiency continue to improve enough to justify waiting? No. The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) currently covers 30% of the system, which expires in 2016. The time to save is now.