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Residential Solar System - Do-It-Yourself - Self Install at Home

Let's review the basic steps to installing a complete grid-tie home solar system on a typical family residence:

1. Rebates and Incentives

If you haven't already, it is important that you review the many photovoltaic / solar electric rebates and other incentives that are available.

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is the most popular and up-to-date resource. The database is can be searched by state for rebates and federal tax incentives.

We provide assistance with your state and federal rebate paperwork at no extra charge.

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2. Estimate Size and Type of System

A qualified solar electric engineer will review your roof dimensions and orientation. Your geographical location and obstacles will also be taken into consideration. This will allow us to design a solar array, rack / mount system and electrical schematic.

The electrical schematics and racking certifications will be needed for installation and applying for permits at your local building department.

We provide assistance with inspectors and plan checkers with our NABCEP certified engineers. This assistance and design is included in the price of your system.

Several models of solar modules, grid-tie inverters and mounting options are available for your home. We quote exactly what you will need for your project.

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3. Install Mounts and Rails

Once you receive the components of your system, you are ready to install the mounts and rails. The mounts will tap into the joists beneath the roofing material of your house. The rails are attached to the mounts. Grounding wire and lugs are included.

Mounts are available for most roof types. Composite, Spanish tile and rock and gravel are popular. We can work with almost any roof type. The rails, mounts and clamps are anodized aluminum and designed to withstand decades of abuse by the elements.

Ground mount is also available.



4. Install Solar Modules

The modules are clamped to the rails. We supply the clamps and hardware. Most of the MC cables on the back of the modules will connect to an adjacent panel. We supply the instructions for proper installation.


5. Completion of Module Installation

You have completed what most consider the most difficult part of your home solar system. Now you are ready to wire the solar array to the combiner box (if required), DC disconnect and grid-tie inverter.


6. Wiring from Array to Inverter

The array is connected with user-supplied conduit and wire. You will be supplied with the information you will need to obtain these materials.

The DC output power will run to a DC disconnect located in or near the grid-tie inverter. The inverter's AC output power will run to an AC disconnect located near your home's AC power panel.

You will need to have your utility company send one of their service representatives to make the final connection to your breaker box / power meter.


7. Installation of Your Residential Solar System is Complete

You will reap the benefits of your investment for many years to come.


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With our purchasing power, we are able to offer you the highest quality and most competitive home solar systems available.
With our expertise, you can be assured you will receive the best support in the industry.
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