Pre-Installation Solar Bill Review
What should you expect?
- Our experienced consultant will help educate you on the basics of solar. The goal is for you to become more prepared in making a qualified decision on options for home solar installation.
- Together, we will read and diagnose your electric bill. Specifically, we will help you understand how your PG&E bill will change once you go solar and switch to an annual true-up plan.
- In addition, we will share with you the information regarding your new rate plan once you go solar.
- Your consultant will share an initial expert recommendation for a system size to offset your last 12 months’ consumption. You and your solar expert will add or subtract from this initial layout recommendation based on your specific goals.
- We will share options on payment plans upon request. Feel free to ask about no money down plans, such as loans or leases. Of course, cash is accepted as well.
Home Solar Installation Process
Sign to Go Solar!
Almost all docs are completed online these days.
At this stage, we will need the following:
- Description of any preferred aesthetic or layout requests.
- Copy of your most recent utility bill.
- If you are part of an HOA, we will need their contact information. California’s Solar Rights Acts (CA Civil Code 714) is favorable.
- If you signed for a loan, there is a verification call to confirm you are aware of your options in Month 18.
A Solar Bill Review Team member will contact you to schedule a thorough site evaluation. You can also get updates on your installation process by signing up for our Android, Apple or website version of our App.
- A Site Surveyor will come out to your home to measure your roof.
- The Surveyor will take pictures of support beams in the attic and main electric panel and measure distances between roof obstructions.
- He will also use a Sun Eye to measure any possible shading factors.
- Within 24 hours, the photos and measurements taken by the Site Surveyor will be uploaded to our Engineer’s portal for assessment.
Engineering & Design
Our Professional Engineers will analyze your project with a CRITICAL EYE.
- At this stage, a Professional Engineer and Skilled Designer will confirm your home’s solar viability. The Engineer will use the information gathered by the Site Surveyor to make the decision.
- A final layout recommendation will be presented for your approval via email. Typically, this will be the same design presented to you on the day of signing. It will be more of a schematic drawing for permitting purposes at this stage.
- If our Professional Engineer does not find any reason to modify the original design, we will proceed to city/county permitting.
- If any changes are recommended, you will receive documentation and we will request for your approval, prior to acquiring a permit.
- Engineering and design may take 3 to 4 weeks during the busier months of the year.
* Battery placement may take up to an additional 4 weeks
** Electrical and / or roofing modifications may take up to an additional 6 weeks
A Solar Bill Review Team member will keep you updated during the permitting process. The timeline for obtaining a permit varies by location.
- Once you approve your design, permitting may take at any day.
- Permits typically take up to two weeks during the busier months of the year.
- Each Authority Holding Jurisdiction (AHJ) has their own unique timelines.
- Weather and holidays may extend the wait.
As of April 2022, the whole process (from signing to PTO) is expected to be 10-12 weeks. Home storage typically adds 30 days. Our goal is always to under-promise and over-deliver.
- Most rooftop systems will take 1 day, and larger systems may take an extra day or two. Usually, installation takes longer if it is a ground mount.
- After installing your system, a city or county inspector from your local Authority Holding Jurisdiction (AHJ) will come to your house for the final inspection.
- Your local utility will issue your Permission To Operate (PTO) permit into your email once you pass the Final Inspection conducted by the AHJ.
- You have effectively turned the tables on the utility company as you are now selling electricity to them. Congratulations!
- Within 3 months of the install, a Solar Bill Review Team member will contact you to schedule your first solar bill review.
- You will now read your electric bill differently. It is possible to receive a $10 electric bill during the first few months and a higher bill later. We will prepare you for and help prevent unnecessary “gotchas.”
- During your first solar bill review, we will confirm whether your system is performing as planned and whether you are on the best rate plan for your most profitable salability of energy with your utility.
- Yearly bill reviews will also take place around 9-10 months after install. This will allow us to prevent any surprises ahead with a possible true-up bill. Furthermore, this period is where we can identify if you have extra electricity you can consume.