How are solar PV systems installed

The installation of a solar PV system on someone's home typically involves several steps:

  1. Site Assessment: A solar contractor will visit the home to assess the site's suitability for solar PV. Factors such as roof orientation, shading, and the size of the system required will be determined.

  2. Design and Permitting: The contractor will create a design that meets the homeowner's needs and obtain any necessary permits from the local government.

  3. Installation: The solar panels, inverter, and other equipment will be installed on the roof of the home. This typically takes a few days to a week to complete, depending on the size of the system.

  4. Electrical Connection: The solar panels are then connected to the home's electrical system by a licensed electrician.

  5. Inspection and Activation: Once the system is installed, it will be inspected by the local government to ensure it meets safety and code requirements. Once approved, the system will be activated and the homeowner can begin using solar power.

The entire process can take several weeks to a few months, depending on the complexity of the installation and any delays in obtaining permits or inspections.

The benefits of a completed solar PV system include lower energy bills, reduced reliance on fossil fuels, and a smaller carbon footprint. Additionally, many homeowners are eligible for incentives and tax credits that can help offset the cost of installation. Overall, a solar PV system can provide long-term energy savings and environmental benefits for the homeowner.