What's happening behind the scenes as you wait for your solar to be installed?

  • Nate Lewis
  • Chief Revenue Officer

Once you've signed on the dotted line, then the solar company really gets to work getting ready to install the solar panels on your roof.

 

Once you've signed on the dotted line, then the solar company really gets to work getting ready to install the solar panels on your roof.

Getting HOA Approval

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes after you agree to go solar. First, your solar company should get in touch with your Homeowner’s Association (if you have one) and prepare the paperwork it requires to get your system approved. A local company like Renova should already know the HOA guidelines and their meeting schedule.

Depending on when you sign, it can take anywhere from a week to more than a month to get approval from your HOA, depending on when their next meeting takes place.

Acquiring a City Permit

Once your HOA has approved the request, your solar company will submit engineering paperwork, along with the HOA approval, to your city. This part of the process can take 7 – 45 days, depending on the city and whether they handle the request in-house or with an outside firm.

If a solar company promises an installation with the minimum time frame, make sure they are getting a permit from your city, as installing the system without a permit is illegal and will result in a citation.

Staying Within Utility Guidelines

Through the application and review process, the utility company will determine whether or not your solar provider is installing the system in accordance with the utility’s guidelines. This is done before your job is scheduled, and while your city paperwork is being processed.

A local company such as Renova Energy that is experienced and familiar with each of these entities can help ensure that this process is efficient and complete.

After your installation is complete, your city will notify the utility. Your solar contractor will submit the final documents and the utility will review everything and issue a Permission to Operate (PTO). Your new billing format will go into effect on the next full billing cycle and you can begin to enjoy your solar savings!

As a Certified SunPower retailer in the Coachella Valley, Renova Energy can offer you a great deal on solar installation with the most innovative panels on the market. Call today for a quote!

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