Three advantages of solar energy for your home
Power your own energy savings
Protection from rising energy prices
Offset carbon emissions
Learn more about how to go solar.
It's easy! We'll walk you through all the steps.
So, you’re thinking about “going solar,” but what exactly does that mean?
We’ve broken the solar buying process down into four easy steps so you know exactly what to expect. You’ll start by sharing some information about your home and your electricity use. Then you’ll compare a few options from some our trusted solar partners, and select the one that works best for your household.
Step 1: Get your first solar quote
We collect some important information to kick off the solar quote process.
Step 2: Speak with a solar expert
Once you request a quote, our trusted solar partners will contact you to schedule a free expert consultation. We vet all of our partners, so the companies that get in touch are all reputable brands that have installed thousands of systems across the country.
In this initial conversation, you’ll talk about your home, your energy use, and the different options available to you for financing solar. Be ready with a copy of your recent energy bills and expect to answer a few simple questions about your home and roof. The consultant may also want to run a credit check before they can provide you with financing options.
The consultant will use aerial imagery to look at your roof and give you a rough calculation of the solar economics for your home based on your unique situation. They can actually design a virtual system for you using satellite imagery and the information you provide. If you meet all of the initial qualification criteria, you’re well on your way to a solar-powered home. If not, they’ll tell you that too.
Once you have an initial idea of how much solar will cost you and an initial quote in hand, it’s time to asses your financing options. You can pay cash upfront, or you can opt for a loan, a lease, or a power purchase agreement. Sometimes, you can pay as little as $0 up front. In other cases, you may want to purchase the system outright with cash and take full advantage of incentives like the solar tax credit yourself. There are several options for affordable solar and the one you choose will depend on your unique situation.
Step 3: Schedule a home visit
Once you figure out which solar financing option makes sense for you, the next step is to schedule a home visit with your preferred solar partner. The consultant will use this home visit to dig in a little deeper about your home and energy consumption. They’ll probably climb up on your roof and take a look around. Expect to cover a few things in this visit:
Your home location and roof type: The consultant will ensure that there’s no shading or any other obstructions that would get in the way of a system. They’ll look at the state and age of your rooftop to make sure it can withhold a solar system. They may also examine your electricity main panel and make sure it’s in good shape, as older homes may need an upgrade before solar can be installed. They’ll then use these data points to optimize the placement of the system and maximize sun exposure.
Your energy use habits: In this visit, the consultant may want to go into more detail about your energy consumption habits. In addition to asking you how much you’ve paid for energy over the past 12 months, they’ll likely also ask whether you expect your electricity consumption habits to change in the coming years -- will there be people moving in or out, or do you have plans to retire and spend more time at home. If you can, log in to your utility’s online portal it’s often the easiest way to provide all the info your solar partner needs.
After this visit is complete, the solar provider will provide you with a revised, final quote for your solar rooftop. The original quote may change slightly, based on new information uncovered by the site visit.
For more details about what to expect from the site visit, check out the SEIA buyers guide for residential solar.
Step 4: Complete your installation and start reaping the benefits of solar energy
Once your system design is final and you’ve selected the financing option that works best for you, you’re ready to schedule the solar rooftop installation. With modern installation technology and streamlined processes, the installation only takes one day to complete.
The installer handles everything, from permits and inspections to approvals with the city. Depending on where you live, the system may have to pass inspections from your financing company, city, county, HOA, and/or your utility. This step in the process can take two to eight weeks, depending on how quickly the various authorities are able to respond to the permits and applications.
Once your system has been inspected and approved by local authorities, you’re ready to flip the switch and start reaping in free, solar-powered electricity. Your installer will tell you how you can monitor the energy your panels are producing, and who to call if you need help with anything.