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There are three simple steps to investing in solar panels for your home. The most important step is to contact a solar professional who can answer all of your questions and recommend a trustworthy installation crew to you. Let's look at what it takes to get started.

Step 1. Getting Started/What Information Should I Gather?

If the initial thought of having solar panels installed seems a little daunting, don’t stress. There is a lot of information available on the subject and a lot of professionals out there who can help you along the way. This is the time to do your homework and research the installation that meets your goals. You should ask yourself some basic questions:

  • Do I need panels with specific attributes designed for my local climate? For example, if you live in a warm area of the country you may need panels with a good heat coefficient?
  • Will I be selling any of the electricity I produce back to my local utility?
  • Should I invest in an energy storage solution, for my home?
  • Once you understand your needs you are ready to start a conversation with an installer.

This is a big investment. It is going to be on your roof for decades to come, so you want to make sure that you are working with a reputable company and someone that you have confidence in. Be wary of people who show up at your door with a clipboard trying to get you to sign up with them today. A reputable company will not only be able to explain their installation process but will also respect your wishes if you want to speak with other professionals.

Step 2. Site Visit

The next step will involve your installer taking a serious look at a number of aspects of your home. They will look at things like; the state of your roof, the orientation of it, and how much shade it gets.

At this time the installer should be able to let you know of any local incentives and anything else you should know about. Be sure to ask about the incentives available to you if your installer hasn’t already mentioned them. If you are working with a reputable installer they should be able to take care of the majority of the legwork for you.

Perhaps the most important thing that your solar installer will be able to do for you is to let you know which products they recommend for your project. The installer will also keep your budget in mind, providing you with information on all of the options they think would serve your family best.

Step 3. The Installation

Once you and your installer have decided which products to use, it is time to get the installation started. Here is what you can expect to happen throughout the installation:

  • Inspection of your roof, making sure that all of the shingles are properly intact and where necessary, make any repairs
  • Put in the electrical wiring that will connect the general power system to your electrical panel
  • Preparing your roof so that racking may be attached
  • Panels are set into place
  • Inverters are then connected to the panels
  • A local government representative has to inspect the installation. He/she will inspect the wiring, panel placement and ensure that everything meets roof setback and electrical codes
  • A representative from your local electric company will do a final inspection
  • Once all inspections are approved the system is ready to go live

The installation process itself can vary from one to three days. The timeline will be dependent upon the size and kind of system being installed. Having all of the local inspections taken care of so your solar system can go live may take significantly longer depending on your jurisdiction. Fortunately, the installation of your system usually only takes a few days, depending on the size.

What if Your Panels Stop Working?

Anytime you install something, especially of this magnitude, it is natural to be concerned that it might not work. There’s good news here. High-quality solar panels are low maintenance and have a very low failure rate, so you likely won't have any problems once it’s all up and running. If you are concerned that there is a problem with your installation contact the installation company. As a reputable company, LG offers warranties of 25 years, including product, performance and labor (labor costs in the rare case of a needed module repair or replacement are covered up to $450), which is likely to cover any issues that you may experience.

A solar installation may seem like a huge project to undertake, but in reality, it’s easily broken down into three simple steps. Choosing high-quality parts and labor will make sure your project is a success. After your system is installed, all you need to do is let the sun love your home.