How to Get Solar: The Purchase Process
Do you want to get solar? Horizon Solar, LLC provides one of the most thorough and precise solar site evaluations in the industry. A trained professional will visit your property and conduct the following:
- Assessment of power needs based on previous utility bills and anticipated increases or decreases in energy utilization.
- Determination of the ideal PV system installation location based on customers’ preferences and logistical considerations (shading issues, roof condition, etc.)
- A complete analysis of your solar exposure from multiple points of the proposed PV system location using digital imaging from a Solar Pathfinder.
- Identification of significant shading objects with time of day and month they will impact a potential system.
The initial site evaluation can usually be conducted within a few days of contacting Horizon Solar, LLC, depending on weather and customer availability.
Numerous variables must be considered when designing a PV system in order for you to get solar. Information obtained in the Site Evaluation will be used to produce a detailed site analysis and system proposal which will include the following:
- Energy Consumption Profile: evaluates typical energy use and associated costs
- Recommended PV System: details system size, major components, and estimates the electrical production.
- PV System Costs: details equipment and installation costs, less all applicable Federal, State and utility rebates.
- Financial Analysis: provides a system financial analysis which details direct savings, system payback, positive cash flow, annual rate of return, and home value increase.
- Environmental Benefits: describes the positive benefits of owning a PV system attributed to reduced emissions (e.g. greenhouse gases).
The comprehensive system design will occur within 1 week of contacting us.
Contracts and Permits
Prior to installation, to get solar it is important to secure all necessary construction permits and obtain pre-approval for the utility (PSEG) rebates. All paperwork will be drafted and submitted by Horizon Solar, LLC. The following are the steps in the process:
- A contract between Horizon Solar, LLC and the customer will be drafted. It will detail system costs, payment schedule, and system warrantees.
- Horizon Solar, LLC will submit the “PSEG Rebate Application Form”, in order to get pre-approval for the PV system rebates. We will prepare the necessary paperwork for the net-metering contract with PSEG.
- We will provide the customer with information regarding the Federal and State tax credit programs. We advise that you contact a tax attorney to verify your eligibility with the tax credit programs.
- Horizon Solar, LLC will obtain information on applicable local building codes, and acquire all necessary building permits for the PV system. An additional site visit will be conducted with a licensed engineer to ensure the PV system can safely be installed to building codes.
Due to the wait time associated with building permits and pre-approval from PSEG regarding the rebate, this step takes approximately 6-8 weeks.
Once approval for building permits and rebates have been approved, installation may commence. The following summarizes the final steps allowing you to get solar:
- PV system equipment will be ordered, and delivered to the local distributor. Installation by a professional and courteous team will occur within 2 weeks of equipment availability.
- All necessary inspections (electrical and structural) will be performed as per building and fire codes.
- All necessary paperwork will be submitted to PSEG, who will conduct a field inspection. Upon approval of the PV system, PSEG will change out your meter to a “net meter” which is capable of running backwards as you produce energy.
- Horizon Solar, LLC will conduct a free PV system check-up each year for 5 years to ensure that it is running as efficiently as possible.
Procuring the equipment and installing the PV system takes approximately 2 weeks, depending on equipment availability. The inspections associated with getting an electrical inspection certificate and closing out the building permit can take up to 2 months to complete.