TruHome Pros 7 step solar design & installation process:
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TruHome Pros solar professionals thoroughly evaluate the size and condition of your roof, taking into account daily sun exposure to design and build a high-quality solar panel system that fits your needs, budget, and saves you money. An engineering inspection evaluates the condition of your roof and ensures it is structurally sound (we can repair and/or replace roofing if necessary; it is typically the case that we install a new roof at the same time as the solar panels).
The engineer also inspects your electrical panel to ensure it has sufficient amperage to connect to your solar panels. Then permits are obtained, and the panels and inverter(s) are ordered. Depending on the size and complexity of your system, the final installation of your solar panels and electrical interconnections typically takes anywhere from 1 to 3 days.
From permitting to powering up, our company manages the full scope of your solar installation to ensure it is safe and reliable for years to come.
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After you sign a contract, we send an engineer to evaluate your electrical system and inspect your roof. The next step is to acquire the necessary permits. Once we have approval, we prep your roof and/or replace shingles or tiles as needed or, in many cases, replace the old roof with a new roof. Then, we install the electrical wiring that connects to the solar panels. Next is the racking required to support the solar panels, which is installed and leveled. Then, finally, the panels are installed and connected to an inverter to convert DC (direct current) to AC (alternating current) used in your home and by the power company. But before you can turn the solar panel system on, it must be inspected and approved by your local utility and, in most cases, a local town inspector.
The cost depends on the number of solar panels and installation labor. Every home and location is different, so there is no standard cost. Keep in mind that various tax incentives significantly reduce the cost of solar panels. Before we do any roof work or solar service, we provide a quote for your approval.
For a general guide, these are rough averages by state: *
Illinois’ average cost of a solar panel installation ranges from $13,600 to $18,400. On a cost-per-watt ($/W) basis, a solar panel installation in Illinois ranges in price from $2.72 to $3.68.
The average cost of a solar panel installation in Wisconsin ranges from $14,195 to $19,205. On a cost-per-watt ($/W) basis, a solar panel installation in Wisconsin ranges in price from $2.84 to $3.84.
The average cost of a solar panel installation in Michigan ranges from $14,875 to $20,125. On a cost-per-watt ($/W) basis, a solar panel installation in Michigan ranges in price from $2.98 to $4.02.
* Estimates based on information provided by EnergySage.
It’s certainly worth it if you want to reduce and even eliminate monthly utility bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and increase the value of your property.
Every installation is different, and the time it takes depends on the number of solar panels and the condition of your roof. In general, our company can complete your install in 1 to 3 days. We provide an estimated timeframe in your solar services quote.
Yes, just as you would with any contractor.
The roof must be in good condition with sufficient sun exposure so that the solar panels are tilted in a mostly southern direction to achieve maximum exposure. The best direction is south because the sun is always in the southern half of the sky, at least for those of us in North America. While east or west is less than optimal, the solar panels can still capture enough energy to generate sufficient electricity.
No. While solar panels are weather-resistant and aren’t affected by rain during normal operation, there’s a risk to the installers working under rainy conditions. Besides increasing the potential for slipping on a wet roof, installation requires running and testing wiring, which, under rainy conditions, increases the risks of electrocution.
While solar panels are highly durable, they do get dirty, which blocks sunlight and reduces efficiency. A good rule of thumb is to clean the panels every six months. It all depends on where you live and the surroundings of your home. Be careful, however, not to disturb any of the electrical wiring. If you have to get on the roof to reach the panels or are uncomfortable working around electrical systems, having a solar professional perform the service is best. Our company offers a highly affordable maintenance plan to ensure your solar panels work optimally.