Today, we wanted to look at another common question: “How long does a San Diego solar panel installation take?”
The easy answer is – about 6 weeks or less. If you’re part of a homeowners association, the process might be a little bit longer. And commercial solar installations vary considerably.
But for a standard residential solar installation in San Diego, you should budget about 6 weeks – from start to finish.
What exactly happens during those 6 weeks?
Week 1 – Solar Survey and Consultation (Free)
At Sunline Energy, all solar installations begin with a free on-site survey of your residential or commercial property. We carefully analyze your rooftop’s solar potential (orientation, shading, slope, etc.), and we also review your historic electricity usage.
Thereafter, we give you a solar proposal that outlines a few different options regarding:
- costs & financing
- monthly electricity bill savings
- payback periods & ROIs
Week 2 – Design, Planning, and Solar Permits
During this phase, our engineering team finalizes the schematics for your installation. Our goal is to ensure your panels deliver the highest energy output possible given your rooftop and location.
After you sign off on these blueprints, we apply for city and county permits – on your behalf. Based on your jurisdiction, this approval process can take a matter of hours or several days.
Weeks 3 & 4 – Parts, Approval, and Labor
Sometime during this period, we’ll receive approval for the permits. You’ll also receive a new electric meter from the utility. And we’ll place an order for any remaining parts, including panels, mounting equipment, connectors, and switches.
This 2-week stretch is also when most installations begin. For the average residential project, you should budget 1-3 days for the installation itself.
You don’t need to be there for most of the installation process. The majority of the work is performed outside on your rooftop. We only need momentary indoor access to setup your Internet-based monitoring system.
Weeks 5 & 6 – Inspections, Savings, and Fun
The moment we finish installing your solar panels, we call in a city inspector to review and verify our work. Usually, the inspector arrives within 7 to 14 days after the inspection. Unfortunately, we don’t control this process.
You’ll receive a “Permission to Operate” (PTO) email from SDG&E.
And voila. You can sit back, relax, and watch as your energy savings climb month after month – for the next 25 to 40 years.
Are You Ready for Your San Diego Solar Panel Installation?
You’re 1 mouse click (and 6 weeks) away from decades of clean, free energy.