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How To Start The Solar Journey

At Good Faith Energy, your solar journey begins with analyzing electricity bills to design a system that meets your annual energy needs. We conduct a detailed site survey, design an optimized system, handle permitting, and provide post-installation support, including net metering benefits.

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Step 1: Electricity Bills and Data

Electric bills provide crucial information for going solar. As the first step of your solar journey, our engineers analyze data on electric bills. They use the information to calculate the home’s annual energy usage. Then, they use that data for designing a solar system that is sized adequately for providing power and energy. The electric bills contain information related to the overall necessary kilowatts and costs of electricity for the home. By using this data for solar calculations, our engineers can provide solar options that will reduce or completely offset the electric bill. Ideally, a system should be designed that produces energy annual that is equivalent to the homes’ past annual energy consumption. This is to ensure that our customers get the best experience and benefits with going solar. 

Step 2: Site Survey and Analysis 

A site survey is a major part of going solar process, because it allows our engineers to determine the best design for solar panels and batteries to be installed on your property. Good Faith Energy also utilizes drones during our survey process. They use the latest solar designing software. It provides the best site details including factors like sunlight exposure, shading, and structural suitability. This information ensures that your solar panels and batteries perform efficiently, saving you money and maximizing your renewable energy production. It also helps identify any regulatory requirements and gives you an accurate cost estimate for your solar project. This process makes the transition to solar energy smoother and more successful.

Step 3: Solar System Design

By combining the electric bill data and site survey information, our solar engineers can design and calculate the ideal number and placement of solar panels to meet your energy needs. This customized design ensures that your solar system is optimized for your specific property. This helps you generate clean energy efficiently, and save on your electric bills annually. 

Step 4: Permitting and Installation

The next step in your solar journey consists of obtaining all the permitting required and installation of your system. The permitting process for solar panels and batteries is the official approval needed from local municipal authorities for installation on your property. This is to ensure that solar installations are safe, structurally sound, and compliant with local regulations. At Good Faith Energy, we have a team of experienced project managers that take care of the permitting process for our customers. We make sure that Tesla Powerwall batteries and main electric panel upgrades, such as the SPAN home smart panel are permitted and installed correctly according to the local building codes and regulations.  

Step 5: Post Installation & Net Metering

After your solar panels and batteries are completely installed and commissioned, Good Faith Energy will send a field engineer for conducting a post-installation walkthrough with the customer. The field engineer will go over all the details and information related to the customers installed system. They will cover are; apps, equipment, consultation for system usage, and optimization. One of the main topics covered post installation is solar net metering and buyback. Net metering is important because it allows solar owners to benefit the most from the solar systems’ excess produced energy which reduces the overall electric bill.

When solar panels produce more electricity than what the house uses, the excess energy goes to the mainstream power grid. That’s where solar owners earn credits on their electric bills. Additionally, on cloudy days or at night when panels don’t produce electricity, credits can be used to offset costs of electricity from the grid. It’s like a give-and-take with the electric company, helping you save money and make the most of your solar power.

Fact checked by Jacob Petrosky – 4/26/2024