Are you thinking of going solar?
It is a big investment, So be prepared to do your research!
Start with a process of education and understanding before you make the move to sign a solar contract. Knowing the process ensure that you sign a contract that is right for you.
Start by understanding your current monthly energy needs and how it may change in the future. Consider how much you would like to offset with solar. Also, network and seek advice from family, friends and neighbors who have experience with going solar. Armed with information, you can now evaluate if solar is right for you and how much solar energy you will need.
Once you have decided to go solar there are several things that need to take place.
1. Obtain Your Energy Use
Signing up for GUARD through Georgetown Utility Systems will help you learn about energy management and consumption. GUARD is your online source to obtain your last 12 months of energy use. Equipped with your account number log on and answer the questions. When moving forward, the actual annual energy production in kWh (kilowatt hours) is the maximum amount of energy production allowed for a solar system on your home. Smaller solar systems may be of any size you choose.
2. Energy Efficiency
Creating energy efficiency inside the home is also an important step before going solar. Reducing your energy needs is typically more cost effective than going solar; and reducing your energy use also means you can install a smaller, less costly solar system.
3. Consider Your Purchasing Options
This is a big decision – evaluate your options carefully. Will you own the solar system or lease the solar system. They all have different financial impacts on your bottom line.
4. Hiring the Solar Contractor
Qualified contractors are your key to getting the most productive solar energy system for your home or business, talk to three (3) or more contractors before making a decision! Contractors will evaluate factors that affect your PV system performance such as the roof size, orientation of the system, shading and other factors. Typically, the contractor will complete the paperwork and apply the City of Georgetown Permit and Solar Interconnection package on your behalf. The contractor will work with you until the utility provides approval for you to turn the system on.
5. City of Georgetown Permit Requirement
All solar systems that are installed to offset energy use in your home or business are “grid-tied” and must receive a City of Georgetown permit and final permit approval before the system may be turned on. The contractor usually takes care of this for you. This is one of two approvals that are required before you obtain Permission to Operate.
6. Interconnection Requirements
In addition to the permit, all solar systems that are installed to offset energy use in your home or business are grid-tied and must have a Georgetown Solar Interconnection approval inspection before the system may be turned on. The contractor usually takes care of this for you. This is the second of the two approvals that are required before you obtain permission to operate.
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