How Going Solar Works
The first step is a chat with us. In this short conversation, you can determine if you have solar potential or not. If you have a sunny roof and things are looking good; schedule a Free Site Assessment where we will take you through a Competitive Quote for our recommended solar approach.
Once we have some information to work with we will test different designs and approaches to verify the most advantageous solar design. Equipment options, array locations, post project rate tariffs, and future changes to electrical usage patterns are all used to develop our solar recommendation for you and your unique household. Typically, people who go solar move to a Time of Use Rate Schedule where they get paid the most for their excess electricity.
Sign Our Solar Agreement
By the time we get to this step, signing the Solar Agreement, our Solar Consultants have worked hours on your solar proposal. Our solar expertise and tools have helped determine the best solar approach for your home, and it’s decision time. Once you sign our Solar Agreement we proceed to the Design Approval and Revised Energy Model our Engineering Team completes.
Design Approval and Revised Energy Model
After the Agreement, your project heads to the Engineering and Design Team. The Engineering Team will complete a site visit and collect field data to finalize installations details and collect solar data from the roof. With real data from the field, we revise out energy model and provide you a 3-D Conceptual Design with a Kilowatt-Hour (kWh) Estimate for Year 1 for your review and approval before we go any further. Should field data, like shade from a tree, reduce our energy estimate substantially you can cancel the project.
You will get project updates and notifications from our team as your installation day approaches. Most of our solar installation takes 1-2 days to build the system and 1 day later to install solar monitoring, label system components, and stand required by the Local Building and Fire Inspections for the project.
Start Producing Power
Your system is built, it’s connected to PG&E’s grid, Allterra handled all the paperwork and approvals, and it’s now time for you to flip the switch. Congratulations!!! You are now producing your own clean electricity.