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Solar Installer Scope Of Work

By James Kennedy, Founder and President Beach Cities Solar Consulting LLC

What is a solar installer’s scope of work?

Here are some of the duties of a solar installer:

  • Plan PV system configurations based on consumer or business needs and site conditions.
  • Measurement, cutting, and assembling the support structure for solar PV panels.
  • Ensure that the solar modules, panels, and support structures to be installed are following building codes and standards.
  • Connect PV panels to the electrical grid. Perform weather sealing of the equipment being installed. Verify performance, activate, and test PV system.
What does a solar installation look like?  Installing a PV system includes these steps:
  • To install a new solar system, the solar panel technician must assess a client’s location (home or business).  From this initial evaluation, the technician can determine how much sunlight the different types of panels will benefit from at a specific location.
  • A PV solar installer will design and prepare the system layout based on specific site characteristics.
  • They will obtain permits.
  • Measure, cut, and assemble bolting structural framing, and solar modules then safely attach panels to roof or ground mount, wire, and connect the system to an inverter.
  • Check the installed equipment, structures, or materials to determine code and safety compliance.
  • Finally, solar installers will commission the system, ensuring that it meets basic performance estimates.

Solar installers specialize in either industrial and commercial (typically large businesses), or residential homes.  A solar installer must meet all their state requirements for certification, which includes having a solar license (you will want to check this license for complaints, fines, and suspensions – if they have fines or suspensions this is a RED FLAG).  Many high quality installers also have their electrical and general contracting licenses.  A NABCEP certification, though not necessary, is a plus.

Solar Installers should have NABCEP certification
Solar Installers With NABCEP Certification Have Undergone Additional Training and Professional Certification

Want to see which solar installer I would recommend for your home or business solar panel and solar battery system?  Get your turnkey California home or business solar panel and solar battery proposal with ROI and financing options by e-mailing us your most recent electric bill (all pages – 12 months for businesses), a picture of the electrical panel outside your home (or switchgear), and a picture of your roof today: info@beachcitiessolarconsulting.com