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6 steps that happen when solar panels are installed

After researching the benefits of solar and searching for the best solar panel installer for you, it’s finally time to have your solar panels system installed and ready to use.

Let’s step you through the 6 steps on what happens so you can be prepared on installation day.

Brighte Tip: Once you have your installation date, call your energy retailer to see how soon after they can attend your home and upgrade your meter, you can read more about the process of meter connection here.

Installation Day:

On the day of installation, your solar installers will arrive at the allocated time, you will go over the basics of your solar panel system again and then direct your installer to the electrical box.

Your solar installers should then follow the outlined steps below:

  1. Install your rooftop solar panels: The installer will secure the panels to the roof using a mounting system, which keeps the panels in place and allows them to move to follow the sun's movement throughout the day.
  2. Connect your solar panel system: The solar panel installer will then connect the panels to the electrical system in your home. This typically involves running wires from your solar panels to an inverter, which converts the direct current (DC) electricity generated by the panels into alternating current (AC) electricity that can be used in the home.
  3. Install isolation switches on the roof, next to your inverter, in your smart meter box: Ask your solar installer to run you through the isolation points.
  4. Give you a demonstration of the system: While your system is connected and ready to start generating power, the benefits will not occur until your meter is upgraded and your energy retailer has switched your plan, you can read more about those steps of meter connection and installation.
  5. Ensure that you are satisfied with their work:  Satisfaction also involves how they clean and remove rubbish from your home. 
  6. Ask you to sign the paperwork for the solar panel system, the Small Scale Certificates (STC's), and any other state rebates. 
    This is a great time to make sure all warranties and monitoring system information have been received. Your energy retailer will also require documentation to complete the next steps. Take a few minutes to ask your solar installer if they can send the paperwork and CC you into the email.

The information contained in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs and, where appropriate, seek professional advice.